AUTHOR INTERVIEW: MATT HAYWARD

mattLast month at Scares That Care! Weekend, I met a lot of cool people in person that I previously only knew via the Internet or Facebook. One of those cool people was the multi-talented Matt Hayward. Matt’s writing caught my attention a few months back when Sinister Grin dropped his horror fiction collection Brain Dead BluesIt was one of the best genre collections I’d read in some time. Matt has a unique voice and impeccable storytelling abilities. I strongly urge anyone who’s looking for that “next new voice in horror” to give his work a try. His follow-up and debut novel What Do Monsters Fear? is equally impressive.

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Best and Worst Shark Movies: From JAWS to Sharknado 5

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Fins to the left! Fins to the right! Just in time for Sharnado 5: Global Swarming, the Monster Men present a look back at some of the best and worst shark movies through the years. Naturally, we start with JAWS, the crown jewel, or crown fin of shark movies, and from there we cover such classics as Deep Blue Sea, Bait, Mako, Blue Water, White Death, Two-Headed Shark attack and more.

We also discuss a few new shark books including Sharkwater Beach by Tim Meyer, Shark Island by Chris Jameson and Megalodon in Paradise by some guy named Hunter Shea.

You’re gonna need a bigger boat for this episode.

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TOP 5 Horror Novels for Shark Week

Every year, I get hooked on Shark Week. I spend most of the week watching the same documentaries over and over again, getting my fill of all things shark. Sharks are interesting beasts, a statement I think we all can agree on. In honor of the week dedicated to these lovable toothy monsters, I’ve compiled a short list of shark-related novels you should check out.

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5. WHITE SHARK by Peter Benchley – You were probably expecting Jaws by Peter Benchley, a novel which would undoubtedly make ninety-nine-point-nine percent of best shark book lists. But… I want to throw a curveball here. White Shark isn’t Benchley’s most renown book, but I love it anyway. It’s about a marine biologist who does battle with a man-shark hybrid created by Nazis. Yes, it’s awesome. Read it.

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4. MEG by Steve Alten – Okay, probably an obvious one, but eat me. It’s a great story with one hell of beastly antagonist. I’ll be looking forward to the movie whenever they decide to release it (2018?).

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3. MEGALODON IN PARADISE by Hunter Shea – This book only came out last week, and what better timing? I was lucky enough to read this bad boy before it came out, and let me tell you, Hunter Shea does a Megaldon story like no other. The story engages, the characters relate, and the plot takes you in directions you’ll never see coming. I can’t wait for this to dominate the Amazon charts.

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2. ISLAND RED by Matt Serafini – Do you like sharks? Aliens? Do you like aliens and sharks? Good! This one is for you. Island Red is an excellent novel by horror writer and super-nice-guy Matt Serafini, a true page-turner that grips you from page one and never really lets go. I read this last year and was blown away by Matt’s storytelling skills. Do yourself a favor and check this beast out.

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1. JAWS by Peter Benchley – Hey, remember when I said I wasn’t going to put Jaws on here because I wanted to do something different? Well, I lied. Sorry about that. Okay, I’m not all that sorry. Why? Because it’s JAWS! Seriously, the best fictional shark book ever written. How could I leave this masterpiece off the list? This is one of those the-movie-is-great-but-the-book-is-better novels you need to sink your teeth into. Now.

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BONUS – SHARKWATER BEACH by (ah-em) me –Oh, hey there. Okay, so I couldn’t include my own novel in my Top 5 because that would be totally uncool. However, this was a book I loved creating and I wanted to share it with you sea monster lovers out there. My goal was to take this giant shark book in alternate directions and I tried to make something that was something between a Peter Benchley novel and Sharknado. I hope you dig it. Here’s the synopsis: Beneath the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico, the biggest predator on the planet hunts, craving the flesh and blood of every creature it can sink its teeth into. Detective Jill McCourty receives a phone call from her old college professor when a mangled body washes up on the shores of Sharkwater Beach. Together they must discover what stalks the waters around the private island and stop it before it reaches the mainland. But how do you stop something so enormous, something so unique that it may have existed in another time? 

Jill vows to make sure what happens at Sharkwater Beach, stays at Sharkwater Beach.

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SUNFALL: SEASON THREE IS NOW AVAILABLE!

SunfallSeasonThreeEbook.AmazonThe post-apocalyptic series (SUNFALL), I co-write with Chad Scanlon and Pete Draper, dropped its third book today. YOU CAN GET IT HERE! SUNFALL has been a passion project since day one. It’s a fun, pulpy story that really allows the three of us to flex our creative muscles. This third book is unlike what we’ve done with the first two, and although I’m excited to share SEASON THREE with our readers, I’m also a little scared. I’m not sure what readers will think of it, but personally, I think it’s one of the best things I’ve ever written and I’m damn proud of the story we’ve told.

If you haven’t checked out the series yet, the guys and I are dropping the prices of the first two books this weekend only. SEASON ONE is usually $.99 for your Kindle device, but you can currently get it for the blowout price of FREE! SEASON TWO is normally $2.99, and right now you can nab it for just a buck. That’s two books for less than a cup of coffee. Can’t beat that. For you paperback junkies, all three books are available in print as well.

If you live in New Jersey near the Ocean County area, feel free to stop by our book event Saturday, July 8th in TOMS RIVER. Details can be found here!

Well, that about does it. I probably won’t be blogging much since it’s almost vacation time and I will be prepping for another SCARES THAT CARE adventure. Hope to see some of you there!

Cheers,

TM

AUTHOR INTERVIEW: PATRICK LACEY

PAtrick (1)After a couple months of taking a “blog break” (is that a thing?), I’M BACK! And with another amazing interview no less. This month, I chatted with horror author/fellow beer enthusiast Patrick Lacey.

In the beginning of 2017, I read Patrick’s short novel “Dream Woods” and I wish I had read it a month or two earlier. It definitely would have made my TOP 10 HORROR NOVELS OF 2016 list. IT WAS THAT GOOD. A few months later I purchased WE CAME BACK, Patrick’s next novel, the day it came out. IT WAS ALSO THAT GOOD. Patrick has become one of my favorite writers. He’s a great storyteller and his writing takes me back to the glory days of R.L. STINE’S GOOSEBUMPS. I can’t recommend his work enough.

So enjoy the interview and don’t forget to check out WE CAME BACK. All royalties will be donated to a cancer-related charity of Patrick’s choosing!

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SHARKWATER BEACH IS HERE!

I’m elated to announce that my new novel is now available from Severed Press! SHARKWATER BEACH hit digital bookshelves yesterday. I was doing so many happy dances that I didn’t have time to make a post about it. So, without further delay, here it is: SHARKWATER BEACH. 

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SYNOPSIS: Beneath the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico, the biggest predator on the planet hunts, craving the flesh and blood of every creature it can sink its teeth into. Detective Jill McCourty receives a phone call from her old college professor when a mangled body washes up on the shores of Sharkwater Beach. Together they must discover what stalks the waters around the private island and stop it before it reaches the mainland. But how do you stop something so enormous, something so unique that it may have existed in another time?

Jill vows to make sure what happens at Sharkwater Beach, stays at Sharkwater Beach.

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THE THIN VEIL GETS A NEW EDITION!

The first novella I ever wrote was The Thin Veil, and it was originally published a little over four years ago. It can be described as Stranger Things meets Invasion of the Body Snatchers. Recently, I decided to give the old book a little update. In this new version you’ll find a few improvements, nothing major, just a few revisions I should have included the original publication. Also, this new edition will contain two previously unpublished short stories, “PURPLE CHEESE” and “NO MAKEUP”, the latter being one of my personal favorites.

Here’s a small sample of “NO MAKEUP”:

He stepped closer once again, this time going all the way, within a finger’s stretch. He hovered around her, tilting his head back and forth, observing the faded blemish from all angles.

Philip?” Gavin asked.

Her eyes found the floor again.

That bastard.”

It wasn’t his fault.” She sniffled. Her nose gargled the soup within as her eyes birthed tears from their corners.

Gavin put a hand on her shoulder. Although they weren’t friends and never once spoke outside of break room run-ins and business-related phone calls, they felt close in that moment. Janice Lesley strolled into the room casually and glanced up from her morning itinerary. She spotted them and opened her mouth to speak. Gavin waved her off before her concerned words hit the air. She disappeared back the way she came and Gavin turned back to Anne, placed his injured hand around her back, draped his arm over her shoulder, and pulled her close. She rested her head on his chest and cried. He immediately felt the wetness on his shirt and tie, but he didn’t care—in that moment he felt mighty and important and more than average.

It’s okay,” he told her. “It’s going to be okay.”

But it wouldn’t and she knew it.

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I do love that story and I’m glad I can include it in this novella.

Lastly, I’d like to give a huge shout-out to James Keen – “Toeken” for providing his artistic talents – this cover is one amazing piece of art. I’ve been a fan of his work for quite some time and to have him do the cover for The Thin Veil was simply a dream come true. Thanks, James.

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Well, that’s all I got for today. I should have a few more releases in 2017. Keep checking the blog, as I will have news and more author interviews coming soon! As always, you can get exclusive news, updates, and even win free books by signing up for my newsletter (click here!). Come to think of it, I do have a few copies of the new The Thin Veil to give away… **rubs hands together vigorously**

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Updates & Upcoming Appearances

Happy St. Patty’s Day, everyone! I hope you’re all celebrating the day by eating green bagels and drinking green beer. Me? I’m getting prepped for a busy couple months! Here’s a brief list of what’s going down!

1.) My newest novel, Sharkwater Beach, was just accepted for publication by Severed Press. I just signed the contract last week! I’ve heard nothing but great things about them and I’m excited for the opportunity. This will be my first novel-length work released by a traditional publisher. No word on a release date yet, but I will update as I soon as I hear.

2.) We’re almost done editing SUNFALLSeason Three. As of right now, we’re on target for a summer release. If I had to guess, expect the book out around July. And if you haven’t checked out the series yet, you can get BOOK ONE for less than a cup of coffee.

3.) Soon I’ll be embarking on a virtual book tour for my collection that came out last year, Worlds Between My Teeth. My publicist/editor Erin Al-Mehairi is putting together a sweet little tour, and if you’re interested in reviewing it/interviewing me, reach out to her at hookofabook(at)hotmail.com.

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4.) I’ll be appearing at the New Jersey Horror Con in Edison, NJ. The convention runs from March 31st to April 2nd. I’m sharing a table with prolific author Chuck Buda. If you’re attending the event, be sure to drop by and say hello!

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5.) Finally, I’d like to mention that I’ll be partaking in a brewery tour with authors Armand Rosamilia, Chuck Buda, Frank Edler, and Dan Padavona. Check above for a full list of breweries, dates, and who will be where. I can’t wait to hang out with some amazing authors and drink some of my favorite craft beers.