Approaching David Bowie’s 70th: A Mix

Next month (January 8th) would have marked David Bowie’s 70th birthday. His music touched fans and artists alike. To prematurely celebrate a life well lived and a bright light prematurely snuffed, I created a mix of songs by the Thin White Duke himself, a few of...

Lost and Found

We moved to an older house in a woods when I was a teenager. The prior owners, an elderly couple, left an amazing library of books. Among those books were pieces of several unfinished manuscripts, fragments of stories, some typed and some handwritten, set in Chicago....

Under the Influence of Music

So much of the novel Freaks Anon was inspired by music that I replaced the typical chapter format with “tracks,” essentially creating a mix tape within the novel. Each song speaks to events or the them of a chapter. Track 1. Ripple. The Church. “You’re a human...

Where Horror Meets Design

“Styles come and go. Good design is a language, not style.” So said Massimo Vignelli, the Italian designer famous as much for his modernist furniture as for his posters. Why would I quote someone known for tables and fonts in a blog about horror design?...

When I Get Bored…

…and I have an hour or two on my hands to listen to New Order’s Technique, some weird ideas pop into my head. For some reason, I thought it would be cool to reimagine the track listing as novels. This is the result: There’s lots of hidden (and maybe...

Shock Totem Publications Reviews Freaks Anon

Wow. I’ve repeated that word a number of times this morning. Wow. Wow. WOW. That’s basically all my brain and lips can muster after reading John Boden’s review of Freaks Anon this morning. My favorite quote: “Freaks Anon is a fun and splendid...

ScienceFiction.com Reviews Freaks Anon!

I’m incredibly humbled by ScienceFiction.com’s review of Freaks Anon. Author and blogger Stuart Conover calls Freaks Anon, “a true gem of a book for anyone who loves the superhero genre…grounded [in a] reality that Alan Moore made so famous...

Not Just Fiction

I like to write genre fiction, building new worlds and characters, exploring contemporary themes through horror, fantasy, and mystery. I don’t earn an income from this hobby/passion. By way of example, I’m donating all of the sales from my latest novel,...

World Book Day Facelift

Welcome to the new and improved Matt Darst Author page. My last author website “hurt people’s eyes” to paraphrase author, blogger, IT guru, and friend Stuart Conover. Thank you, sir, for calling me out on it and for designing a new page that I can be...