Timothy Johnson is a writer and editor living outside Washington, D.C., where he recently earned an MFA in creative writing from George Mason University. His published writing includes the novels The Pillars of Dawn and Carrier as well as short fiction from Gamut, Deracine Magazine, Crystal Lake Publishing, and Inked in Gray Press. He was editor-in-chief of phoebe journal, and in 2021, he was an Alan Cheuse Center Fellow and a Pushcart Award nominee for his story, “I Am Emergent.”
Timothy often writes speculative fiction, usually science fiction and horror. He is a member of the Horror Writers Association. Nothing frightens him more than the future, so he writes about it and hopes he is wrong.
Timothy tells stories about love and the moral compromises people will make to preserve it, belief in the absence of reason, the nature of the conflict between environments and our species, the intersection of family and legacy, worldview divergence between generations, and the rise of demagoguery and authoritarianism in contemporary western politics and culture. People fascinate and confound him, so he writes stories in an effort to understand them. He also firmly believes storytelling should be fun and emotionally moving, that we should be able to connect with them on a deeply human level. Otherwise, what’s the point?
You can occasionally find him posting keen observations of human behavior, obvious revelations, bad jokes, and puns on Twitter where he loves to connect with other people who are passionate about storytelling.