Thursday, March 22, 2018

Guest Post Thommy Hutson

Thommy Hutson
Publication date: March 13th 2018
Genres: Horror, Thriller, Young Adult
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?

Author Bio:
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’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.
Guest post 
When did you decide to start writing stories?

An interesting question, for sure. I don’t know that I ever consciously decided to start writing
stories. It’s something I’ll have to really think about.

I do know I was (am am) a talker. My family (and more than a few neighbors) said perhaps too much. Before I could write anything, I was making things up, telling stories and, what I like to call “white lies.”

The first story I vividly remember writing was when I was in first grade. It was about how the ghouls and goblins that came out on Halloween could be captured, held at bay, trained even, if we dressed up like them. It probably made a lot of sense to my 6-year-old mind. Maybe now, not so much. Then again, I haven’t talked to anyone lately about how they go about catching their ghouls and goblins. I might have been on to something.

From there the stories, the words—whether they made much sense or not—really poured out of me. I was writing stories, and even drawing stories (a precursor, I like to think, of my future screenwriter self). They were generally horror stories, or as horror as my young mind would let me go.

The good news was that I had constant encouragement from those around me: parents, family, teachers, even my babysitter. Perhaps they saw something in me. Saw my passion. Thought I might have talent. Or just realized that writing things down kept me quiet (and out of trouble) for a good, long while.

I recall my fourth grade teacher giving me the honor of reading one of my stories to the whole class (the whole class!), at the end of the day, if I behaved. I swear I did my best, but I did something—to this day, I cannot recall what—that Mrs. K. found to be an infraction. Thus, I sulked quietly knowing that the whole class would never hear the masterpiece that was “Gremlins 2: Gizmo Returns.” (Gizmo would return years later in a bi-budget sequel to the incredibly fun original film, though I like to think my story had its own panache.)

More stories followed and as I moved through grade school onto high school onto college, writing was something I knew I wanted to do. Like others, it was something I had to do. And, like many others, I tried and failed. And failed. And … you get the idea.

But then one day I didn’t fail. It was actually screenwriting that jumpstarted my professional writing career, and that was just fine with me. As a lover of movies, the chance to help create them, as a writer, was near perfection.

A bunch of screenplays (some made, some not), a non-fiction book (on the making of one of my favorite horror movies of all time, A Nightmare on Elm Street) and a novel (“Jinxed”) later, I can now say that, definitely, I didn’t decide to write stories.

The stories decided I should write them.

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  1. Wonderful guest post!! I loved this book, and it’s interesting to learn a little about the author besides what s in his bio.

  2. Thanks for hosting today, Kathy! :)

  3. Thanks for taking the time to speak with me and spreading the word about Jinxed!