6 Questions with Steve Johnson



In my continuing quest to expose you to the true, original thinkers and creative human forces out there, I present to you, Mr. Steve Johnson.




Steve is Hollywood movie special-effects legend, responsible for such mind-bending work in films such as Videodrome, Big Trouble in Little China, Species, Ghostbusters, The Abyss, and War of The Worlds. Just to name a very few.

He’s a radical individual, dynamic, and an all-around nice guy. He once told me that James Cameron made him cry on the set of The Abyss. Which probably helps explain his answer to my second question.



What is one thing you know you do differently than most people?

The one thing I do differently than most is take CRAZY chances – in biz and in life. Safety and security has never meant as much to me as raw experience, as pushing boundaries…whether I’m designing characters or plotting my next adventure.

Is there a person, dead or alive, that you would love to see vanish? Why?

There’s no one I’d like to see disappear. Not a very nice question.

What is your biggest fear?

My biggest fear is sleep paralysis and the unfathomable black dread that accompanies it. If you have not experienced it – you’re lucky.




What gets you out of bed in the morning?

Writing gets me out of bed in the morning. It’s the single most creative outlet I’ve found. Unlike toiling in the highly collaborative trenches of film-making – when I write a novel, I’m the director, the editor, production designer, even the actors. It’s all MEEEE!

What the hell is wrong with people?

What’s wrong with people? Hmmmnnn…perhaps the inability to think independently of others. I’d like to think I come up with my own opinions and theories, but usually, they can be traced back to someone else’s thoughts…which can be traced back to others’ thoughts, on and on, ad nauseum.

Who does the world need to know more about?

I truly believe the world will be a much better place when the archaic traditions of shamanism and plant teachers are widely accepted in the Western world. Ayuasca, Ibogaine, Peyote, even magic mushrooms have SO much to teach us. Just read a little McKenna, prepare yourself, and take the ride. You’ll come back a more compassionate, empathetic soul. There’s an eternity of infinite knowledge waiting for each of us in these benign, intelligent, other-worldly experiences.




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