John G. Hartness

John G. Hartness

John G. Hartness is a teller of tales, a righter of wrong, defender of ladies’ virtues, and some people call him Maurice, for he speaks of the pompatus of love. He is also the award-winning author of the urban fantasy series The Black Knight Chronicles, the Bubba the Monster Hunter comedic horror series, the Quincy Harker, Demon Hunter dark fantasy series, and many other projects. He is also a cast member of the role-playing podcast Authors & Dragons, where a group of comedy, fantasy, and horror writers play Dungeons & Dragons. Very poorly.

In 2016, John teamed up with a group of other publishing industry ne’er-do-wells and founded Falstaff Books, a small press dedicated to publishing the best of genre fiction’s “misfit toys.”

In his copious free time John enjoys long walks on the beach, rescuing kittens from trees and playing Magic: the Gathering. John’s pronouns are he/him.


Selected Publication History –

Returning the Favor and other stories, author, Falstaff Books, 2009

The Chosen, author, Falstaff Books, 2010

Hard Day’s Knight, author, Falstaff Books, 2010

Back in Black, author, Falstaff Books, 2011

Red Dirt Boy, author, Falstaff Books, 2011

Knight Moves, author, Falstaff Books, 2011

Scattered, Smothered, & Chunked, author, Falstaff Books, 2012

The Black Knight Chronicles Omnibus, author, Bell Bridge Books, 2012

The Big Bad: an Anthology of Evil, editor, Dark Oak Press, 2013

Paint it Black, author, Bell Bridge Books, Bell Bridge Books, 2013

The Big Bad II, editor, Dark Oak Press, 2015

Cinched: Imagination Unbound, editor, Falstaff Books, 2015

In the Still of the Knight, author, Bell Bridge Books, 2015

Grits, Guns, & Glory, author, Falstaff Books, 2015

The Weird Wild West, contributing author, eSpec Books, 2015

Year One: A Quincy Harker Demon Hunter Collection, author, Falstaff Books, 2016

Man in Black, author, Bell Bridge Books, 2016

Wine, Women, & Song, author, Falstaff Books, 2016

The Cambion Cycle, Quincy Harker Year Two, author, Falstaff Books, 2016

Fireheart, author, Falstaff Books, 2017

Amazing Grace, author, Falstaff Books, 2017

Queen of Kats, author, Falstaff Books, 2017

Damnation, Quincy Harker Year Three, author, Falstaff Books, 2017

Zombies Ate My Homework, author, Authors & Dragons, 2018

Histories: A Quincy Harker, Demon Hunter collection, author, Falstaff Books, 2018

Awards and Memberships

Member – SFWA, HWA, ITW

Past President, Charlotte Writers' Club

Winner, Manly Wade Wellman Award 2016

Winner, EPIC Award, Best Horror Novel 2014

Nominee, EPIC Award, Best Horror Novel 2013

Related Experience

Charlotte Learning Connection Teacher of the Year 2014, panelist at dozens of conventions throughout the Southeat, have delivered workshops on writing and publishing for three years. 

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