By: Thommy Hutson
Publisher: Vesuvian Books
Publication Date: March 13th, 2018
High School Can Be a Real Killer
Break a mirror
Walk under a ladder
Step on a crack
Innocent childhood superstitions …
But someone at the secluded Trask Academy of Performing Arts is taking things one deadly step further when the campus is rocked with the deaths of some of its star students.
Layna Curtis, a talented, popular senior, soon realizes that the seemingly random, accidental deaths of her friends aren’t random—or accidents—at all. Someone has taken the childhood games too far, using the idea of superstitions to dispose of their classmates. As Layna tries to convince people of her theory, she uncovers the terrifying notion that each escalating, gruesome murder leads closer to its final victim: her.
Will Layna’s opening night also be her final bow?
6 high school seniors
1 secluded location
1 masked killer
1 cliffhanger ending
1 cup of scares
A pinch of teen drama
A dash of snark
A bit of nostalgia
The world of Jinxed is all of the above rolled together, coupled with a heavy dose of appreciation for what inspired it: horror and teen films of the 80s and 90s, and books. Lots of books.
“Scream.” “Friday the 13th.” “Clueless.” “A Nightmare on Elm Street.” And, yes, “Pretty in Pink.” Those movies (and so many more), coupled with books from the likes of Lois Duncan (and, you guessed it, so many more) were all a part of the inspiration in creating the world of “Jinxed.”
This milieu is an amalgamation of the “real” world, the real world, and, well, the “reel” world. As I wrote, all of the things that I grew up with, and all of the things that I watched and listened to and read and researched came to mind, and came together, to form the story and these characters. They are their own, unique personalities, saying and doing what makes sense for them in this construct.
I wanted to create something that young readers can open, readily enjoy, and want more. But I also worked to craft a book that readers who grew up with the movies and books above appreciate. It’s fun in the way the characters talk to one another and interact, it’s scary in the way that someone—or something—is just around the corner, but you simply must check it out, and it’s snarky, because life isn’t always dreary, depressing and all work and no play. I mean, as if.
What I loved most about writing this book was bringing something to life that was a throwback to the things that I grew up reading and watching. (And still do.) There was a sense of fun in meeting a group of kids, getting to know them and wondering which of those will make it out alive. And, for those who don’t, how they are going to meet their untimely end. They were always moments that made you cover your eyes, but you still had to peek through loose fingers. More fun was, without a doubt, the unmasking of the killer. Constructing the whodunit followed by the why did they do it.
Another important aspect was the idea that the adults in this world state that they have the best interests of the kids at heart, but as we all know in horror, sometimes the kids actually do know better.
So, I invite you to sit back, crack open the book, and get ready. Because bad luck was never so much fun.
Born and raised in Upstate New York, Thommy graduated from UCLA and launched his career co-writing the story for the Warner Bros. animated hit SCOOBY-DOO IN WHERE’S MY MUMMY? He followed that with co-writing the concept and additional material for CHILL OUT, SCOOBY-DOO!
His career then took a thrilling turn when he wrote and produced several definitive genre film retrospectives for television and home entertainment: SCREAM: THE INSIDE STORY, NEVER SLEEP AGAIN: THE ELM STREET LEGACY, MORE BRAINS! A RETURN TO THE LIVING DEAD and HIS NAME WAS JASON: 30 YEARS OF FRIDAY THE 13th.
He was also a staff writer on Hulu’s daily web series “The Morning After,” a smart, witty, pop culture program aimed at getting viewers up-to-date on the latest entertainment news and celebrity interviews.
Thommy also produced the critically acclaimed feature THE TROUBLE WITH THE TRUTH, an insightful relationship drama starring Lea Thompson and John Shea. He also produced DREAMWORLD, a quirky, romantic dramedy.
He co-wrote and produced ANIMAL for Chiller Films and Drew Barrymore’s Flower Films. The project debuted in iTunes’ top ten horror films (reaching #1) and became the network’s highest-rated original movie.
Continuing his passion for uncovering the stories behind the story, he went on to produce CRYSTAL LAKE MEMORIES: THE COMPLETE HISTORY OF FRIDAY THE 13th, which is the most comprehensive look at the popular film franchise.
As an author Thommy crafted a limited-edition coffee table book detailing the making and legacy of Wes Craven’s 1984 classic A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET. A trade version distributed by Simon & Schuster reached number one in Amazon.com’s Movie History & Criticism category. He also has a deal with Vesuvian Media to write a YA thriller trilogy with the first book due out spring 2017.
He produced and made his feature directorial debut with THE ID, an independent psychological drama/thriller. Filmmaker Magazine stated it was “a deeply unsettling thriller that’s as moving as it is frightening…with skillful, provocative direction that has echoes of early Polanski.”
Most recently, Thommy wrote the screenplay for CineTel Films’ supernatural horror film TRUTH OR DARE. He is also directing, writing and producing a documentary with Clive Barker’s Seraphim Films in addition to developing other film and television properties with the company.
As an author, he is currently writing another book that definitively details the history, making and legacy of another fan-favorite genre film from the 1980s.A member of the Producers Guild of America, Thommy continues to develop unique, compelling and provocative projects across multiple genres for film, television, publishing, and home entertainment through his company Hutson Ranch Media.
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