Friday, December 31, 2010
Special thanks to Scott Nicholson, Neil Jackson and Stephen James Price. I would have been lost without them.
Happy New Year!
Friday, November 12, 2010
Immense thanks to the good people at Escape Between the Pages--thanks for your support!
Sunday, October 17, 2010
"Max (my 15-year-old) says the reason he is having slow going reading your book is because it scares the hell out of him more than anything else he's ever read and he has to put it down sometimes to wait and get over being scared before he can pick it up and go on, and it can't be late at night."
Now, that's great praise.
Buy your copy at Amazon.com: http://www.amazon.com/Hudson-House-J-T-Warren/dp/1453757244/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1287330064&sr=8-1
Thursday, September 30, 2010
Well… let me start by saying, “Hi! I’m back.” I’m sorry y’all have been fending for yourselves in the “to read or not to read” department for the last week and a half, but good news… I am finally well enough to focus, which… by default means that the book which I have been trying to read for a week has finally come to an end. (Whew.. that was a tough one)
Now, on a different note: last Friday I uploaded a YouTube episode about horror cliches that actually workin books, and be damned if I wasn’t right. “Hudson House” incorporated 4 of the 5 cliches I listed, and guess what, this book was killer. (<– sorry I had to, puns are fun)
Ed, Tommy and Eric are typical 13 year old boys… they don’t listen to their parents, they call each other hurtful names just for the hell of it, and a good game of “guilt or dare” is always welcome. But when the three friends decide to enter a well known haunted house in their neighborhood; everything suddenly changes. Loved ones turn up dead, people suddenly avoid eye contact, and there seems to be a boat load of evil around every corner, but all of this pales in comparison to what is really going on. Does Hudson House really hold the key to a powerful future if it’s evil can be harnessed? Who is the lady in white that keeps popping up, and will all 3 boys make it out alive or will the house claim them one by one?
I’m not gonna lie… I was like a little kid in a candy store when I first started reading this book. There is nothing better than a book that surprises you (a kid who carries around skull fragments) or just generally creeps you out (a pillowcase full of knives.) The adrenaline that comes with reading a horror novel is undeniable, and if your imagination is a wild as mine tends to be, the whole book is playing out in your head like some really warped version “Monster House.” The most interesting thing however, the thing that had my brain buzzing like bees on crack, was Warren’s writing techniques. It is important (in all books) that characters grow, that’s what keeps the story flowing, but this “growth” is usually limited to emotional or intellectual. Warren, on the other hand, started his story when his characters were pre-pubesent versions of themselves, and then continued to build his plot as they grew older and developed defined personalities. I (for one) see this as a brilliant technique in development, and helps the reader to experience the action on several different levels (child fear to teenage determination.) Now, does this mean you get so wrapped up in the players that you miss the game? Never. As artfully crafted as his characters are, his plot was even more spectacular, painting vivid pictures around every corner, and even writing “smells” into his already frightening plot. (Thanks by the way… I’m never gonna be able to eat candy apples again.)
So what’s the vote? Well… that’s obvious. It’s horror all around, and just in time for Halloween.
Happy reading my fellow Kindle-ites and remember: When a librarian kicks you out of the library for doing research, beware… there’s obviously something fishy going on.
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P.S. If you want to read the first 150 pages for free be sure to stop by J.T. website where it’s up for grabs.
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
The long wait for the paperback edition of my book Hudson House is over! Follow the link to Amazon and buy yourself a story that will keep you up at night. http://www.amazon.com/Hudson-House-J-T-Warren/dp/1453757244/ref=tmm_pap_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1282920905&sr=8-1
Sunday, September 19, 2010
Saturday, September 18, 2010
Friday, September 17, 2010
The final proof for Hudson House has been approved and it looks awesome. I hold it in my hands as I write this. Amazon assures me the book will be available for purchase within 14 days--just in time for October, which is perfect. Once I see it on Amazon, the world will know.
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
Soon it would be Halloween. On that night, the house would show him what it really wanted, and how it would satisfy his every desire. The house on the corner of Mangle Lane and Jackson Avenue had stood for thousands of years, though none of the suburban neighbors surrounding it would have ever recognized the house as a holy sanctuary, as a gift from beyond, as a blessing from forces far greater than the human brain could even comprehend. For the residents of the Stone Edge Development, the house was just an abandoned building where teenagers sometimes gathered to drink and smoke pot and wasn't it past time for the Town Council to have the place condemned and razed already?
They didn't understand. They couldn't comprehend what the house offered because they had long ago shut out their minds to things of unlimited possibilities. For most people, the house was so far in the background it didn't even exist. They were too weak to let in the mighty forces that lived and pulsed through every inch of Hudson House. They let the towering evergreens surrounding it keep it separate from their lives. They walked or drove past it quickly. They never turned to admire the mighty oak tree in the front yard or the simple, yet inviting design known as the American Foursquare. Aging plywood that matched the gray tones of the sagging front porch covered the lower windows, but the third floor windows, dormers, were open and protruded from the house like engorged eyes. The house watched the world around it and for the one it invited to look back, the one who stared into those eyes, the house offered divine promise.
Hudson House would give him what he wanted, but only if he did its will.
Thy will be done. He smiled.
He walked down Mangle Lane slowly, though his heart pounded frantically. It was tough to control his excitement. He wanted to run there, fall to his knees beneath that oak tree and stare up at those third floor windows and declare his faith. Someone might notice and then the police would be involved and things could get difficult. If he did something so blatant, the house might still shield him, but he was in no position to test the power of Hudson House. That could come later.
First, the house demanded a sacrifice.
Wind pushed his coat open behind him like a cape. The brisk air soothed his hot flesh and filled his nostrils with the gloriously sweet aromas of apples and firewood and pumpkin pie. And beneath that pushing breeze was the undertow of the house. It pulled him closer with invisible arms that had gotten so much stronger as the hot summer melted into the cool fall.
The house was building its strength and it needed him to help.
Narrow flashlight beams crisscrossed back and forth inside the first floor.
He stood across from Hudson House on the opposite side of the street. Hands in his pocket, occasionally tipping back on his heels and gazing up at those open windows, he might have been an innocuous resident of this town just out for a stroll. He might have been like everyone else.
Except for the hot energy boiling inside him.
Except for the things he had to do.
Except for the blood that must be spilled.
Except for the almighty power he would soon wield.
Several teenagers erupted into laughter from inside the house. At least a few of the kids were girls. That gave him the chance to pick the best of the litter.
Thy will be done.
He moved across the street and toward the perimeter of the property where the evergreens stood as giant sentries.
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
But the final proof has been ordered, so publication could be this weekend. In the meantime, the book is available for Kindle and you can read a large sample at Wattpad and Authonomy. Thanks to everyone who has read and commented. I really appreciate it.
Thursday, September 9, 2010
Friday, September 3, 2010
Scott Nicholson left the following comment on the Amazon page for Hudson House: "Obviously since I provided a blurb for the book, I have granted my seal of approval, but wanted to further encourage you to try this young-adult paranormal book that has an adult sensibility. I've read lots of books in the field, and Warren's prose is as polished as the best. Take a visit to the Hudson House and prepare to be spooked, shocked, and moved." Buy the ebook: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B004089GYY
The paperback is coming soon.
Sunday, August 22, 2010
My horror novel HUDSON HOUSE is now available for purchase through Amazon.com as an ebook. Follow the link and enjoy. http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004089GYY/ref=cm_cr_mts_prod_img
Friday, August 20, 2010
Hudson House is available through Smashwords.com. For a great haunted house story, check out: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/22115