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Mark Matthews has a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from the University of Michigan and a Master’s Degree in Counseling. He is the author of five novels, including On the Lips of Children, MILK-BLOOD, and All Smoke Rises. All of his novels are based on true settings, many of them inspired by his work as a counselor in the field of mental health and treatment of addiction. He's the editor of the anthology GARDEN OF FIENDS: TALES OF ADDICTION HORROR. He lives near Detroit with his wife and two daughters. Reach him at xmarkm@gmail.com


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Mark Matthews I love to listen to music as I write, and all of my books have a 'theme song', as much for content as tone. For example, my book On the Lips of…moreI love to listen to music as I write, and all of my books have a 'theme song', as much for content as tone. For example, my book On the Lips of Children was written to the tone of Seven Nation Army by The White Stripes (and some of the lyrics were spot on too.) My book Stray I listened to Heroin by Lou Reed/Velvet Underground. When writing Milk-Blood, I literally put the song Inna Gadda Da Vida on repeat. All Smoke Rises was written to Florence + The Machine. As I work on my own title for the Garden of Fiends: an addiction horror anthology, I'm listening to Not An Addict by K's Choice and a bit of Godsmack. (none of this is the mellowness of Donavan. Superman and Green Lantern, got nothing on me, however). Thanks again for the question!(less)
Mark Matthews Thanks so much for your question, and huge congratulations on your 8 years clean. Cliche today, but staying clean for one day after you've lived a…moreThanks so much for your question, and huge congratulations on your 8 years clean. Cliche today, but staying clean for one day after you've lived a life of addiction is indeed a miracle.

Addiction is hard to fully comprehend until you've been there. To crave for a substance that, at least for the moment, can cure all your ills (which, of course, then CREATES all your ills.)

After my first novel, Stray, I started to realize that I like to write dark fiction. This is not because I feel that I, or other horror writers, wish that upon anyone. On the contrary, I believe that horror writers are extra sensitive to our fragile human condition. That intensity of feeling translates to horror. If you want to tell the truth, best to do so in a story, and want to tell some dark truths, you're going to need a dark story.

I wrote a blog post on this, which may say it better. Check it out if you have 4 minutes. http://www.markmatthewsauthor.com/p/m...(less)
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It’s MARCH MADNESS. Time to fill out your bracket. And by bracket I mean, “Garden of Fiends” brackets, of course. Here's how you play: Match the authors from the Table of Contents with their story’s first sentence and email to WickedRunPress@gmail.com. Get the most correct and you'll have a paperback delivered to your U.S. doorstep. (see below if you're not from the U.S.)



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Mark Matthews Kristy wrote: "Can't wait to read On the Lips of Children!"

Thanks Kristy! I'm pretty proud of it, and it certainly seems to match your tastes.


Kristy Can't wait to read On the Lips of Children!


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Mark Matthews Angie wrote: "I loved On the Lips Children Mark, and I really looking forward to reading your other books:) The image of Q and T is stuck in my head, it's good when a book can leave an impression like that"

Thanks Angie! I appreciate it. I think of them often as well.


message 2: by Angie (last edited Oct 21, 2013 05:44PM)

Angie I loved On the Lips Children Mark, and I really looking forward to reading your other books:) The image of Q and T is stuck in my head, it's good when a book can leave an impression like that


Richard Thomas good luck with Kraken!


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