Scott Johnson

Fiction | Youngstown State University | Class of 2022

Scott Johnson’s thesis novel, Incarnate, is a rollicking epic fantasy novel in the tradition of the great J.R.R. Tolkein’s fantasy worlds, where a young man’s family and village is destroyed by marauders, and he is led by fate and mysterious helpers to discover the truth of his world’s past, and of his own.  —Chris Barzak


About Scott

Scott Johnson is a dark fantasy and sci-fi writer who spends his time writing and thinking profoundly about what it means to be human, the dark side of human nature, and how we fit within the universe. A loving father and husband, he is also the founder of Black Star Publishing LLC, an online literary magazine of dark fiction/art which hopes to become a publishing house. Scott has spent time overseas and loves to play video games in his spare time. His dream job would be a writer on a development team within the gaming industry or…a career novelist. 

Do you have any eccentric habits/strategies to get you started writing?

I shut myself out from the world and play instrumental music that fits within the genre of what I’m writing, i.e., synthwave for sci-fi, Heilung for fantasy, horror soundtracks or deathcore playlists for dark fiction in general. 

What are your favorite words? Why?

There are several saucy words that are my favorite. Really, any word that summarizes a feeling along with description are my favorite, however, if I had to pick just one it would be brumal which is an adjective that relates to winter, but it’s also close to brutal. I think of it as “brutal winter” and that speaks for itself.