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text 2016-09-06 15:56
New Release! Bad Apples 3: Seven Slices of Halloween Horror

This should be good for at least a few squares on your Halloween Bingo cards.


Available now in Kindle and paperback editions.


I've got a story in this called "The Uncle Taffy's Girl." I hope you like it.


Amazon US | Amazon CA | Amazon UK | Amazon AU

Paperback Editions also available at: Barnes & Noble | Books-A-Million

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review 2016-03-19 08:03
Review of On the Lips of Children by Mark Matthews
On the Lips of Children - Mark Matthews

This being the third book I've read by Mark Matthews, I can only venture to say that his head must be a very, very frightening place. It is obviously a place where people live in caves, want to you eat you, and have incredibly creepy children. It's a place where your greatest fears become reality and everything you love can be taken from you.


In movies and real life, joggers are always getting attacked and/or killed on running trails, which is disconcerting enough. I have never wanted to be a runner but if I had ever so much as entertained that idea, Mark just guaranteed that I wouldn't ever be able to do it without looking over my shoulder, constantly, and suspiciously at anyone who looked even remotely homeless. Mark Matthews has a special talent of making even the most mundane of things, absolutely terrifying.


If you haven't read Mark's other books, Milk-Blood (my favorite) and All Smoke Rises: Milk-Blood Redux, his brilliant sequel, you should rectify that immediately. His latter receiving praise from Kealan Patrick Burke, for which there isn't much better of a seal of approval you can ask for in the horror genre. Urban horror has met its master in Mark Matthews and I can't wait to read what he comes up with next.


I received a copy of this book directly from the author without any obligation to review it but I'm putting my two cents in anyway.



© 2016 by Andi Rawson of Andreya's Asylum

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review 2016-02-22 09:51
All Smoke Rises review
ALL SMOKE RISES: MILK-BLOOD REDUX - Elderlemon Design,Julie Hutchings,Mark Matthews

The sequel to Milk-Blood: A Tale of Urban Horror picks up pretty much exactly where the original left off. Lilly is not dead, but rather occupies some kind of nether space between worlds. She is brought back by the "loving" administrations of the undead(?) Jervis who injects her with heroin (often of the milk-blood variety) to get her to briefly come back to life - a state in which she is no longer tormented by the words of her long dead mother. Other characters become involved - all of whom are equally lost and doomed - as the book races toward it's elliptical conclusion, where the POV author dumps Lilly's body on you, the reader. Yes, that's right, the wraparound sections are bravely written in the second-person perspective ...

There is a great deal going on Matthew's sequel, and most of it is human spirit-quenchingly dark. Honestly, if you thought Milk-Blood: A Tale of Urban Horror was bleak and nasty, Matthews takes such themes to a whole new level with All Smoke Rises. That said there is a ray of hope toward the end of the narrative, which Matthews himself notes in his Acknowledgements section as being a reaction to how fatalistic his writing was being construed as his fan-base.

Regardless of whether you appreciate this ray of hope or find it tonally inconsistent with the rest of the story, Matthews has a way with words that puts you in the thick of the action. His knowledge of addiction permeates through every page, and for this alone, I would have enjoyed the work. The fact it is also a compelling piece which mixes supernatural themes with the "everyday" horror of heroin addiction is its virtual icing on the cake.

That said, it's not an easy read for these very reasons, and as such, I hesitate to call it an enjoyable one. But dark themes in my entertainment is what I tend to crave, and for that reason, the film version of Matthews' world cannot come quickly enough.

3.5 Clearly Visible Track Marks for All Smoke Rises: Milk-Blood Redux.

Source: www.goodreads.com/review/show/1478811103?book_show_action=false
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review 2016-02-14 10:56
Review of All Smoke Rises: Blood-Milk Redux by Mark Matthews
ALL SMOKE RISES: MILK-BLOOD REDUX - Elderlemon Design,Julie Hutchings,Mark Matthews
All Smoke Rises: Milk-Blood Redux is the awesome sequel to Mark Matthews' Milk-Blood, which was one of my favorite reads of 2015. I was lucky enough to be able to beta read this in its infancy and see it turn into the beautiful, haunting, gem of urban horror that fittingly compliments its predecessor. 

"Real truth might burn your eyes right out."

When we last saw Lilly her story seemed to be over. A sad life followed by an even sadder ending. But can that much pain ever really die? Where does the smoke go when it rises? Lilly's story is one that cannot be contained and won't be ignored. A story that drove one man insane now lies in the hands of a psychiatrist whose patient just killed himself on her kitchen floor, demanding that she read it.

"And you read. Because you must."

Lilly's story is one of addiction, of desperation, and of heartbreak. It's Crystal's story, Oscar's mom who lives with the guilt of accidentally killing her only son and the sad reality of what her life has become, living with an angry drug dealer for a boyfriend and the constant threat of parole violation. It's the story of Oscar, dead but still inhabiting the house that ended his life -- the house that Lily now also resides. It's the story of Jervis, Lilly's schizophrenic, heroin-addicted Papa who feeds her milk-blood to bring her back and whose devotion to his less-than-normal daughter both stokes and feeds his madness. It's a story of Lilly's mother who calls out to her from her burial plot in the back yard, calling her to come home.

All smoke rises...

The story is told, as it had to be. The truth contained within these pages, that ruined so many lives, is now up to you to face or forget. Will the blood on your floor be for naught? When the smoke rises, will Lilly's story rise with it? Ashes as fleeting as her short broken life... Or will you write another chapter? It's your story now.

The bonus to this already incredible read is the introduction by Kealan Patrick Burke, who has, in a few pages, summed up the genre that I love in words that make me love him even more. 


© 2016 by Andi Rawson of Andreya's Asylum
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review 2016-02-09 14:01
Harrowing but essential reading
ALL SMOKE RISES: MILK-BLOOD REDUX - Elderlemon Design,Julie Hutchings,Mark Matthews

I completed this short book in one sitting and I feel exhausted by the process. This is a hard look at the life of a drug user/users and the effects such behaviour has on society and friends and family. It is a harrowing tale made more poignant by the fact that the author is a trained counsellor and someone who has worked in the field of mental health and addiction for many years and is therefore knowledgeable and skilled to produce a work of such deep thought and feeling.


The term milk-blood comes from a process by which one addict extracts the drug rich blood from another and in turn uses this to feed the craving of a fellow junkie by injection. An even more horrific process is the ability to boil a deceased’s ashes and use this again as a form of high. You do not have to look very far to see just where the horror of this story resides and the ultimate effect for the reader is to make for an uncomfortable yet essential read.


Crystal is a drug user who has just been released from prison following the negligence and death of her son Oscar who burnt in a house fire whilst she was elsewhere feeding her drug habit. “What was he thinking just before he died?. The image of the crawling body remained. She kept watching. It was no illusion. It did not disappear but moved like a half-smashed insect crawling for safety. This is what Oscar would have looked like had he busted out of the locked door of his bedroom and escaped the flames.”


Lilly is the 10 year old child of drug offender Poppa Jervis, regularly injected with milk-blood and heroin, she to is a slave to addiction. “He wouldn’t let her stop living. Even when her eyes closed for so long, her black eyelids looking so at rest, he knew what to do to open them again. The smack. The milk-blood. He filled her up with what he could find, and then went for more.”


We follow the story of Crystal and Lilly as we are granted a glimpse into the drug fuelled world of residents of Brentwood, and the substance abuse that is a part of their everyday lives. This is in no way an easy read and yet the author Mark Mathews has managed to create an unforgettable story with deep social significance and one that I urge you to read.

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