Monday, 28 October 2019

Three Crows Magazine Interview

The most excellent Three Crows Magazine has an interview with me in this month's Issue 5 wherein I talk about how I got started and why I write the sort of fantasy I do.

Monday, 29 July 2019

Worldcon 2019 Schedule

Hey folks,

If you are interested in seeing me at Worldcon in Dublin this year, all the details of confirmed events are listed below:

Introduction to grimdark
16 Aug 2019, Friday 18:00 - 18:50, Wicklow Hall-1 (CCD)
Grimdark is a fantasy subgenre defined, amongst other things, by its cynical outlook and flawed protagonists. The term was originally pejorative, stemming from the Warhammer 40,000 description: ‘In the grim darkness of the far future there is only war’ – but many authors have turned the insult around and claimed it as their own. The panel will offer a brief introduction to the history and tropes of grimdark fantasy as well as reading recommendations.
Devin Madson (M), Elliot Craggs, Kim ten Tusscher, Cameron Johnston, Jenn Lyons

It’s all gone to shit: grimdark worldbuilding
18 Aug 2019, Sunday 10:00 - 10:50, Wicklow Room-2 (CCD)
Let’s build a dark and dreadful world, and then make it worse. Join our super-serious panelists as they discuss the darker aspects of worldbuilding in fantasy.
Robert Corvus (M), Anna Smith Spark, Cameron Johnston, Joe Abercrombie, R.F. Kuang

18th August 2019, Sunday 11:30am-12 Book signings at the Angry Robot stand

Friday, 26 July 2019

British Fantasy Awards 2019

Hello Hello!
I had some unexpected but wonderful news this week that I am on the shortlist for Best Newcomer in the British Fantasy Awards 2019!!! What an amazing list to be a part of.

For 2019, the BFS shortlisted entrants are:

Best Fantasy Novel (the Robert Holdstock Award)
The Bitter Twins, by Jen Williams (Headline)
Empire of Sand, by Tasha Suri (Orbit)
Foundryside, by Robert Jackson Bennett (Jo Fletcher Books)
The Green Man’s Heir, by Juliet E McKenna (Wizard’s Tower Press)
The Loosening Skin, by Aliya Whiteley (Unsung Stories)
Priest of Bones, by Peter McLean (Jo Fletcher Books)

Best Horror Novel (the August Derleth Award)
The Cabin at the End of the World, by Paul Tremblay (Titan Books)
Little Eve, by Catriona Ward (W&N)
The Way of the Worm, by Ramsey Campbell (PS Publishing)
Wolf’s Hill, by Simon Bestwick (Snowbooks)

Best Newcomer (the Sydney J Bounds Award)
Tomi Adeyemi, for The Children of Blood and Bone (Macmillan Children’s Books)
Cameron Johnston, for The Traitor God (Angry Robot)
RF Kuang, for The Poppy War (HarperVoyager)
Tasha Suri, for Empire of Sand (Orbit)
Marian Womack, for Lost Objects (Luna Press Publishing)
Micah Yongo, for Lost Gods (Angry Robot)

Best Novella
Binti: The Night Masquerade, by Nnedi Okorafor (
Breakwater, by Simon Bestwick (Tor Books)
The Land of Somewhere Safe, by Hal Duncan (NewCon Press)
The Last Temptation of Dr Valentine, by John Llewellyn Probert (Black Shuck Books)
The Only Harmless Great Thing, by Brooke Bolander (
The Tea Master and the Detective, by Aliette de Bodard (Subterranean Press)

Best Short Fiction
“Down Where Sound Comes Blunt” by GV Anderson (F&SF March/April 2018)
“Her Blood the Apples, Her Bones the Trees” by Georgina Bruce (The Silent Garden: A Journal of Esoteric Fabulism)
“In the Gallery of Silent Screams” by Carole Johnstone & Chris Kelso (Black Static #65)
“A Son of the Sea” by Priya Sharma (All the Fabulous Beasts)
“Telling Stories” by Ruth EJ Booth (The Dark #43)
“Thumbsucker” by Robert Shearman (New Fears 2)

Best Anthology
The Devil and the Deep: Horror Stories of the Sea, ed. Ellen Datlow (Night Shade Books)
Humanagerie, ed. Sarah Doyle & Allen Ashley (Eibonvale Press)
New Fears 2, ed. Mark Morris (Titan Books)
This Dreaming Isle, ed. Dan Coxon (Unsung Stories)
Year’s Best Weird Fiction, Vol. 5, ed. Robert Shearman & Michael Kelly (Undertow Publications)

Best Collection
All the Fabulous Beasts, by Priya Sharma (Undertow Publications)
The Future is Blue, by Catherynne M Valente (Subterranean Press)
How Long ‘til Black Future Month?, by NK Jemisin (Orbit)
Lost Objects, by Marian Womack (Luna Press Publishing)
Octoberland, by Thana Niveau (PS Publishing)
Resonance & Revolt, by Rosanne Rabinowitz (Eibonvale Press)

Best Non-Fiction
The Evolution of African Fantasy and Science Fiction, ed. Francesca T Barbini (Luna Press Publishing)
The Full Lid, by Alasdair Stuart (
Ginger Nuts of Horror (
Les Vampires, by Tim Major (PS Publishing)
Noises and Sparks, by Ruth EJ Booth (Shoreline of Infinity)

Best Independent Press
Fox Spirit Books
Luna Press Publishing
NewCon Press
Unsung Stories
Best Magazine / Periodical

Black Static
Gingernuts of Horror
Shoreline of Infinity
Uncanny Magazine

Best Audio
Bedtime Stories for the End of the World (
Blood on Satan’s Claw, by Mark Morris (Bafflegab)
Breaking the Glass Slipper (
PodCastle (
PsuedoPod (

Best Comic / Graphic Novel
100 Demon Dialogues, by Lucy Bellwood (Toonhound Studios)
B.P.R.D. Hell on Earth, Vol. 1, by Mike Mignola, John Arcudi, Guy Davis, Tyler Crook & Dave Stewart (Dark Horse)
Hellboy: The Complete Short Stories, Vol. 1, by Mike Mignola and others (Dark Horse)
The Prisoner, by Robert S Malan & John Cockshaw (Luna Press Publishing)
Saga #49-54, by Brian K Vaughan & Fiona Staples (Image Comics)
Widdershins, Vol. 7, by Kate Ashwin

Best Artist
Vince Haig
David Rix
Daniele Serra
Sophie E Tallis

Best Film / Television Production
Annihilation, Alex Garland
Avengers: Infinity War, Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely
Black Panther, Ryan Coogler & Joe Robert Cole
The Haunting of Hill House, Mike Flanagan
Inside No. 9, series 4, Steve Pemberton & Reece Shearsmith
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, Phil Lord & Rodney Rothman

Tuesday, 11 June 2019

God of Broken Things released

Today is the day!

God of Broken Things is officially out and on the shelves!!

The tyrant Edrin Walker's tale comes to an end facing down daemons, ancient spirits, mind-controlling parasites, and worst of all: his own power.


Amazon dot com:


Wednesday, 5 June 2019

One year ago this week...

One year ago this week my first published book, The Traitor God, appeared on shelves all across the world, rubbing shoulders with authors I've admired for years. It's still such a strange and marvellous feeling to see my book in shops and libraries. Lifelong dream achieved :)

With my second book, God of Broken Things, out next week, it's got me thinking about the future. I have a rough draft of a new standalone dark fantasy novel finished and a couple of other projects in a formative stage. There's never any guarantee with publishing, but I really enjoy writing so anything more than that is a bonus.

Writing is a solitary business, or so people say, but I haven't found that to be the case since I started writing seriously 10(!!!) years ago now. From hobby writers to published pro's, editors, agents, bloggers and reviewers, and the whole writing community, I've had a lot of support and encouragement along the way. 

Cheers to you all!

Monday, 3 June 2019

A Couple of Events

I have a couple of events on over the next two weeks.
First up, on Saturday 8th in Edinburgh I will be at the Cymera science fiction, fantasy and horror festival with Anna Stephens: 

On Thursday 13th I will be having a book launch for God of Broken Things in Glasgow:

Hope to see some of you there!

Wednesday, 8 May 2019

God of Broken Things Kindle preorder

Hi folks, for those that are interested, the kindle version of God of Broken Things is now up for preorder:

Friday, 29 March 2019

It's alive, ALIVE!

It's alive, ALIVE! It's a real living book! God of Broken Things has arrived at the Angry Robot megacorp HQ.

heh, I see what they did there...

Thursday, 14 March 2019

First Reviews of God of Broken Things

Sending a new book out into the world is a pretty nerve-racking time - I never know how it's going to be received. I would have thought that it might be easier the second time around, but apparently not.

Fortunately the first few advance reviews of God of Broken Things have been good. Phew! *wipes sweat off my brow*

The amazing Nick T Borrelli just posted a truly amazing Five ***** review of God of Broken Things. And no, not's not a censored sweary word...

Check it out below:

Cameron Johnston is an author who writes exactly the types of books that I really enjoy.  Heavy on the magic, violently action-packed, with plenty of thrills punctuated by characters who don't always behave the way you expect them to.  Cameron's first book in his Age of Tyranny series The Traitor God was one of my favorite reads of 2018.  It immediately grabbed my attention when I first read it and I've been eagerly anticipating book two so that I could get right back into this amazing world and story.  Luckily for me I was able to procure an advance copy of GOD OF BROKEN THINGS...
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Monday, 11 March 2019

The Traitor God 99p on Amazon UK

Apparently The Traitor God is a Deal of the Day on Amazon UK. So for 24 hours on 11th March you can get a whole ebook and wicked world for only 99p.

Friday, 15 February 2019

God of Broken Things on Netgalley

The copy edits are in and the ARCS are straining at their collars ready to be unleashed.

God of Broken Things is now up on Netgalley if anybody wants to review it early.

Monday, 28 January 2019

Surviving Life out in Kzine

I have another short story out in the world, this time in Kzine, featuring a vampire with iron teeth, graveyards, and old bargains.

Surviving Life is out now in Issue #23 of Kzine magazine.

Monday, 14 January 2019

Grimdark Magazine #18

I have a doubler in this month's Grimdark Magazine #18: a short story, Hatred For Heroes, and an interview.

I'm overjoyed to be sharing a cover with such great writers.

Friday, 4 January 2019

Happy New Year!

May 2019 be most excellent to you.

I'll be kicking the year off with a short story soon to appear in Kzine and an interview in Grimdark magazine, followed up by a short story in a subsequent edition of Grimdark magazine. Following that it's the launch of God of Broken Things coming out from Angry Robot in June, and trying to find an agent and publisher for the new Work in Progress novel once it's finished and polished up. *fingers crossed*

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