John Matsui


I'm being stalked by strange characters. One is a guy we suspect is a vampire but he's not quite out of the closet (Late Bite and Lycanthrope Rising). Another who denies he's the reincarnation of Sherlock Holmes is a world class chef and sommelier because he has the world's most sensitive sniffer. That gift also means he can smell murder.
Okay, this is supposed to be about me but I'm a pretty dull read in comparison. For longer than I care to remember, I earned my keep as a daily newspaper journalist and persuaded Judy to marry me because I had a steady income. We raised two incredible daughters who have long since graduated from university and are smart, powerful women who make the world a better place..
All that time in newspapers I was definitely more Clark Kent than Superman other than the occasional flight of imagination. Now those practiced fingers are now tapping out thriller stories and, surprise! people seem to like them.
I'm a fan of the Frederick Forsyth plot twist, an admirer of Lee Child's action scenes, and jealous of Seth Grahame-Smith's zany mashups – Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter. I hope my readers see elements of these writers in what I've written - pulse pounding action, gut wrenching plot twists, and whacky mashed up characters and genres.
Judy and I live in Wortley Village, a quaint neighbourhood in London Ontario, far from vampires, shape-shifters and superheroes. Now that's personal.

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Who are your favorite authors?
Ken Follett, Ernest Hemingway, Frederick Forsyth, China Miéville – their work is genius transcending genre. Thriller writers I greatly admire are Harlan Coben, Lee Child, Linda Castillo and Dean Koontz.
What are you working on next?
I've got a half dozen projects underway. I've got a good start on the third book in the Toronto Vampire Chronicles. After Book 1, Late Bite: Vampire On Trial; Book 2, Lycanthrope Rising: The true story behind the Vampire-Lycanthrope Wars; Book 3, has to have Zombies in the name. My working title at the moment is Zombie Empire.
My second series, Nathan Sherlock Foodie Thrillers, started with Gravity Games where celebrity chef Sherlock aka Nate The Nose is a wunderkind in the kitchen because of a super sense of smell. What none but he and his confidante / sidekick Bonnie knows is his olfactory powers also mean he can smell murder.
In Book 2, which has a working title of Murder On The Menu, Nate is looking at an ignoble loss at the world culinary championships and the ruination of his career and personal brand after a mysterious figure using the name Professor Moriarty has somehow removed Nathan's ability to smell.
Other projects I'm working on:
- A thriller that may become a series based on investigations by intrepid newspaper reporter Angel Dangerville
- A steam punk, sci-fi, time-travel novella
- A novella series, Comeback Jimmy, about a 16-year-old who came back from the dead
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Where to find John Matsui online

Where to buy in print


The Granddaughter
Price: Free! Words: 6,730. Language: English. Published: December 2, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
Kerry visits her grandfather every day at a posh retirement home to rekindle memories banished by an ailing mind. The nursing staff believe Kerry is the perfect granddaughter, but is she?
Lycanthrope Rising
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 89,180. Language: English. Published: October 1, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Supernatural, Fiction » Horror » Undead
Police arrest Dragul Mangorian. Headlines scream that he's a real vampire & sole survivor of the species Homo Sanguinus. The news awakens the terrifying, wolf-like Lycanthrope Clan that believed it made the Sanguinus extinct. Mangorian meets Skyla whose 1-in-a-billion genome makes her the possible Eve to his people. The Lycans vow the two will never mate
Gravity Games
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 83,990. Language: English. Published: February 3, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Supernatural, Fiction » Mystery & detective » International crime
Part Sherlock Holmes, part Celebrity Chef, 'Nate The Nose' leads us on a dark and delicious foodie thriller. Only the preternatural olfactory powers of Nathan Sherlock are able to help anti-terrorism agents get on the scent of terrorists who stole a weapon that could destroy all life on Earth.
Late Bite
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 72,940. Language: English. Published: August 13, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense, Fiction » Horror » Undead
(4.67 from 3 reviews)
Al Hamblyn is best friends & partners with Dragul Mangorian, TV's #1 Late night talk show host, who just happens to be a vampire. The two take readers on a thrilling roller coaster ride that starts off gently with sprinklings of dark humour before twisting wildly and then plunging straight into murder, ferocious actions scenes and pure terror.

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