Matthew R Davis
I’m an author, musician, editor, visual artist, scriptwriter, composer and all-round Renaissance man based in Adelaide, South Australia.
I write dark fiction, horror for the most part, though I take an eclectic angle to all things. My approach to writing is character-focused, broad-minded and averse to standard tropes. I cut my fangs on authors such as Stephen King, Clive Barker, Ramsey Campbell, Peter Straub, Richard Laymon, Dan Simmons, Tanith Lee and Poppy Z. Brite, and these days I’m also drawn to people like Alan Moore, Laird Barron, Neil Gaiman, Margaret Atwood, Joe Hill, China Mieville, Tom Piccirilli, Christos Tsiolkas, Kaaron Warren, Dennis Lehane, Nathan Ballingrud, Caitlin R. Kiernan and Thana Niveau. So if you’re looking for a list of influences, there’s a place to start.
I’ve had roughly two dozen short stories and poems picked up for publication thus far. I’ve also written eight novel manuscripts, and one of them is currently doing the rounds in search of the right publisher. I’ve been writing since at least the age of seven; at thirteen, I won an all-ages writing contest and had my entry, “Time And The Bible”, published in Port Pirie’s paper The Recorder. (In it, a time traveller discovers that Adam and Eve are aliens, before being killed by the Snake.) I’ve continued to write, though for a few years I switched my main focus to music. In 2010, I began submitting and publishing my fiction on a regular basis.
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The Refuge Collection, Hell to Others!
by Steve Dillon, Marty Young, Amdi Silvestri, Mark Allan Gunnells, David Allen, Pete Sutton, Matty Taylor, Gerry Huntman, Brian Craddock, Matthew R Davis, & Noel Osualdini
Volumes 4-6 of The Refuge Collection. 18 tales of dark, supernatural and psychological thrillers, terrifying tales of murder, kidnap, mythical creatures and political intrigue. All set in the mysterious town of Refuge, often described as "Heaven to Some, Hell to Others."
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