J. Thorn

Biography

Want a story that’s rooted in a fundamental aspect of being human?

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.

Experience:
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 as well as a founding board member of the Author Marketing Institute.

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.

Where to find J. Thorn online


Books

The Adventures of Jocker & Bivy: Cardinals Get Crabby (Book #4)
Series: The Adventures of Jocker & Bivy. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 11,110. Language: English. Published: January 26, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Animals
Jocker and Bivy savor the summer days while splashing around at the local swimming pool. When an old enemy turns up to warn them of an impending storm, the birds take flight. But they are too late. The cloud delivers them to the shores of Maryland, where they begin a new adventure. With the help of a flock of rebellious seagulls and some old friends, Jocker and Bivy must face a fearsome foe.
The Adventures of Jocker & Bivy: Doom in the Desert (Book #3)
Series: The Adventures of Jocker & Bivy. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 13,880. Language: English. Published: January 26, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Animals
Cardinal siblings Jocker and Bivy love to spend the day soaring over their home in Cleveland, Ohio. But when a feisty raccoon chases them onto a train headed west, Jocker and Bivy arrive in a new land, where a scorpion king attacks their newfound friends. Can the birds call on the old gang to help avoid Doom in the Desert?
The Adventures of Jocker & Bivy: Return to Upworld (Book #2)
Series: The Adventures of Jocker & Bivy. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 14,210. Language: English. Published: January 26, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Animals
Jocker and Bivy are back, flying high in the Ohio sky. One day, the cardinal siblings discover a new problem, a hawk named Merlin, who is determined to rule the forest. With Hoset, Renaldo, Boris, and the addition of a few new friends, they finally band together to save the day in a Return to Upworld.
The Adventures of Jocker & Bivy: Saving Upworld (Book #1)
Series: The Adventures of Jocker & Bivy. Price: Free! Words: 14,300. Language: English. Published: January 26, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Animals
Jocker and Bivy are ordinary cardinals, hoping to learn how to fly. They love playing in the nest with their parents. But when the siblings learn that their home is in danger from an army of ants, they must take action. Finally, with the help of new friends they meet along the way, Jocker and Bivy embark on a quest: Saving Upworld!
Corrosion: Terminal Horizon (The Portal Arcane Series - Book III)
Series: The Portal Arcane Trilogy. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 65,620. Language: English. Published: May 20, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Undead, Fiction » Horror » Occult
Rich imagery and a character-driven story of escape from a dying world...
Eternal: Blood Curse (Book 3 of The Hidden Evil Trilogy)
Series: The Hidden Evil Trilogy. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 59,290. Language: English. Published: March 25, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Occult, Fiction » Horror » Undead
A spin-chilling horror from J. Thorn. Book 3 of The Hidden Evil trilogy.
Demons Within: Unholy Fire (Book 2 of The Hidden Evil Trilogy)
Series: The Hidden Evil Trilogy. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 57,880. Language: English. Published: March 25, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Occult, Fiction » Horror » Undead
A spin-chilling horror from J. Thorn. Book 2 of The Hidden Evil trilogy.
Preta's Realm: The Haunting (Book 1 of The Hidden Evil Trilogy)
Series: The Hidden Evil Trilogy. Price: Free! Words: 62,440. Language: English. Published: March 25, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Occult, Fiction » Horror » Undead
A spin-chilling horror from J. Thorn. Book 1 of The Hidden Evil trilogy.
The Law of Three: A New Wasteland (The Portal Arcane Series - Book II)
Series: The Portal Arcane Trilogy. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 63,700. Language: English. Published: March 25, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Undead, Fiction » Horror » Occult
Rich imagery and a character-driven story of escape from a dying world. Book 2 of the Portal Arcane trilogy.
Voices from Beyond: Volume 1 (A Horror/Dark Fantasy Short Story Collection)
Price: Free! Words: 12,650. Language: English. Published: March 21, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Occult, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
(4.00)
Voices from Beyond Volume 1 is the first volume of short stories written by J. Thorn. The set contains six titles, including "Ten Days," the 2009 New Author Short Story Contest winner.
Reversion: The Inevitable Horror (The Portal Arcane Series - Book I)
Series: The Portal Arcane Trilogy. Price: Free! Words: 70,050. Language: English. Published: March 21, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Undead, Fiction » Horror » Occult
Rich imagery and a character-driven story of escape from a dying world...
Lost Track (A Dystopian Short Story - From the World of The Beam)
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 7,180. Language: English. Published: November 28, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories, Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic
Lost Track (A Dystopian Short Story - From the World of The Beam)
Tunnel (A Frightening Zombie Short Story)
Price: Free! Words: 4,660. Language: English. Published: November 17, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Undead
(2.00)
Jeremy flees into the subway beneath the streets of New York City to escape the undead horde. But he quickly discovers that there is more than darkness in the Tunnel.
The Hunt (A Chilling Vampire Short Story)
Price: Free! Words: 4,350. Language: English. Published: November 17, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Occult, Fiction » Horror » Undead
(2.00)
The night brings more than darkness after the Fall. With her fangs bared, Tilla attacks a camp of savages until a mysterious young girl emerges from the wrecked, post-apocalyptic landscape. The Hunt was originally published as Retrograde and won first prize in the 2009 Boutique du Vampyre Short Story Contest.
Formatting Your eBook (Using Word & Basic HTML to Format a Title by Yourself)
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 8,690. Language: English. Published: May 26, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Publishing » Self-publishing
BRAND NEW EDITION! A step-by-step guide for turning a novel (in the form of a Word 2010 document) into a formatted ebook that can be uploaded and sold on any platform from J. Thorn, a Top 100 Horror Author.

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