Matthew Warner’s publishing credits span a variety of formats, including novels, short stories, screenplays, and newspapers.
His first novel, The Organ Donor (2002), garnered a 5-star review from critic Feo Amante, who labeled the book a “straight-on modern classic of horror.” Bloodshot Books issued a 15th anniversary edition of The Organ Donor in 2017. Publishers Weekly described his second novel, Eyes Everywhere (2006), as “disturbing … compelling and insightful.”
Dramatic works include films from Darkstone Entertainment based on his screenplays, plus a radio play and stage play premiered by community theaters in central Virginia.
His opinion column, “Author’s Notes,” ran for five years at HorrorWorld.org and consisted of a blend of commentary, autobiography, and tutorials about the writing craft. Guide Dog Books collected the first three years of those columns into its debut non-fiction title, Horror Isn’t a 4-Letter Word: Essays on Writing & Appreciating the Genre (2008).
Warner’s horror novel Blood Born (2011) is an apocalyptic monster tale set in the Washington, DC, area where he grew up. Publishers Weekly called his first urban fantasy novel, The Seventh Equinox (2013), “a world-shattering crisis acted out in small scale.” It’s set in a fictitious Shenandoah Valley town inspired by his current home of Staunton, Virginia.
Warner’s latest collection, Dominoes in Time (2015), reprints stories published over a 16-year period. Plan 9 (2016) novelizes Darkstone Entertainment’s remake of the classic 1959 film, “Plan 9 From Outer Space.”
Warner lives with his wife, the artist Deena Warner, and sons, Owen and Thomas. In 2007, they opened a print and website design business, Deena Warner Design LLC, serving publishers and authors. He is a member of the Horror Writers Association.
“One of the bright stars of today’s constellation of speculative dreamers.” — Keith Minnion