Cathy Pace Matthews


I love the twisted and macabre. I also love the old horror where the thing that went bump in the night scared you and not all the blood gushing from a jagged wound that is more likely to gross you out. There is a difference. Don’t get me wrong I can do gore and quite well when I need to.
I’m also not a young adult author. I’m way too old for that and personally at this point in my life I want to read a book that involves men and women over twenty five and under one hundred and twenty five. If you’re younger than that I don’t think you’ll care and if you’re older than that, then God bless you and let me know, I’ll change the upper end of the timeline.
I tend to be outspoken and nothing is sacred when it comes to my writing. Well that part isn’t entirely true. The farm in the Blood Lines series is and I don’t apologize for that. I started writing because of that farm.
I strive to create the unusual and different and that’s not always easy, as a matter of fact, it’s hard. I try hard not to do the tried and true.
When I read a horror story I want to read a horror story. Can it have love and caring in it? Sure, but let’s keep things in perspective. I want to scare you and I’ll leave it up to other really good authors, and there are some really good ones, to give you all that other stuff.
I set out to write horror. I will take you to places in my books you’ve never been before and along the way I may make you laugh because what fun is real horror if it can’t make you laugh on occasion? The good part about the humor, you still have to turn the page and what waits for you there might not be so funny.
I have also recently become a producer for the short horror film, She Summoned Him. I'm looking forward to the the release.
I'm married to a wonderful man, Buddy, and between us we have three very beautiful daughters. We love to travel in our converted 1963 Greyhound 4106 and discover new places and meeting new people. I grew up with four wonderful brothers, one of which is no longer with us. I was born in Mississippi, grew up in Tennessee, and fell in love with Missouri as well as a man who comes from there.
I am surprised at how much writing has helped me grow as a person. I pay a lot more attention to things around me than I used to and can find a story in almost everything I see and hear. I have also learned what a truly dark sense of humor I have. I love making people raise an eyebrow at me on occasion.
My husband and I were recently at a local restaurant and were picking at one another. The waiter walked up about that time and I asked if they had an oven large enough to put a body in. He asked why and after a short explanation with a wicked little gleam in his eye he told me they did. What concerned me was that wicked little gleam. I have since found out that a lot of restaurants do have ovens big enough to hold a human body. My suggestion to you is not to make the waiting staff of any eating establishment angry. You might end in up on the menu the next night.
With seven books of my own under my belt, at present count, nine short story books, one exceptional book of short stories along with eight other gifted writers and the next one in the Blood Lines Series that I'm working on I'm pretty happy with where I am in my life right now.

Smashwords Interview

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They take the chance that other publishers don't. Smashwords is the greatest thing to come along for new authors since the invention of the printing press.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The area I have written about I fell in love with through my wonderful husband. He introduced me to the Southeast portion of Missouri and the history of the area and the people. Writing about something you love is amazing and wonderful.
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Introduction to Cathy Pace Matthews
What inspired my first book. Where it began, how it began, and the thing that set me on the path to writing my first book.

Cold Encounters
The recorded video used for this book trailer was taken by a very old and dear friend. We've known one another since I was a child. I have to thank John Stone for the help he gave me making this video. The story was inspired by photos taken by Rima Block Devall who has been friends with my husband since they were toddlers.

Blood Lines Buried Treasure
I love this book trailer. It gives you that sudden jolt of what can happen when you least expect it.

The Short and Scary Series
12 individual books with a short story. Yes there was a reason for this. I'm nuts. Anyway, 12 stories to keep you up at night.


The Short and Scary Series
Short stories to keep you up at night. Sometimes you don't want a long novel that you might have to put down right when it gets to the good part. Sometimes you just want a short scary story to give you a chill and for a short time. I've started 'The Short and Scary Series' just for that purpose. What happens when things go haywire on Halloween, a neighbor takes a turn for the worst, or maybe there's more to that voice in your head than you think. Come and peek inside these short little thrillers of horror and let me know how well you sleep afterward. I'm betting you won't. At the end of each story you will find an excerpt from one of my novels up to the second chapter. I hope you will read it and get interested in one of my novels. If you just love short stories check out Journey Into Nightmares and Nightmare Express. Also my other series Blood Lines will take you through some frighteningly spine chilling experiences.
The Wind-Rider Sagas
What is a Wind-Rider? They've been around longer than humans. After their numbers dwindled they learned to hide in plain sight among us. They can look like us, talk like us, act like us. As long as we are no threat to them they are no threat to us. There are a few however who would like to see that change and take back the world that was once theirs alone. In the book Cold Encounters you get your first glimpse of one when she is called by someone to help. Amber isn't happy that a human knows she exist.

Cold Encounters

Price: $3.99 USD.
The Roads to Nightmares
When I wrote the first book of short stories I had no idea that it would lead to an actual sequel. How often does that happen with a book of short stories? There was one character in the first book that appeared more than once and people became fascinated with. They wanted a book covering his backstory. To do that it would have taken no less than ten books the size of War and Peace. So through a set of short stories I was able to pull together John's backstory. He's an extremely unusual character and extremely tormented. Anyway, that's how Journey Into Nightmare gave birth to Nightmare Express.

Journey into Nightmares

Price: $3.99 USD.

Nightmare Express

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Blood Lines
In The Curse Emma comes back to her childhood home to settle the estate her Grandmother only to find that she has inherited a 130 year old curse and some unexpected relative, some of which aren't to happy to she's back. In 'Buried Treasure' some bad guys of the human type are back and up to no good. They have it in for Emma and those close to her. This time however those pesky spirits are trying to have Emma's back and she will need their help to come through this one alive. Family Ties is finished and will be out soon. The evil is a little further from home and yet it manages to walk right into Emma's home and take what it wants and no one can stop it. An obnoxious cousin drops in unexpected in the wee hours of the morning with a chilling story of her own. Will Emma be able to help her cousin or will she end up throwing that nasty woman to the very thing that she ran from in the cold hours of night. Emma won't be looking over her should this time. The evil is right there in front of her but will she be able to recognize it before it's too late? Will Taylor be able to save her from what lies beneath the surface.

Blood Lines The Curse

Price: $3.99 USD.

Blood Lines Buried Treasure

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Blood Lines 'Family Ties'

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The Short and Scary Box Set
Series: The Short and Scary Series. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 67,440. Language: English. Published: February 14, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General
Twelve short stories meant to entertain and scare you. Two new ones have been added to the mix, the last one will probably end up as an entire book. Most people love John, what can I say. He’s not the only reoccurring character from The Roads to Nightmares but I’ll let you make the call on whether or not she’s likable. Personally, I’ll keep my opinion to myself on that one. She scares even me.
'The Short and Scary Series' True Justice
Series: The Short and Scary Series. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,970. Language: English. Published: February 11, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General
When the law can't help you find justice there must be someplace else you can go? There is, but it's a high price to pay to get what you're wanting. Felicity will take care of your problem but she comes at a high price. The other thing is that Felicity also has a boss and that lady doesn't accept cash. When you sign a contract the biggest price isn't mention, even in the fine print.
'The Short and Scary Series' The Person Who Wasn't There
Series: The Short and Scary Series. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,570. Language: English. Published: February 10, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General
When even your own family turns their back on you it is one of the most lost and lonely feeling a person can experience. When your sister is asked to be in the wedding and you know that everyone hopes you don't even show up, that bad. Cassie had nothing while her family had everything and all she wanted from them was to be wanted and loved. So what happened?
'The Short and Scary Series' Scared to Death
Series: The Short and Scary Series. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,590. Language: English. Published: February 9, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
A wife wants out of a marriage, but she doesn't want a divorce, she also doesn't want to go to jail. So, how does she manage to eat her cake and keep it too? She comes up with the perfect solution, or so she thinks. The answer had been right there in her own back yard all along. She learns however, as we all do, nothing comes without a price.
'The Short and Scary Series' The Inheritance
Series: The Short and Scary Series. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 11,130. Language: English. Published: February 8, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General
(5.00 from 1 review)
Who wouldn't love to suddenly find themselves with a large inheritance from a relative you didn't even know you had. You wouldn't have that sense of loss as you would with someone you were close to and come on, you're suddenly rich. You hate the person is dead, but you're rick. Than again maybe you're not. The more Tina finds out about this long lost relative the more she hates her.
'The Short and Scary Series' The Hunted
Series: The Short and Scary Series. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 9,010. Language: English. Published: February 8, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Undead
(5.00 from 1 review)
What happens when the hunter becomes the hunted? It can get pretty tricky and scary. When what you're hunting is nothing but pure evil then that makes things a whole lot different. Kierra was hunting something and now it is hunting her. It caused the death of one of her best friends and now it may not only take her life but the life of another dear friend as well.
'The Short and Scary Series' Clean Revenge
Series: The Short and Scary Series. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,360. Language: English. Published: February 8, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General
(5.00 from 1 review)
An argument between a husband and wife that turns violent and a robot vacuum cleaner, make for a very messy crime scene. The problem will be sorting out who or what did whatever to what or whom. It doesn't help that whatever did happen ultimately takes place in two house and not one.
'The Short and Scary Series' Contract Killer
Series: The Short and Scary Series. Price: Free! Words: 7,260. Language: English. Published: February 7, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General
(5.00 from 1 review)
Somewhere in the night a car sits waiting on a certain individual. A nondescript vehicle sets in the shadows of a rest area on the interstate waiting for one car to pass by. The person in that car owes a dept and tonight the balance has come due. The thing is the person holding this bill isn't someone you want to make mad and that's just what happened. Payback will be hell.
'The Short and Scary Series' Locked Away
Series: The Short and Scary Series. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,100. Language: English. Published: February 7, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General
(5.00 from 1 review)
What makes a writer take up pin and paper or a laptop and start writing, especially the ones who write horror, thrillers, or crime dramas? What is it that lies deep down inside them that makes them pick these genres? We go places inside our minds that most people shy away from.
'The Short and Scary Series' The Darkest Shadow
Series: The Short and Scary Series. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,480. Language: English. Published: February 7, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General
(5.00 from 1 review)
In the fourth story of the series you'll find a character that is torn between taking a step that will lead him to someplace darker than you can imagine. While contemplating what he will do in the future he takes a long hard look at a place that even Hell has no name for.
'The Short and Scary Series' The World of Pretty Colors
Series: The Short and Scary Series. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 8,950. Language: English. Published: February 6, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General
(5.00 from 3 reviews)
Does evil live only in our minds, or does it come from somewhere deeper.
'The Short and Scary Series' There Will Be More
Series: The Short and Scary Series. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,680. Language: English. Published: February 6, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General
(5.00 from 1 review)
What do you do when an ax wielding maniac comes for you? You run. Just hope you run faster than the person or thing carrying the ax.
'The Short and Scary Series' The Long Drive Home
Series: The Short and Scary Series. Price: Free! Words: 3,090. Language: English. Published: February 6, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General
(5.00 from 1 review)
When Karen left work after a weird day at work she had no idea that tonight, Halloween, was going to get even stranger before it was over. Tonight she was going to find out what real fear was and face her worst nightmare.
Cold Encounters
Series: The Wind-Rider Sagas. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 128,470. Language: English. Published: November 28, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Ghost, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Supernatural
For over a hundred years an evil has hung over an abandoned bridge. People who make the mistake of walking up on that bridge never come off it and are never heard from again. The only thing that marks their passage to where ever they go is the horrific screeching that some people hear off in the distance.
Laugh, Cry, Die - A Collection Of Short Stories
Price: Free! Words: 30,060. Language: English. Published: August 29, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Ghost
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
What is the scariest thing you think you could run into in the woods? Well you’re wrong. I along with two very talented young writers who I’m spotlighting in this book have done our best to give you stories that will amuse, entertain, and scare you to death. So come on… Laugh, Cry, Die
Something in the Shadows An Anthology of Horror Stories
You set the price! Words: 61,290. Language: English. Published: October 30, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Ghost, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Supernatural
Here are nine amazing writers who take great pleasure in scaring people. They sit up nights weaving their special brand of horror just to keep you up at night. I think you'll find they have done an outstanding job in that. So if you're brave enough, step into our tome of horror and let us give you nightmares.
Nightmare Express
Series: The Roads to Nightmares. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 61,060. Language: English. Published: February 11, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Ghost
A collection of short stories that will take you to places you're never been, places you don't won't to go or want to see. You will take a journey not only to different places but along the way you'll learn the history of John. John will be your guide but be careful. John has a job to do and getting to close to him could have a real back outcome so please, keep your distance.
Blood Lines 'Family Ties'
Series: Blood Lines, Book 3. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 123,880. Language: English. Published: September 25, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Undead
What happens when a girl leaves the farm? She gets herself in one hell of a mess. When Emma’s cousin Christine shows up on her door one night clothed only in her pajamas and a robe Emma is set on a journey that takes her down a very dark and dangerous path. She travels to her cousin's home where she finds destruction and something in the woods behind the house she doesn't want to get close to.
Journey into Nightmares
Series: The Roads to Nightmares. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 62,350. Language: English. Published: June 8, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Undead
A collection of short stories for the very brave especially if you love to travel, camp, own an RV, have a fear of semi trucks, or even just sleeping alone at night. These stories will scare you in ways that you have never been scared before. Don't look for the old tried but true here. That went out the door with this one.
Blood Lines Buried Treasure
Series: Blood Lines, Book 2. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 125,110. Language: English. Published: February 26, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Ghost, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Supernatural
When Emma inherited her family’s estate she learned it came with more than the land. There was a curse, a few specters, and now it seemed a buried treasure as well. Now there are people looking for that treasure and they are far worse than any ghost she had fought. Can she and her friends she now considers family stop them or would Emma and her friends be added to the rising body count.
Blood Lines The Curse
Series: Blood Lines, Book 1. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 141,660. Language: English. Published: October 23, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Ghost, Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction
(5.00 from 1 review)
For a 130 years Emma’s family has been plagued by a curse resulting in the deaths of her ancestors at a very young age, now Emma is the last in the Rodger’s family bloodline. Can she find the answers before her time runs out or will she follow all her family members before her and end up in an early grave of her own?

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