Denise Crosby Video Now Live At JoinTheColony.com

The only thing cooler than helping Campfire create a celebrity Public Service Announcement set in the fictional post-apocalyptic world of #StillHere is watching it after it's been assembled and published.

Of course, it's exponentially cooler when that celebrity is actress Denise Crosby, perhaps best-known for her role as Lt. Tasha Yar on Star Trek: The Next Generation. (TNG geeks like me also know her as "Sela.") This is one of the coolest things I've ever worked on. Check it. Tweet and FB it. Embed it at your blog.

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This PSA -- and more than 300 other updates, comments, newscasts, blog posts, breaking news stories, photos and videos -- await you at TheColony.Discovery.com. It's an online prequel experience simulation for Discovery Channel's show The Colony. The Colony's second season debuts on July 27.

Mainline this free content at TheColony.Discovery.com. Sign in via Facebook Connect to behold how the incurable virus Denise describes -- the Nuclear Flu -- might affect you, and those closes to you: your family and friends. (A Facebook login isn't required, but boy, does it make it so much cooler...)

#StillHere,

--J.C.

VIDEO: J.C. unveils Dark Art on "I Should Be Writing" podcast

Mur Lafferty for her excellent I Should Be Writing podcast. During our chat about Personal Effects: Dark Art, I showcased some of the incredible "out of book" transmedia items that accompany the novel. If you're interested in Dark Art, this is a must-watch.

From Mur's site: I got to get an exclusive sneak peek at the awesomeness that is Personal Effects: Dark Art this past weekend at Balticon! I talk to author JC Hutchins about his ground-breaking book, and we try not to get distracted by passers-by. Camera work by John Cmar, Additional Direction by David Moldawer

The book is available for pre-order now. Please considering pre-ordering a copy today, and learn why your pre-release purchases provide critcal support to Personal Effects: Dark Art by clicking here.

"Personal Effects: Dark Art" Book Trailer #3: Victor Miller

My groundbreaking "vlurb" book trailer series for Personal Effects: Dark Art continues with this installment from living horror legend Victor Miller. This is the man who wrote the original Friday the 13th, and created Jason Voorhees, the iconic slayer who's chopped his way from Crystal Lake to Manhattan to Hell ... and back again. I am humbled and honored to have Victor appear here. He read the book. He enjoyed it. And he has a few things to say to you. Listen well, take his advice ... and stick around after the end credits for a nice surprise.

Co-producer/editor Michael Bekemeyer gets continued mad props for his brilliance in the cutting room. Find the first two trailers here.

Please spread the word about this ongoing, groundbreaking 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.

So click play. Crank it up. Be afraid of The Dark.

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

--J.C.

VIDEO: The Silver Case, Part Five

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It's the final episode in the Silver Case video series. Here, I share some parting thoughts about the mysterious case and its contents, and encourage viewers to further explore the Armacham.com website, and visit the sites of other Silver Case recipients. Newcomers: Here are links to Part One, Part Two, Part Three and Part Four of this video series.

I also suggest you learn more about the Armacham mystery by reading ARGNet's coverage of the Armacham.com site debut, and the comprehensive (and very cool!) thread cooking over at Unfiction.com.

From the Unfiction forums, here is the list of other Silver Case recipients (and links to their posts about their involvement):

  • M. Fahey -- Mike Fahey at Kotaku (post)
  • A Birch -- Anthony Burch at Destructoid (post)
  • J. Ransom-Wiley -- James Ransom-Wiley at Joystiq (no post?)
  • S Sigler -- Scott Sigler (SciFi / Horror Podcaster, former True Blood recipient) -- post
  • JC Hutchins at jchutchins.net (Personal Effects author, SciFi Podcaster, former True Blood Recipient) -- (post)
  • P. DeFranco -- Philip DeFranco (YouTube phenomenon, worked on "Hooking Up" w/ Jessica Rose from lg15) -- post
  • Z. Diaz -- Zadi Diaz -- Epic Fu (post)
  • S. Caramouch -- unidentified, but if real, his/her parents must have had a quirky sense of humor considering the definition of "scaramouch".

Enjoy the rest of the mystery, and kindly keep me in the loop if you discover something awesome!

--J.C.

OBSIDIAN: Episode 12 "Voices From the Darkness" VIDEO

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Welcome to the third video "Voices From the Darkness" episode, featuring five "scenes" totaling more than 15 minutes of groundbreaking never-before-seen content. All contributions seen in this vidcast were created by 7th Son fans from across the globe.

Behold the 7th Son universe during the blackout, as witnessed by its victims ... and captured for all the world to see.

Contributions by:

Coming up next on 7th Son: OBSIDIAN: this week's "Voices From the Darkness" audio episode, quite possibly a Clone Line episode, and then the first part of novelist and screenwriter Mark Yoshimoto Nemcoff's short story.

OBSIDIAN: Episode 9 "Voices From the Darkness" VIDEO

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It's the second video "Voices From the Darkness" episode, and this one's terrific. All contributions seen in this vidcast were created by 7th Son fans from across the globe.

Behold the 7th Son universe during the blackout, as witnessed by its victims ... and captured for all the world to see.

Contributions by:

Coming up next on 7th Son: OBSIDIAN: A brief Clone Line episode, and then a short story by novelist Mur Lafferty.

OBSIDIAN: Episode 5 "Voices From the Darkness" VIDEO

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This episode marks the debut of the video series of "Voices From the Darkness." All contributions seen in this and future video "Voices" episodes were created by 7th Son fans from across the globe. What you'll see in the weeks ahead are brief glimpses into what the world of the 7th Son trilogy became during the blackout. This is first project of its kind in podcast fiction.

Witness the OBSIDIAN blackout victims' stories ... captured for all the world to see.

Contributions by:

Coming up next on 7th Son: OBSIDIAN: A blood-chilling short story by New York Times bestselling novelist Michael A. Stackpole.