About Me

Image Chris (C.C.) Humphreys was born in Toronto and grew up in the UK. All four grandparents were actors and since his father was an actor as well, it was inevitable he would follow the bloodline. He has acted all over the world and appeared on stages ranging from London’s West End to Hollywood’s Twentieth Century Fox. Favorite roles have included Hamlet, Caleb the Gladiator in NBC’s Biblical-Roman epic mini-series, ‘AD – Anno Domini’, Clive Parnell in ‘Coronation Street’, and Jack Absolute in Sheridan’s ‘The Rivals’.

Chris has written eight historical novels. The first, ‘The French Executioner’ told the tale of the man who killed Anne Boleyn, was runner up for the CWA Steel Dagger for Thrillers 2002, and has been optioned for the screen. Its sequel was ‘Blood Ties’. Having played Jack Absolute, he stole the character and has written three books on this ‘007 of the 1770’s’ – ‘Jack Absolute’, ‘The Blooding of Jack Absolute’ and ‘Absolute Honour’- short listed for the 2007 Evergreen Prize by the Ontario Library Association, all currently being re-released in the US by Sourcebooks. His novel about the real Dracula, ‘Vlad, The Last Confession’ was a bestseller in Canada and his novel, ‘A Place Called Armageddon’ was recently published in Turkish. All have been published in the UK, Canada, the US and many have been translated in various languages including Russian, Italian, German, Greek, Spanish, Portuguese, Czech, Serbian, Turkish and Indonesian.

He has also written a trilogy for young adults ‘The Runestone Saga’. A heady brew of Norse myth, runic magic, time travel and horror, the first book in the series ‘The Fetch’ was published in North America in July 2006, with the sequel, ‘Vendetta’ in August 2007 and the conclusion, ‘Possession’, August 2008. They are also published in Russia, Greece, Turkey and Indonesia. His latest Young Adult novel ‘The Hunt of the Unicorn’ was released by Knopf in North America in March 2011 and also published in Spain.

Author in the role of Jack Absolute. Malvern 1987

Author in the role of Jack Absolute. Malvern 1987

His new adult novel ‘Shakespeare’s Rebel’, about William Shakespeare’s fight choreographer at the time of ‘Hamlet’, was released in the UK in March 2013 and in Canada August 2011.

He has recently signed to write two books for Century in the UK and Doubleday in Canada. ‘Plague’ and ‘Fire’ are tales of religious fundamentalist serial killers set against the wild events of 1665 to 1666, London. They will be published in 2014 and 2015.

Chris lives on Salt Spring Island, BC, Canada, with his wife and young son.

26 Responses to About Me

  1. Dennis Thompsett says:

    Dear Mr Humphries;

    Your book Armageddon has killed my Kindle. You bastard.
    My beloved Kindle was fine when I downloaded Armageddon and now, it is frozen, unresponsive and completely dead to the world. A bright eyed machine turned into a vegetable. Brought low by the insidious blunt force trauma of well wrought words.

    I demand satisfaction!

    Pistoleros at dawn in Gastown?
    Rapiers on the grass at Stanley Park?

    Pick your seconds, sir.

    Dennis Thompsett
    Another demned Canadian Patriot in Exile

    Email: Jonnictee@aol.com

    • Did its crash coincide with the final breach of the walls? Sorry to hear this … now you’ll have to go an buy a paper copy – and I get double income. See, all part of my fiendish plot!

  2. Claire Main says:

    Dear C C Humphreys,

    I hope you are well. If possible could you contact me regarding your new book Shakespeare’s Rebel? I think it is a fantastic book and I would like to promote it on our website http://www.doodledbooks.com.

    I look forward to hearing from you.

    Best wishes,

    Claire

    Managing Director

    T – 01246569722
    M – 07909903911

  3. Kelly Wells says:

    I finished A Place Called Armageddon last night on my Nook. As soon as I was finished I downloaded Vlad The Last Confession. I am now 150 pages into it. You definitely bring the era to life. I find the fall of the Byzantine Empire and its effect on the Balkan states fascinating. I’d love to see you write more in this time and place. But I will happily read anything you write now. I’ve added your works to my must-read list.

  4. Hi Chris! So nice to have met you on your recent stop in Athens. Andy and I had a delightful time, and we’re both eager to get started reading Jack Absolute. The offer on pecans from my parents’ orchard is still good!

  5. hi chris – i found a copy of vlad in a second hand bookshop and have to say is one of my favourite reads in the past couple of years ! went to the same shop today and found a copy of the french executioner which i snapped up eagerly … just wanted to ask , do you read any other historical novelists work ? i dont mind cornwall but must admit my favourites ( apart from you sir ) are conn iggulden , angus donald and simon scarrow . but have read most of their book so am on a mission to collect all yours now ..even if i have to break my rule and pay full price for a nrew book !

  6. lol yeah sorry about buying second hand – but unemployed sketch writer is rather restricted budget wise , but once i hit the jackpot i wil speed merrily to my local waterstones and do my part in sending your son to eton / harrow / cambridge / oxford / dagenham polytechnic / …

  7. ermm no comment ( cough ) ! i think you would find my town an interesting place – we have 2 castles – one was an 11th century building , but was destroyed in the civil war by cromwell , the other is still standing , its an elizabethan castle that was built and owned by sir walter raleigh – and our 7th century abbey houses the visible bones of 2 saxon kings , and for 800 years years the chanting of benedictine monks filled the air …..anyway , i am rambling , but i am sure there is a strory there somewhere lol . anyway , back to reading the french executioner – love it so far btw – on the slave ship at the moment so will bid you a good evening sir…. or should i shay shir ?

  8. Veronica Synkova says:

    Dear C. C. Humphreys,
    you are great writer. I read your book “Vlad – The Last Confession” and I was excited. I want ask you for your photo with your signatur for me. Is it possible?
    Please, contact me on my e-mail: vercikas@seznam.cz
    I’ll give you my address.

    Veronica

  9. Kerry Korberg says:

    Dear Mr. Humphreys:
    I am writing to ask if you might have any interest in reading my screenplay, “westviking”, which is based on the Norse Sagas and features the music of Led Zeppelin. It is the story of the Viking prince, Leif Ericson, who is pursued by contrary gods and a dark temptress in a quest for the love of his cold and murderous father, Eric Raude The villain’s role and the swordplay therein may be of singular interest to you.

    I should be more than happy to sign any required release.

    In Sincere Admiration,

    Kerry Korberg kjkorberg@gmail.com
    Armstrong, BC

  10. Gil Ibanez, seattle wa says:

    Just finished ‘APlaceCalled Armageddon’. Great book! I’m a historian stuck as a computer programmer. You really bring that period alive. Keep them coming.

  11. Hello Mr. Humphrey!
    My name is Sabrina Shaw and I am currently Reading your books Vlad, and Shakespeares Rebel (Personally I find them phenomenal). I’m writing a paper on them for my grade 12 Adopt-a-writer essay (Excuse the name, my teacher chose it not me) and I was just wondering if it were possible for us to email each other so I can pick your brain about these books, and possibly get some quotes for my essay? I’d greatly appreciate it and it would so helpful for my paper. (Of course I plan on saying only good things :) )
    Thank you! Please let me know.

  12. Goldsboro has indicated the will not have signed copies of your upcoming book. How may I obtain one? Help! distressed in Virginia. OMG, my wife is threatening to commit me!

  13. Catherine says:

    Have you ever thought of bringing your books to life in as audio-books. The wonderful Diana Gabaldon has recommended you on her FB page.

  14. Adele says:

    Dear Mr Humphreys
    I have sent a note to the publisher to complain that your Jack Absolute books are not available for Kindle at Amazon.ca. No response yet. Very disappointing. I did read the first book and enjoyed it immensely.

  15. Adele says:

    Thank you! I could see they were available in the U.S. but not Canada – so not fair. Will watch for them.

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