When I first started writing, I wrote nothing but Horror, Fantasy, and Drama stories. Some of the scenes contained graphic violence and strong sexual situations. When I went back to revise those stories, I liked them, but I found myself embarassed to let close friends and family read them. I was afraid they'd think I was some crazy lunatic. I wrote these kind of stories because that's what I like to read. Some of my favorite authors are Stephen King, Dean Koontz, Peter Straub, Bentley Little, and James Patterson. Stephen King wrote, "Writing is a way to let the mind misbehave." I always loved that quote and took it to it's fullest.
Now that I'm older and have two small boys of my own, I would like to start writing stories that are more suitable for readers of all ages. I'm not saying that I'm completely abandoning the crazy stuff, It will always be a part of my writing. If you like that kind of stuff, I have another Smashwords account with my older stories (the link is below, or look up Matthew Stephens) Check it out, but don't say I didn't warn you. Ha!
Fast Fears #2: Demon Brother
(Fast Fears is a scary chapter book, or novella, series for all ages. It's like R.L. Stine's Goosebumps, only a bit more frightening and may not be suitable for small children.)
Coming late this year:
The Man Upstairs (An adult novel)
Strange Mutations (A collection of short stories for adults)
I hope to hear from ya and keep reading!
Where to find M.D. Stephens online
Bird's Eye View
(4.00 from 1 review)
By M.D. Stephens
Published: April 6, 2013.
In this quick tale by M.D. Stephens, we watch a horrific act of domestic violence through the eyes of a tiny bird.
Crow's Peak (Jane's Story)
By M.D. Stephens
Published: March 24, 2013.
In this first installment of a short story trilogy, two troubled teens climb the steep hill known as Crow's Peak, a local hangout spot for kids to drink and makeout. Aaron has those exact intentions, but when Jane reveals a dreadful truth, it ends in a whirlwind of terror with a shocking ending.
Fast Fears #1: Bats in the Attic
By M.D. Stephens
Published: December 11, 2012.
When his football career seems to be going down the tubes, Steve Starks moves his family to the Arizona desert for peace and quiet. He soon finds that his new home is harboring bats in the attic, only these are not of the ordinary variety and they find themselves in a fight for survival.
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- Spiders Know A Thing Or Two
on Dec. 07, 2012
I am only giving this a three star rating because of its length and the unwritten possibilities that could of come from this story. However I really enjoyed the writing itself and the humor of Harry the spider was great. I would love to see this story extended or carried on in another version. Hope to read more of your work soon.
- The Magic Warriors
on Dec. 08, 2012
This was a very clever and imaginative story. I like how you used reality mixed with fantasy (like the ipod) it was very well written and I hope to read more of your work soon.
- Christmas Mice: Two Holiday Stories
on Dec. 11, 2012
Wow! wonderfully written and very imaginative. The fist story packed a great emotional punch in such few words, and the second had a great twist. Your writing is very good and I would recomend this to anyone. I'll be reading more of your work soon.