Author headshot cropped

Auden Johnson, B.A., M.S., M.S.


Location icon United States

Masters in Publishing from NYU. Fantasy, sci-fi and horror blogger for 8 years. Covering writing, movies/TV shows, books and marketing.


Travel Photography

Photography Inspiration: Magical Trainscape

Ever have moments on your creative journey where you just don't feel like doing it? It's not that you don't enjoy it. You don't have the energy. I haven't been taking nearly as many photos as I used to. I just haven't felt inspired. I know you're not supposed to wait until you're inspired.

Escape the City: Photographing the Hudson Valley in NY

I inhaled the special silence found only in nature. It swept around and through me like a friendly wind, breaking the world's iron shackles. It brushed out the week's grime and filled me with new energy to pursue the path before me. I spent a semester in England in 2007.

What Is Fantasy Photography?

Ever come across a scene that looks straight out of a fantasy book? I guess that may be different for everyone. From what I've seen, most see it as photos of people dressed as elves, royalty, fairies or other fantasy characters or people being digitally altered to look like mythical creatures.


Author's Guide to Creating Infographics

It would be nice if I could hire a designer to create character and land artwork. But, I can't. I don't have the funds for it. The next best things would be an infographic. I created this to introduce some of my characters. I was actually surprised how popular this was.

Horror Writing Guide: Characteristics of a Haunted House Story (Infographic)

I don't even know what it is about paranormal stories that gets me excited. Maybe it's the language. Those atmospheric descriptions. But, I also love haunted house movies. Maybe it's the scares. When done right, a haunted story can be so creepy it gives life-long horror lovers the willies.

Which Digital Book Publisher Should You Use (Infographic)

You're ready to publish your book. You've heard about all the digital book publishing platform available. You've read recommendations, but you still don't know which one to use. I published my first book on Amazon in 2013. Between releasing 13 books and getting a Masters in Publishing from NYU, I've either used or researched a number of digital publishers.

Fantasy/Sci-Fi/Horror TV Show and Movie Reviews

What Were Your Favorite Moments from Stranger Things 3 (Spoilers)

SPOILER ALTER: This post containers spoilers for Stranger Things Season 3. I don't usually post spoilers but I wanted to do something different this time. Everyone's reviewed Stranger Things 3. This way is a bit more fun. Don't you love how Netflix releases entire seasons all at once?

Review: Captain Marvel, A Fun Movie I'd See Again and Again

I'll try to make this as spoiler free as possible. I admitted from the beginning that I wasn't all that excited to see Captain Marvel. The trailers looked awesome. It seemed like it would be a good movie. But like Ant-man and the Wasp, Captain Marvel came out after Infinity War but was set pre-snap.

Movie Review: Us, Tense and Terrifying

I started the movie noping the theater. The previews were finally done and the logos were playing. Then, the first two lights in the theater started flashing. Freaked me out. I don't know if that was on purpose but we'll done. All the lights flashed at the end of the movie too.

The Blackwell Ghost Review: A Well Done Indie Horror Movie

I have an Amazon Prime subscription which means I can watch a lot of horror movies. I've been meaning to review more indie horror movie reviews since I watch so many of them. It's tough to find one I can actually finish. Most indie horror movies on Amazon Prime are terrible.

Haunted Review: An Entertaining Horror Docu-Drama on Netflix

Anyone else happy Netflix lets you download shows and movies? I was traveling by Amtrak over the weekend. The train has WiFi but it's not great. You can check your email or Instagram but you can't stream movies. I usually go on Netflix and Amazon to see what kind of movies or shows I could download.

The House on Mansfield Street: A suspenseful found footage movie

A curtain separates my living room from the front area. It keeps the room warm in the winter and cool in the summer. In The House on Mansfield Street, the camera was pointed at the sleeping main character. I knew something was going to happen. I waiting for it.

Fantasy Writing and Books

What Fantasy Book Tropes Make You Roll Your Eyes?

I'm currently reading a novel that threw a prophecy at me in book 2. My eyes rolled so hard I'm surprised they didn't get stuck. You probably could've heard the sigh halfway around the world. Good thing the overall story was interesting or I would've given up on that book.

Myths About Medieval Europe You Often Find in Fantasy Books

Fantasy novels are often set in a Medieval Europe-inspired location. Even I tend to default to that location because I come across that more often when reading fantasy or even watching fantasy movies. I need to read more fantasy book set in non-Western locations.

Auden Johnson's Blog
Writing Fantasy Magical Battle Scenes

Sometimes, I imagine I have magical powers. As I'm walking through the city, I picture my power manipulating this object or breaking that object. Of course, I always give my characters abilities. They usually get into fights. How would you write a magical fight scene?

Facebook icon Twitter icon Linkedin icon Instagram icon Flickr icon