Writer, Johannes "Plotstains" Stelzner has worked in tailor shops, coffee shops, theatres, dance studios, and as a painter. He's run from a burning streetcar, been robbed, and has demanded from his government a portrait of Queen Elizabeth IINow, he's bring his brand of writing to you.


A member of the dynamic writing duo, The Shadows Crew, Plotstains has written for the medieval world of Valcrest since 2010. Based in Toronto, Canada, he continues to write and edit for the web serial set in Valcrest, Shadows Rise. While never appearing on the NYT Bestseller's List, he's won the best award of all: A mother's love (a mother who's been to New York, one time).  

Photo credit: Tim Leyes, Toronto, ON


"We tend to say that the past can never really hurt you. And if something hurts still, no matter how much time has passed, then it isn't truly in the past."

Shadows Rise is a story that explores the lengths people might go to in order to exact revenge. If you like assassins, secret societies, magic, and character-driven plots, this story is for you. 

This story is a joint collective between Plotstains and his writing partner, Blackbrid. Look out for new chapters released on the 1st and 16th of each month. 

"And as imagination bodies forth
The forms of things unknown, the poet’s pen
Turns them to shapes and gives to airy nothing
A local habitation and a name."

William Shakespeare

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