Whispers of a Gypsy is a story about how purity of heart can darken in a world of hate. The word "Gypsy" refers to members of the Romani people (and/or their sub-groups Roma, Sina, etc.). The G-word, however, is pejorative. It is used in this case to relate to an Auschwitz-Birkenau Camp book and for awareness.
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As a thriller author, most of JT's works, to include his military/espionage books, start out as Dark Fiction with a Horror Thriller bend and a sprinkle of Noir to capture the grayness of people vs. black and white or good and bad, a looming sense of dread, as well as endings that remain somewhat open for thought.
Whispers of a Gypsy maybe be considered by some as Extreme or Splatterpunk, however, while it has elements of social strife, heightened violence, and resulting graphic depictions of such, J.T. prefers to call it CHICAGO GOTHIC. Violence in extremis is not directed to an audience for shock-value, but instead a result of the horrific acts in story. Nor is it gratuitous.
Like English or Southern Gothic, the stories are hinged on aspects of the setting and its local culture, has a hint of literary flair, and involves evil from the past that often takes on a supernatural element. The Chicago descriptor comes in, aside from location, with an up close, in-your-face, no holds barred story-telling element. Rough and direct, there is both a toughness along with underlying Midwest heart.
J.T. Patten's horror stories tend to be about 50,000 words and about 220 printed pages. Based on Patten's faster-paced horror style, the works are designed to be a more cinematic roller-coaster ride of emotions that cater to both avid readers and time-constrained readers who are searching for a book that can be read (or listened to) in less than a week or binged in less than four to five hours.
As a former intelligence analyst with early education in communication and culture, J.T. loves exploring at-risk populations. A consummate rooter of the underdog and champion to those oppressed, Mr. Patten has a passion to show the hidden and give voice to those who remain silent. The intent isn't to preach or step on a soap-box, but instead, weave the story with subtle background and situations to draw enough light and curiosity that readers may explore the topics further on their own with a self-driven new awareness.
"Whispers of a Gypsy by J.T. Patten is an extreme horror novel in every sense of that word. Lou Reed famously described his album Metal Machine Music as something designed for 'Professionals, no sniffers please.' Patten has likewise made a work of art designed for those who long ago found sniffing unsatisfying . . . and now inject directly into the vein. Whispers invokes and involves such powerful themes as the Holocaust, racism, medical experimentation, and the alienation of immigrant communities. These are 'strong spices' that most horror writers shy away from entirely, or else use sparingly. Patten -- in contrast -- screws off the lids and dumps the entire container into his burbling cauldron. What emerges when the broth finishes is a horror tale so harrowing and challenging that the reader understands immediately that this is a work made for connoisseurs. This is a work for those who need something that turns all the dials up to 10, and then dares you not to cover your ears."
-- Scott Kenemore, author of Lake of Darkness, The Grand Hotel, and Zombie Ohio
“JT Patten tears down the divisions between horror, supernatural, and thriller genres to fuse a concoction that’s equal parts terrifying and thrilling. One of the scariest and darkest horror thrillers I’ve read.” - Kashif Hussain, Reviewer, Best Thriller Books
"Whispers of a Gypsy is a dark thriller/horror story built on layers of history, science, cultural identity, religion, bias/acceptance, love/hate, and good/evil. JT Patten managed this by constructing recognizable characters that could be our neighbors. They battle alcoholism, domestic violence, the care of a child with special needs, and the everyday struggles of life. Add to that both likable(?) anti-hero monsters, like Mr. Mortimer, and just plain old-fashioned Nazi evil, and you end up with a horror story of unique depth. Some elements are horrifically creepy and disturbing at times, but they are needed to show the humanity that exists when confronted with the worst of situations. If you are looking for a new take on the horror genre, I recommend the thrilling suspense of Whispers of a Gypsy by JT Patten." - Joe Goldberg, author Secret Wars, Spy Devils, Rebellious Son
“A brilliant read…Great tense and spooky atmosphere…You don’t find many horror books that have a mentally challenged protagonist, much less a kid, and the author did a fantastic job.” - NetGalley Reviews
“A deeply compelling and thrilling horror story with an immensely original setup…terrifying…akin to the early works of Stephen King.” - ScreenCraft Cinematic Book Competition
“Whispers of a Gypsy is one of the darkest and scariest horror stories that I have ever tried to read.” - Hendricks Book Reviews
Fans of shows such as The X-Files, Man in the High Castle, National Treasure, and Prison Break will love Going Dark.
Going Dark follows a tech savvy war veteran, Creede Macaskin and his reject emotional support dog in their old RV, as they uncover historic conspiracies guided by his late CIA / DARPA father’s hidden journals and signpost clues around the country while MiB and Old Crows battle to get their hands on the notes to secure the Deep State.
Script registered with WGA West 2104369; United States Copyright Office, and CreatorsVault.
Co-authored with Master Sergeant (US Army Special Forces, Ret.) Scott Neil, "Horse Soldier," advisor to award winning film, 12 Strong (2018).
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The fictional works of J.T. Patten do not constitute an official release of CIA, NSA, or DoD information. All statements of fact, opinion, or analysis expressed are those of the author and do not reflect the official positions or views of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) or any other U.S. Government agency. Nothing in the contents should be construed as asserting or implying U.S. Government authentication of information or CIA endorsement of the author’s views. All published material has been reviewed for classification.