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CTJ Designs Jennifer Luitwieler's "Seven Days in May" Book Cover

CTJ Designs Jennifer Luitwieler’s “Seven Days in May” Book Cover

In February, I designed the cover of Jennifer Luitwieler’s new book, a novel titled Seven Days in May. Unfortunately, I did not draw the marvelous map of Tulsa that adorns the cover. That’s an authentic work from 1918. My biased review of the book is up at Amazon here. Buy the book, and follow Jennifer...
Denison Witmer Sings Evie to Sleep

Denison Witmer Sings Evie to Sleep

I have been listening to Denison Witmer since I discovered his Safe Away album in 2001, which was a very lonely year for me. I was in graduate school, girlfriendless, and vocationally clueless. I soothed myself by listening to Safe Away and a few other albums I mention here in my essay, “The Flowering Dark,“...
JWB Interviews CTJ + Blurbs to Make You Buy "Nightmarriage"

JWB Interviews CTJ + Blurbs to Make You Buy “Nightmarriage”

JWB vs. CTJ: An Acronym Battle for the Ages Read author, editor, and English teacher Jeri Walker-Bickett’s interview with me! In it, I discuss Nightmarriage, eLectio Publishing, Danny Joe Gibson, IMAGE Journal, Anne Lamott, and many more people, places, and things. http://jeriwb.com/author-interview-chad-thomas-johnston-6764/#more-6764 Do me a solid: If you like the interview, share it on Facebook,...
"Nightmarriage" Announced as Finalist for "Shirley You Jest! Book Award"

“Nightmarriage” Announced as Finalist for “Shirley You Jest! Book Award”

I just received email notification that Nightmarriage is officially a finalist for the Los Angeles, California-based “Shirley You Jest! Book Awards!” Hooray! The judges of the contest write, “From his explanation of the title (no, it’s not about getting married at night) to his explanation of his wife’s lost phone (she’s a black hole), Nightmarriage...
"Nightmarriage" Notables, Part Deux

“Nightmarriage” Notables, Part Deux

THE BOOK THAT WRITES STORIES OF ITS OWN Nightmarriage continues to spin its own stories. Consider Jennifer Jacobson of Fairview, Texas, whom I met via the Interweb. She ordered four copies: one for each of her children, and one for her parents. I inscribed them with my silver Sharpie, mailed them in my sci-fi-friendly silver...
The Hungry-Eyed Artist: An Interview with Sam Phillips, Part II (Outtakes)

The Hungry-Eyed Artist: An Interview with Sam Phillips, Part II (Outtakes)

READ PART II OF “THE HUNGRY-EYED ARTIST: AN INTERVIEW WITH SAM PHILLIPS” HERE, AT IMAGE JOURNAL‘S “GOOD LETTERS” BLOG AT PATHEOS.COM. Due to space limitations at the “Good Letters” blog, I am featuring outtakes from my recent interview with singer-songwriter Sam Phillips here. In case you missed yesterday’s installment, check it out here. When you...
Help CTJ Strike While the Iron is Hot!

Help CTJ Strike While the Iron is Hot!

Hi All, A lot is going on. If you’re able to help me spread the news, please do. Sam Phillips Today, the first part of my interview with singer-songwriter Sam Phillips is out via IMAGE Journal‘s “Good Letters” blog. Click here to read it. In addition to album after album that I own and adore, Sam has written...
A Feast for Hungry Eyes: An Interview with Sam Phillips, Part I (Outtakes)

A Feast for Hungry Eyes: An Interview with Sam Phillips, Part I (Outtakes)

READ PART I OF “THE HUNGRY-EYED ARTIST: AN INTERVIEW WITH SAM PHILLIPS” HERE, AT IMAGE JOURNAL‘S “GOOD LETTERS” BLOG AT PATHEOS.COM. Due to space limitations at the “Good Letters” blog, I am featuring outtakes from my recent interview with singer-songwriter Sam Phillips here. Expect installment #2 here tomorrow! CTJ: You seem very comfortable with the...
Update + Lawrence, KS Book Signing: August 3rd, 1-3 p.m. at Signs of Life

Update + Lawrence, KS Book Signing: August 3rd, 1-3 p.m. at Signs of Life

Things have been busy around here. This week alone I have: 1) Been interviewed by the Kansas City Star. Look for me in it this weekend. 2) Been interviewed and photographed by the Lawrence Journal-World. Look for me in it this weekend, too. 3) Signed off on production of the color edition of Nightmarriage. Buy it...
"Nightmarriage" Color Edition Now Available for Exorbitant Price!

“Nightmarriage” Color Edition Now Available for Exorbitant Price!

“Nightmarriage” fans, you can now purchase a color edition of the book for a mere $34.99!!! It’s more expensive than the black and white edition, yes, but it’s also cheaper than the production of the color portion of The Wizard of Oz, so I think we should be commended for our business acumen. Visit the...
"Nightmarriage" Notables: Stories from a Newly Published Author

“Nightmarriage” Notables: Stories from a Newly Published Author

Since eLectio Publishing released Nightmarriage to the general public on May 28th, a lot has happened. The book has fifteen reviews on Amazon, including thirteen five-star reviews—not a bad start at all. Book Signing Joshua Madden’s brainchild, Boompopmedia.com, has published information about my forthcoming book signing in Lawrence here. The resulting piece warns that I am...
Transformer: Exploring Todd Solondz’ "Palindromes" Through the Eyes of the Russian Formalists

Transformer: Exploring Todd Solondz’ “Palindromes” Through the Eyes of the Russian Formalists

Overview I wrote “Transformer: Exploring Todd Solondz’ Palindromes Through the Eyes of the Russian Formalists,” in 2006—one semester before I dropped out of my PhD program. I have learned much about writing since producing this work, but I am publishing it here despite its flaws because it will never see the light of day if...