On Tuesday the 23rd, I'll be speaking at Hodges Figgis in Dublin for the release of fellow Irish author Sean O'Connor's debut novel THE MONGREL. On Saturday the 27th, I'll be signing at Belfast Horror Con with copies of all my releases to date for sale. Whether you're in Dublin or Belfast, come along to an event and say hi. Looking forward to seeing you on the road.
Delighted to share that my second solo novel, THE FAITHFUL, releases today on Sinister Grin Press. You can read the synopsis and a short interview with cover artist Matt Davis HERE. And you can buy it now right HERE.
At the Mountains of Madness meets They Live! in a new novel from Matt Hayward, the Bram Stoker Award-nominated author of What Do Monsters Fear?
After comedian Leo Cartwright performs his farewell comedy show in New York City, a young man ailed by cerebral palsy confides in him about odd dreams and a place he calls No Man’s Land. Leo thinks nothing of it until the man, Christopher Tate, winds up dead, along with a cryptic note taped to the comedian’s RV window: See you soon, Funnyman.
Leo sets out to find the truth about Christopher’s dreams to an odd town named Elswich. Shown to Leo in a dream by a mysterious man named Jarrad Prescott, the town prays to an Otherworldly god named Aypep and give their bodies to host his children in return for eternal life in the Otherworld.
It’s a wish granted through sacrifice…
“Hayward bleeds onto the page…” – Brian Keene, author of The Rising and Ghoul
“… the future of the horror genre is changing hands, and there is a whole new brew of writers assuming the task. Matt Hayward leading that pack.” – Edward Lee, author of The Bighead and White Trash Gothic
Rachel Autumn Deering and I have been waiting to announce this. PESTILENT, our first collaborative novel together, will launch in 2019. I can't give much away beyond the cover, but that speaks for itself...
Delighted to announce that I'll be at Belfast Horror Con, 27th October. I'll have a lot for sale (WHAT DO MONSTERS FEAR?, PRACTITIONERS, BRAIN DEAD BLUES, WELCOME TO THE SHOW), and will be happy to sign anything. I'll also be launching my brand new novel THE FAITHFUL. Stop by and say hi. Tickets are available now right HERE.
WELCOME TO THE SHOW launched earlier this month, you can pick it up right now HERE. The anthology shattered my expectations, smashing the Amazon charts and holding its position alongside some of the greatest releases in the genre. Being my first anthology, I wanted to do my publisher proud, I wanted to do my editor proud, and I wanted to do the authors proud. I think I've done that, and we have the readers to thank.
Artwork by Ben Baldwin
Welcome To The Show panel: Mary SanGiovanni, Brian Keene, Kelli Owen, Patrick Lacey, Matt Hayward. Not pictured: Somer Canon, Glenn Rolfe, Adam Cesare, Matt Serafini
WELCOME TO THE SHOW features 17 of today's hottest authors of dark fiction as they tell the horrifying (fictional) history of the legendary San Francisco music venue, The Shantyman.
With all-new short stories by Brian Keene, John Skipp, Robert Ford, Max Booth III, Glenn Rolfe, Matt Hayward, Mary SanGiovanni, Bryan Smith, Matt Serafini, Kelli Owen, Jonathan Janz, Patrick Lacey, Adam Cesare, Alan M Clark, Somer Canon, Rachel Autumn Deering and Jeff Strand. Compiled by Bram Stoker Award-nominated author Matt Hayward. Edited by Bram Stoker Award-winning editor Doug Murano. Brought to you by Crystal Lake Publishing.
We've been trying for three years to make this happen, soI'm thrilled to announce that I finally got to record an episode of The Horror Show with Brian Keene. You can listen right HERE.
Proud to share WALKING PAPERS - THIS IS HOW IT ENDS music video which premiered today via Consequence Of Sound. The video is based on the comic I co-wrote with Jeff Angell.
See if you can spot my cameos. You can watch the music video right now HERE.
And click HERE to read Jeff's interview on the origins of the track.
PRACTITIONERS, the new novel by Patrick Lacey and myself, launches 16th July and preorders ARE NOW LIVE. Here's the back cover copy, and also a little piece I wrote about the book itself:
Dreams aren’t just for the sleeping. After the murder of his wife, Officer Henry Stapleton struggles to move on. He begins experiencing nightmares that seem more like reality. Far beyond simple grieving. Looking for answers, he visits a mysterious new healing center, owned by real estate mogul Paul White. There’s just one problem. The man doesn’t exist. Though his name appears on his properties, there is no evidence of White’s birth, no social security number, no means of tracing whatsoever. Henry begins to believe White is to blame for these visions. And they’re spreading to others. Joined by his partner George Patrick, the two travel deeper into the collective nightmare infecting Bellview, a once quiet town now in the grasps of unknown evil. Reality may not be as concrete as Henry Stapleton once thought.
PRACTITIONERS’ duel nature made for perfect collaborative fodder. Two versions of the same sleepy town, one real, the other a collective dreamscape of its occupants, filled with desires, fears, and of course, monsters. Two friends, both police officers, dealing with the loss of a loved one as their friendship strains beyond recognition. Two practitioners of the occult fighting for control over the same space, one good, the other evil. One real, the other an enigma. Pat and I played with this good/bad, night/day coin toss over the course of three months, exploring the residents of Bellview as they publicly kept face in light of a horrific murder. But at night, the townsfolk can’t deny their unsettled minds. It’s this foreboding that the monsters of their nightmares exploit, and which our main character Henry must navigate carefully if he’s ever to get out alive. PRACTITIONERS is a novel that begged to be written by two authors.
WELCOME TO THE SHOW is now on Goodreads, you can find the page HERE. And here is the anthology's FIRST REVIEW (CLICK HERE).
We all know the old cliché: Sex, drugs and rock and roll. Now, add demons, other dimensions, monsters, revenge, human sacrifice, and a dash of the truly inexplicable. This is the story of the (fictional) San Francisco music venue, The Shantyman.
In Welcome to the Show, seventeen of today's hottest writers of horror and dark fiction come together in devilish harmony to trace The Shantyman's history from its disturbing birth through its apocalyptic encore.
Featuring stories by Brian Keene, John Skipp, Mary SanGiovanni, Robert Ford, Max Booth III, Glenn Rolfe, Matt Hayward, Bryan Smith, Matt Serafini, Kelli Owen, Jonathan Janz, Patrick Lacey, Adam Cesare, Alan M Clark, Somer Canon, Rachel Autumn Deering and Jeff Strand.
Compiled by Matt Hayward. Edited by Doug Murano.
Bring your curiosity, but leave your inhibitions at the door. The show is about to begin…
Sundance Crow is the personal website of author and musician Matt Hayward
Walking Papers - This Is How It Ends (Music Video)
Lace Weeper - Hard Sell (Music Video)
Malfunkshun (feat. Matt Hayward - Stardog Champion (Live in Tacoma at the Mike Starr of Alice In Chains Memorial Show)