Virtual Book Release for Velocity Blues by Clifford Royal Johns

Clifford Royal Johns will be joining fellow scribe Josh Gauthier for a virtual book release this Thursday, May 13th, at 7 pm.

Josh Gauthier (he/him) is a Maine-based fiction writer, playwright, and librarian. A graduate of the Stonecoast Creative Writing program, he works across genres with a focus on fantasy, horror, and romance. His short work has previously been published in places such as The NoSleep Podcast and The Stonecoast Review. In 2019, his play Of Murder and Madness debuted at The Footlights Theatre in Falmouth, ME. Land of Outcasts is his first novel. You can order Land of Outcasts today from your retailer of choice:

Clifford Royal Johns (Cliff – he/him) lives outside Chicago with his wife and a rescue dog. He is a retired engineer who builds furniture and writes novels, short stories, memoir and humor. His first novel, Walking Shadow is available everywhere in e-book, paper, hardcover and audio. His second, Velocity Blues, will be coming out from Vernacular Books in June. His shorter written work can be found in a variety of magazines and anthologies. His furniture can be found in his house.

Advance praise for Velocity Blues:

“A gritty thriller that puts the downside of superpowers into bracingly relatable terms.” –Kirkus Reviews

“Johns has a keen eye for worldbuilding and captures Zip’s thought processes in frenetic, almost stream-of-conscious prose that perfectly mirrors his mental state. Readers are in for a ripping, deceptively philosophical ride.”–Publisher’s Weekly

“A thrilling amalgam of neo-noir and cyberpunk, Cliff Johns’s hyper-adrenalized new novel catapults readers into a near-future at once recognizable and startlingly strange. I read Velocity Blues in one sitting, and I suspect others will, too. Great stuff.” Elizabeth Hand

“Velocity Blues = a frenetic, futuristic gangster caper on fast-forward, with a premise you’ll wish you thought of, and a protagonist you’ll love (and want to kick on occasion). Characterization, action, and snappy lingo propel this, but there’s also a sneaky critique of society, of youth and adulthood, exploitation and rebellion woven through the shenanigans. Enjoy the ride. And try to keep up.”– David Anthony Durham

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