Good news, shouting out loud from the rooftops of Venice
Tuesday, March 16, 2021
Wednesday, March 10, 2021
Super excited and very pleased that a story from Lullabies for Suffering is a Bram Stoker Finalist!
Beyond the Reef, by Gabino Iglesias, is on the final ballot in the Long Fiction category.
It's the kind of story that only Gabino could write—a new father battling heroin addiction and amphibious creatures who surround his island home. It's Lovecraftian, myth-making magic.
The winners of the Horror Writers Association Bram Stoker award will be announced on May 23.
Thursday, February 18, 2021
If you loved YOU by Caroline Kepnes, you will love You Love Me.
The universe of Joe Goldberg has grown in complexity, and this book was my favorite in the series.
It felt like Kepnes has been sharpening her skills with each of these works, and it is on full display here. Reminded me of a fantastic guitar solo where you marvel at the talent and think "no way can it keep up this energy" but instead it does. The second person point of view, the tiny nuances of thoughts, the unique Joe 'self-talk', and the infusion of pop culture and literary references, where social media is not just an app on your phone but part of our psyche.
What makes these works so damn powerful is this character who is a litany of cluster B personality disorder traits, certainly anti-social and narcissistic—I want a 'Kepnesian scholar' to list Joe's Top Narcissistic moments, because there are some choice moments inside here—but he is certainly not 'just a narcissist'. There is, imbedded in his view of the world, a kindness and consideration, where in his reality it is empathy (you're gonna love spending time at the Empathy Bordello) we hear him constantly deciding what is best for everyone around him, and inside those decisions is an intent for kindness, twisted and selfish, of course, but he only judges himself by his intent, not his actions. Every relationship Joe has is completely transactional for finding love (is he capable of Love? God, ya gotta read this). Every new character that comes into his world is a puppet without strings, but Joe finds the invisible strings to pull that a sane human never sees, and he decides what to pull and how.
So creepy and insidious, but at the end in the aftermath of Joe's manipulation there is real life victims, where RIP is not just one of the authors brilliant witticisms, but true trauma and hurt that he leaves behind in his wake.
The title is so perfect.. is this Joe telling his victims that he is certain of his words as he tells whoever his object is at the time that "you love me?" —or is it the author saying this to her readers, that even though we are sickened by Joe, we can't and won't look away, so she accuses us of some sort of addictive voyeurism into his world as she says to us "You Love Me"? A 4th book has been promised, and I stand accused and I confess to both. I do love you Joe.
Thursday, January 28, 2021
Tuesday, January 5, 2021
Saturday, December 12, 2020
Monday, December 7, 2020
Check out the initial reviews of my upcoming novel, The Hobgoblins of Little Mind.
"A wickedly clever take on a well-worn trope, The Hobgoblin of Little Minds explores lycanthropy through the lens of mental illness and shows Matthews at the height of his powers as a cartographer of the many shades of darkness that inhabit human minds. This bleak, Odyssean, and impeccably well-wrought fable proves what many of us have known for quite some time: Mark Matthews is the reigning king of modern psychological horror."~KEALAN PATRICK BURKE, Bram Stoker Award-winning author of Kin
"Few new writers today are doing horror with such intensity."
~MICHAEL A ARNZEN, five-time Bram Stoker Award winning author
"Matthews writes true reality horror, with supernatural elements that only serve to make his fiction more believable."
~MICHAEL BRADFORD, Executive Producer, Monkey Knuckle Films
"Matthews takes us to the heart of desolation and makes us care."
~J.D. BARKER, international best-selling author of The Fourth Monkey
"Matthews is a damn good writer, and make no mistake, he will hurt you."
~JACK KETCHUM, Bram Stoker Award winning author of The Girl Next Door
"Matthews delivers a shocking new asylum mythos. At Northville Psychiatric Hospital, longstanding literary horrors of tunnels, malign treatments, and twisted minds receive new Frankensteinian life, patched together into a frightful blend of existential dread and family entanglements."
~TROY RONDINONE, PhD, author of Nightmare Factories
"A stunningly daring descent into madness. Dank, dark and scary as hell. Brimming with tragic characters and monstrous villains--think Nurse Ratched by way of Dr. Moreau under the direction of Cronenberg. Proves once and for all that reality is often the strongest fuel for the nightmares burning bright. This one is a belter. An absolute beast!"
~JOHN BODEN, author of Spungunion and Walk the Darkness Down
"Matthews twists pioneering ideas from epigenetics and neuroscience into a classic horror tale, producing a nightmarish adventure that breathes new life into the werewolf legend."
~BILL SULLIVAN, Ph.D, Professor of Pharmacology at Indiana University
"As a new take on the werewolf story, it is a fascinating read, but as a deep dive into the realities of mental illness, the book is an absolute triumph."
Good news, shouting out loud from the rooftops of Venice I signed a contract yesterday with Dunwich Edizioni. The Hobgoblin of Little Minds...
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