Matt Darst got hooked on reading early. His best friend and next door neighbor, an octogenarian named Harvey, introduced Matt to encyclopedias when he was five. A year later, he received a subscription to National Geographic. It wasn't long before Matt had moved on to the hard stuff: fiction. He devoured read dog-eared copies of his dad’s Stephen King novels (“I learned it from you, Dad!”), Dune, the Hobbit, and Jungle Book.
By twelve, Matt’s addiction 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. His second, Freaks Anon, will be released in early 2016 through Grand Mal Press. 100% of the proceeds will be donated to cancer research.