Pre-orders went live for What Do Monsters Fear? this week, available here. Next month I'll be at Scares That Care in Virginia for the release, signing at the Post-Mortem Press table alongside Mary SanGiovanni, and I'll also be on a couple of panels. See you all there. What Do Monsters Fear? releases July 23rd.
Unbelievably humbled to be a part of Clickers Forever: A Tribute to JF Gonzalez. I originally wrote a non-fiction piece titled 'Finding Jesus' that I ultimately scrapped. It cut too close to the bone and I wasn't willing to submit it. Instead, I wrote a story involving the infamous Clickers here in Ireland. And let me tell you, writing for the franchise that got me started writing myself was just surreal. Clickers is the reason myself and Melissa started Fright Club, wanting to share new horror fiction with an irish readership. It's why I decided to write in the first place, like discovering Nirvana as a teenager and picking up the guitar... anyway, here's what to expect:
Introduction – Brian Keene
Captivity – J.F. Gonzalez
That Goddamn Grin – Robert Bob Ford
Vanilla Sunshine – Jonathan Janz
My Own Personal Jesus – Wayne Allen Sallee
Clickers vs. Mandibles: The Tale of an Unwritten Saga – Jeff Strand
Bangers and Mash – Matt Hayward
On the Contributions of J.F. Gonzalez to Horror Literature – Mary SanGiovanni
A Birthday Party for Jenny Too Good – Gord Rollo
Books With Bite – Jonathan Maberry
Moist Air – Adam Cesare
Algorithms of the Heart – Mike Oliveri
WWJD: Collaborating with J.F. Gonzalez – Wrath James White
At the Corner of Flanders and Phillipsport – Michael T Huyck Jr.
Only One Way to Write the End of the Individual: J. F. Gonzalez’s The Corporation – Nick Mamatas
Surfing Is My Life: Fear and Loathing on the Northern California Coast – Gene O'Neill
Belief – Lesley Conner
Dark One Into that Darkness Peering – Stephen Kozeniewski
Grab – Jay Wilburn
A Bad Influence – Robert Swartwood
The Survival of Horror: A Tribute to J.F. Gonzalez’s Survivor – Matt Serafini
For You, Anything – Wesley Southard
Night Run – Kristopher Rufty
Back from the Dead – Mike Lombardo
My Own Private L.A. Gangsta – Weston Ochse
Bleeding Through – Charles R Rutledge
Gracias, hermano: a letter to a man I never met – Gabino Iglesias
TBA – Monica J. O'Rourke
Ten Secrets to Survival Clickers Don’t Want You to Know (They Really Hate Number Six) – Jeff Burk
Throwing Books – Dave Thomas
Ku Klux Clickers – Wile E. Young Connor Rice
Garage Clicker – John Urbancik
Jesus and the Splatterpunks: An Oral History – David J. Schow, John Skipp, and Brian Keene
Clickbusters – Amber Fallon
To the Bitter End – Kyle Lybeck
Complications Of – Kelli Owen
El Paso – J.F. Gonzalez
1st May 2017, and my first ever book has been released. I can't thank everyone enough for their help and support. Last week I received a nomination from Penguin Books for Short Story of the year, and while I didn't win, I did get to go to a fancy hotel and eat fancy food. However, the release of this collection and the fact that Sinister Grin Press took a chance on me, means more. I hope you'll enjoy it.
“Not content to conquer the rock music world via Lace Weeper and his own phenomenal solo work, Matt Hayward has now turned his attention to dark fiction, and how much richer we all are as a result. Brain Dead Blues is everything you’d expect from a rock star turned horror writer, documenting not only facets of the music world but also the darkness that can result from obsessions both creative and violent. I have long been a fan of both the music and the man behind it. Now I’m a fan of his writing too.”
- Kealan Patrick Burke, Bram Stoker Award-winning author of THE TURTLE BOY, KIN, and SOUR CANDY
"In BRAIN DEAD BLUES, Matt Hayward shows that he is one of horror's most distinctive new voices. This collection is full of evocative storytelling, vivid characterizations, and fresh takes on old tropes. Do yourself a favor and read it."
- Bryan Smith, author of DEPRAVED, 68 KILL and SLOWLY WE ROT
Buy it now here
My debut collection Brain Dead Blues will be out 1st May via Sinister Grin Press and I caught up with them here to talk about the cover. To pre-order now, click here
Coming July 2017 on Post Mortem Press
If you're at Scares That Care in Virginia, I'll be at the PMP table, so make sure to stop by and grab a copy. Huge thank you to Kealan Patrick Burke for designing this.
With the contract received, I can finally announce that my novel 'What Do Monsters Fear?' will release via Post Mortem Press in 2017. A huge thank you to Eric Beebe for taking a chance on this one. If all goes to plan, I'll have both this and Brain Dead Blues available at next year's Scares That Care in Virginia, so, circumstances permitting, drop by and grab a copy. Thanks again to everyone for their continued support.
This past weekend I got to host a Skype Q&A with Brian Keene and Paul Tremblay live in Dublin. The fans had an absolute blast, and I'm happy that modern age technology allows such events to happen. We also had guest appearances from Kealan Patrick Burke, Alan M. Clark, Jeff Strand, the absolutely hilarious Bob Ford, Christopher Golden, Jonathan Janz and Mary SanGiovanni... What a night. Announced during the Q&A (and also in Keene's newletter) was the following:
"Matt Hayward is the first official acceptance for the forthcoming CLICKERS FOREVER anthology. He wrote a fantastic story that J.F. Gonzalez would have loved. (I should also note, the CLICKERS FOREVER antho isn't *just* about Clickers. It will delve into all of Gonzalez's work. For example, I've assigned Nick Mamatas to revisit THE CORPORATION, etc.)"
Writing within the Clickers universe has been a dream come true, and I'm delighted to be part of the project. 2017 looks to be a good year.
I gave an interview to Joe Mynhardt of Crystal Lake Publishing recently about my upcoming story in Tales From The Lake Vol. 3. Joe and his entire team over at CLP are doing some of the best work in the industry at the minute, and if you haven't already, I urge you to check 'em out. You can support their work on Patreon at: https://www.patreon.com/clp and by doing so, you'll get to read my interview. The interview isn't the reason to back them on Patreon, though; you should back them because they're a very unique, strong, and necessary voice in the industry. One I'm proud to work with.
Tales from the Lake Vol. 3 releases 26th August 2016
I'm humbled by Bryan Smith and Kealan Patrick Burke's kind words about my debut collection, BRAIN DEAD BLUES. Both of these guys have been an inspiration to me, and to now call them my friends means an awful lot. The collection (coming 2017 on Sinister Grin Press) still doesn't have artwork, so instead, here's a photo of Matthew McConaughey trying to plow me down in a tank when I was a child.
"In BRAIN DEAD BLUES, Matt Hayward shows that he is one of horror's most distinctive new voices. This collection is full of evocative storytelling, vivid characterizations, and fresh takes on old tropes. Do yourself a favor and read it." - Bryan Smith, author of DEPRAVED and SLOWLY WE ROT
“Not content to conquer the rock music world, Matt Hayward has now turned his attention to dark fiction, and how much richer we all are as a result. BRAIN DEAD BLUES is everything you’d expect from a rock star turned horror writer, documenting not only facets of the music world but also the darkness that can result from obsessions both creative and violent. I have long been a fan of both the music and the man behind it. Now I’m a fan of his writing too.” - Kealan Patrick Burke, Bram Stoker Award-winning author of THE TURTLE BOY, KIN, and SOUR CANDY
Coming 26th August: Tales From The Lake Vol. 3, featuring my new short story Rodent In The Red Room. I don't usually do extreme stuff, but this one was out there. Crystal Lake Publishing are putting out some of the best releases in the business (including stories by Neil Gaiman, Clive Barker, Ramsey Campbell and many more), and I'm very proud to work with them. Available in paperback and Kindle.
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Malfunkshun (feat. Matt Hayward - Stardog Champion (Live in Tacoma at the Mike Starr of Alice In Chains Memorial Show)