Blood Born

Conceived in Pain. Born in Blood.


As for you, be fruitful and increase in number.

When a rapist stalks the nation’s capital, Detective Christina Randall tries to keep an astounding clue from going public: all the victims become pregnant.

The latest victim is teenager Daniella Connolly. Her mother, Margaret, is a doctor at CalPark Fertility Clinic. But Margaret can’t fathom the bizarre conceptions, either. Isolated in a special hospital ward, they all come to term in just one week.

Multiply on the earth and increase upon it.

Randall learns the rapes are connected to a series of missing-person cases. When a young woman disappears near CalPark — also home to a secretive research lab — suspicion falls on Margaret.

But soon, the rapist returns to claim his progeny. He is not really a he — but an “it.” Worse, the children have appetites just like papa’s. …

From the author of The Organ Donor and Eyes Everywhere comes a new type of monster, one that could spell an end to our species.


Filmed and edited by John Johnson


Blood Born is violent and visceral, definitely not for the faint of heart. … an intriguing and well developed plot. It’s part mystery, part thriller, part monster horror novel. … an entertaining read that I would recommend.”
— Carl Alves

“This story has a flavor of a patient zero type apocalyptic tale, with a significant build-up to the point where all hell breaks loose. When it does break loose, the story turns on the afterburners and blasts ahead at a hundred miles an hour. … It is a well written scientific tale of horror.”
Patrick D’Orazio, author of The Dark Trilogy

“Despite its lurid subject matter, it’s literate and beautifully written.”
— Horror Drive-In, Mark Sieber’s favorite books of 2011

“The work of Matthew Warner—with Eyes Everywhere and Blood Born in particular—shows that he delivers intelligent, visceral, and psychological horror of dependable high quality. … Matthew Warner is a brand you can trust.”
Somebody Dies

“Original idea, good characters, strong ending, frenzied pace.”
— Horror Drive-In

“Warner’s pace kicks major ass here, reminiscent of a blend between Michael Crichton and Richard Laymon. … Warner, who penned Horror Isn’t a 4-Letter Word for writers and everyone who loves the genre, knows how to build a scare effectively, not simply going for the cheap thrills.”

“Warner’s 3rd novel is a serious scare-fest, blending police procedural thrillers with plenty of blood, guts, scares, and some of the horniest monsters to hit our nation’s capital since the Clinton administration.”
— Antibacterial Pope, reprinted at Horror Fiction Review

“A fun, gory, suspenseful story that is definitely not a run-of-the-mill monster tale.”
— Altered Realities Radio

“If anyone asked me to make one recommendation out of this year’s crop of horror novels, I would suggest they pick up Blood Born without the slightest hesitation. It’s that good.”
T.T. Zuma, happy reviewer

“Matthew Warner’s Blood Born is a merciless, nerve-wracking, emotionally violent supernatural thriller that takes (what may possibly be) the most twisted central conceit for a horror novel that I’ve encountered in years and turns it inside-out. The result?  The kind of nightmarish morality play that both Clive Barker and Rod Serling would appreciate. Warner’s understanding of how to use gore and violence as metaphor serves the story brilliantly.  I can’t imagine any horror reader — even the most jaded — not loving this novel.”
Gary A. Braunbeck, 5-time Bram Stoker Award-winner and author of A Cracked and Broken Path

“Matthew Warner’s Blood Born is a monstrously good novel. A taut, exciting thriller populated with believable characters and some genuinely shocking scenes. It’s a wild ride from start to finish.”
Brett McBean, author of The Last Motel and The Mother

“Matthew Warner delivers a fast paced, character-driven thrill ride in Blood Born. The novel starts off with a pointy-toothed bang and leaves you breathless and begging for more.”
— Jessy Marie Roberts, Editor-in-Chief of Pill Hill Press

Blood Born grabs you from the start. Intense in its imagery, pacing, and emotion.”
— David Dunwoody, author of Unbound & Other Tales and Empire

“Like a spike ramming into your head, the action comes hard and fast. From the outset Warner grabs you by the throat and drags you into a world of believable characters, secret labs and something … tantalizing”
— Lee Pletzers, author of The Last Church & The Game

Blood Born is the most intense, action packed ‘new monster’ horror book I’ve read in a long time. Vivid action scenes coupled with strong characters combine to make this a must-read for horror lovers everywhere. Matthew Warner did an excellent job of writing a book that you won’t want to put down until the very last page.”
— Chris Bartholomew, Editor of Static Movement

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Blood Born by Matthew Warner