Pre-Order Melzer's "Escape" And Hit The Mother Lode!

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My friend and fellow author James Melzer debuted some terrific news today, and I wanted to share it with you fine peeps. Melzer is the author of Escape: A Zombie Chronicles Novel, the first book in a trilogy that combines zombies and government conspiracies. It'll be in bookstores later this year.

To whet your appetite for that novel, Melzer is rewarding folks who pre-order Escape by sending them an exclusive excerpt of the novel months before it's released ... and he's sending pre-order customers The Mother Load, a massively awesome horror/suspense short story anthology Melzer commissioned for this promotion.

is an eBook collection of never-before published stories from six great authors, including Mur LaffertyS.G. BrowneDavid MoodyWayne SimmonsMatt Wallace, and Jeremy C. Shipp. It's available to anyone who pre-orders Escape starting today -- Friday, February 25, 2011 -- and right up until Escape's release on December 6, 2011.

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Wanna support Melzer? Awesome. Here's the rules:

The only way folks can get their hands on this eBook collection is by pre-ordering Escape at any of the following online retailers: Amazon (Print Edition)Amazon (Kindle Edition)Amazon UKAmazon CanadaBorders.com, and Indigo Canada.

People must forward their purchase receipts to EscapeNovel@Gmail.com. Within 24 hours, they'll receive a .zip file containing The Mother Load anthology in .mobi, .epub and PDF formats for their eReaders. An exclusive text excerpt of Escape is included in this file.

Learn more about Escape at Melzer's website. Here are some great things two great writers are saying about Melzer's work:

"This is the 1984 of zombie novels" -- Scott Sigler, New York Times Bestselling author of Ancestor and Contagious

“Just when you think you know where it’s going, Melzer kicks you in the balls and turns everything on its head. Escape will take you to the edge and leave you wanting more.” -- David Moody, author of Hater, Autumn, and Dog Blood

So what are you waiting for? Support my friend and fellow author James Melzer by pre-ordering a copy of Escape today! With that anthology and excerpt of the book that'll soon arrive in your inbox as reward, you'll feel like you've hit the mother lode!

--J.C.

HEY, EVERYBODY #023: Personal Effects swag winners!

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Are you okay to go? J.C. is, and drops killer announcements in this episode. Fire up your MP3 players and take a good listen: Hutch announces the winners of the Personal Effects: Dark Art swag giveaway contests ... including the winner of the priceless Sword of Blood!

Winners: Expect an email in day or so. Hutch needs your snail mail address.

If Hutch didn't announce your name (but met the qualifications he mentions in the episode), email him. We'll hook you up with swag.

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!

Behold, the SWORD OF BLOOD

J.C. Hutchins and award-winning horror/thriller writer Matt Wallace have teamed up to unleash the coolest promotion in the history of the mothereffin' multiverse. By evangelizing J.C.'s new novel Personal Effects: Dark Art, you have a shot at winning a unique, priceless sword ... THE Sword of Blood.

This is a BATTLE READY, real-deal, no-messing-around REAL sword, from Matt Wallace's private collection. It is a replica of the sword wielded by Charles V of Spain. In 1519, Charles V was crowned "Roman Emperor"; at that time, no other leader had ruled such an inmense kingdom in human history. The sword's blade is forged in high carbon stainless steel, and is 40 inches long. It was crafted by Marto, the same company that created swords for the Highlander television series.

But it gets so much cooler. J.C. and Matt will write a flash fiction story, focused on the Sword of Blood ... and that story will be written on the blade of the weapon. This story will not appear anywhere else on the planet; it is written for an audience of one -- the person who wins the Sword of Blood. And to make this a true Sword of Blood, both J.C. and Matt will sign their names upon the sword in their own blood.

This sword originally cost hundreds of dollars, and is now truly priceless. Only one will be worthy to wield it.

How can you win THE Sword of Blood? Simple.

  • You must have a copy of Personal Effects: Dark Art on hand. (Borrow one from a friend. Order a copy here. If you can't obtain a copy, play them the videos at my homepage.)
  • You must conduct a "show and tell" of the novel and its transmedia items (IDs, biz cards, documents, etc.) to several family members or co-workers.
  • Simply show off the book, and tell your pals about the novel and its "out of book" transmedia experience.
  • You must pass out copies of the Order Form PDF (found below) to each person you chat with.
  • You can do this in your home, at a friend's house, or at your workplace.
  • You must document this Show And Tell session with at least one photograph.
  • Email that photo to J.C. at 7thSonNovel.com by July 31.

One worthy participant will be selected at random, and will receive THE Sword of Blood, featuring a flash fiction story written upon its blade and signed by its authors in their blood. This sword ruled the Roman Empire. It is more than worthy of your effort. In fact, the real question is: Are you worthy to possess it?

The contest ends July 31, 2009, so there's no time to waste. Print out the Order Form PDF for your peeps (found below), and get showing and telling. Be sure to document your efforts, and send at least one photo to J.C. at 7thSonNovel@gmail.com.

HEY, EVERYBODY #017: State of the Book #3

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Hot damn! Personal Effects: Dark Art continues to chug along most mightily as J.C. serves up another State of the Book address. Highlights also include: J.C. going off on a 1980s G.I. Joe cartoon tangent, J.C. nearly choking to death on-air, the return of the invisible toasting glass, J.C. chatting about the Sword of Blood giveaway, and the new goal we have as Personal Effects fans -- the 4 for 400 for 4,000 campaign. Download this sonuvagun, like, now.

  • Purchase Personal Effects: Dark Art
  • PHASE TWO: Madness In The Streets
  • The Sword of Motherf***ing Blood Giveaway (Scroll to the bottom of the page for all the details.)
  • Matt Wallace's website

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!

HEY, EVERYBODY #016

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J.C. interviews writer/podcaster/vidcaster/dark god Matt Wallace in this epically-awesome conversation. You will not only be introduced to the badassery that is Mr. Wallace -- you will bear witness to history in the making as J.C. and Matt announce the most compelling, amazing and jaw-droppingly cool giveaway ever conceived, like, EVER. Get ready to say, "Oh, shit."

  • Purchase Personal Effects: Dark Art
  • PHASE TWO: Madness In The Streets
  • The Sword of Motherf***ing Blood Giveaway (Scroll to the bottom of the page for all the details.)
  • Matt Wallace's website
  • Jonathan Maberry's website

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!

"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.

"Personal Effects: Dark Art" Video Trailer #5 - Matt Wallace

Meet Matt Wallace, the Parsec Award-winning undisputed new master of splatterpunk fiction. An ex-professional wrestler who writes stories that'll give your nightmares nightmares, the man is a force of nature. He's unshakable. Until he read Personal Effects: Dark Art...

Watch the vlurb. Pre-order the novel. Toss a copy of Wallace's The Next Fix in that online shopping cart while you're at it.

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

Word of mouth is the key to Personal Effects: Dark Art's success. Spread the word about this awesome video promotion by embedding the video on your blog. Email this page to friends. Tweet it. Facebook it. If you think this video is worthy of sharing, please do what you can to spread the word.

More videos are coming. Personal Effects: Dark Art. In bookstores everywhere this June. Pre-order now.

--J.C.

J.C.'s "The Next Fix-Kindle" Promo

Professional writer, dark god and all-around badass Matt Wallace recently asked me to create a video promo to celebrate the release of the AWESOME Kindle release of his short story anthology, The Next Fix. Here's what I cooked up; I hope you enjoy it.

More important, I hope you by The Next Fix for the Kindle. At four bucks, you'd be a fool not to snag a copy.

--J.C.

OBSIDIAN: Episode 20

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The black ... is back. Today marks the debut of the second half of 7th Son: OBSIDIAN, and it's a frickin' doozy thanks to this week's powerhouse author. (If you're dying to know why OBSIDIAN was on hiatus, listen to the intro of the most recent UltraCreatives interview with author/podcaster Mur Lafferty.)

Meet Matt Wallace. He's as tall as a tree and as dangerous as Killdozer -- because Everyone Knows a Machine Cannot Kill. Except the Machine. Ferociously talented, Matt is a Parsec Award-winning author -- whose short story Delve is nominated for a 2008 Parsec for short story -- and is best known in the podcasting community for The Failed Cities Monologues and countless contributions to the exceptional short story podcast, Variant Frequencies.

Matt is also a screenwriter, and is currently working on several short- and long-form fiction projects. His short story anthology The Next Fix, published by APEX Publications, is currently available for purchase. Try Amazon.com. It will make your head explode.

This week, Matt Wallace brings us Receiver. In addition to being a perfect representation of his gritty, kick-you-in-the-balls, tear-out-your-jugular prose, Receiver is also the first full-length short story that Matt Wallace has read in podcasting. The audio was produced by Rick Stringer, creator of the Variant Frequencies podcast. Learn more about Matt's work at Matt-Wallace.net, and find Variant Frequencies at VariantFrequencies.com.

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OBSIDIAN: Episode 1

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Welcome to the debut episode of J.C. Hutchins' 7th Son: OBSIDIAN, the world's first podcast short story anthology based in an existing fictional universe. The universe is, of course, Hutchins' 7th Son Podcast Novel Trilogy.

Nearly 100 people have contributed to the OBSIDIAN experience. Tales from bestselling novelists, A-List podcast storytellers and 7th Son fans from around the globe will be featured in this anthology over the next 10 weeks. At least three episodes of content will be released each week, so prepare for full immersion into the OBSIDIAN blackout experience.

In the weeks ahead, you'll hear stories from these podcast entertainers: Michael A. Stackpole, Scott Sigler, Mur Lafferty, Matt Wallace, Mark Yoshimoto Nemcoff, Christiana Ellis, Evo Terra, Dan Klass, Wichita Rutherford, TD-0013, George Hrab, Soccergirl, and the cast of The Radio Adventures of Dr. Floyd.

Today's episode features the first half of the short story Miles To Go Before I Sleep, written and narrated by Tee Morris. Learn more about Tee's work -- and send him an appreciative email! -- at TeeMorris.com.

There's huge news in J.C.'s "talky talk" intro and outro segments, including:

  • The big reveal about J.C.'s next novel, affectionately nicknamed CODE PHANTOM
  • The world premiere of Celldweller's instrumental version of "Birthright"
  • How you can download a full album of Celldweller songs -- including the full version of "Birthright" -- for free at FixtOnline.com/FreeDownloads
  • J.C.'s appearance on producer Shawn Bishop's podcast, Behind The Lines #14
  • The debut of J.C.'s text story, 7th Son: Runner, available as a mobile phone exclusive

Feedback about OBSIDIAN is welcome and appreciated! Send J.C. an email, leave a comment below, or call the Clone Line at 206-984-2566 (CLONE).

UltraCreatives Interview #2: Matt Wallace

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Welcome to the second episode of the UltraCreatives Interview series! This week, J.C. chats with Matt Wallace, award-winning author of The Failed Cities Monologues, showcase writer for the Variant Frequencies podcast, screenwriter, ex-professional wrestler -- the list goes on and on.

Matt discusses his forthcoming short story collection The Next Fix (available from Apex Publishing in late March), his creative philosophy, current and future work ... and gobs more.

You can check out Matt's work at these fine online establishments:

In the intro, J.C. talks up the new Fan Community section, plans for future podcasts, the new LOL7thSon photo gallery and more. Hella good times in this episode. Brace yourself for a "Real Genius" reference.

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