Profile of J.C. Hutchins

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J.C. Hutchins is a successful New Media storytelling pioneer, best known for his innovative use of written fiction, podcasting, multimedia and fan-fueled "crowdsourcing" to create thriller stories, which he distributes online.  With more than 5 million episodic downloads of his fiction to date, Hutchins is one of the most popular "podcast novelists" in the world.

His traditionally-published and New Media novels have been featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, NPR’s Weekend Edition, Fast Company, Starlog, the BBC,, UK, and

Hutchins writes novels, short stories and animation screenplays (which have been published and produced).  A motion picture adaptation of his thriller novel 7th Son: Descent, published in October 2009 by St. Martin's Griffin, is currently in development at Warner Bros.

His groundbreaking supernatural thriller novel Personal Effects: Dark Art (co-authored with Jordan Weisman, published in June 2009 by St. Martin's Griffin) features "beyond the book" narrative elements that fundamentally blur the reader’s role from passive spectator to active participant.

Hutchins has also collaborated with game designers and mainstream film directors.

Praise for Hutchins' SF thriller, 7th Son: Descent

  • "(T)hriller readers seeking edge-of-your-seat action flavored with conspiracy and futuristic tech will love every page."

    --Publishers Weekly
  • "Loaded with rip-roaring action."

  • "(C)ombines political conspiracy and tomorrow's bioengineering to create an accessible package for fans of conspiracy theories and high-tech speculative fiction."
    --Library Journal
  • "The book is relentless in its pace, brilliant in its execution, and just so damned entertaining."

    --Patrick Lussier, director of My Bloody Valentine 3D and film editor of Red Eye and the Scream trilogy
  • "J.C. Hutchins takes the science thriller and pumps it full of rocket fuel in 7th Son: Descent."
    --Jonathan Maberry, multiple Bram Stoker Award–winning author of Patient Zero

Praise for Hutchins' supernatural thriller, Personal Effects: Dark Art

  • "Compelling."
    --Gore Verbinski, director of the Pirates of the Caribbean trilogy
  • "This is the future of storytelling, and it's a thrilling ride."
    --Anthony E. Zuiker, Creator/Executive Producer of CSI:
  • "In The Handbook of Fiction Writing, under 'Page Turner,' you'll find Hutchins. If you're any kind of reader at all, you won’t quit until you get to the end."
    --Victor Miller, creator of Friday the 13th
  • "A journey that you at once fear to tread, yet are compelled to pursue." 
    --Daniel Myrick, co-writer/co-director of The Blair Witch Project

J.C. Hutchins is currently eligible for the John W. Campbell Award for best new science fiction or fantasy writer whose first work of science fiction or fantasy was published in a professional publication in the previous two years.


J.C. Hutchins' Campbell-qualifying works:
"7th Son: Descent." St. Martin's Griffin, Oct 2009
"Personal Effects: Dark Art." St. Martin's Griffin, June 2009

Other works (released online in serialized audio/video form):
"Nanovor" animated series, 2009-2010
"7th Son: 7 Days" prequel short fiction anthology, 2009
"Personal Effects: Sword of Blood" prequel novella, 2009
"Gestalt" short story, 2008
"Dear Mr. Donner" short story, 2008
"7th Son: Obsidian" multimedia short fiction anthology, 2008
"7th Son" audiobook trilogy, 2006-2007