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“The Tell-Tale Heart” by Edgar Allan Poe

October 13, 2017

It’s Friday the 13th, so I thought it’d be fun to read you one of my favorite unlucky short stories.

If you’d like to download an MP3, click here.

Artwork by Fritz Eichenberg.

THE ORGAN DONOR Cover Revealed

October 12, 2017

Bloodshot Books has unveiled the cover for the 15th anniversary edition of my first novel, THE ORGAN DONOR. He wisely hired Deena Warner to create the cover image and design. It’s a beautiful piece of art.

The Organ Donor

Deena also released a cool “behind the scenes” essay about how she created the cover. Read that by clicking the below image:

Deena's essay

Finally, a cool new book trailer is in the works in cooperation with Darkstone Entertainment. Here’s a production still of Mike Nguyen playing Shen:

More info on that and the book’s exact release date soon!

What the Heckfire I’ve Been Doing

September 18, 2017

It’s been a while since I posted anything here, but rest assured my little elves are hard at work on goodies for you. Here’s an update.

The Organ Donor
The 15th anniversary edition of my first novel, The Organ Donor, is on track for a November release from Bloodshot Books. I went all self-indulgent with this one, penning a 6,000-word afterword for the new edition, laying out the whole sordid story about my real-life encounter with Chinese organ trafficking. The publisher hired the estimable Deena Warner to do the cover art and design, which I hope to show you soon. I’m again working with filmmaker John Johnson to foolishly spend any royalties I earn from this edition on a fun book trailer. (Watch past book trailers at this link.) More information about The Organ Donor.

The Dagger of God
The what?! What ‘chu talkin’ about, Willis? That’s right; there’s another novel in the sausage-making factory. This one is a trunk novel, a ghost story about the Civil War, Ku Klux Klan, and ugly racial violence. As if that’s topical. I enjoy reading/performing stories, so I’m trying something new: recording my own audio book. It’s been a fun experiment so far but fraught with frustrations as my basement office isn’t exactly a sound booth (chugga-chugga laundry machines behind me, and idiot felines scratching on my window screen), and my microphone picks up every breath pop, inhalation, and squishy lip parting that I make. Probably the most successful aspect of this venture will be the blooper reel. There’s also the challenge of keeping character voices distinct. My main character is a Southern belle who alternately sounds like Scarlett O’Hara or Matt-Warner-forgetting-his-character’s-voice. But when it’s done, I nevertheless intend to release it on the Amazon ACX platform and possibly on Youtube. If successful, it will make one long car trip bearable for you. Listening to an audiobook really is the best way to travel.

And on the personal front . . .
The website design business keeps the “busy” in business. I mean, day-um. Deena Warner Design continues to be in high demand for author websites. I’m also spending a significant portion of time working for First Arriving, a marketing firm in high demand for fire department websites. My writing career currently occupies the 530-630am hour most weekdays, and these two firms occupy everything else — that is, everything not taken up by my high-energy 6- and 8-year-old boys, who are scary smart.

On top of all that, I’ve become ever more entrenched in Total Defense Martial Arts, which provides boxing and Brazilian jiu-jitsu instruction to the Staunton area. Starting in January, I’ll assume primary responsibility for teaching BJJ to kids between 6 and 16. I’m also in talks with Staunton Montessori School to volunteer for two months as a self-defense instructor to 7-9th graders, teaching them the joys of escaping headlocks, bear hugs, and chokes.

That’s about it. Please stay tuned for all the happenings this fall.

Choke Me Out Today in Afton, VA

June 4, 2017

I’ll be with the Total Defense Martial Arts team at Rockfish Valley Fire Department, on Rt 151 in Afton, Sunday starting 1pm doing jiujitsu demonstrations during a community fair. Drop by and see me get hip thrown about a hundred times! You might even get to choke me!

Here’s the Facebook event page. The occasion is the Kids Dream Foundation car, truck, bike & tractor trailer show to help sick and underprivileged kids and their famlies.

More Positive Reviews of MEATCOW MAKER

May 8, 2017

Two more positive reviews to tell you about:

Angela Bennett of Horror World says in her review, “Alternately heartbreaking, thought provoking, and, in several instances, cringe-worthy, Matthew Warner creates an bleak, post-apocalyptic world where survival is a matter of perspective.” Click to read the whole review.

And Nick Cato of Horror Fiction Review says, “Warner is a master of the revenge story (see his intriguing 2005 collection DEATH SENTENCES), and here he wraps one in a bleak, heartbreaking post apocalyptic sci-fi adventure. As always White Noise Press presents the tale in a gorgeous chapbook design (with cover art by the author’s wife Deena) so collectors best hurry before this beauty sells out. Fantastic all around.” Click to read the whole review.

There are only a few copies left for sale from White Noise Press. Click here.

Author Fest in Waynesboro, VA

May 5, 2017

Come see me tomorrow from 10am – 2pm at the Author Fest at the Waynesboro Public Library. You might be able to acquire a copy of Meatcow Maker! This is currently my last planned public appearance for 2017, so don’t miss your chance. More information.

5-star review for MEATCOW MAKER

May 3, 2017

The first review is in! Frank Michaels Errington gave it 5 out of 5 stars. “Meatcow Maker is one of those stories which will stay with you long after it’s been read. Recommended.” Click to read the whole review.


April 23, 2017

Meatcow Maker is now available from White Noise Press as a hand-crafted, 28-page chapbook, limited to just 150 copies.  Click here to buy. This is one of my more unusual stories, and it was fun to write.

On a future Earth sterilized by nuclear apocalypse, two men hike across the desert. Nove the meatcow follows his master, Jebediah, to the last human settlement practicing the ancient art of crop cultivation. Growing food disrupts the symbiosis between meatcow-master couples such as them. Nove worries about his future. Jebediah wouldn’t dare abandon him … would he?

“An apocalyptic nightmare, but so much more! Weird, wonderful, wildly inventive, and ultimately heartbreaking. I loved every word of Matthew Warner’s Meatcow Maker.”
Richard Chizmar, author of A Long December and co-author with Stephen King of Gwendy’s Button Box


Interview about PLAN 9

April 3, 2017

Hu Media interviewed John Johnson and me at our April 1 appearance at the French Press. Check it out:

MEATCOW MAKER Cover Revealed

April 3, 2017

White Noise Press has revealed the wraparound cover for Meatcow Maker, the limited edition chapbook it’s publishing soon. The cover art is by Deena Warner and the cover design is by Keith Minnion.

Meatcow Maker