Friday, March 16, 2018

Jinxed by Thommy Hutson

Jinxed Trilogy

Book One

Thommy Hutson

Genre: YA Horror/Thriller

Publisher: Vesuvian Books

Date of Publication: 3.13.2018

ISBN: 978-1944109127

Number of pages: 243
Word Count: 66k

Cover Artist: Sam Shearon

Tagline: High school can be a real killer

Book Description:

Break a mirror
Walk under a ladder
Step on a crack

Innocent childhood superstitions…

But someone at the 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?

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           Excerpt 2

Daniel stopped
talking, and Parker stopped listening, as they brushed past a nearby
photographer. The young woman, also from security but not a resident on campus,
was snapping photos. A lot of photos all bound to end up locked away with all
of the school’s other secrets, Parker thought.
“I’d like copies
of those when you have them,” Parker said in her direction. She stopped and
looked up, but not at Parker. Daniel nodded, and she continued.
“We’ll get them
to you,” Daniel offered.
“What about the
students?” Parker asked.
“Most have already
made it to the mainland,” Daniel said. “The rest took the late run and should
be docking soon. I have to confirm who, but there are only a handful of
students staying on campus.”
Parker rubbed
the back of his neck with a cool hand. “I never thought I’d say it, but thank
God for spring break.”
The flash of
more pictures made Parker squint. Fully inside the room, he could see it didn’t
reveal much. A teenager’s messy enclave and an open window. He noticed a framed
photo of Sydney on an oak desk.
“So young. So
pretty,” Parker said, mostly to himself, as he made his way to the window. He
looked out and down to the shattered glass dome of the conservatory. Sydney’s
body, the blood, and the glass were already gone. Parker shook his head,
lamenting the speed with which things were cleaned.
“Seven years bad
luck, huh?” Daniel said, pointing to the open umbrella next to the bed.
“That’s breaking
a mirror,” Parker corrected. He looked around the room and sighed.
“Are we boring
you, detective?” a man’s voice asked from the doorway.
Parker turned,
and the silhouette of a tall, thin man entered the room.
Daniel stepped
forward. “Dean McKenna, we were just wrapping up.”
cautiously regarded the sixty-six-year-old Dean of Students. He knew that the
man had no plans to retire anytime soon, or at all, if it were up to him. The
board was happy with his ability to keep students in line, deliver results to
parents, and keep the money on the far side of the black. His motto was to lean
on the rod because every child is spoiled, for he was one of the spoiled
children a long, long time ago. His family was old money.
“Detective, may
we speak outside?” McKenna asked, not offering a hand or stepping any farther
into the room. Daniel looked at Parker as if he had better listen to the dean.
Parker did so, not because he respected the man, but out of professional
McKenna stepped
into the hall, and Parker followed. McKenna eyed the door. Parker took the cue
and shut it.
“Alfred Parker.
The one in charge,” McKenna stated with a smirk.
Parker answered
with a closed-mouth smile. The dean could really be an ass when he wanted to
“Dean, thank you
for coming here. I know it isn’t usual—”
McKenna waved a
pale, veiny hand. “This is not an alumni luncheon,” he uttered. “How much
longer do you need to be here? The faster we put this poor girl’s tragedy
behind us, all the better.”
Parker replied,
coolly, “It would’ve been more helpful had I been given more time to look
things over and—”
“Figure out why
this happened?” the dean finished. “These young adults are under far more
pressure than most. From the school, but also from home.”
“Something for
the brochure,” Parker said.
“Alfred—” the
dean started.
Parker said, pleased to do his own interrupting.
McKenna blanched
for the slightest of moments, but recovered and continued more tersely. “There
are a few hundred students on this campus, each one here to be judged, not just
to be good, but to be the best. The competition never ends. It will cause
cracks in even the most sturdy. Coupled with adolescence, what can one expect?
You see it as tragic. Others claim it is the price of chasing fame and, for the
lucky few, fortune.”
Parker was
visibly agitated. “Well then, it sounds like you have it all figured out. Kids
so stressed they party themselves to death?”
“Exams are done.
Spring break is here. Perhaps in their excitement some pushed a tad too far,”
McKenna said. “There is nothing malicious in that.”
“I’m told a few
students did not leave the island,” Parker clarified.
McKenna said with an odd sense of pride. “Allowed to stay if they wish and
prepare for the showcase. It is a rather big event for us here. People,
important people, come in from all over.”
Parker pressed
on. “What about faculty?”
McKenna seemed
to be getting bored. “Just myself and Lillian D’Arcangelo. She teaches drama
and acts as a counselor, and the students love her. We live here on campus. And
you have met Daniel. He watches over us all. I know you are terribly busy, but
I must ask again, when are you leaving?”
“I’ll be done
when I’m done. And now, if you’ll excuse me, Harlan.”

Parker opened
the door to Sydney’s room and entered. He closed it behind him, leaving Harlan
McKenna to stare at the star shimmering with the name of his dead student.

About the Author:

Thommy Hutson is an award-winning screenwriter, producer, and author who is considered the foremost authority on A Nightmare on Elm Street. A graduate of UCLA, Thommy also wrote and produced critically acclaimed genre projects such as Scream: The Inside Story, Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy, More Brains! A Return of the Living Dead, His Name was Jason: 30 Years of Friday the 13th, and Crystal Lake Memories: The Complete History of Friday the 13th.

Thommy was born and raised in New York but now resides in Southern California with his husband and their cat.

Interview with Thommy Hutson

Where do you get inspiration for your stories?
--From my past, from the people around me, and sometimes just the things that I want to see that I haven’t yet seen. In the case of “Jinxed,” I really wanted to create a throwback teen horror/thriller. Secluded location, masked killer, mystery, and secrets. I’m a huge fan of horror and ten movies from the 80s and 90s and wanted to do something that was fun, snarky, and scary.
How did you do research for your book?
--I actually attended a performing arts school, so a lot of the school locations and characters come from my own experience. I always thought it would be a fun locale for a horror story. As I was writing, I realized my friends and I back then weren’t that far off from the characters, except for the fact that we were never chased by a masked killer! I’m also a very big listener when people talk. I love hearing what people say, how they say it, and why they say it. It’s important for me to let what my characters say and do what feels real to them. Sometimes I think it’s their world and I am just living in it!
Do you have another profession besides writing?
--Aside from writing books, I’m also a screenwriter. I enjoy both so much, though they are very different in terms of the work.
If you could go back in time, where would you go?
--the 80s! The music, the fashion, the over-the-top of it all was so fun. Plus, I think it’s where so many things still felt new and exciting. Plus, 80s movies were totally awesome!

What is your next project?
I am working on the second book of the “Jinxed” trilogy, and am really excited about it. I am also writing a TV movie right now and working on another non-fiction book about the making and legacy of a film from the 80s. I can’t reveal the name of the film, but it’s fun and I think a lot of people will remember it well.

To learn more about me and my work, engage with me, or just peek in, check out my website:, follow me on Twitter: @ThommyHutson, Instagram: thommyhutson, and Facebook:

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  1. I loved reading this post and c look forward to reading this book. (

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    1. So many! Stephen King, S.E. Hinton, Ray Bradbury, Lois Duncan, Wes Craven, Kevin Williamson, Christopher Pike, John Green, and the list goes on!

  3. Thank you for taking the time to interview me and help spread the word about Jinxed!

  4. Do you prefer e-books or print books?

  5. When did you realize you wanted to become a writer?

  6. I really enjoyed reading your interview, thank you!

  7. Congrats on the tour and thank you for the excerpt and giveaway. I appreciate the opportunity to win.

  8. Do you aim for a set amount of words/pages per day?

  9. Do your characters seem to hijack the story or do you feel like you have the reigns of the story?

  10. When did you realize you wanted to become a writer?

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  12. What is your favorite part of this book and why?

  13. How long does it usually take you to write a book?

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  15. What is the hardest thing about writing?

  16. What book(s) are you presently reading?