Beta Clone Army Update – Episode 3

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Welcome to the third Beta Clone Army Update episode! This one's a doozy, clocking in at around 90 minutes.

J.C. delivers the goods on how 7th Son: Descent performed on its first day on sale, brags relentlessly about YOU, teases a new initiative debuting later this week, interviews THE John Smith (the real voice behind the Anyman EP), and answers your questions!

In this episode, J.C. chats about:

NATASHA'S MINISTRY MISSION FOR THIS WEEK (EXTENDED DEADLINE):

  • OPERATION: PHOTO FUN WITH 7TH SON
  • Acquire your copy of 7th Son: Descent on Oct. 27.
  • Snap a photo of you holding your copy of the book.
  • Make sure the photo is either fun or funny!
  • Email J.C. your photo (his email address: 7thSonNovel@gmail.com).
  • Complete this mission by Friday, NOV. 6 and get mentioned on the Agents of the Ministry page and a signed ULTRA RARE hand-crafted "Project 7th Son Dossier"
  • Mission completion after Oct. 30 still earns you a place on the Agents page
  • Photos will be posted on J.C.'s site!

The Beta Clone Army Update anthem is "Birthright: Birthwrong Remix" by Celldweller and Blue Stahli. Learn more about the artists at Celldweller.com and BlueStahli.com.

Like what you hear? Tell a friend, and give a shout in the comments!

"Personal Effects: Dark Art" Video Trailer #11 - The SUPERVLURB

Behold, the SUPERVLURB, an epic video blurb endorsement of Personal Effects: Dark Art featuring a dozen of the most influential creators in the podcast fiction community. All have read the novel. All have something to say. If you're a superfan of podcast fiction, you're gonna love the SUPERVLURB.

uchly thanks go out to these incredible, generous storytellers. Without their years of support for my work, I dare say Personal Effects: Dark Art would never have happened to me. They are all ultracreative people, and worthy of your time and attention. Visit their sites. Listen to their work. You won't be disappointed.

  • Philippa Ballantine Author of: Chasing the Bard, Digital Magic, Weather Child
  • Scott Sigler New York Times bestselling author of: Infected, Contagious, Ancestor
  • Seth Harwood Author of: Jack Wakes Up, Jack Palms 2 & 3, Young Junius
  • Mark Yoshimoto Nemcoff Author of: Number One with a Bullet, Shadow Falls, Diary of a Madman
  • Christiana Ellis Author of: Nina Kimberly the Merciless, Space Casey
  • Matt Wallace Parsec Award-winning author of The Next Fix, The Failed Cities Monologues
  • James Melzer Author of: The Zombie Chronicles - Escape
  • Stephen Eley Editor of Escape Pod, and publisher of the horror fiction podcast Pseudopod
  • Mark Jeffrey Author of: The Pocket and the Pendant, The Two Travelers
  • Mur Lafferty
  • Author of: Playing for Keeps, the Heaven series, co-founder of Pseudopod
  • Phil Rossi Author of: Crescent, Tales from the Vault, Eden
  • Matthew Wayne Selznick Author of: Brave Men Run, Hazy Days and Cloudy Nights

As always, co-producer/editor Michael Bekemeyer gets a big salute for his editing skills. Find the first 10 trailers here.

Personal Effects: Dark Art is available in bookstores TODAY. Purchase a copy at your favorite store, or order a copy online.

--J.C.

HEY, EVERYBODY #006

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It's the second of this week's Hey Everybody twofer, featuring a terrific interview with Matthew Wayne Selznick. He dazzled us with his podcast novel Brave Men Run ... and now, he's got something truly inspired in store for readers. Get ready to learn about Hazy Days and Cloudy Nights.

J.C. also reminds listeners about the forthcoming Personal Effects: Sword of Blood (it drops tomorrow, ROCK), and announces another first-ever in publishing -- Personal Effects: Dark Art character Rachael Webster is actually blogging at SuicideGirls.com! This announcement is not to be missed!

Links mentioned in the show:

The anthem for Hey, Everybody! is "Chip Away" by Jane's Addition, distributed freely via BitTorrent and the Nine Inch Nails/Jane's Addiction tour site, Ninja2009.com.

Like what you hear? Please leave a comment, and tell a friend about the show, and about Personal Effects: Dark Art!

BONUS: "Dear Mr. Donner" VIDEO

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On Sunday, July 13, 2008, author Matthew Wayne Selznick celebrated the release of the Swarm Press edition of Brave Men Run — A Novel of the Sovereign Era with an eight-hour "webathon" on live, streaming video. On that day, the collected audience of more than 1,000 purchased so many copies of Brave Men Run, the book reached number #53 on the Amazon.com bestseller chart, #3 on the action-adventure chart, and #10 on the genre fiction chart. The book was also the #1 "mover and shaker" that day.

As a way of giving back to his fans on that amazing day, Selznick invited seven podcast fiction authors to contribute short stories set in his "Sovereign Era" superhero universe. Selznick performed live readings of these stories. This was an Internet, new media, and publishing first.

J.C. Hutchins was a contributor to this project. This story is the first piece of fiction Hutchins has released beyond his 7th Son trilogy. This video is Selznick's reading, captured from the event’s live video feed.

For more information about Brave Men Run and Selznick's work, visit BraveMenRun.com. Enjoy!

OBSIDIAN: Bonus "Hijacked" Episode

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The podcast feed has been hijacked by an ultra-powerful entity! No, it's not Kilroy2.0 -- it's Matthew Wayne Selznick, author of the trailblazing podiobook (and damned good novel) Brave Men Run: A Novel of the Sovereign Era. Listen to this killer promo personalized for 7th Son fans, in which Matt announces his ambitious plans to rush the Amazon charts on July 13 (the book's release date), and the incredible all-day event he has planned to celebrate the release.

As part of this history-making LIVE event, Matt will read seven short stories set in the Brave Men Run universe, from some of the hottest names in podfiction, including:

As Matt mentions in this promo, this is the first time you'll ever experience my non 7th Son-related fiction in any medium, so if you dig my stuff, it's one more reason to attend Matt's live event and support his hard (and excellent) work by purchasing a copy of Brave Men Run on July 13, at Amazon. Visit Matt's site for all the details -- and if you want to learn more about Matt and Brave Men Run, check out his recent interview on the UltraCreatives Interview Series.

--J.C.

UltraCreatives Interview #15: Matthew Wayne Selznick

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It's the second UltraCreatives interview for you this week, and this one's packed with history-making exclusive news from author Matthew Wayne Selznick. Matt is the author of Brave Men Run: A Novel Of the Sovereign Era, a groundbreaking novel that was released in several forms -- including print -- in 2005. Now nearly three years later, independent publisher Swarm Press has picked up the novel for mainstream release. In this conversation, Matt chats about Brave Men Run and how he's promoting it. He also shares his scrappy artistic roots and how they greatly influenced his lifelong "Do It Yourself" philosophy.

Coolest of all, Matt announces some exclusive information about his ambitious plans to rush the Amazon charts on July 13 (the book's release date), the incredible all-day event he has planned ... and something truly special that he hasn't yet announced in the podosphere. It's history making stuff, and you'll hear about it here first in this UltraCreatives interview.

Find Matthew Wayne Selznick on the World Wide Everywhere:

In the "talky talk" introduction to this episode, J.C. Hutchins reveals some developments in his own creative world, including:

  • An upcoming interview on OnThePod, and a recent interview on Slice of Sci-Fi
  • An update on where he stands in the editing process of the new novel he's co-writing, Personal Effects: Dark Art
  • The release date for the new novel, and how that affects the release of 7th Son: Descent
  • A not-so-coy reveal on who's "blurbing" the book

Coming up next in the podcast feed: FINALLY, the two "Voices From the Darkness" episodes J.C. owes listeners, and then more 7th Son: OBSIDIAN goodness as we roll into mid-week!

PROMOS:

COLLECTIBLE POSTER: 7th Son: OBSIDIAN

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By Executive Order 12919: Martial Law is in effect for the United States and its territories... Stay in your homes... Your government is in control...

Behold, the first of fourteen collectible 7th Son: OBSIDIAN propaganda posters!

Now you can bring a piece of the nationwide OBSIDIAN blackout into YOUR world with these propaganda posters! These high-resolution printable posters -- which would appear in the 7th Son Universe during the blackout -- reveal the horrifying circumstances in the U.S. during OBSIDIAN. Martial law has been declared. Looting is rampant. Chaos reigns.

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Only one of these posters is available here at JCHutchins.net. The rest roll out exclusively on thirteen other websites today, May 20. Each site will feature one poster design only. To collect them all, you must visit all thirteen other sites.

These thirteen participating sites feature world-class fiction, sci-fi and gaming news, reviews and music. They're the very best sources of online entertainment for 7th Son fans, and J.C. Hutchins endorses them as "must subscribe" content:

Which posters appear on what website? Ahh, that's a secret ... as is what time they're released today. J.C. Hutchins recommends that you subscribe to these sites' RSS/podcast feeds NOW. That way, and you can immediately enjoy the free killer content these sites provide, and know that their posters will automatically appear in your RSS reader or podcatcher when released.

It's part scavenger hunt, part "collect them all" trading card concept, part cross-promotion. So download all fourteen posters, expose yourself to some of the best entertainment on the web ... and of course, print the posters and display them proudly for all your friends and coworkers to see!

Spread the word. OBSIDIAN drops May 31st. When the power fails ... chaos reigns.