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.