Personal Effects: Dark Art

HEY, EVERYBODY #022: State of the Book #5 by J.C. Hutchins


Rock and roll. J.C. is (finally!) back with a final State of the Book address. In this ep, Hutch talks about his appearance on NPR's Weekend Edition, sales of Personal Effects: Dark Art, serves up some news about Personal Effects: Sword of Blood, declares war on "disbelief" and more.

  • Purchase Personal Effects: Dark Art
  • J.C. on NPR's Weekend Edition
  • J.C. in his hometown paper, the Courier-Journal

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,

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

Welcome, "Weekend Edition" listeners! by J.C. Hutchins

npr logo

I’m very proud to report that my debut supernatural thriller Personal Effects: Dark Art was covered in today's episode of National Public Radio's Weekend Edition Saturday, by reporter David Greene.

I'm a superfan of NPR, and a member of my local station (WLRN in Miami), so this an incredible honor. If you’re a first-time visitor to my site thanks to the story, welcome! Personal Effects: Dark Art has been praised as “a stellar first” by Publisher’s Weekly (starred review), called “cutting-edge experimental fiction … that may herald the future of modern fiction” by Library Journal, and was covered in The Washington Post. Permit me to give you a tour of the Personal Effects-related content here at

  • More info on Personal Effects: Dark Art, and reviews from novelists and filmmakers such as Gore Verbinski, director of Pirates of the Caribbean and The Ring
  • Personal Effects: Sword of Blood, the free groundbreaking podcast-exclusive audionovella prequel to Dark Art
  • Commit Yourself To The Brink, a community-fueled art experiment where fans can become patients in the asylum seen in Personal Effects: Dark Art
  • The groundbreaking “vlurb” video blurb trailers, feauring video endorsements from celeb storytellers such as the creators of Friday the 13th, Final Destination and The Blair Witch Project

I hope you enjoy what you find here at the site. Keep checking back for more, or subscribe to the blog to receive timely announcements and free fiction. Thanks so much for your interest … and if you’d like to support this trailblazing new breed of storytelling, consider ordering a copy of the book.

Welcome to The Brink,


Phase Two: Bring J.C. To Work Day by J.C. Hutchins

You are in a position to make a positive impact on the fate of Personal Effects: Dark Art. It's time to shout the news from the rooftops ... and I'm giving you some tips and tools to help. Here's one; find more at the PHASE TWO: Madness In The Streets page.

Bring J.C. To Work Day!

Here's a crazy cool idea: Host a quick "show and tell" event at your workplace or home, in which you show off Personal Effects and its awesome transmedia items. Tell your pals about the book, some of the plot, whatever you like ... and then get me on the phone to talk about it!

I'll spend some time with you and your friends/colleagues, chatting about the novel, or whatever they'd like to talk about. This could be particularly useful for businesses, as we can discuss topics well beyond Personal Effects, such as internet marketing, building communities, social media tools, the works! It's free advice and insight, and helps you show off the book to peeps. And if you do this at work, you'll be on the clock, which means you're getting paid to evangelize the book! Everybody wins!

Use the contact form below to give me a shout, and we'll get the ball rolling. I'm looking forward to personally chatting with you and your friends/colleagues!

HEY, EVERYBODY #014 by J.C. Hutchins


This episode, J.C. interviews supremely talented novelist Jeremy Robinson, author of Antarktos Rising, Kronos and the new horror/technothriller Pulse. Despite J.C. being such a big fan, he keeps his geekout moments to a minimum. Cool links/mentions in the episode:

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,

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

2009: The Year Of The Fan by J.C. Hutchins


It's a new year, and in this little corner of the world, it's the most important year of my life. On June 9th, my supernatural thriller, Personal Effects: Dark Art, debuts in bookstores. In the fall, Descent, the first novel in my 7th Son trilogy, will be released. My lifelong dream of being a published novelist will come true. That's truly spiffy. I've had a long time to think about 2009 -- after all, the publishing contracts for both books were signed in 2007 -- and how I could celebrate these novel releases. A sliver of myself wanted to reboot my worldview and pretend to be a STAR, a success story, a rock-n-roller ready to kick the world in the balls. Fear me, world. Buy me. Read me. Shamelessly adore me.

What balderdash. I can't be someone I'm not ... and I certainly can't be what I've yet to achieve. And as someone who finds it gravely unwise to forget his roots, I can't ignore the real reasons why I've been given the honor and opportunity to realize this lifelong dream.

2009 can't about me. 2009 must be about you.

Don't pretend to be surprised by this. You, and the tens of thousands of others who've supported my creative work for the past three years, are the reason why this often-shy wordherder is doing a year-long Snoopy dance. Your support, voice mails, emails and evangelism made 7th Son (and last year's experimental OBSIDIAN anthology) more successful than I could've ever imagined. You were legion, you were vociferous, you became far more than an audience. You became friends.

Your screams at the end of those cliffhangering episodes (man, that feels like a lifetime ago, doesn't it?) convinced me the story I was telling was solid. Your encouragement pushed me to give another go at finding a literary agent. Your buzz helped convince St. Martin's Press to give this green author a shot. And here we are, on the cusp of 2009.

2009, The Year Of The Fan.

And so, with a new year comes resolutions. I will keep creating and delivering entertainment for you, during 2009. I'm committed to thrilling and surprising you, and giving you more updates on my work and works-in-progress. There's lots to talk about. Pre-release fiction for Personal Effects: Dark Art. Pre-release fiction for 7th Son. Something ambitious called The 33. And a hearty dollop of author updates, audio essays and more.

We all understand that I'll depend on you and your support more than ever this year, and that I have something to gain from that. This is no secret -- I'd dare not ignore mentioning it -- and I pray you'll bring your A-game to the field when I utter the battle cry for support. In the meantime, I'm going to do everything I can to dazzle you with more entertainment, more cliffhangers, and new narrative worlds and characters. I hope you'll join me for the ride.

In the end, a storyteller is nothing without an audience. A tale is vapor when told to an empty room. That's why this year, more than ever, you're the STAR ... you're the success story ... you're the rock-n-roller ready to kick the world in the balls. The world will fear you. And if you're cool with it, I'll shamelessly adore you.

As a tiny token of my appreciation, and as a way to remind you of your awesomeness, I've created a computer wallpaper to celebrate 2009, and you. Download it here, and kindly post it on your monitor with pride, just for a bit. Enter this year knowing that you're the reason why at least one man can say he achieved his dream ... and know that he'll never, ever forget who delivered him there.

I owe you so much. I'm honored to call you my friend. And I'll remain ever-humbled by your encouragement, evangelism and support.

Here's to 2009. The Year Of The Fan. Your year.