Current News

Interviewed for Article about Martial Arts Schools

February 25, 2017

My local newspaper, the News Leader, interviewed me as part of a massive piece coming out tomorrow about Staunton martial arts schools. The online version, which you can read here, has some sweet video of my instructor throwing my ass to the ground. No, I was not suspended from school growing up.

The Lovecraft Chronicles, Vol. 2, Premiere

February 20, 2017

If you’re in Roanoke, VA, this weekend, catch Darkstone Entertainment’s premiere of The Lovecraft Chronicles, Vol. 2. I helped director John Johnson write the four short film scripts.

Starring Mariah Johnson and Donnie Sturges, this is the sequel anthology to the volume that came out seven years ago. It’s about the descendants of horror writers hunting down the monsters created by their ancestors, which have been mysteriously brought to life.

The films will show at midnight on Friday and Saturday night at the MystiCon SciFi Horror Fantasy Convention.

The Organ Donor to be Reprinted in 2017

December 30, 2016

Bloodshot Books and I have signed a deal to reprint my first novel, The Organ Donor, in 2017, in eBook and trade paperback. This will be a 15th anniversary edition with a new author’s afterword. (It will also be a great opportunity for me to correct any lingering typos!) Cover artist to be announced.

They knew it was wrong to purchase a kidney off the Chinese black market. But what the Taylor brothers didn’t know was that its unwilling donor was an executed prisoner—and an immortal 5,000-year-old being from Chinese mythology. Pursuing them to Washington, DC, this ancient king will stop at nothing to recover what was once his.

Inspired by the true story of how the People’s Republic of China sells organs harvested from its deathrow prisoners.

“I couldn’t believe how good it was. . . . Matt Warner took the used up idea and sowed a story full of old myths born anew. . . . The Organ Donor is a straight-on modern classic of Horror.”
Feo Amante. To read the entire review, click here.

PLAN 9 Finally in DVD

December 15, 2016

Plan 9The long-awaited release of the PLAN 9 movie in physical media happens on Jan. 5, when Walmart will stock it in stores. When you get it, don’t forget to buy the novelization.

Meatcow Maker Novelette Coming Spring 2017

December 11, 2016

White Noise Press has acquired Meatcow Maker, a novelette they plan to publish as a limited-edition chapbook in spring 2017. The press release calls it “a startlingly original tale guaranteed to make vegans of us all!” Deena Warner will provide the cover art.

When publisher Keith Minnion commissioned me to write the piece, he requested “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.”

I think I gave him what he wanted.

Halloween News

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.