What you should know
C.C. (Chris) Humphreys
History, Fencing, Beer.
favourite holiday spot
Anywhere with waves.
“We are born astride a grave, my boy. Live your life knowing that and you will live your life.”
- The Blooding of Jack Absolute -
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’ and Jack Absolute in Sheridan’s ‘The Rivals’.
Chris has written seven historical novels. The first, ‘The French Executioner’ told the tale of the man who killed Anne Boleyn and was runner up for the CWA Steel Dagger for Thrillers 2002. Its sequel, ‘Blood Ties’, was a bestseller in Canada. 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 have been published in the UK, Canada, the US and been translated into Russian, Italian, German, Greek and Czech.
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 will be published soon in Spain.
His last adult novel was: VLAD: THE LAST CONFESSION - the true history of Dracula. Published in 2008 it was a bestseller in Canada, and has been translated in Germany, Spain, Russia, Poland, Czech Republic, Serbia, Turkey and Brazil. In May 2011 it will be published by Sourcebooks in the USA.
His new adult novel ‘A PLACE CALLED ARMAGEDDON’ about the fall of Constantinople 1453, will be released in the UK in July 2011 and Canada August 2011.
Chris lives on Salt Spring Island, BC, Canada, with his wife and young son.
RECENTLY READ or READING:
-The Redbreast: Jo Nesbo
-1599: James Shapiro