Publications & Talks


“Do Not Fear, For the Work Will Be Pure.” Heroic Fantasy Quarterly, Issue 44, May 2020. With art by Karollína Wellartová, and audio narration by Karen Bovenmeyer. (Review | Review)

“I really like the worldbuilding of this story . . . . And I like that Deonoro can see the complex reality of temak . . . because he can see past it and to the conflicting and hurt emotions of even those who try to embrace the horror and fear they represent in society. . . . A great read!” — Review by Charles Payseur of Quick Sip Reviews.

“Mother, Preserve Us All.” Endless Stars Magazine, Issue 1, Dec. 2019.

“A Child is Light,” On Spec, #112 (vol. 30, no. 2), 2019.

“The fear and paranoia felt by Evalina daring to decide her own fate gives the story considerable power. . . . A Child is Light is authentically Grimms-like, a fairy tale both meaningful and timeless.” — Review by Graeme Cameron in Amazing Stories

“Mr. Turner on the Great Western Railway,” Fantastic Trains: An Anthology of Phantasmagorical Engines and Rail Riders, edited by Neil Enock (EDGE, 2019). (Publishers Weekly review)

“One From Whom There Is No Escape,” Andromeda Spaceways Magazine, Issue 75 (vol. 15, no. 2), June 2019. (See Elena Betti’s great illustration of the main character here!)

“For You, Endlessly,” Compostela: Tesseracts Twenty, edited by James Alan Gardner and Spider Robinson (EDGE, 2017). (Publishers Weekly review)

“Missing in Action,” On Spec, #105 (vol. 28, no. 2), 2017. (Review | Review)

“Johnstone’s ‘Missing in Action’ is a story about complicating the superhero narrative, and taking it into areas that are less simple than good vs evil.” — Review by Derek Newman-Stille in Speculating Canada



Essays on Ursula K. Le Guin and China Miéville in Aliens in Popular Culture, edited by Michael M. Levy and Farah Mendlesohn, Greenwood, 2019.



Mary Shelley, directed by Haifaa Al-Mansour, The Romanticism Blog, 2018.



A Game of Thrones: George R.R. Martin’s World,” North York Central Library, Toronto, 18 Sept. 2018.

“From Simile to Metaphor: The Alien in Clarke’s Rendevous with Rama and Watts’ Blindsight,” Space Vampires and the Future of “I”: The Fiction of Peter Watts, University of Toronto, 10–11 Nov. 2017.

“The Politics of Worldbuilding in Guy Gavriel Kay’s Tigana,” Academic Conference on Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy, Merril Collection of Science Fiction, Speculation, and Fantasy, Toronto, 2–3 June 2017.