On Writing Dark Fiction by Mark Matthews
Horror appears in so many great pieces of literature, yet it still seems that calling a novel a piece of horror cheapens it in some reader’s eyes. The more I swim in writer’s circles, I’m discovering some writers embrace the term Horror writer, some prefer ‘dark fiction’, others coin their own terms. All of this with the hope that their work is properly understood. Well, whatever the term, it is my belief that horror provides perhaps the most powerful, visceral, and deeply moving ways to experience art. Not only that, but the darkest of horror writers have the finest hearts around
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On the Lips of Children
He's planning to run a marathon, but the event becomes something terrible.
During a warm-up run, Macon falls prey to a bizarre man and his wife who dwell in an underground drug-smuggling tunnel. They raise their twin children in a way Macon couldn't imagine: skinning unexpecting victims for food and money.
And Macon, and his family, are next.
Mark Matthews is the author of the newly released novel, “On the Lips of Children” which has received wonderful reviews and has been called “dark fiction at its visceral, chilling best.” This novel is the story of a tattoo artist, his human canvass, and their child who get kidnapped by a bizarre family living in a San Diego to Tijuana Drug tunnel. Read more about this “terrifying page-turner” on Amazon.
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