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Johnny Strike

Johnny Strike (1948-2018) was an American writer, mostly known as songwriter, guitarist and singer for the proto-punk band Crime based in San Francisco. Headpress published Strike’s first novel in 2004, Ports of Hell, with a blurb by William S. Burroughs.

Strike also interviewed Paul Bowles, Mohamed Choukri, Herbert Huncke. He traveled extensively with extended stays in Morocco, Mexico, and Thailand. Those locales would figure prominently into his fiction, particularly Name of the Stranger and Murder in the Medina. His writing has appeared in Ambit magazine, Headpress Journal, and Pulp Adventures. In 2008, Rudos and Rubes published his short story collection, A Loud Humming Sound Came From Above, illustrated by Richard Sala. 

His latest book, The Exploding Memoir, was released from Bold Venture Press in July 2018. Two months later, Strike passed away after a long bout with cancer. His final novel, Society of Ghosts, is scheduled for release from Bold Venture Press in 2021.