Russell W. Johnson fiction writer
Russell W. Johnson
 fiction writer
Russell W. Johnson is a fiction writer and North Carolina attorney. His debut story, "Chung Ling Soo's Greatest Trick," was published by Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine in January 2015 and won the Edgar Award's Robert L. Fish Memorial prize for best short story by a new author. Most recently, his novel in progress, The Mayberry Messiah, was selected as a finalist for the Claymore Award at the 2017 Killer Nashville conference. Russell's fiction has also appeared in Deep South Magazine, Jelly BucketThuglit, Outta the Gutter Online, and a Blueberry Lane Books anthology, titled Universal Enigma. 
Finalist for Claymore Award
Russell's novel in progress, ​The Mayberry Messiah, was recently selected as a finalist for the Claymore Award. The winner and top three finalists will be named at the Killer Nashville International Writers Conference in Nashville, TN, at the end of August 2017.
Winner of Robert L. Fish Memorial Award
"Chung Ling Soo's Greatest Trick," featured in the January 2015 issue of ​​​​ Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine , wins the Robert L. Fish Memorial Award  for the best short story by a new author. The award was presented at the Mystery Writers of America's Edgar Awards in New York City on April 28, 2016. See Russell's acceptance speech . Listen to Russell read his story here
Short Story Published in ​Jelly Bucket
Issue seven of ​ Jelly Bucket , the award winning literary journal by The Bluegrass Writers Studio, contains "Hot Weather Hooch," a story about a reporter in the 1970's who stumbles upon the scoop of a lifetime. The issue was published in July 2017, and will soon be available for purchase. 
Short Story Published in ​Thuglit
"Her Brother's Keeper" can be found in Issue 20 (November 2015) of the excellent crime fiction magazine, ​​ Thuglit , available for purchase on  Amazon .
Flash Fiction Published in ​​Outta The Gutter Online
"Watch Yo Teef," a flash fiction story by Russell W. Johnson, was published in ​​ Out Of The Gutter Online , February 2016. Read the full story here
Short Story Published in ​​Universal Enigma Anthology
"The Tasmanian Solution," a story about a nurse battling a deadly disease and a deadlier government reaction appears in ​ Universal Enigma Anthology by Blueberry Lane Books . The May 2017 publication is available for purchase on Amazon .
Short Story Published in ​​​Deep South Magazine
A tale about a desparate father at the end of his rope, "​Frequent Flyers," was published in ​ Deep South Magazine , May 2016. Read the short story here .