J. THORN publishes video magazine for fans of horror and heavy metal

On June 12, 2015, J. Thorn launched Dark Arts Theater Volume 1, a video magazine dedicated to horror, dark fantasy, heavy metal and hard rock. A veteran of the heavy metal scene and an Amazon Top 100 Most Popular Author in Horror, Thorn brought together the two art forms he has been so passionate about for more than 30 years.

“I’ve been attracted to dark art since I was ten years old,” says Thorn. “Listening to Black Sabbath while reading Stephen King became part of my life as a teenager and something I still do today. Having been in a heavy band and now writing horror novels, I feel like I can present the best of both worlds to people who are as fanatic about this stuff as I am.”

Dark Arts Theater Volume 1 consists of ten 30-40 minute issues. The show is available free of charge on YouTube (video), iTunes (audio) and via a dedicated website at http://darkartstheater.com. Thorn is currently working on Dark Arts Theater Volume 2, due out by the end of 2015. In addition, he will be releasing weekly “Top Three” videos on topics related to heavy metal and horror.

Highlights of Dark Arts Theater Volume 1 include:

+Song samples and music videos by Dozer (Small Stone Records), The Atomic Bitchwax (Tee Pee Records), Karma to Burn (FABA/Deepdive Records), House of Broken Promises (Small Stone Records), Venomin James (Auburn Records) and Threefold Law (independent).

+Interviews with Andy Weir (author of The Martian, soon to be a Ridley Scott film featuring Matt Damon), Lisa Morton (president of the Horror Writers Association) and Peter Bebergal (author of Season of the Witch: How the Occult Saved Rock and Roll).

+Conversations about Kyuss, Tool and Down with Dan Padavona (author of Storberry and Dark Vanishings, and son of heavy metal legend Ronnie James Dio) and conversations with Zach Bohannon (author of Empty Bodies) about Metallica, Megadeth and Pantera. Additionally, David Wright (author of Yesterday’s Gone, Crash) talks about The Shining, Let the Right One In, 28 Days Later and World War Z.

For more information and free access to all of the issues, visit http://darkartstheater.com.

Answers to all of life’s questions & a witch

Folks have been continuing to subscribe to The Horror Writers Podcast even though it’s been dead since November. Others have been asking me if I’ll start another podcast. HELL NO! But seriously, I do have an idea but I don’t want to do it unless I know it will serve a need. There are SO many great podcasts for writers and I’m not sure what I can offer will add anything of value.

If you’re a writer and have been distraught since the demise of my first podcast, click on the link and ask me a question. If the demand is there and people can use my help, I’ll get back in the game. Please share the link if you know an author who might benefit from a podcast based on listener questions.

This link will only work for 5 days so click it now. Do it. You can submit as many questions as you want. By the way, even if you’re not a writer you can ask me a question. Click the link and you’ll see what I mean 😉

http://bit.ly/asktheauthors

In other news, Shadow Witch: Horror of the Dark Forest launched on Friday and we’ve been thrilled with the response. To celebrate the release, Dan and I are sponsoring a giveaway.

We’ve been billing this story as “Game of Thrones meets the Blair Witch” so we’ve decided to offer something special.

One lucky winner will receive THREE prizes including a signed paperback copy of Game of Thrones (signed by George R.R. Martin), a signed DVD of The Blair Witch Project (signed by Eduardo Sanchez) and a signed paperback of Shadow Witch: Horror of the Dark Forest (signed by J. Thorn and Dan Padavona).

There is no catch. You enter the contest and I’ll email you the winner when it ends. If you are the winner, the prize will show up at your door. That’s it. Plus, if someone enters by clicking on your Facebook post, tweet or link, you get an additional THREE entries. How cool is that?

http://thornpublishing.com/giveaways/shadowwitchpromo/

Shadow Witch: Horror of the Dark Forest

Dan Padavona and I are proud to launch Shadow Witch: Horror of the Dark Forest this Friday the 13th. It’s available on Amazon (pre-order right now) for $0.99 for a limited time.

Click here to get Shadow Witch: Horror of the Dark Forest.

We’ve been describing it as “Game of Thrones meets The Blair Witch.” We deliberately set out to craft a story that had elements of fantasy and horror and we believe you’ll find it unique and impossible to put down. Here’s a little tease:

Thom Meeks lives with his family in Droman Meadows under the protection of the Kingdom of Mylan. An unusually long winter creates anxiety in the village and some believe it to be the return of an ominous force known as the Shadow. When a pack of dread wolves lays ruin to Droman Meadows, Thom escapes with his wife and four daughters. They set out on the Mylan Road in hopes of finding refuge in the capital, but dark forces emerging from the primeval forest will challenge them for their eternal souls.

Click here to get Shadow Witch: Horror of the Dark Forest.

Working with Dan has been nothing short of amazing. He is a true professional and a gifted writer.

A bit about Dan from his website:

“I was born and raised in Cortland, New York, not far from the Finger Lakes region. My parents, Loretta, and Ronnie Padavona, separated when I was very young. My father moved to California, where he gained notoriety in heavy metal music as Ronnie James Dio. My mother raised me into the person I am today. I live outside of Binghamton, New York, with my wife Terri, and children Joe, and Julia.

“I have been an avid reader for as long as I can remember, mainly fantasy and horror. If you happen upon me, you’ll probably see me reading Terry Brooks, Stephen King, J.K. Rowling, Dean Koontz, Robert Jordan, or one of many authors who have so enriched my life with their ability to tell a good tale. I am enamored with the written word and can spend hours playing with different word combinations to improve prose.”

Click here to get Shadow Witch: Horror of the Dark Forest, available on Amazon (pre-order) for $0.99 for a limited time.

Introducing Dan Padavona

danpMy new friend is Dan Padavona and we’re about to unleash some wicked horror on you.

I spent 2014 as a “year of marketing collaboration” with the multi-author box sets exceeding my expectations. I’ve declared 2015 my “year of creative collaboration” which means I’m going to be co-writing novels with anywhere from 5-7 authors, if all of the potential projects move forward. And the first one is with fellow horror author, Dan Padavona.

From his website:

I was born and raised in Cortland, New York, not far from the Finger Lakes region. My parents, Loretta, and Ronnie Padavona, separated when I was very young. My father moved to California where he gained notoriety in heavy metal music as Ronnie James Dio. My mother raised me into the person I am today. I live outside of Binghamton, New York, with my wife Terri, and children Joe, and Julia.

I have been an avid reader for as long as I can remember, mainly fantasy and horror. If you happen upon me, you’ll probably see that I am reading Terry Brooks, Stephen King, J.K. Rowling, Dean Koontz, Robert Jordan, or one of the many authors who have so enriched my life with their ability to tell a good tale. I am enamored with the written word and can spend hours playing with different word combinations to improve prose.

More than anything, I love a good horror story. Let me tell you one.

storberry-384Dan contacted me a few months ago and we struck up an email conversation. We discovered we have a lot in common, including a love of the band Kyuss. I don’t know many musicians who appreciate the desert rock pioneers so finding another horror author who loves them was definitely a sign from above…or below. Whichever floats your boat.

More importantly, Dan and I have the same style and approach to storytelling so we decided to try and co-write something. That something is a novel and the first draft is almost done. The story is terrifying, gripping and I know you’re going to love it.

We’ll throw some cover reveals and teasers out there as we get closer to publication. In the meantime, you should check out Storberry and The Island. I’ve read both of these and once you do, you’ll know why I jumped at the chance to collaborate with Dan.

DanPadavona.com

TheHorrorWritersPodcast.com – The pen is mightier than the gore.

http://thehorrorwriterspodcast.com/

The Horror Writer's Podcast“Welcome to The Horror Writer’s Podcast where the pen is mightier than the gore. Join me, your host J. Thorn, as I discuss writing and publishing horror using strategies that work for all genres. The Horror Writer’s Podcast keeps it lean, delivering concise information to the aspiring author.”

New to publishing? You’re probably overwhelmed. You don’t know where to begin or even which questions to ask. I know how hollow and helpless that feels because I’ve been there and I’ve learned from my failures. I can tell you what you need to know in a way you’ll understand so you’ll be able to do it for yourself. You’re passionate about your book and you’re driven to succeed. I’m going to help. If you listen to this podcast you won’t feel helpless anymore. You’ll be empowered to do what you thought was impossible and that means you’ll have more time to write. You’ll have the satisfaction of knowing you can do this.

Sure. You could Google your question about formatting, or cover design or writing a great product description on Amazon. You’ll get hundreds, if not thousands of hits and most of them will contradict each other. Some will be written by people claiming to be marketing gurus and yet they’ve never published a single book. You’ll waste countless hours. My podcast will give you the quick snippets of information you need so you can get back to writing.

When I first began writing and publishing my novels I received support and advice from those who were already doing so and now that I’m making a name for myself in this industry, I want to help others too. I’m eternally grateful to the writers who were invaluable to my development as an author and marketer. I owe so much to Taylor Lee, Pat Mason, Mimi Barbour, Lorhainne Eckhart, Cathy Perkins, Scott Nicholson, Russell Blake, Richard Long, Glynn James, J.R. Rain, Joe Konrath, T.W. Piperbrook, Todd Brown, Michaelbrent Collings, David Moody, Ed Robertson, Sean Platt, Johnny Truant, David Wright,  Mark Tufo, David Gaughran, Colin Barnes, Craig DiLouie, Stephen Knight, Bobby Adair, Joe McKinney, L.T. Ryan, Mainak Dhar, Brian James Freeman, Kealan Patrick Burke, Rebecca T. Dickson, Jim Kukral (and I’m sure I’m forgetting somebody in this list).

I believe podcasts are one of the best ways to learn about an industry from the people inside it. I’ve followed Johnny Truant, Sean Platt and David Wright on The Self-Publishing Podcast for years and was even a guest on their show once. A new friend and fellow Clevelander, Jim Kukral (the marketing mastermind behind AuthorMarketingClub.com) recently started the Sell More Books Show with author Bryan Cohen and this podcast is fantastic as well.

I’ll post a new episode every other week and topics will be generated from questions and comments left on the YouTube page or using my email form. For show updates, subscribe to my free mailing list to your right. If you like the show, please consider leaving a review on iTunes. The pilot episode is about choosing a title for your book. It’s more nuanced than you think. Future episodes will be about cover design, product description, genre categories, writing choices and more.

Also, I’ll be the guest this Thursday on another great podcast, The Self-Publishing Round Table.

Enjoy!


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I love weird, twisted, horror stories. Do you?

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As I continue on this crazy journey called life I imagine I’m driving a huge party bus with all of you on it. Every so often we stop and pick up a few more people, a bag of ice and a lighter. Don’t ask me where we’re going because I don’t know. It doesn’t really matter anyways because anyone that’s taken a road trip with a bunch of friends knows that getting there is more than half the fun. It’s at least 76.7% of the fun depending on who gets arrested along the way.

Using that poor metaphor, I feel as though I need to pause every now and then and introduce myself to those getting on the bus. People reading my blog and my books (i.e., those getting on the bus, but you already figured that out) don’t know me that well yet but they’re intrigued by the party.

Those of you in the back–quitting throwing stuff out the windows. Nobody is allowed to use the john unless it’s an extreme emergency. And flush, would ya?

Now that you’ve all settled in, please allow me to reintroduce myself and tell you what you’re in for on this road trip:

I love horror–the kind where the fear comes from inside your own head. I’ve enjoyed my share of gory slasher stories but I don’t write too many of those. Yes, my creatures do some heinous things but not for the sake of the violence. I’m enamored with the evil that’s inside all of us and why some people can keep it contained while others can’t. My books are an escape from reality. They’re odd, esoteric and thoughtful with an economy of language. I front a heavy band in Cleveland, Ohio (Threefold Law) and so my style is very lyrical as well. Being a writer and a musician, I feel as though I have a perspective on storytelling that others might not. My new partnership with Rebecca T. Dickson (interviewed her last week, fyi) means that the updated versions of my books along with the new ones I’m writing will withhold NOTHING from you. I’ve been criticized for not explaining enough and I can promise you that won’t be the case anymore.

If you want to get a sense of the kind of stories I tell, grab this collection. My book, Reversion: The Inevitable Horror (The Portal Arcane Series – Book I) is included along with 6 other phenomenal books and the ENTIRE collection is only $0.99. Some of the best writers in the genre are part of this anthology including Bobby Adair, Craig DiLouie, Glynn James, Stephen Knight, Joe McKinney, T.W. Piperbrook and L.T. Ryan. This is a helluva bargain. The collection will be available only for a limited time.

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Now get on the bus and stop holding up the line.

The Keepers – You want in?

“I know always that I am an outsider; a stranger in this century and among those who are still men.”
–H.P. Lovecraft, The Outsider

Do you want dark fantasy and horror written with you in mind as the ideal reader? If so, here’s your chance. In February of 2013 I founded a club called The Keepers – An exclusive society for the preservation and appreciation of literature beyond the mainstream for those passionate about horror and dark fantasy. Now that a core group has been established we’re looking for more like-minded individuals.

I’m seeking passionate and dedicated people that want to be part of a shared vision. I want to bring an exclusive group into my creative process in order to co-create, refine, and promote the horror and dark fantasy you want to read. In return, I give you exclusive access to the stories and a hand in the creation of them.

If this interests you, click here for more