Johnny Scotch is going to Scotland!

Yes! May of 2018 will be a very special trip across the ocean to visit the UK. What is better than a trip to the UK? Spending 3-4 days visiting Scotland and checking out the as many scotch distilleries as my liver can handle.

I definitely have a list of places that I want to visit and hopefully have some discussions about partnering with my brand for future books, but I also want to know what others think.

Where should a writer of pulpy, Jazz-noir go to find fresh inspiration in the silky spirits of Scotland?

Are you a distillery that is looking for a marketing opportunity with an author and musician from the states? (Say a special book signing or musical performance at your location?)

Chime in world. I want to get some discussion going to help make this trip truly memorable.



Johnny Scotch: Top Shelf Reviews…

Johnny Scotch Top Shelf Review 2 – Oak Cross blended malt scotch whiskey from Compass Box

I like my scotch like I like my women. Straight, single, and complex. But that doesn’t mean I haven’t had my dalliances outside of my comfort zone on occasion. When it came to my first experience with Oak Cross, it was an experience worth traveling outside of my general taste of single malt, well aged scotch to take in the varied flavors afforded to me with each sip.

Like any good tasting experience, my first time with Oak Cross comes was enhanced by the secret passages and dark recesses of a speakeasy. I was in Vegas, a town where the underworld is part of the daily grind and people shill themselves like they sell their goods. After taking in an evening of piano bar shenanigans in the old downtown, it was time to have a serious drink. I turned to Joey. He knew these streets and establishments like no other. It turned out, the only place he wanted to go was the only place that I would have asked for.

The bar had no name for visitors to find, but only because to the general public it did not exist. Joey took me down the street to a hipster driven bar that I would not be caught dead in. I was hesitant but he assured me he knew what he was doing. He checked his phone for a returned message and within a few minutes of standing outside he told me to follow him. We walked up to the wall of a man that stood guard at the door. Joey looked at him with a grin and spoke two words that I couldn’t make out over the din of thumping bass lines that hammered away from inside. The bouncer gave a grunt and Joey held up two fingers. He gave a slow nod, turned and led us into the disco-nouveau tainted surroundings.

I was expecting to be led to a loud, strobe light infused booth for table service. But we were led past the roar, to the far wall, just out of sight of the rest of the rooms gyrating patrons. Our muscled escort slid away a small bit of wall to reveal a keypad. He punched in a series of numbers and the wall slid away to reveal an exposed brick stairway down into the basement of the building. My wariness melted away with each step down into the darkened passage along with the ruckus noise from the club above. The narrow, winding stairwell opened up into a small dim lit room filled with vintage furniture and a bar with a single bar tender providing each patron with a customized experience for a flat rate per drink.

The bouncer showed us to the only two seats left and we settled into the comfortable stools at the bar. The smoke tinged husky voice, bright green eyes, and red-haired bar matron welcomed us as she asked us what our pleasure was. I asked for a scotch, neat. She inquired as to my tastes and I gave her a tour of my list of favorites. She noted my flavor palette and I fully expected to be poured a Lagavulin or Oban, or something on my list. She waved off all of those and procured a clear bottle with a cornflower label adorned with gold lettering and decorations. What she poured was a generous two fingers of Oak Cross. It’s blonde coloring danced in my tumbler, inviting me to dip my toe in it’s waters.

One whiff and I was transported. The spice laden notes lit up my senses. Clove and cinnamon and burnt sugars laced the smells that wafted up to me. I anticipated a spiced cider experience but was rewarded with something completely different. I brought the glass to my lips and the buttery texture coated my taste buds with a soft caramel flavor that was overshadowed by the taste of leather and earth and the gentle hint of wood. A soft warmth chased the alcohol down as I swallowed and the smooth finish hung with me in just the right way.

It was partly due to the environment and partly due to the fact that Compass Box, the company that distills Oak Cross, really knows what they are doing when they craft the flavor of their liquors. Since that day, when given a choice, I tend to lean towards a bottle of Oak Cross whenever I have it in my sights. It always brings me back to that speakeasy and never disappoints my palette with its buttery delivery of complex but not overpowering flavors.

This review was provided without solicitation for Oak Cross Blended Malt Whiskey, by Compass Box Scotch Whiskey Maker. John Dover is the writer of Johnny Scotch and professional musician based out of Portland OR. For more writing from John Dover, visit, and



Johnny Scotch for Santa Rosa

JS Fundraiser

Many times it is not until we are face-to-face with the results of a disaster that we put ourselves into action to help others. I am not from the Santa Rosa area, but have many friends and colleagues who were affected by the recent devastating fires that wiped across the landscape with such blinding speed. Homes, businesses, and families were burnt to the ground and it is heart-wrenching.

With this disaster, as with many that have occurred in such short succession, I have felt helpless in its wake of destruction. I don’t have much, but what I have I want to use to help those in need as much as I can. That is why, until the end of November, I will be hosting a special sale on my site,, which will designate a major portion of proceeds from the sale of every Johnny Scotch comic or book to the North Bay Fire Relief Fund. Here is the breakdown:

Purchases of $5.00 – $15.00 (one to three comics), $2.00 per comic will be donated.
Purchases of $9.00 (a copy of Danger in Bass Clef), $4.00 will be donated.
Purchases of $20.00 (Johnny Scotch package of three comics and Danger in Bass Clef), $10.00 will be donated.

As I mentioned before, I don’t have much, that means that any puchases will have to still include a shipping fee. Sorry.

I realize, this is not the only way for you to donate and I encourage any and all of you to go the the site for the North Bay Fire Relief Fund, or any of the myriad organizations that are working to benefit this and other disasters around the world right now.

Since Facebook will only allow me to host this event for two weeks, I will keep updates flowing through my webpage and also do a big announcement on December 1st as to how much we were able to pull together with this informal drive. Please help by taking part in whatever way you can. Post, share, contribute and share again.


Website updates for Johnny Scotch…

Spent some time today updating my site with some fresh images and with new links. Images to promote Johnny Scotch #3 are there and there will be more to come for sure. I also collected links for some of the reviews and interviews for Johnny Scotch over the past couple of years. Great links from my friends at Hold 322, The Art of Business,, and Written Sins.

I hope you will take some time to take a tour of the site and see what is going on in the Johnny Scotch universe.


What have I been up to?

What a crazy couple of weeks. The launch of “Danger in Bass Clef” has been going very well. Happy to say that we have pushed out our first 50 physical copies. Not monster numbers but for doing this all on my own I am very happy. Not to mention that we have had great reviews so far. Just waiting for more people to jump on board as the book gains momentum.

So where is Johnny Scotch the comic book? On its way!!! Dan Schaefer and I are gearing up to reveal the book in a couple weeks at Salt Lake Comic Con. I am so proud for how this one has come together. The marriage between my words and Dan’s artwork is amazing. I can’t wait to share this beautiful book with all of you.

Mostly what I have been up to besides clamoring to get the new comic done and printed is a lot of blog writing. Once it is official when my stuff will hit I will make an announcement as to where you can go to see me tackle some entertainment writing. Very fun stuff.

Looking forward to getting back to work on my new book though. I have to admit, as much as I have enjoyed throwing out a ton of content for this new blog I am eager to get some pages flying and back into the swing of things on the new project.

Whats next? Work will start on the fourth Johnny Scotch comic book soon after Salt Lake. I plan to have a new book ready for release in the next four months (knock on wood), and I will continue to promote “Danger in Bass Clef”, “Tales From the Braided Pony”, and the comics ad nausium.


Busy week of writing

Been doing a lot of promo lately for “Danger in Bass Clef”. Time to give an update on the other things that have been going on.

I have been cranking out a series of entertainment blogs for my friends over at Myth Machine. They should be going live in the next couple of weeks. Have not been doing this much binge watching and blogging but it has been great for my daily word count and helping me to hone my brevity. I never thought it would be so hard to punch out a review in a matter of 500 words. I have found it hard to keep it bellow 800 honestly but am starting to get better at finding a solid voice for them. I will keep everyone posted when those launch.

I have also started to shift my promo over to the upcoming release of the third Johnny Scotch comic which will be debuting at Salt Lake Comic Con in a little less than 3 weeks. Very excited for this one. Dan Schaefer’s art has really kicked it up for this issue and we are about to send something very special to the printers.

Of course, I am still putting out little promo shares regarding “Tales From the Braided Pony”. That book is special to me because not only do I have two stories in it, but it is the first thing I put out under someone else’s imprint. Chuck Anderson and Alucard Press have been awesome about this book and they have been pushing the hell out of it. So yay!

That’s it for now. Be sure to check out “Danger in Bass Clef” available through Amazon now!


Write, promote, repeat…

Good productive morning today. Got promo stuff out for both “Tales From the Braided Pony” and “Danger in Bass Clef”. Wrote the first draft of a new entertainment blog I will be doing on a weekly basis for another company. And got about another thousand words and some research in for my next book.

Now to get back to writing, then promoting, then do that some more. 🙂


Whats next?

Really pleased with how the promotion went with the “Tales From the Braided Pony” release this last weekend. We got some great reviews and a nice start to the sale of that crazy horror western anthology.

Although I am not done promoting “Tales”, I do need to now focus my efforts on the upcoming release of my debut novella, “Danger in Bass Clef”. So be prepared for a slew of blog posts with the latest trailer and all the quippy one liners I can come up with to help grab some attention for this book. I am very excited to share it with you all.

Today’s promotional offering:

Had Stephen King read Johnny Scotch, Danger in Bass Clef, I am sure he would have said it was a thrill ride for the ages. Danger in Bass Clef”, Due out August 17th on and at select stores. Johnny Scotch is…justice served neat. http://johnnyscotchjustice

Tales From the Braided Pony is for sale now…

The dilation of pupils, quickness of breath, and sweat beading across your brow can mean only one thing. You’re not reading “Tales From the Braided Pony” yet! “Tales From the Braided Pony” – Pick up your copy of the latest horror anthology installment from the twisted minds at Alucard Press. Available NOW at
#alucardpress #talesfromthebraidedpony #chuckanderson #johndover #meganince #stevenstacy #jasonzacharypott #suzannefox #kevinkennedy #jcmichael #kaelmoffat #veronicasmith #horrorwestern #spagehettiwesternhorror #horroranthology #vampire #monster #ghost #cannibal

Signing books and promoting the next!

Tomorrow I have the distinct pleasure of sharing a selling/signing space with my good friend, Kate Ristau. We will be hanging out at Another Read Through, signing and talking books with anyone who wanders on by. I will have copies of Johnny Scotch #1 & #2 there and will be taking pre-orders for “Danger in Bass Clef” for any interested takers.

I always love live events and this one will be very special since I get to share the time with such an amazing YA writer like Kate.

What: Book signing with Kate Ristau & John Dover
When: July 29th, 1 PM – 3 PM
Where: Another Read Through, 2932 Mississippi Ave, Portland, OR

See you there!