Praise for Everything Under the Moon
"Here you will find a story that wants to bury you in its darkness at times, while at other times making you laugh so hard you can barely breathe. Here you will find an ending that takes that breath away again . . . I highly recommend Everything Under the Moon to fans of horror, especially those who like their darkness peppered with humor and occasional poignancy." Horror After Dark
“This is the werewolf as you haven't seen it before: talking like a Richard Kadrey novel, walking through Charlie Huston's dark streets, and snarling like a Jim Harrison creature." Stephen Graham Jones, author of Mongrels
“There’s a whole world out there, that most of us never need to know about. A world of predators and prey, and predators who prey on predators. It’s a dog eat dog world, and things are getting a bit hairy. It’s Jeff Johnson’s world, where the volume is always cranked up to eleven, the violence is cranked up to the max, and it’s just one damned thing after another. The pace is fast, the plot is racing and restraint has been kicked into the gutter. And it’s got werewolves. What more do you want?” Simon R. Green, New York Times Bestselling author of Tales from the Nightside
Praise for Tattoo Machine
“Jeff Johnson is a gifted and natural born storyteller.”John Irving, Academy Award-winning author of The Cider House Rules
"Tattoo Machine is meticulously observed, savagely funny, and deeply compassionate. It's a tale of up-from-under redemption through the shadowed art of personal symbolism. Jeff Johnson is a sharp-eyed master tattoo artist and an extraordinary writer."Katherine Dunn, author of Geek Love
"An amazing firsthand account of all things you wondered about tattoo shops. I loved it."Gus Van Sant
"A wry, tender story about the tribulations of flesh and inkand funny as hell. I've never understood why people get tattoos, but after reading Jeff's excellent book I may just get one myself.” Steve Dublanica, author of New York Times Bestselling Waiter Rant?
"For everyone out there who is as fascinated by skin art as much as I am, Jeff Johnson's memoir is a must read, a gritty, brutally honest account of his life and years in the tattoo business. Equally hilarious, alarming, heartbreaking, rebellious, and philosophical, Tattoo Machine gets inside your head and leaves an impression that goes deeper than any needle, one that will only be wiped away when you, dear customer, are dead and gone."Donald Ray Pollock, author of Knockemstiff?
“Tattoo parlors are showcases for the socially disreputable, the brazenly nonconformist and the indelibly creative, all on display in this colorful memoir.”Publishers Weekly
"One of the best books I’ve read so far this year
a reading experience that transcends the subject matter.”Jeff VanderMeer
“Funny, outlandish, and sometimes disturbing
”New York Post
“Astonishing candor and brilliant imagery.”London Free Press
“Absolutely fascinating.”Washington Post
A murderous, thieving werewolf gets tripped up plying his trade when he's co-opted by a shadowy cabal.Tattoo artist, musician, and writer Johnson chronicled his colorful life in a memoir, Tattoo Machine (2009), and here makes his first foray into fiction with a nasty, snarling bit of supernatural noir that's reminiscent of the more gruesome novels of Chuck Wendig or Joe Hill. The protagonist of this Portland-based crime novel is Gelson Verber, a century-plus-old half-breed werewolf who's learned a few tricks in his day but who's kind of having a bad run. "The Experiment wasn't working," he confesses as the book opens. That particular treatment involved damping down his furry ferocity by downing fistfuls of tranquilizers, gallons of scotch, and the not-so-occasional roofie. Gelson plies his trade by hunting down local scumbags and selling their belongings to his fence, Lemont. Things go awry when he encounters one Linda Morgan, aka "Miss Misery," an employee of the mysterious Salt Street Development company. There, he learns that not only do they know who he is, but they also know what he is—and they intend to blackmail him into doing their dirty work for them. It's here that Gelson finally meets another of his kind, Christophe, a werewolf who is faster, stronger, and far more dangerous. But it turns out there's more to Gelson Verber than meets the eye. As the hard man of this particular slice of genre, the guy is a fantastic character: ruthless but not without humor, a master grifter who's been doing this a very long time, and a stone-cold killer whose methods can be shocking even within the pages of this horror/crime fusion. Along the way, Johnson throws in Gelson's target, a communications magnate who has gotten on Christophe's bad side; Izelle Tatum, a savvy transsexual who's only hustling to make the bread for sex-reassignment surgery; and a pair of plot reversals that are likely to leave readers with their jaws on the floor. A briskly paced, splatter-filled crime novel to delight fans of directors Tarantino and Rodriguez.