A. H. Johnstone

Independent author making the world a slightly weirder place, one book at a time… 

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Charon Unguarded

‘My friend, if the story is written against you, what you need to do is—’
‘Change the story?’
‘I was thinking more like hunt down the author and gut him in front of his family, but your plan works too.’

Charon was once the Ferryman of the Underworld. Now he’s the doorman of a disused office block. If only the old Gods hadn’t lost that drunken bet all those centuries ago, things would be very different. For a start, Ragnarök probably wouldn’t be on its way.

Ra is looking for a way of escaping the mortal realm, but there’s something about his plans he isn’t telling everyone.

Maybe Charon is the only one who’s noticed. He certainly seems to be the only one who cares. But can he do anything about it? It looks like he’s going to try. But there are others who might profit from the situation, and the last thing he wants is the Fae Courts breathing down his neck.

In Charon Unguarded, A. H. Johnstone tells an unlikely story that somehow seems all too likely and confirms what we have always known; that the Gods of our Ancestors were often all too human.

Harry Dewulf

Editor, Densewords

A Supernatural Adventure of Olympic Proportions!


If you like American Gods, you’ll love this

J. Duducu

Author, History Jems

Published Under

Publishing under Bolide Publishing Ltd.


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Short stories and teasers.


A young woman tells the story of her journey, Into and out of slavery.

She began her life as a farmer in newly settled Iceland, but when her family farm is threatened by drought and debt, Æsa is forced to make a terrible choice.

Feeling the loss of her family she attempts to escape, but misfortune finds her again…


The Bet

Prequel to Charon Unguarded | Book One of the Ferryman Saga

Here’s where the trouble all started. Charon finds himself caught up in the fallout from Dionysus and Hermes’ ill-fated late night swim and a drunken bet on a very important Roman emperor that puts everybody’s future in jeopardy, and Dionysus and Hermes make some very unwise promises.  

Will the fates forgive them for their duplicity? Will Cassandra free herself of Apollo’s curse? Most importantly, will anybody stick to the rules of the bet, without trying to twist them to their advantage?  

Bits and Bobs…

Nearly there!

Charon Unguarded The paperback version of the new edition of Charon Unguarded has been uploaded and a proof copy is on it's way to me as we speak! I can only apologise for the delay in the expected release. Formatting issues arose that took longer to fix than...

Writing Progress | 11th – 15th February 2019

Happy Friday! I've been busily trying to finish The Bet over the last couple of weeks so the blog has had to take a backseat. That said, I am still alive and haven't fallen to bits... yet.Writing Journal Title: The Bet Genre: Fantasy Chapter: 26 Problems and pitfalls:...

It’s nearly ready!

The paperback is nearly ready

Newsletters should be entertaining. Please discuss…

Apologies for the delay in posting last week, but I promise I have a good excuse.

Call-out for Beta Readers

On the look-out for beta-readers.

Writing Progress | 14th – 18th Jan 2019

Happy Friday! I promised to be better at updating my author blog. In the spirit of that, I have decided to keep readers up to date with my progress (and give myself a kick up the bum to actually do it). On Fridays, I'll be posting a break down of the progress of my...

ARC Etiquette

This post is primarily aimed at readers who are considering becoming an advanced/beta reader for an author or publisher, Experienced readers and Booktubers will already know this stuff. This isn't meant to be an exhaustive list of hard and fast rules that...

Writing Goals for 2019

Another year, another set of writing and author goals. I also have reader goals, but that's another post. This year I'm keeping it to three. Everything else is a bonus. Goal 1 | Publish The Bet 2018 was not a good year for me (for lots of reasons I won't bore you...

Second Edition of Charon Unguarded Now Available For Pre-Order on Kindle and KU.

It even has a nice new cover. The new edition, published throughBolide Publishing Ltd, is available for pre-order and set for release on 13th November 2018. We are currently looking for reviewers and Beta readers for the new edition. If you would like to sign up for...

I am moving.

Many of you already know I am an editor, and the amount of work I have coming in doesn’t allow me the time to properly promote the book on my own, as well as take the time to write the next book. It’s on the go, I promise, but there are only so many hours in the day. I am also a parent of three very energetic boys who need my attention, and all work and no play makes mummy a dull girl.