Matt Darst


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.

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A is for Apocalypse
An A to Z guide to the ZPOC and a book trailer for Dead Things, a novel by Matt Darst. Copyright 2012 by Matt Darst.


Freaks Anon
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 97,740. Language: English. Published: February 29, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General
Freaks Anon is a paranormal superhero tale, a novel about myths, monsters, the men that both create and destroy them. It's a mash-up of comic book heroes and horror in the vein of Alan Moore.
Dead Things
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 65,050. Language: English. Published: October 17, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Undead
Published by Grand Mal Press/Ou Nearly two decades have passed since the fall of the United States and the rise of the church to fill the void. Science is heresy, and the dead must be decapitated to avoid an unholy resurrection. When a plane crash strands Ian Sumner and a band of survivors miles from the fortified walls of the church state, survival depends on secrets too dangerous to speak aloud

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Smashwords book reviews by Matt Darst

  • Missing teeth on Feb. 22, 2012

    Whether or not the author intended, I was transported back in time by this story. I loved the "Return of the Living Dead" vibe. I also enjoyed the pacing, with humorous vignettes giving way to shocking gore. An all in all enjoyable read.