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About Mark Matthews
Mark Matthews is a graduate of the University of Michigan and a licensed professional counselor who has worked in behavioral health for over 20 years. He is the author of On the Lips of Children, All Smoke Rises, and Milk-Blood, as well as the editor of Lullabies for Suffering and Garden of Fiends. In June of 2021, he was nominated for a Shirley Jackson Award. His newest work, The Hobgoblin of Little Minds, was published in January, 2021. Reach him at WickedRunPress@gmail.com
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Titles By Mark Matthews
~KEALAN PATRICK BURKE, Bram Stoker Award-winning author of KIN
Kori Persephone Driscoe suffered through her dad's mental illness. All she wanted was for him to get better, but instead he disappeared. Kori trespasses into the abandoned Northville Psychiatric Hospital, the last place her dad was treated, seeking solace and traces of his memory. What she finds instead is something no longer human living deep in the underground tunnels.
During the last days of the hospital, a roque psychiatrist had been manipulating the mood swings of the mentally ill, transforming patients into savage, manic creatures who seek justice by the light of the full moon. When the creatures hunt for prey, only an escaped patient and her beloved child can help Kori survive—but they better act fast, because the creatures want blood, Kori wants to save her dad, and the whole hospital is about to be blown to pieces and bury Kori alive.
~Kealan Patrick Burke, author of Sour Candy & Kin
Grief, depression, loneliness, suicide. Prepare to be taken by the hand to explore the darkest of human emotions and fears. Stories about those of us who have had too much and cry out desperately for help, begging for relief, asking of anyone who might listen—Let Me Out I've Had Enough. The first collection of shorts from Mark Matthews, the author of novels such as Milk-Blood, The Hobgoblin of Little Minds, and the Shirley Jackson Award Nominated editor of Lullabies for Suffering.
Stories range from the most basic horrors to the most cosmic—A father dangling from a noose after an attempted hanging gone wrong. A psychiatrist haunted by the spirits of his dead ex-patients. An alien woman must contract a virus to save the human race, and a father must sacrifice his life to do the same. You'll visit eight different worlds of psychological horror, and after you've returned to where you began, you'll arrive completely safe, but certainly not the same.
*Content Warning for frequent mentions of suicide*
"Visceral, cutting" —BOOKLIST, Starred Review
"Powerhouse anthology" —Publishers Weekly
Addiction is the perpetual epidemic, where swarms of human moths flutter to the flames of hell. Because that warm blanket of a heroin high, that joyful intoxication of a pint of vodka, that electric energy from a line of cocaine, over time leaves you with a cold loneliness and a bitter heart. Relationships destroyed, bodies deteriorate, loved ones lost, yet the craving continues for that which is killing us—living, as the title suggests, like an Orphan of Bliss.
Welcome to the third and final fix of addiction horror and the follow up to the Shirley Jackson Award Finalist, Lullabies For Suffering. A diverse table of contents brought together for an explosive grand finale-an unflinching look at the insidious nature of addiction, told with searing honesty but compassion for those who suffer.
Table of Contents
You Wait For It, Like It Waits For You
by Kealan Patrick Burke
One Last Blast
by S.A. Cosby
What We Name Our Dead
by Cassandra Khaw
Huddled Masses, Yearning to Breathe free
by John FD Taff
Through the Looking Glass and Straight Into Hell
by Christa Carmen
by Gabino Iglesias
by Samantha Kolesnik
A Solid Black Lighthouse on a Pier in the Cryptic
by Josh Malerman
by Kathe Koja
My Soul's Bliss
by Mark Matthews
**Orphans of Bliss now includes the bonus novella: MILK-BLOOD by Mark Matthews
The intoxication from a pint of vodka, the electric buzz from snorting cocaine, the warm embrace from shooting heroin--drinking and drugging provides the height of human experience. It's the promise of heaven on earth, but the hell that follows is a constant hunger, a cold emptiness. The craving to get high is a yearning as intense of any blood-thirsty monster. The best way to tell the truths of addiction is through a story, and dark truths such as these need a piece of horror to do them justice. The stories inside feature the insidious nature of addiction told with compassion yet searing honesty. Drug overdoses are now the leading cause of accidental deaths, and some of the most incredible names in horror fiction have tackled this modern day epidemic.
A WICKED THIRST, by Kealan Patrick Burke
THE ONE IN THE MIDDLE, by Jessica McHugh
EVERYWHERE YOU'VE BLED AND EVERYWHERE YOU WILL, by Max Booth III
FIRST, JUST BITE A FINGER, by Johann Thorsson
LAST CALL, by John FD Taff
TORMENT OF THE FALLEN, by Glen Krisch
GARDEN OF FIENDS, by Mark Matthews
RETURNS, by Jack Ketchum
LIZARD is from Lullabies for Suffering and is available as a stand-alone novella for the first time. Also included is the short story Golgorth Street, a retelling of the greatest story ever told, on the most horrific street that ever existed.
Over 100 drabbles by some of the finest horror authors writing today.
Edited by Brandy Yassa
Andrew Lennon - Enter Night
P. Mattern - The Fungus Among Us
RJ Meldrum - Invasion
RJ Meldrum - One Night Stand
C.A. Verstraete - A Mother's Love
Valerie Lioudis - Too Many
Steve Stred - Click
Steve Stred - Cursed
D.E. McCluskey - Work
Mark Matthews - A Vampire and Her Jar Full of Leeches
Dennis Mombauer - The Rusted Island
Theresa Jacobs - The Muse
Michael D. Davis - June Bug
Michael D. Davis - The Doctor's Hobbies
Chad Lutzke - Nothing
J.C. Michael - True Potential
DS Ullery - Number Thirteen
Scott Paul Hallam - The Crate
Anthony Giordano - La Lamentación
Kevin Cathy - The Tree
Kevin Cathy - Narrative
Kevin Cathy - Admitted
Ellen A. Easton - Into the Woods
Sheldon Woodbury - The Altar of Bones
Sheldon Woodbury - Halloween Ride
Sheldon Woodbury - The Midnight Circus
P.J. Blakey-Novis - Stray
Chris Hall - The Evacuation
Larry Hinkle - Three Wishes
J.C. Michael - The Dead that Lived
Joe X. Young - Black Light
Terry Miller - Dollface
Evans Light - That'll Show Her
C.S. Anderson - The Difference
Alyson Faye - The Necklace
RJ Roles - Tits to Die for
RJ Roles - Passing the Torch
RJ Roles - Delicious
RJ Meldrum - The Apocalypse Will Be Televised
Kerry E.B. Black - Blood and Ashes
Ron Davis - Crimson and Clover
Rhys Hughes - The Special Day
Tristan Drue Rogers - Flightless
John Boden - A Fleeting Thing
John Boden - After
Ryan Colley - Masks
Ryan Colley - Operation
Kerry E.B. Black - Flames
Kerry E.B. Black - As He Was
Toneye Eyenot - Sleep, My Darling
David Owain Hughes - The Rich Get Richer
Simon Cluett - Bait
Toneye Eyenot - Dirt Nap
John T. M. Herres - A Place I Know
Ryan Woods - The Room Upstairs
Howard Carlyle - Painting the Walls
James Matthew Byers - A Penny’s Penance
Andrew Lennon - Possessed
Terry Miller - Death Rattles
Dean M. King - Too Late
Terry Miller - Dead Girl Speak
Jason M. Light - Gun Control
Justin M. Woodward - Gravemakers and Gunslingers
Aron Beauregard - Hot Car
Matthew Cash - My God Lives on the Mountain Top
David Owain Hughes - Tribal Beard
Hazel Lennon - Picnic
Martin P. Fuller - Die, Die, Dead
Howard Carlyle - The Tools of His Trade
Duncan Thompson - A Bedtime Story
Jim Goforth - Hack
Stuart Conover - Be Careful What You Wish For
S P Oldham - Noisy Neighbours
Ron Davis - Machines of War
Becky Narron - Mistaken Identity
Chris Miller - The Thing Beyond the Veil
Norbert Góra - Houston, I Have a Circus Here
Leigha Desmond - The Call
Patrick Winters - The Dolmen of Austburg
Paul Wennersberg-Løvholen - The Dead Don’t Die
Paul Wennersberg-Løvholen - 158 Days Later
Andrew Lennon - Honey, I’m Home
C.M. Saunders - Naughty Step
Zoey Xolton - The Arena
Theresa Derwin - Used Parts
Martin Zeigler - Blackout
Andrew Lennon - Dreams
Robin Braid - Loch
Robin Braid - Next Door
Suzanne Fox - Sweet Dreams
Essel Pratt - Somniphobia
Michelle Garza and Melissa Lason - Wooden Suit
Shirley Jackson Award Nominee for Best Anthology of the Year
'This Is Horror Award' Nominee for Best Anthology of the Year
Includes the Bram Stoker Award Finalist story: 'Beyond the Reef'
Addiction starts like a sweet lullaby sung by a trusted loved one. It washes away the pains of the day and wraps you in the warmness of the womb where nothing hurts and every dream is possible.
Yet soon enough, this warm state of bliss becomes a cold shiver, the ecstasy and dreams become nightmares, yet we can't stop listening to the lullaby. We crave to hear the siren song as it rips us apart.
A powerful list of talent has woven tales featuring the insidious nature of addiction--damaged humans craving for highs and wholeness but finding something more tragic and horrific on the other side. You're invited to listen to these Lullabies for Suffering.
TABLE OF CONTENTS:
Kealan Patrick Burke: "Sometimes They See Me"
Caroline Kepnes: "Monsters"
Mark Matthews: "Lizard"
John FD Taff: "The Melting Point of Meat"
Gabino Iglesias: "Beyond the Reef"
Mercedes M. Yardley: "Love Is A Crematorium"
*The follow up to Lullabies for Suffering: "Orphans of Bliss: Tales of Addiction Horror" is now available!
Lilly is ten years old, living in poverty, born with a heart defect, and already addicted to heroin. Her mother is gone from her life, and there are rumors that she was killed by her father and buried near the abandoned house across the street. The house intrigues her, she can't stay away, and the monstrous homeless man who lives there has been trying to get Lilly to come inside. For her mother is there, buried in the back, and this homeless man is Lilly's true father, and both want their daughter back.
*ALL SMOKE RISES*
The "absolutely stunning" follow up to MILK-BLOOD
A patient breaks into his psychiatrist’s house in the dark of night and plops a charbroiled carcass onto her kitchen island. The body is ten year old Lilly, she's been the victim of a house fire, and her mouth is stuck in a permanent scream. Now there are decisions to make, for she may be not be dead yet, only heroin may relieve her suffering, and her family is coming for her.
*THE DAMAGE DONE* (A short story featuring the origin of Lilly’s father)
After years of suffering with mental illness, heroin has opened up the gates of heaven for Jervis Samsa. It is all that makes life bearable. But when he gets trapped in his basement without a scrap of dope to shoot, he needs to go to any lengths to get high. The results are something monstrous, and his basement bedroom becomes a hell for those who enter.
On Halloween night, his Jesus shall rise.
After a tragic death, a girl tends to the Cemetery of the Innocents, a memorial to the holocaust of abortion and children killed before their time.
On Halloween night, the children shall live, and they need to be fed.
The Holy Spirit comes to life in this shocking, transgressive story of Christian Horror
"Matthews is a damn good writer, and make no mistake, he will hurt you."
~JACK KETCHUM, Bram Stoker award winning author of The Girl Next Door.
"Few new writers are doing horror with such intensity."
~MICHAEL A. ARZNEN, Four Time Bram Stoker Award Winning Author
*Body of Christ is also available in the author's new collection—"Let Me Out I've Had Enough"
Buckle up for a journey into Halloween eternal. Over 700 pages of horror.“Brutal, humorous and utterly terrifying.”—Allan Leverone, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author
This special collection contains all three volumes of the highly rated Bad Apples: Halloween Horror anthologies, showcasing rising names in modern horror.
Features eighteen novellas and short stories by: Kealan Patrick Burke, Adam Light, Evans Light, Edward Lorn, John McNee, Mark Matthews, Jason Parent, Craig Saunders and Gregor Xane.
Buy the paperback on Amazon, and get the ebook FREE. Save over 15% by buying Bad Apples: The Complete Collection versus individual volumes.
BAD APPLES: VOLUME ONE
HELLNOTES raves: "Thrilling and chilling and nostalgic in all the right places. . .these stories are excellent across the board. Bad Apples is a welcome addition to the genre, and one that you can come back to year after year when autumnal darkness descends. Recommended."
- THE RIGGLE TWINS - Gregor Xane
- PUMPKINHEAD TED - Evans Light
- GHOST LIGHT ROAD - Adam Light
- EASY PICKINGS - Jason Parent
- THE SCARE ROWS - Edward Lorn
BAD APPLES: VOLUME TWO
"The Bad Apples crew is back with. . .six enjoyable horrific Halloween tales with the odd slice of humor neatly wrapped up amongst the violence and mayhem."
- SCREAM Horror Magazine
- HALLOWEEKEND - Edward Lorn
- CANDIE APPLE - Evans Light
- DIA DE LOS MUERTOS - Jason Parent
- TOMMY ROTTEN - Adam Light
- THE ONE NIGHT OF THE YEAR - Kealan Patrick Burke
- DOCTOR PROCLIVITY & PROFESSOR PROPENSITY - Gregor Xane
BAD APPLES: VOLUME THREE
"...a delicious concoction of tales..."
- Cemetery Dance Online
- BELLE SOUFFRANCE – Adam & Evans Light
- CHOCOLATE COVERED EYEBALL - John McNee
- OCTOBER’S END - Craig Saunders
- THE UNCLE TAFFY’S GIRL - Gregor Xane
- LAST STOP - Edward Lorn
- BODY OF CHRIST - Mark Matthews
- PULP - Jason Parent
About Corpus Press:
Corpus Press is a publisher of horror and weird fiction, specializing in modern pulp that emphasizes plot over gore.
~Bracken MacLeod, author of Stranded and Closing Costs
Macon is a tattoo artist, fascinated by pleasure and pain, preparing to run the San Diego marathon. During the darkness of a predawn warm-up run, Macon gets taken hostage by a deranged family living in a Tijuana drug-smuggling tunnel. The family is strung out on meth and bath salts and feeding their twin children the blood of their victims. After Macon's whole family gets taken hostage, he comes to know what true pain pain is.
A harrowing, twenty-four hour test begins for Macon to rescue his family. Their love will be tested in horrific measures. Family meets family, and mother meets mother, in a world where the saying is confirmed: "Mother is the name for God on the lips of all children."
"Matthews is a damn good writer, and make no mistake, he will hurt you."