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The Exphoria Code (Brigitte Sharp #1)

NEW SPIES. NEW RULES.

MI6 cyber-analyst Brigitte Sharp has spent three years deskbound and in therapy, traumatised after her very first field op went badly wrong and caused the death of a fellow officer. But the murder of her best friend forces Bridge to go undercover inside a top secret military project, to root out a mole — where she uncovers a terrorist plot that threatens everything she has left to live for.

“A crackling fuse-wire of a book... Possibly the definitive espionage thriller of the early 21st century.”
Alan Moore


The Tempus Project (Brigitte Sharp #2)

Bridge is back, this time battling a series of hacks and ransomware attacks masterminded by a hacker known only as 'Tempus', who targets politicians and government officials with impunity. Realising this campaign is linked to a cyber-attack on the London G20 summit, Bridge is drawn into the dark-web world of cryptocurrencies, Russian hackers and an African rebel militia.

COMING SPRING 2020


Frightening Curves

ANTONY'S AWARD-WINNING DEBUT NOVEL

Phil London is an ex-cop — and a psychic. He used to work for Section Five, a clandestine British paranormal police force, until his wife's suicide drove him to leave. But now Phil has stumbled upon an ancient power lurking in the London Tube system; a power that once ruled the city, and is hungry to regain power even if it destroys society. Realising his past as a 'Fiver' is the key to his survival, Phil fights for his life and sanity... down in London's subterranean frightening curves.

“A smart and viciously funny debut... Deftly plays on our fear of the unknown.”
Dreamwatch


Stealing Life

Gentleman burglar Nicco Salarum is in trouble. He ditched an expensive shipment of stolen goods rather than kill a security guard, but that shipment 'belonged' to a local mob boss, and now Nicco owes him. So when a mysterious wizard offers him a large sum to steal a dignitary's necklace, Nicco thinks his prayers have been answered. But the job is not what it seems — soon the wizard has disappeared, the dignitary is dying, and Nicco is on the run...

“Johnston delivers sharp, witty and brilliantly observed prose.”
Strange Alliances


Short Stories

Watching The Football

Inspired by real-life political brinkmanship, WATCHING THE FOOTBALL is an ultra-short science fiction satire that asks the eternal question, “What price peace?” from a new and unconventional perspective.

Published on Wattpad (2018)


Soul Music

Shoska is an avant-garde musician and performance artist, trying to deal with a grieving ex-boyfriend who won't quit, an upcoming gig that she still hasn't finished putting together — and the trauma of her home, a distant mining colony, suddenly being cut off from the rest of the universe by The Closure. But then her ex gives her an ancient, forgotten instrument called a 'guitar'...

First published in INTERZONE #274 (TTA Press, 2018)
Now also available on Kindle: Amazon US / Amazon UK


Acid Burns

A StarCraft II story tying in to Heart of the Swarm

When a sleepy Dominion listening post's tranquility is disturbed by a zerg surprise attack, the base's marine forces find themselves fighting against a terrifying enemy — bringing with it a deadly sense of déjà vu for the commanding officer and her husband.

Published in STARCRAFT II: WAR STORIES
(Blizzard Entertainment/Simon & Schuster, 2014)
Read it online at the StarCraft website


Last Drink Bird Head

“Who is Last Drink Bird Head? He, she, or it.
Under 500 words. Don't ask — just write.”

Those were the sparse instructions handed out by Jeff and Ann Vandermeer to an eclectic group of writers for the charity benefit anthology LAST DRINK BIRD HEAD. Antony's story plays with language and symbolism to spin a tragic fantasy of animal ritual.

Published in LAST DRINK BIRD HEAD (Wyrm Publishing, 2009)