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October 31, 2016

What, nothing about the election this time, Matt? That’s right, I’m here to make you happy! Three quick items.

  • I’m hard at work on a new project for White Noise Press, a “publisher of hand-crafted, limited edition unique fiction & art since 2006.” Editor Keith Minnion posted this comment on Facebook this morning:

    Next up from White Noise Press, releasing in the Spring of 2017, a new story by Matthew Warner. Here is what we asked from Matt:

    “What I would like is the most extreme, out there, outrageous story you have ever written, in whatever genre you choose, hopefully something that no other market in their right mind would touch with a ten-foot halberd. My only restrictions are: no child-in-peril or domestic/sexual abuse as a plot point. I would like to publish it in the March-April timeframe, but if it takes longer, no biggie.”

    We also are fortunate to be able to feature Matt’s better half, the multi-talented Deena Warner, who will be doing the cover art.

    On the way from White Noise Press!

    I was quite relieved to receive his message as I was concerned about the propriety of what I’m writing for him. But now, I am . . . unshackled. (Sorry, couldn’t resist an election reference.)

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  • Deena’s collectible Halloween card is in the mail. It features a story by Monica J. O’Rourke as disturbing as Deena’s illustration. This has been an annual tradition for 15 years. Deena’s M.O. is to draw or paint something and then invite someone to write a story based on it. I wrote “Life Insurance” for her in 2005; you can read it in Dominoes in Time. The card is free; just sign up to get one next year.
  • Over at Deena Warner Design, we launched a major website for Richard Chizmar today. Another major website launches this week for another well-known author. I can’t say who it is except he strongly resembles Santa Claus. We have a special going on for economically priced websites, you authors and publishers out there.

High School Presentation

October 24, 2016

On Nov. 14, I’ll be a guest of Rockbridge County High School in Lexington, VA, telling their third-period students about what it was like to write Plan 9: Official Movie Novelization. This is part of an ongoing series where visiting authors talk to students about the publishing industry.

Deena Warner Design’s new website

October 14, 2016

Alas, I do have a day job in addition to writing. Fortunately, it’s still in the publishing biz. If you’re also in the biz, please take a moment to visit our new company website.


Meet Me at Con of the Mountain

September 29, 2016

clearlogoI’ll be at Con of the Mountain in Clifton Forge, VA, this Saturday, Oct. 1, signing your books and chatting about nerdy things. Consider it your well-deserved break from worrying about the presidential election. Hope to see you!

Video Interview about Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

September 23, 2016

Johnny Morales of Total Defense Martial Arts has published a cool video interview of me that includes training footage. It shows some of the fun we have 3 times a week. I didn’t start doing this until a month shy of my 40th birthday. It’s never too late to start a healthy lifestyle.

‘A Jiu-Jitsu Toddler at Age 42’ Reprinted

September 1, 2016

Total Defense Martial Arts has reprinted my first-person account of beginning to train a seriously difficult martial art in my 40s. A few things have changed since its first publication last year: I’m now a blue belt, and I hardly ever get injured anymore, but the basic sentiments about Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu’s positive influence on my life remain the same.


Horror After Dark Gives PLAN 9 4.5 Stars

August 29, 2016

Another reviewer has weighed in on Plan 9: Official Movie Novelization. In giving it 4.5 out of 5 stars, Horror After Dark said, “PLAN 9 is a fun, gory, and fast-paced book that I highly recommend to those looking for something new in the zombie/alien fields.”

Read the whole review here.

Role on 7th Guest: The Series

August 8, 2016

This weekend, I had a cameo on 7th Guest: The Series, coming from Trilobyte Games and Darkstone Entertainment. It was my kind of role: only three lines before a barber slit my throat! Here are some production photos. More info at




Hangman Game

July 27, 2016

Here’s something to keep you entertained while you’re waiting for my next publication.

Programming little online games is one of my hobbies. They’re not awesome games, but if this were the 1970s, I’d be rich! Lately, I’ve been programming games to amuse my son Owen. Some dads make toys for their kids; I code games. I’ll spare you our “What Dragonball Z Character Are You?” quiz, but you might enjoy this one:

The classic game with some non-traditional categories.

The classic game with some non-traditional categories.

Positive reviews of PLAN 9

May 4, 2016

p9thumbThe first reviews of Plan 9: Official Movie Novelization are in, and they’re good ones.

A book reviewer for Horror Talk who says she hasn’t yet seen the movie has this to say: “It entertains you even if you haven’t seen the movie it’s based on. … Not only did I enjoy the novelization, it’s whetted my cinema appetite and makes me want to watch both the original and the remake. I’d recommend Plan 9 as a light and fun read that you don’t have to take too seriously.” Click to read the whole 4-star review.

And a Goodreads reviewer with a unique perspective into the film says, “Well written, well executed, the author very much captured the unique actors/actresses takes on the characters as well as giving them more depth.” Click to read his review.