Summer Days and Summer Nights

I’m going to be in Stephanie Perkins’s next anthology! This has been such a fun anthology to write for. Stephanie is a DREAM editor, the company is beyond stellar, and I cannot wait to read the other stories. It’ll be out May, 2016.

NOTE: My characters are the only ones in the cover actually working.

Booklist review of GRIM

Catching up on reviews for the Grim anthology…

Check it:

“Johnson’s anthology of retold fairy tales, most based on Grimm, should be wildly popular as the 17 authors include such well-known names as Ellen Hopkins, Julie Kagawa, Amanda Hocking, and Malinda Lo.”

FYI, Malinda, according to Booklist you are famous. That’s official.

“Many authors bring the tone and focus back to the original Grimm tales, and graphic gore abounds.”

Yay gore!

And hmm, wait, what’s this???

“Jon Skovron’s “Raven Princess” has delightful contemporary touches, such as a same-sex giant couple rearing an infant, and a Shrek-like ending.”

Delightful, people. It’s delightful. And has gay giants.

Publisher’s Weekly reviews GRIM

Here’s another great review of GRIM which you should all be getting because it is jam packed with awesomeness, gore, and hot pink on black.

“Johnson (The Gathering Dark) brings together 17 authors in a collection of reimagined fairy tales that hark back to their dark, edgy roots.”

And later:

“Overall, the stories are interesting, memorable, and ideal for readers who don’t require happily ever afters.”

Right, so I can’t resist pulling this, too:

“Standouts include Malinda Lo’s “The Twelfth Girl,” which sees “The Twelve Dancing Princesses” set at a boarding school; Jon Skovron’s “The Raven Princess,” which puts a charming twist on the story of a princess cursed to live as a bird; and Tessa Gratton’s “Beauty and the Beast” retelling, “Beast/Beast,” which gives the Beast a worthy adversary”

“The Raven Princess” is charming, people. Delightful and charming.

I know this is just a short story that I’m getting all worked up about. But I took serious stylistic chances with it. I got way out of my comfort zone. It’s nice when that works out. Because I gotta tell you, it doesn’t always.

Announcing GRIM, the Anthology

From Publisher’s Marketplace:

“CLAIRE DE LUNE and NOCTURNE author Christine Johnson, ed.’s GRIM, an anthology of dark fairy tale retellings, featuring stories by New York Times bestselling authors Ellen Hopkins, Amanda Hocking, Claudia Gray, Rachel Hawkins, Julie Kagawa, and others, to Natashya Wilson at Harper Teen, in a nice deal, for publication in Winter 2014, by Caryn Wiseman at Andrea Brown Literary Agency (World).”

As Christine points out in the announcement post on her blog, it’s actually Harlequin Teen who’s publishing. But the rest is true 🙂

My humble contribution will be “The Raven Princess”, based on the Grim Brothers story “The Raven”. This might be the weirdest story I’ve ever written. And for those who know my work, that’s saying something.

I’m so thrilled to be included in this line up. Just check it out…


This antho is going to be bananas.

Defy the Dark Anthology + Contest

So excited to finally announce that my short story, “There’s Nowhere Else” will be appearing in the forthcoming anthology, Defy the Dark, edited by Saundra Mitchell and published by HarperCollins. It’s a story set in the same world as Misfit, and one of the minor characters from the book even makes an appearance. It’s also a story in good company. Check out this amazing line-up of authors:

BUT THAT’s NOT ALL!! There’s one slot left for this anthology, and online writing community Figment is hosting a contest for teen writers to fill it. They haven’t told us a lot of details or rules about the contest yet, but you can sign up here on their Contest page to get all the details once they’re finalized.

Will you follow us into the dark? #badmusicjoke

The First Time story anthology is out!

I’ve mentioned the Debs many times. A group of YA authors with first novels debuting in 2009. Publishing is often a stressful, daunting, and confusing process. We came together to guide each other, to commiserate with each other, and to cheer each other on. So many incredible friendships were formed during that year. Quite simply, that group was a gift.

Well, we’re not debut authors anymore. Most of us have second books either in the works or on the shelves. We decided it would be nice to come together for one last project. A story anthology, appropriately titled:

The First Time

You never forget your first…

In THE FIRST TIME, 25 young adult authors contribute 25 stories all about firsts: first loves, first kisses, first zombie slayings, and more. From humor to horror, and everything in between, these stories will make you laugh, cry, cheer, (and maybe even scream) as you experience something brand new from the authors that you love.

My own humble contribution, called Looking Through One Eye, is set in the same world as Misfit (though not with the same characters). I hope you enjoy it!

You can get it for Nook or Kindle

The First Time cover
The First Time cover

Complete list of contributors: Cyn Balog, Lauren Bjorkman, Leigh Brescia, Jennifer Brown, Kirstin Cronn-Mills, Janet Gurtler, Teri Hall, Cheryl Renee Herbsman, Stacey Jay, Heidi R. Kling, C. Lee McKenzie, Saundra Mitchell, Jenny Moss, Jackson Pearce, Shani Petroff, Carrie Ryan, Sydney Salter, Kurtis Scaletta, Jon Skovron (me!), Kristina Springer, Rhonda Stapleton, Charity Tahmaseb, Jessica Verday, J. A. Yang, and Lara Zielin.

The First Time

Super excited to announce that I’m contributing to a new e-book anthology coming out in October!