Chris (C.C.) Humphreys was born in Toronto and grew up in the UK. 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 nine 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 1770s’ – ‘Jack Absolute’, ‘The Blooding of Jack Absolute’ and ‘Absolute Honour’- short listed for the 2007 Evergreen Prize by the Ontario Library Association. 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.
In 2012 he wrote, ‘Shakespeare’s Rebel’- about Shakespeare’s fight arranger – and then adapted it into a play of the same title, which premiered at the Bard on the Beach Festival, Vancouver, Canada in July 2015.
All his novels 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’ – Norse myth, runic magic, time travel and horror. The first book in the series is ‘The Fetch’, the sequel, ‘Vendetta’ and the conclusion is ‘Possession’. 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 and also published in Spain.
His new adult novel is ‘Plague’ published by Doubleday in Canada and Century in the UK in 2014. It is the winner of the Arthur Ellis Award for Best Crime Novel in Canada in 2015. ‘Fire’ will be published in 2016. Both are tales of religious fundamentalist serial killers set against the wild events of 1665 to 1666, London.
Chris lives on Salt Spring Island, BC, Canada, with his wife and young son.