Spotlight – Jinxed

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Author:  Thommy Hutson

Genre:  Horror

Page Count: 246

Release Date: 13th March 2018

Synopsis:

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?

Preview:

There’s no way off the island until Monday,” Daniel said to Max, after returning from checking the perimeter. He shook off his hat, which was slick with moisture. “What we need to do—”

“Listen, asshat,” Max exploded. He picked up the manuscript splayed out on the table. The thing that had caused so much trouble, so much pain. So many secrets.

“You don’t get it, neither of you,” he added, looking from Daniel to Parker and back again. “It’s all right here in these pages. What’s going to happen, how it’s going to happen. The messed up thing is we still don’t know why, and I blame McKenna for that. If you two don’t do something to get us off this rock, one by one, we are going to die.”

Max looked at Layna, whose eyes roamed across everyone in the room. He knew she was thinking exactly what he was.

Who would be next? Who was doing this?

Max also wondered who was going to help them, if not Daniel or Parker.

Nancy grabbed the script from Max’s hands. “Jesus Christ, if you’re all gonna sit there and act like Helen Keller, I’ll figure it out.”

“What I’d like everyone to do is calm down,” Parker said calmly. “We’ll find everyone, stay together, and we will get off the island safely.”

“You did a bang-up job with Alice,” Max said. “If you had listened to me—” But he stopped himself. More to the point, the lump in his throat stopped him.

Layna grabbed his hand and locked her fingers with his, turning toward Nancy as she flipped through the script. “Well?”

Nancy stopped turning pages and slowly ran her finger across the lines of black ink. “It isn’t specific,” Nancy offered, “but this is what it says.”

Parker stood. “Before anybody starts jumping to conclusions, let’s remember this is a piece of fiction.”

Max shook his head in disbelief, even as he watched Daniel nod his. “It’s a piece of fiction somebody wants to turn into a really cuckootown crazypants version of MTV’s True Life,” he stated. “Maybe, ‘I Was a Teenaged Murder Victim?’ So, I’m all ears, Nancy. Go ahead.”

Parker cocked his head and Max felt the man was unhappy with the attitude he was throwing. But Max didn’t care. And he didn’t like the detective.

Nancy read, “Should the white hare cross the wayfarer’s path from right to left, his journey will be disastrous.” When she was done she realized the room was silent.

It was Daniel who broke the stillness. “I thought a rabbit, at least the rabbit’s foot, was lucky.”

It sickened Max he hadn’t thought of it before. That his friend, their friend, was out there alone, maybe hurt, maybe worse, and here they were, locked away safe and warm and talking about their fate in a way that felt strangely, frighteningly cavalier.

He turned to Nancy and frowned. He knew she would be affected the most. “White rabbits?” he asked.

“Oh, God,” Nancy yelped, dropping the script. “Crosby’s next!”

 

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 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.

 

Author Links:

[Website]

[Facebook]

[Twitter]

 

Jinxed can be purchased as a Paperback and eBook from Amazon.co.uk

4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Giselle [Xpresso Reads]
    Mar 20, 2018 @ 17:03:36

    Thanks for hosting today, Kim!

    Reply

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  3. Thommy Hutson
    Apr 06, 2018 @ 21:11:07

    Thank you for helping to spread the word about Jinxed!

    Reply

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