Craig Johnson (author)

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Craig Johnson
Close-up on Craig Johnson
Craig Johnson in 2011
Born Craig Allen Johnson
(1961-01-16) January 16, 1961 (age 57)[citation needed]
Occupation novelist, short story writer.
Language English
Nationality American
Genre Mystery, Crime fiction, Detective fiction, Westerns
Notable works The Cold Dish, Death Without Company, Kindness Goes Unpunished, Another Man's Moccasins, The Dark Horse, Junkyard Dogs, Hell Is Empty,
Spouse Judy Johnson

Craig Allen Johnson (born January 16, 1961) is an author whose works have been featured on The New York Times Best Seller list. He lives on a ranch he built himself in Ucross, Wyoming (population 25, near Buffalo, Wyoming). As of May 2017, Johnson has written 12 novels, two novellas and a collection of short stories featuring Sheriff Walt Longmire of Absaroka County, Wyoming. The novels were adapted by Warner Horizon for a television series on A&E.

Longmire novels[edit]

There are so far 12 novels (see list below). They have been translated into 14 languages and have won numerous awards including the Nouvel Observateur Prix du Roman Noir and the SNCF Mystery of the Year.[citation needed]

Longmire TV series[edit]

The former A&E TV series Longmire (now on Netflix), based on Johnson's novels, premiered on June 3, 2012 with cast members, Robert Taylor, Katee Sackhoff, Lou Diamond Phillips, Bailey Chase, Adam Bartley, A. Martinez, Zahn McClarnon, and John Bishop.[1] Longmire debuted as A&E's #1 original-series premiere of all time with 4.1 million total viewers.[2] All existing episodes (including those originally made for A&E) are now available to view on Netflix; seasons 4, 5, and 6 were made for Netflix after A&E had cancelled the series.[3] Longmire is filmed in New Mexico.[4] The sixth and final season was released in 2017 on Netflix.[5]

Longmire Days[edit]

Johnson's success is celebrated in an annual festival, called Longmire Days, in Buffalo, Wyoming. The author, many of the actors, and (on occasion) the publishers and producers attend this huge event. Close to 12,000 people visit this small town, the real life inspiration for the series' fictional setting, Durant, Wyoming.[6]

Personal life[edit]

Johnson lives in Ucross, Wyoming, with his wife Judy.[citation needed]


Walt Longmire Series (published by Viking unless noted otherwise)

  1. The Cold Dish (December 2004), Wyoming
  2. Death Without Company (March 2006), Wyoming
  3. Kindness Goes Unpunished (March 2007), Wyoming and Philadelphia
  4. Another Man’s Moccasins (May 2008), Wyoming
  5. The Dark Horse (May 2009), Wyoming
  6. Junkyard Dogs (May 2010), Wyoming
  7. Hell is Empty (May 2011), Wyoming
  8. Divorce Horse (eBook short story, April 2012)
  9. As the Crow Flies (May 2012)
  10. Christmas in Absaroka County (Four Longmire Christmas stories: eBook short stories, Penguin, December 2012)
  11. Messenger (A Longmire Story, April 2013)
  12. A Serpent's Tooth (June 2013)
  13. Spirit of Steamboat (A Longmire Story, October 2013)
  14. Any Other Name (May 2014)
  15. Wait for Signs (Twelve Longmire stories, October 2014)
  16. Dry Bones (May 2015)
  17. The Highwayman (A Longmire Story, May 2016)
  18. An Obvious Fact (Sept 2016)
  19. The Western Star (Sept 2017)


  1. ^ Munn, Patrick (March 2012). "A&E's New Drama Series Longmire to Premier June 3". TVWise. Retrieved June 10, 2012. 
  2. ^ Seidman, Robert (June 4, 2012). "Network TV Press Releases: A&E's 'Longmire' Debuted as the Network's #1 Original Series Premiere of All Time with 4.1 Million Viewers + 'The Glades'". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved June 10, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Longmire Season 4 And Its Ups And Downs. Ten Things You Should Know About Its Epic Resurrection". 
  4. ^ Marifosque, Raphael (23 June 2015). "'Longmire' season 4 news: Production under way, series to pick up from events in the previous finale". Ecumenical News. 
  5. ^ Gomez, Adrian (March 23, 2016). "New Mexico-filmed 'Longmire' to begin season 5 production". Albuquerque Journal. Retrieved January 4, 2016. 
  6. ^ Palmer, Aaron (May 17, 2016). "Buffalo Chamber Releases Schedule For Longmire Days Events". Sheridan Media. Retrieved January 5, 2016. The series is based on the Longmire series of books, written by local author Craig Johnson. The books take place in fictitious Durant, Absoraka County, Wyoming and are based on people and places in and around Buffalo and Johnson County. 

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