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Matt Darst


Matt Darst was born in Louisville, Kentucky, and now lives in Chicago, Illinois.  

Matt got hooked on books early. He read recreationally at first. But shortly after discovering a dog-eared copy of "Salem's Lot," he began hitting the hard stuff.

By twelve, Matt’s addiction to the written word took a turn for the worse. He started writing…for fun. His experimentation with notebooks (a classic gateway) led to dabbling with typewriters.

Matt went cold turkey in law school. He decided to straighten out his life. He got a job, a house, and a dog. His normal life was good. Still…

Pen and pad call to Matt late at night, cooing his name, telling him to take one last hit of fiction. Sometimes, when Matt’s weak, he heeds the siren call of the drug. He wakes from each blackout amid reams of freshly written pages, pages that have seemingly written themselves. Somehow, they coalesced into a book.

Dead Things is Matt’s first novel. 

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  Dead Things is an amalgam of Clerks and everything Crichton andZombieland. It's an homage to Romero and fan boys everywhere. Nearly two decades have passed since the fall of the United States and the rise of the c...
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Watch the book trailer, a read-along called "A is for Apocalypse" (best in 720p).


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Dead Things has been picked up by Grand Mal Press


Thank you Clare Allington and Snakebite Horror for your review ofDead Things!

Check out for a review of Dead Things and aninterview with Matt Darst.  

Visit for a review of Dead Things here.  And check out my guest review of Holiday of the Dead here.

Check out my interview with Jay Delaney and here.

Visit Horror-Web for all of your horror needs.  And check out my guest blog, To Rot or Nothere.

Visit The Deepening World of Fiction for a review by Sylvia Cochranhere.


Find more information about the talented Matt Hale and his Ablerock Designs, the provider of the cover art, here.


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