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About Matthew Hollis Damon
NERD ICARUS. HOMELESS BUSKER BREATHING FIRE. AUTHOR ARTIST LUNATIC.
Growing up as a "really repressed nerd playing Dungeons and Dragons and running around in the woods with imaginary swords and an overinflated sense of heroism," it was probably inevitable that Damon would end up a storyteller with a flair for adventure and an outsider perspective.
Despite coming of age hopelessly sexually obsessed and "in a childhood timewarp" that he believes left him developmentally behind his peers, Damon nonetheless obtained an associate degree in Radio and Television, attended Skidmore College where he studied psychology and creative writing and then moved out to San Francisco—like Kerouac, Ginsberg and Ferlinghetti before him—to forge his path as a writer, in one way or another.
He didn't find literary fame in the Bay area but, during a stint in a bookstore working undercover in loss prevention, he was hit hard by two revelations. First, turning writing into a viable career was proving to be harder than he imagined. Second, a homeless guy in front of the store begging for change made about 300% more money than Damon did at his job—a "free market" lesson he wouldn't forget.
Determined to walk away from "wage slavery," see the world on his own terms and become a writer the old-fashioned way (living as a Bohemian and scrawling notes as he went along), he wandered homeless for the next five years. Beginning his drug-addled, sex-crazed, inspired and ultimately enlightening journey in Europe, he describes this period as, "the most crucial, life-changing event in my life, when I really started coming into my own and figuring out who I am." The entire wild ride is documented in Damon's colorful memoir, You Pretty Things.
He has since self-published three other books: Space Chicken, a highly imaginative children's story about the value of dreams and importance of overcoming fear; The Shadow Keep, a choose-your-own-adventure style fantasy; and Dead High, a zombie apocalypse choose-your-own-adventure style book with incredible illustrations by Andy Atom Taylor. Now with Severed Press, a leading independent publisher of horror and science fiction, Damon makes his literary debut with Destiny Nowhere.
He lives in Minoa, NY with his fiance, children, and a cat named Ghost.
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Titles By Matthew Hollis Damon
Now, dear reader, you seem to have stumbled upon it.
And you have opened it.
You must reap what you have sown.
Come, step into the pages. See firsthand what hell is capable of.
Of course, just know, you won’t last long enough to scream.
Grab your bug out bag, strap on every weapon you can find, and get ready for a 600-page descent into undead hell! This gigantic book of the dead and reanimated is brought to you by 30 mind-scarring apocalyptic word warriors penning you horrors you could never have imagined… and can only live safely through by reading The Dead Unleashed.
Novacaine, Rich Restucci
…and the Geiger Counter Clicks, Brandon Scott
The Closet, Blake Standard
Overhand Follow Through, Jay Wilburn
Our Last Day of School Ever, Joseph C. DiNallo
Operation Z, Marie Lanza
Mavreides Gambit, Matthew Hollis Damon
Planted, Steve Oden
The Living Dead Man, R.J. Spears
A Merry Maskless Christmas Eve Ball, Kurt Newton
Chimera, Jacob Austin
Zombies at Red Rock, Roxanne Dent
Rucco, James Robert Smith
Dead Tranquil, Chantal Boudreau
Alexa, Stop!, Maria Wickens
Hipster Apocalypse, Chad A. B. Wilson
Dust, Catlyn Ladd
Zombies, Troy Diffenderfer
Running with Zombies, Sean M. Davis
Zombitropolis, Gregory L. Norris
About Brains, Claire Davon
The Disincarnate, Stanley B. Webb
The Death of Art, Tim Latham
Bones, Phoenix Roberts
Picture Show, Jay Seate
Dead Love, John Teel
Parts of Us, Shelly Lyons
Mostly Dead, Darrin Bright
Drawn And Quartered, Mark Tufo
Still Dead Cadillac, Javan Bonds
Patient Zero Claire Davon
A Game of Solitaire Hillary Lyon
Whatever It Takes Victoria Hancox
The Far Edge of Sixteen Matthew Hollis Damon
Insanire Marie Lanza
The Ribbon Kara Race-Moore
If They Bleed Rachel W. Roth
Boys Rich Restucci
The Fever and The Thaw Richard Clive
The Isolated Life of Gerald Connors David Greske
They Wiggled and Jiggled and Tickled Inside Her Benjamin Langley
Daddy’s Sick Chris Grillot
The Greasy-Feast Virus Tim O’Neal
Side Effects May Vary Tracy Cross
The Last Days of the Plague Sara Century
Everything Had Been Normal DJ Tyrer
This eclectic mix of the macabre and the maniacal features 27 tales of terror:
- A man purchases a painting by the notorious serial killer, John Wayne Gacy
- A night of seemingly harmless flirtation brings a woman much more than she bargained for
- A journalist's interview for a human-interest story quickly evolves into a living, breathing nightmare
- A man's dream of making contact with extraterrestrials has unforeseen consequences
- While investigating a beautiful and mysterious planet, the crew of the Starship Tigris quickly discovers that all is not the paradise it appears to be
- A doctor's emergency house call results in a truly horrifying discovery
- In a near-future dystopia, stringent laws are passed dictating how men can interact with women
- A couple receives a phone call from their daughter on the 15-year anniversary eve of her death
- An elite team discovers the sole lifeform on a deserted planet is carrying a deadly secret
- A bus ride takes an unexpected detour into the gruesome and the macabre
- and many more
Symphony of the Damned summons forth the ghoulishly diabolical talents of authors Adam C. Mitchell, A.E. Jackson, Andy Holberry, Buck Hanno, Catherine Jordan, David Lowrie, Debra J. Tillar, James A. Hirons, James Mascia, Luis Medina, Margaret McGoverne, Marie Lanza, Matthew Hollis Damon, Matt Martinek, Pat O'Neill, R.M. Breslin, Sara Jordan-Heintz, TroyAnthony Schermer, Victoria Hancox, and concludes with a grippingly terrifying novella by J. Miles Parker.
TABLE OF CONTENTS:
The Reprisal by Sara Jordan-Heintz
First Contact by James Mascia
Faerfall by Pat O’Neill
A Little Off the Top by TroyAnthony Schermer
A Kiss is Not a Kiss by Catherine Jordan
Shadows Under Leamouth by Margaret McGoverne
Caedes Damnatorum Ataraxia by Adam C. Mitchell
#22 by Matt Martinek
Heartache by Buck Hanno
The Waking Game by A.E. Jackson
The Craving by R.M. Breslin
3 Minutes by Andy Holberry
One for the Road by Victoria Hancox
Hiding Space by James A. Hirons
All Sales Are Final by Luis Medina
The Essence of Me by David Lowrie
Devil May Come by Marie Lanza
Sensory Depravation by Pat O’Neill
Worm by TroyAnthony Schermer
An Act of Kindness by James Mascia
The Death Party by Catherine Jordan
Vincent Rides the Bus by Matt Martinek
Widescream Projection by Buck Hanno
Rest and Relaxation by A.E. Jackson
The Sanderling by Matthew Hollis Damon
The Canyon by Debra J. Tillar
Sins in the Flesh by J. Miles Parker
WARNING: Contains material that is unsuitable for younger audiences! Parental discretion is strongly advised!
- extreme fear.
It lurks in the night, around you, it chokes you when your mind roams. Terror is hearing footsteps when you’re alone in your home, terror is hearing noises in the darkness, seeing shadows move when everything is still.
What are you afraid of? Nothing. Everything. It could be your friend or neighbor, it could be a stranger. It could be something far more sinister. Terror reminds you that you are alive.
Step into the twilight zone and let these masters of terror whisper into your ear.
There are two sides to every story, and both these sides want to murder each other.
"Damon shows us a world that could actually be the near future--and he does so with finesse, keeping his finger on the tension and skillfully playing the reader's emotions as he hurls them into this masterful, terrifying vision. This book is a fast-paced, intense, must read!" G.R.R.M.
Come along as these tales open up 19 gates into hell and experience the supernatural, the darkness of night, and the unimaginable like never before. Authors such as Byron Craft, Matthew V. Brockmeyer, Rich Restucci and many more have come together to show you in. . .and they won't let you leave until you're crying out for mercy, begging to live to see one last sunset.
What are you waiting for? The gates are opening.