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I believe reading dark fiction can be healing. My overriding mission is to connect with you through my art, and I hope to inspire you to do the same. I’m a word architect and driven visionary. I’m obsessed with heavy metal, horror films and technology. And I admire strong people who are not afraid to speak their mind.
I grew up in an Irish Catholic, working class family and was the first to go to college. I didn’t have expensive toys, so I used my own imagination for entertainment. And then I abused alcohol for entertainment. I spent the first thirty years of my life convincing myself I wasn’t an addict and the last ten worrying about all the potential threats the substances hid from me.
Anxiety and depression are always hiding in the corner, waiting to jump me when I start to feel happiness.
I had to break through family programming and accept the role of the black sheep. In my 30s I started writing horror and formed a heavy metal band while my family rolled their eyes, sighed and waited for the “phase” to end.
I spent years paralyzing myself with self-loathing and criticism, keeping my creativity smothered and hidden from the rest of the world. I worked a job I hated because that’s what Irish Catholic fathers do. They don’t express themselves, they pay the damn mortgage. I may have left my guilt and faith behind long ago, but the scars remain.
My creativity is my release, my therapy and my place to work through it all. I haven’t had a drink in a long time, but the anxiety and depression are always lurking. Writing novels and songs keeps it at bay. I scream over anxiety with my microphone and I turn my guitar up loud enough to drown out the whispers of self-doubt.
I hope to leave a legacy of art that will continue to entertain and enrich lives long after I’m gone. I want others to see that you don’t have to conform to the mainstream to be fulfilled.
Don’t be afraid of the dark. Embrace it.
By the end of 2014, J. Thorn will have published over one million words and sold over 100,000 ebooks, worldwide.
J. Thorn is a Top 100 Most Popular Author in Horror, Science Fiction, and Fantasy (Amazon Author Rank). In March of 2014 Thorn held the #5 position in Horror with his childhood idols Dean Koontz and Stephen King at #4 and #2 respectively. He is an official, active member of the Horror Writers Association and a member of the Great Lakes Association of Horror Writers. J. is a contributor to disinformation.com and a staff writer for HeavyPlanet.net.
Thorn earned a B.A. in American History from the University of Pittsburgh and a M.A. from Duquesne University. He has spent the last twenty years researching mysticism and the occult in colonial American history.
on March 25, 2014 :
Jeremy has run from the hospital to escape the zombies and runs to the subway where he finds Billy, a worker who knows a safe place. They have to reluctantly trust each other if they want to survive but they soon disagree on the fate of a boy that is hiding in the tunnels.
I'm having trouble rating this book and if I could I'd pick 2.5 stars because I sort of liked it but I didn't. OK let me try to explain. I hated Billy from the start. He is obnoxious, nasty, violent and likes to keep threatening Jeremy. He orders him around, won't let him rest and keeps saying he'll kill him. I just can't stand this kind of character even though he is written that way for a dramatic purpose. It did put me off the story as it was more about Billy and his attitude than the actual zombies for pretty much the whole story.
The plot itself was decent and when Billy's antics weren't ruining it, the story was quite good. Instead of just running from zombies, the three characters had moral issues to deal with. Is it safe for Billy to kill Jeremy or the boy, or would they come back as zombies? Can Jeremy find somewhere safe without Billy's help? Can the boy trust either man to keep him safe? That side of it was interesting and was played out nicely in a dark tunnel with zombies in pursuit.
There was plenty to like in this but it just didn't fully grab me enough for 3 stars which is probably a little harsh on the author as I think he does have a good storytelling ability. Zombie fans will probably enjoy this book so give it a try.
(review of free book)