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Mark Matthews is the author of novels such as On the Lips of Children, All Smoke Rises, and Milk-Blood, as well as the editor of Lullabies for Suffering and Garden of Fiends. In June of 2021, he was nominated for a Shirley Jackson Award. His newest work, The Hobgoblin of Little Minds, was published in January, 2021. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan and a licensed professional counselor who has worked in behavioral health for over 20 years. Reach him at WickedRunPress@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 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)
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 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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