Author Archives: K.V. Johansen

About K.V. Johansen

The author of Blackdog, The Leopard, The Lady, and Gods of Nabban, epic fantasies from Pyr, I also write for teens and children, including the "Torrie", "Warlocks of Talverdin", and "Cassandra Virus" series, and the "Pippin and Mabel" picture books, as well as a couple of short story collections and two works of adult literary criticism on the history of children's fantasy literature. I have a Master's degree in Mediaeval Studies, and read a lot of fantasy, science fiction, and history. Blog at

We’re still here …

I just noticed we hadn’t posted anything for a couple of years. YEARS. Where does the time go? (Hangs head in shame.) Well, the manga project is still on hiatus; Connie is still busy at her studies; KVJ is still … Continue reading

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What’s happening with the manga project?

Well, not much, lately. We haven’t abandoned it! It’s just progressing very slowly; Connie’s studies have to take priority over getting this out, though it’s still on our minds and every now and then, we get a little further with … Continue reading

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“Magic on the Edges” Guest Post on Fantasist Enterprises

Magic—not spells and hurled fireballs, but that inspiring combination of wonder, awe, and excitement that drives artistic creation—is, for me, born on the edges of things. Edges mean boundaries and borders, tension and change and flow. In the landscapes of … Continue reading

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Blackdog on Kobo

Blackdog is now available through Kobo, for all those use prefer ebooks. Here’s the link to it. (I know, a cross-posting from — but Moth is central to both stories.) And it’s also out for Nook as well, here.

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2012 Sunburst Awards Shortlist

Three cheers for me! (Hey that’s the title of one of my favourite books!) Blackdog has made the shortlist for the 2012 Sunburst Awards in the adult category. The jury said, “Blackdog is everything high fantasy should be … This … Continue reading

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Connie’s other blog

Connie has an art blog to display her portfolio now. Check it out over here!

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Guest post …

Just a quick post at the moment, to say, check out my guest post over on Madison Wood’s spiffy writing blog, where I was her Tuesday guest this week!

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The sword Lakkariss

“…a sheathed sword, lying alone in a web of ice.” Actually, this is my windshield this morning. But Moth’s Lakkariss could be under there, spinning its cocoon of frost.

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The Black Box on Year’s Best List

The Black Box, with a cover by Connie, is on the 2011 Year’s Best list published by Resource Links, a Canadian periodical for teacher-librarians. The Black Box is the third of the Cassandra Virus books, science fiction for 9-13 year-olds … Continue reading

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Valentine’s Day Book Giveaway – The Serpent Bride

Update … Congratulations to Anna D., whose name was selected by Mr Wicked as the winner. Please note that the contest is now closed. I’ve suddenly realized it’s Valentine’s Day, or will be tomorrow. I know that if I go … Continue reading

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