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…
Last week, Thunderstorm Books released a limited edition hardback of WHAT DO MONSTERS FEAR? with a foreword by Edward Lee. The damn thing sold out in 6 hours. I'm eternally grateful to all who bought a copy. That novel won a Stoker nomination, had a failed movie adaption (something I've never spoke of publicly) and was picked as one of Grand Master of Horror Brian Keene's top 10 novels of 2017. In other words, I tossed that stone in the lake and it ripped and ripped and ripped. Thank you, everyone.
(PS - YouTuber 'Jeffingoff' did an unboxing on the limited edition version alongside a Robert McCammon novel which you can watch HERE)
WELCOME TO THE SHOW - Coming 3rd August from Crystal Lake Publishing.
(Artwork by Ben Baldwin)
Featuring: 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.
A couple of quick short story announcements: AN UNUSUAL PET is featured in Hidden Menagerie Vol 1 - and a portion of the proceeds from each sale benefits the Last Day Dog Rescue Organization. It's available now HERE.
I'm also happy to announce my story WHERE THE WILD WINDS BLOW will appear in Lost Highways, edited by D. Alexander Ward. The story is based on my friend Jeff Angell’s song of the same name from the album ‘Diamonds In A Dead Sky’
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.
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)