Tuesday, January 5, 2021

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The Hobgoblin of Little Minds by Mark  Matthews

The Hobgoblin of Little Minds

by Mark Matthews

Giveaway ends January 28, 2021.

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Saturday, December 12, 2020

The Hobgoblin of Little Minds Publication Date, and Giveaways, Giveaways, Giveaways.

 I’m happy to announce that the release date of The Hobgoblin of Little Minds has been moved up. Rather than February, it is now Thursday, January 28th, 2021

This is the first full moon of the year, also known as the Wolf Moon—the night when villagers can hear wolves in the distance howling the loudest, aching with hunger, hunting for prey during the coldest of nights. 

*Ahh-Whooo! The Werewolves are coming*

What better time to unleash this book. This novel rewrites the Werewolf mythos, (though it never uses the “W” word) and perhaps more importantly, shines a light on those living with mental illness. It’s based on my 20+ years working in the field of behavioral health. It takes place in the very real setting of an abandoned psychiatric facility near my house in metro Detroit.

Reception has been wonderful so far. This early review has perhaps captured it best:  “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." ~IndieMuse.com

To celebrate the launch, it's giveaway time!

Anyone who makes a purchase, in any format, prior to 2/1/21 and emails proof of purchase by 2/10/21 to WickedRunPress@gmail.com  with ‘giveaway in the subject line is eligible to win 1 of these 3 books below. For friends who live outside the US, and for a ‘no purchase necessary’ entry see below.

Here’s what I got:

  1. A Hardcover Limited Edition of Lullabies for Suffering: Tales of Addiction Horror* published by Thunderstorm Books, featuring stories and signed by: 

Caroline Kepnes, Gabino Iglesias, Kealan Patrick
Burke, John FD Taff, Mark Matthews, & Mercedes M Yardley
These were selling at $99 and there's less than 50 of these in the world, I
have 3 copies, and an unread book is a bit of a tragedy, so I want someone else to
have this great looking piece on their shelf. Cover art by Vincent Sammy.

  1. A copy of Vincent Chong’s children’s book The Girl Who Builds Monsters published by Cemetery Dance. This illustrated children’s book puts his award-winning art and creativity on full display. The touching story was written by Brian Freeman. I loved it, my 14-year-old loved it, and it’s a treat for all ages. 

Vincent did the stunning cover art for The Hobgoblin of Little Minds.

  1. A hardcover copy of: Nightmare Factories: The Asylum in the American Imagination written by Professor of History, Troy Rondinone, Ph.D. This is a fascinating account of the depiction of asylums in art, with references to One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Shudder Island, Halloween, American Horror Story, as well as classics like Frankenstein, Dracula and works by Poe. This is the kind of book you can read cover to cover, or just pick up at any page and you’ll find intriguing and unique insights. It’s intelligent, lively, and engaging. Dr. Rondinone read The Hobgoblin of Little Minds and called it “A shocking new asylum mythos.” The two books make perfect companions.    

    So, how do I win?

Simply email proof of purchase, in any format, to WickedRunPress@gmail.com with *Giveaway* in the subject line  and you’re eligible to win. 
Purchases must made prior to February 1st, 2021. This includes all preorders as well as anything purchased after pub date, 1/28/21 but before 2/1/21. 

  1. Deadline to enter is 2/10/21, Winner Drawn on 2/14/21

    Click here to order The Hobgoblin of LIttle Minds on Amazon

    **for a 'No Purchase Necessary' entry—or an additional entry if you do
    both—simply retweet the pinned tweet on my twitter page, *
    https://twitter.com/matthews_mark and send a screen shot in an email to WickedRunPress@gmail

    Lastly: International folks: 

    This giveaway is open to outside the USA, if you agree to pay for shipping via paypal, should you win one of the prizes. A quote for shipping will be provided. After the quote, if you decide to decline, then another winner will be drawn. 

    Thanks Folks! When the full Wolf Moon rises in the sky on Jan 28th The Hobgoblin of Little Minds will howl from the pages.   

"This 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

Monday, December 7, 2020

Reviews of The Hobgoblin of Little Minds

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."

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Cover Reveal and Presale for The Hobgoblin of Little Minds

 Presenting the cover for my new novel 𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐇𝐨𝐛𝐠𝐨𝐛𝐥𝐢𝐧 𝐨𝐟 𝐋𝐢𝐭𝐭𝐥𝐞 𝐌𝐢𝐧𝐝𝐬. Artwork by Vincent Chong. You've seen his art on covers for Stephen King, Joe Hill, and Josh Malerman.

Publication Date: 2/18/21 - just 90 days away
𝐓𝐡𝐮𝐧𝐝𝐞𝐫𝐬𝐭𝐨𝐫𝐦 𝐁𝐨𝐨𝐤𝐬 𝐢𝐬 𝐩𝐮𝐛𝐥𝐢𝐬𝐡𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐚 𝐋𝐢𝐦𝐢𝐭𝐞𝐝 𝐄𝐝𝐢𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧—𝐬𝐭𝐚𝐲 𝐭𝐮𝐧𝐞𝐝!
The novel rewrites the Werewolf mythos (but never uses the "W" word) and tackles mental illness in a sensitive but stark and (I think) stunning manner. It takes place in the abandoned Northville Psychiatric Hospital near metro Detroit, a true setting that is legendary in the area. The hospital was recently demolished, and the novel's climax occurs during the demolition.

A series of blog posts on the book will be out this week, including —

The depiction of mental illness in horror at Ginger Nuts of Horror
The Werewolf trope over at Divination Hollows 'Asylums' as horror settings at Inkheist
and why Florence +the Machine's Howl offered inspiration at Char's Horror Corner

Saturday, October 24, 2020

Cover Art is Here for The Hobgoblin of Little Minds, but....


It's been a pleasure working with Vincent Chong on the artwork. Look for the cover reveal and presale sometime before the Halloween candy runs out. The novel tackles mental illness and its treatment with sensitivity but stark honesty.
Kori Persephone Driscoe suffered through her dad's mental illness. All she wanted was for him to get better, but instead he disappeared. Kori trespasses into the abandoned Northville Psychiatric Hospital, the last place her dad was treated, seeking solace and traces of his memory. What she finds instead is something no longer human living deep in the underground tunnels.
During the last days of the hospital, a roque psychiatrist had been manipulating the mood swings of the mentally ill, transforming patients into savage, manic creatures who seek justice by the light of the full moon. When the creatures hunt for prey, only an escaped patient and her beloved child can help Kori survive. The creatures want blood, Kori wants to save her dad's life, but none may survive, because the whole hospital is about to be blown to pieces, and Kori will be buried alive.

Saturday, October 3, 2020

Announcing a New Novel Coming Early 2021: 'THE HOBGOBLIN OF LITTLE MINDS'


I have a new novel on the way! Very excited for this. Similar to how previous works tackles Addiction, this novel features mental illness. With stark sensitivity, empathy, and honesty to those who suffer from Bipolar Disorder, and their caregivers,. The work takes place in a very real setting of a nearby abandoned psychiatric hospital, and rewrites the Werewolf mythos (though it never uses the word 'werewolf' even once)

Artwork by Vincent Chong. Here are a few of his works:

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