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by Jordan Weisman,J. C. Hutchins

eBook Personal Effects: Dark Art download ISBN: 0312383827
Author: Jordan Weisman,J. C. Hutchins
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin; Slp Har/Pa edition (June 9, 2009)
Language: English
Pages: 320
ePub: 1524 kb
Fb2: 1456 kb
Rating: 4.1
Other formats: lit mbr lrf lrf
Category: Mystery
Subcategory: Thrillers and Suspense

I walked past her into the dark room, uneasy of its dimness. It smelled of old books and stale coffee. The fat metal blinds were drawn shut.

C. Hutchins and Jordan Weisman PERSONAL EFFECTS DARK ART. 1. If by some miracle I survive my twenties, I am certain I’ll look back on today and think, This was the day I began to lose my mind. I walked past her into the dark room, uneasy of its dimness. Peterson glanced up from the contents of the folder.

Personal Effects: Dark Art was impossible to put down and almost as hard to pin down. Personal Effect: Dark Arts by . Hutchins and Jordon Weisman introduces an interesting multi-format approach to mystery reading. A twisted descent into the mind of a serial killer. a supernatural thriller about a frightening and unfathomable evil that's as old as time. a horrific tale of dark, unearthly secrets that bind. These elements bring an additional dimension to the story and characters.

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Personal Effects : Dark Art. by . Hutchins and Jordan Weisman. Probably the best book I've read in the horror genre in a long time. Personal Effects: Dark Art combines the classic elements of horror, thriller and dark plot with the "edge of your seat" gripping "page-turning" experience you'd get from a feature film. What I love most about Personal Effects is that it's not JUST words on a page, it's an experience. The book is set up to give the reader visual clues, concepts and personality through the pictures and items within the novel.

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On June 9, 2009 Weisman and . Hutchins released Personal Effects: Dark Art (Griffin).

The book was a best seller in Germany and sold over 100,000 copies in the USA. In 2007, FASA Studio was dissolved and all of the FASA rights were then licensed to Weisman. On June 9, 2009 Weisman and . Hutchins released Personal Effects: Dark Art (Griffin)

Personal effects: dark art. Praise. This is the future of storytelling, and it’s a thrilling ride. Library Journal said Dark Art may herald the future of modern fiction. The items among Grace’s personal effects are the keys to understanding his haunted past. and finding the terrifying truth the patient hoped to keep buried.

Hutchins crafts award-winning transmedia narratives, screenplays and novels for companies such as 20th Century Fox, A&E, Cinemax, Discovery, FOX Broadcasting, Infiniti, Macmillan Publishers and Ubisoft. His 2009 novel Personal Effects: Dark Art (co-written with digital storytelling pioneer and game designer Jordan Weisman) featured online and physical transmedia elements that blurred the reader’s role from passive consumer to active participant. Personal Effects - .

Want to try it yourself? Call the phone number shown on book's cover: 212-629-1951 and listen to the voicemail message for main character Zach Taylor.Personal Effects follows the extensive notes of therapist Zach Taylor’s investigation into the life and madness of Martin Grace, an accused serial killer who claims to have foreseen, but not caused, his victims’ deaths. Zach’s investigations start with interviews and art sessions, but then take him far from the hospital grounds—and often very far from the reality that we know. The items among Grace’s personal effects are the keys to understanding his haunted past, and finding the terrifying truth Grace hoped to keep buried: • Call the phone numbers: you’ll get a character’s voicemail. • Google the characters and institutions in the text: you’ll find real websites • Examine the art and other printed artifacts included inside the cover: if you pay attention, you’ll find more information than the characters themselves discover Personal Effects, the ultimate in voyeuristic storytelling, represents a revolutionary step forward in changing the way people interact with novels.
Comments: (7)
Personal Effect: Dark Arts by J.C. Hutchins and Jordon Weisman introduces an interesting multi-format approach to mystery reading. In addition to the text, the book provides a packet of materials along with supplemental website materials. These elements bring an additional dimension to the story and characters. However I think they would have been more worthwhile if there were a more direct relationship between the additional materials and the story.

Although the format and approach were appealing, I found the story uneven and sometimes confusing. I was never sure whether to treat the book as a mystery or thriller. However I enjoyed the main character's unique position as an art therapist and found his friends and family an interesting and integral part of the storyline.

I look forward to reading more of Zach Taylor's adventures.
I had a chance to read an advanced copy of Personal Effects: Dark Art. This novel succeeds admirably in being creepy and scary, but the book does much more than that. For one, it paints the main characters, especially the tightly knit support system of the protagonist, in a realistic and sympathetic light. You care about these people, you want to be their friends. The action is detailed and, at times, gruesome, the kind that makes you want to cover one eye while the other eye keeps reading because you just can't stop.

The plot and characterization doesn't stop with the novel, though. The personal effects that come with the book allow you to learn more about the mysteries inside, and if you follow the websites and phone numbers, you will get more information about the goings on of the novel than the characters themselves got.

This book grabbed me, pulled me in, and didn't let go. Hutchins' narrative voice is fun to read; he makes you feel like you're sliding effortlessly into the plot. Expect more awesome from this author in the future. For now, buy this book.
All I have done for the past two days (since the UPS guy showed up at my door with the book) is read this book and play with the effects.

I have been waiting for this since I pre-ordered it back in December. I am very familiar with Mr. Hutchins' podcasts and wanted to experience this. Sorry Hutch (hope I can call you that) but it wasn't quite the ride I expected, even though you stole two days out of my life!

Not to give anything away, but I expected the effects to play a bigger role. Even though I found out some of the websites suggested by the effects are real places (that is, not part of the book) and some of the email addresses don't work, I feel I am missing something. Anything I managed to figure out from the effects just from looking at them and using the tools available, the characters eventually got to the same place in the course of the book. Some things are still unexplained; guess I will have to play a little more or wait until someone posts an (unauthorized) walk-through of the book!

As for the actual book part of this experience, it did keep me turning the pages. The author has mentioned that Stephen King is one of his favorite authors, and I could definitely see SK's influence in the book. There are some definitely squicky moments in here, and some humorous ones also. I do agree though that Hutchins is much better at techno-thrilling than horroring.

Another part of this book that no one has mentioned is that this book is very late '00s. Today's technologies play a very important part in the book and help set the tone that was such a large part of the experience for me. I turned fifty-two last week, and reading about twenty-somethings Rachel and Zach have made me feel older than I am.

A lot of care has been put into this project (love the way the older birth certificates had that worn dog-eared look!). That was a big part of why PE:DA got the fourth star. The other part is that you will definitely enjoy playing this book.

Finally, I am confident that the lessons learned from this outing will be reflected in the sequel. Anyone reading this who hasn't bought the book yet, go buy it so there is a sequel!
Personal Effects: Dark Art is perhaps the first novel one can experience in a truly meaningful way for upwards of 45 minutes without turning a single page. It combines a subtle, seemingly straight-forward thriller narrative with a radically asynchronous, non-linear out-of-novel experience driven by a set of "tangible items" (aka "horror flair") that comes with the book. These clues -- driver's licenses, business cards, birth and death certificates, artwork, lists -- lead the reader online to hack email accounts and read blogs, onto the phone lines to listen to voice mail messages, and back and forth to the artwork adorning the beginning of every chapter.

I've read the book, I've followed lots of the clues, but I'm not sure I'm finished. I'm not sure I'll ever be finished.

But let's not focus on the gimmicks exclusively (though the items are pretty special, lovingly made to be as realistic and convincing as possible). What if you got hold of the book and some dork had lost or scattered the horror flair?

You'd still get a satisfying read.

Protagonist Zach Taylor is a charming and sympathetic narrator, whose commitment to his work, love of his "katabatic" brother Lucas and girlfriend Rachel the "PixelVixen" and phobic fear of the dark pour out from every page. He faces several antagonists, each of whom is chilling in his own right. The mystery plot is well constructed and engaging (else why bother with all the external clues); the moments of terror exquisitely executed: I enjoy horror fiction but usually it doesn't actually scare me. This did, a bit. I'm afraid of the Dark Man.

You probably will be, too.