THE ORIGINAL 7TH SON TRILOGY
The serialized audiobook experience that launched J.C.'s fiction career. Evocative, action-packed, and brimming with conspiracies and mindbending technologies, 7th Son made an indelible impact in online fiction during its release in 2006 and 2007.
Positively reviewed by filmmakers, A-list bloggers, novelists and countless readers, 7th Son is widely considered a “must-listen” podcast fiction experience. Obsidian, the series’ trailblazing fan-created spinoff anthology (released in 2008), is also available for download.
7TH SON: DESCENT
In 2009, J.C. leveraged the successful serialized audiobook model he helped pioneer to promote the print release of Descent, the first novel in his 7th Son technothriller trilogy (published by St. Martin’s Press). Hutchins created an all-new recording that reflected changes made for the book’s print release. Descent was also the first novel from a major publisher to be serialized in text form at renowned culture blog BoingBoing.net.
7TH SON: 7 DAYS
Released in 2009 in audio podcast form as a promotion to celebrate the print release of 7th Son: Descent, this anthology is set two weeks before Descent’s extraordinary events. Includes seven short stories and Anyman, an EP featuring original songs recorded by character John Smith.
7TH SON: OBSIDIAN
In 2008, J.C. invited the most prominent storytellers in podcast fiction — and 7th Son fans across the globe — to contribute to 7th Son: Obsidian, an innovative audio and video fiction anthology set in the 7th Son universe. More than 100 creators contributed to the project.
For several weeks in 2009, a character from J.C.'s novel 7th Son: Descent crossed the threshold from fiction to reality by distributing his original folk-rock songs on the web. Discover John Smith's Anyman EP, and the singer/songwriter who helped J.C. achieve this innovative "beyond the book" 7th Son moment.
PERSONAL EFFECTS: SWORD OF BLOOD
To spur interest among his fans for his 2009 transmedia novel Personal Effects: Dark Art (published by St. Martin’s Press), J.C. created this prequel novella set mere days before the events seen in Dark Art. The story featured transmedia elements and fan-created characters. In 2010, Sword of Blood won a coveted Parsec Award for Best Speculative Fiction Story (Novella Form).
Before J.C. was a fiction writer, he was a journalist. Since becoming a podcaster in 2006, he’s used his interviewing skills to chat with dozens of creators, technologists and entrepreneurs. Here are some highlights from his UltraCreatives Interview Series (which ran from 2007-2008) and Hey, Everybody! (2009-2011).
Since 2006, fans of J.C.'s fiction have created illustrations, music, photography, videos — even poetry — all inspired by events and characters in his stories. THE ARCHIVES presents the incredible and remarkable content these fans created from 2006 to 2009.