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Mark Matthews is a graduate of the University of Michigan and a licensed professional counselor who has worked in behavioral health for over 20 years. He is the author of On the Lips of Children, All Smoke Rises, and Milk-Blood, as well as the editor of Lullabies for Suffering and Garden of Fiends: Tales of Addiction Horror. His new novel, The Hobgoblin of Little Minds, will be available in Feb, 2021. He lives near Detroit with his family. Reach him at WickedRunPress@gmail.com



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Mark Matthews Thank you kindly! for the question, and for the interest. I really appreciate it, and yeah, if you liked Lullaby I think you'll certainly like Garden …moreThank you kindly! for the question, and for the interest. I really appreciate it, and yeah, if you liked Lullaby I think you'll certainly like Garden of Fiends, Milk-Blood, and All Smoke Rises. As for your question of 'who did Lizard choose in the end?', so happy you are curious and asked that! and truth is, I dont have an answer. It's not that I am holding back, but more that there is no definite truth. Multiple possibilities exist. The story has played out in my head with different possible choices, but in all of them, she drove off with only herself and one other in the car. I love stories that end with the reader continuing the story on in their head since they are so invested in the characters, every ending is just a new beginning.

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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 Childr…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)
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The Hobgoblin of Little Minds by Mark  Matthews
"As someone who loves someone with bipolar disorder, I found this a remarkable work of horror. It's a unique representation of mental illness, and it's left me with a lot to chew on. Hard to rate but glad I read. Also, another afterword worth sticking" Read more of this review »
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"Kori’s father, Peter, suffers from bipolar disorder and he tried hard to do right by his family. However, one night Peter hurt Kori and was admitted to Northville Psychiatric Hospital, never to be heard from again.
Fifteen years after he was admitted" Read more of this review »
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"Mark Matthews provided me with an ARC of this short book, and I am happy to have been able to take in another one of his works. He is a writer who specializes in psychological horror that pertains to addictions and mental illness. This is clearly his" Read more of this review »
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The Hobgoblin of Little Minds is the story of Kori, who has been suffering through her dad’s mental illness for most of her life. He was in and out of hospitals, and his mood was unpredictable and change" Read more of this review »
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I have a Masters in Counseling, and have worked in behavioral health for over 20 years. I've written a
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" Name: Mark Matthews
Book Title: The Hobgoblin of Little Minds
Genre: Horror
Email Address: WickedRunPress@gmail.com
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“A Social Worker develops programs to help feed the poor,” she had said, “and makes sure there’s a chicken in every pot.  A Counselor asks them how they feel about getting the chicken.  And a Therapist diagnoses and treats them when they start hearing voices from the chicken telling them to cut their wrists.”
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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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