Ghostly phone calls from a missing girl under a mysterious spell. A factory staffed by machines made from human parts. A mad slaver under the influence of a sinister force. These are a few of the tales in Dead Heart, Living Vein, a collection of short stories that exist beyond the edge of reality and at the nexus of science fiction and horror.
Dead Heart, Living Vein takes place in the universe established by Matt Spire's first novel, Caligatha, but the latter is not required reading.
Matt Spire is a fiction, scifi, and horror writer living in Frederick, Maryland with his wife Amanda and a ferret named Sylvia Plath (don't worry, they have an electric oven). Matt Spire first became interested in the ways technology influences human culture after reading Ray Kurzweil's technological singularity masterwork Spiritual Machines. Spire's writing is influenced by science fiction writers such as William Gibson and literary fiction authors as diverse as Margaret Atwood, Bret Easton Ellis, Kurt Vonnegut, and others.