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The world has never been perfect. The world has never been all bad. But there has always been evil and men who drink of it. This ends now.

Enter Bishop Rider and people like him who have had enough and are willing to embrace what most will not. The world will never be perfect. The world will never be all bad. It’s the middle we must embrace. This, a better kind of hate.

The Big Thrill recently caught up to Beau Johnson to discuss his novel, A BETTER KIND OF HATE:

What do you hope readers will take away from this book?

I hope readers take away enjoyment from my book, little shots of fun from the stories which bounce around my head.

How does this book make a contribution to the genre?

I think my book contributes to the genre by being as dark as the world truly is. There are sunshine and rainbows, yes, but they are only a reflection of what we as a whole strive to become.

Was there anything new you discovered, or that surprised you, as you wrote this book?

I discovered I have some deep, dark thoughts as to how to dish out punishment to those who deserve it. I sometimes found voices in my head which I can’t really say were my own. They were, yes, let’s not kid ourselves, but they still felt different.

No spoilers, but what can you tell us about your book that we won’t find in the jacket copy or the PR material?

No spoilers, not on the jacket copy or the PR material: there will be blood!

What authors or books have influenced your career as a writer, and why?

Stephen King since I was a teenager. Always and forever the King. I also enjoy many of my brothers in the noir arena but there are far too many to name and my fingers have begun to hurt.


Beau Johnson lives in Canada with his wife and three boys. He has been published before, usually on the darker side of town. Such fine establishments might include Out of the Gutter Online, Spelk Fiction, Shotgun Honey and the Molotov Cocktail. Besides writing, Beau enjoys golfing, pushing off boats and certain giant tigers.