Next month, Thunderstorm Books will launch the hardback, limited and signed edition of What Do Monsters Fear? This edition features a foreword by the legendary Edward Lee, and is signed by both him and myself. This run will be very limited - so once they're gone, they're gone. Keep an eye on Thunderstorm Books' website for pre-orders soon.
(Artwork by Vincent Sammy)
Announcing WELCOME TO THE SHOW: Brian Keene, Robert Ford, Max Booth III, Glenn Rolfe, Matt Hayward, Mary SanGiovanni, Bryan Smith, Matt Serafini, Kelli Owen, Jonathan Janz, Patrick Lacey, John Skipp, Adam Cesare, Alan M Clark, Somer Canon, Rachel Autumn Deering and Jeff Strand.
This anthology has been over a year in the making, and I'm honored that Crystal Lake Publishing gave us a home. Remember, each story takes place not only within the same universe but within the very same music venue... You're all welcome to the show.
CLICKERS FOREVER: A TRIBUTE TO J.F GONZALEZ is available now in paperback and eBook through Deadite Press. Amazon link HERE. This contains my story BANGERS AND MASH, which takes place within the CLICKERS universe.
I have a number of new short stories coming later this year. Firstly, although the signed/hardback edition of Clickers Forever sold out, the paperback and ebook edition is being released in just a few days through Deadite Press. You can find the pre-order page HERE. My story BANGERS AND MASH takes place within JF Gonzalez' CLICKERS universe, and I can't tell you what an honor it was to play in that world. I'd go back in a heartbeat.
WELCOME TO THE SHOW, the music venue-themed anthology I compiled for Crystal Lake Publishing, is entering its final stages. The TOC contains veterans and new-comers alike writing within a shared universe. It also includes my own story DARK STAGE.
I've just signed a contract for a cryptid-themed anthology that includes a tongue-in-cheek, comedy creature-feature titled AN UNUSUAL PET. Expect that soon from Dragon's Roost Press.
Lastly, my story WHERE THE WILD WINDS BLOW, based on my buddy Jeff Angell's song of the same name, will be included in LOST HIGHWAYS from Crystal Lake Publishing later this year.
My new novel THE FAITHFUL will release later this year with Sinister Grin Press. More details soon
This past week has been surreal to say the least. I can't talk about anything in the open, but the one thing I can talk about is What Do Monsters Fear? Bram Stoker Award nomination for Superior Achievement in a First Novel. I never expected to make the Stokers -- most definitely not with my first novel. Yet here we are. And I have you to thank, reader, for that. Here's to 2018 -- let's kick open more doors, see what we see...
This Sunday (Feb 4th @ 6pm), I'll be on a panel at the Liquor Rooms in Dublin discussing all things horror and music. Tickets available HERE.
I'm very humbled to hear that Brian Keene picked WHAT DO MONSTERS FEAR? as his #10 novel of the year. Brian's one of the main reasons I ever started writing, so to say this is a high achievement for me is an understatement. I've pasted his write-up below, but be sure to check out the full list at briankeene.com as it's a stellar list, and most of my 'best of the year' picks are accounted for, too.
"If 2017 was Victor LaValle’s year for mainstream horror fiction, then it was Matt Hayward’s year in the horror fiction underground.
Like Josh Malerman, Hayward is primarily known as a musician — one of Ireland’s most renowned rock guitarists. in addition to his solo work, he has written and recorded with various bands and notable musicians, including Lace Weeper, former Nirvana drummer Chad Channing, My Sister’s Machine singer Nick Pollock, Clannad singer/bassist Ciaran Brennan, Edie Brickell, Malfunkshun guitarist Kevin Wood, and many others.
Burned out on the music business, Hayward looked up at his bookshelf full of novels by J.F Gonzalez, Bryan Smith, Alan M. Clark, and others, and decided to try his hand at writing horror fiction.
And we should all be glad he did.
2017 saw the release of his collection BRAIN DEAD BLUESand his novel WHAT DO MONSTERS FEAR. If this list had gone to twenty instead of fifteen, the former would have been at number sixteen (right before Amber Fallon’s TV DINNERS FROM HELL). It’s a remarkable showcase of a young author with plenty to prove. Simultaneously, WHAT DO MONSTERS FEAR is a solid debut novel that promises great things to come.
Back in 2005, in a novel called GHOUL, I asked the question “Who are the real monsters?” It’s an old question in horror fiction, but one that still provides fresh material in the right hands. Hayward does a commendable job of asking a variation of that question in WHAT DO MONSTERS FEAR, and his answer is much better than mine.
Like Malerman, Hayward bleeds onto the page in a brutal and blistering tale of madness and horror that hearkens back to the best of the Splatterpunk movement while also straddling the line between extreme horror and bizarro. Possessing an emotional depth and resonance, and expertly rendered characterization, it’s hard to believe this is his first novel. It doesn’t read like one, and I can’t wait to see what he does next."
Quick update: Next month, I'll be on a panel discussing music and horror in Dublin (Date and time TBA). The limited edition CLICKERS FOREVER hardbacks are expected to ship from Thunderstorm Books. According to Loud & Proud Records, the comic I wrote with the band Walking Papers, THIS IS HOW IT ENDS, ships soon from PledgeMusic (there are only 32 copies left). The new album I'm recording (hoping to release some details soon) is well underway, and sounding great. I'm working on edits for a new edition of an already released novel (a hint, huh?) and I'll announce that once the contract is signed. Lacey and I should start our edits for PRACTITIONERS soon enough, and I have another new novel announcement, but once again, need to wait for the contract. WELCOME TO THE SHOW, my first anthology, is moving along, and I should have a launch date later this year. Lastly, FROM UP HERE, my just-finished coming-of-age book, goes out to publishers later today, and Bryan Smith and I are hard at work on THE BILE LORDS. Have a good one.
The WALKING PAPERS comic I co-wrote with Jeff Angell and illustrated by Csaba Mester is finally up for pre-order. I've been hard-pressed keeping this under wraps (we've been working on it for over a year), but I couldn't be more proud of the end result. I've been a fan of Jeff's work since the POST STARDOM DEPRESSION days, and count myself lucky I call him a friend now. The new WALKING PAPERS album just launched preorders via PledgeMusic, and you can get both the comic and the album RIGHT HERE. The comic accompanies the single THIS IS HOW IT ENDS, and acts as a visual, extra dimension for the lyrics. It's also very limited. As far as we know, a concept like this has not been done before. I hope you enjoy it.
Sundance Crow is the personal website of author and musician Matt Hayward
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)