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...

Sample a Chapter from “Freaks Anon”

I’m pleased to announce the release date for my second novel, Freaks Anon. The paranormal superhero tale will be released by Grand Mal Press on February 29th (a date that happily coincides with Superman’s birthday). To celebrate the announcement, I’m...

“Wave goodbye to the life without pain…”*

I always wondered why people cry when famous people die…until today. I’m heartbroken by the loss of David Bowie, just two days after the release of Blackstar. His latest album is just seven songs. It’s somehow complete yet abridged; it feels like...

“Freaks Anon” and Fighting Cancer

Cancer loots and extorts. It pilfers and defrauds, stealing from us and the ones we love. Cancer is nothing short of biological larceny. We must face the bandit. We must take back our bodies and our lives. I’m hoping to make a difference, even if it’s a...

Order Up

Last week I posted my final entry at SYNTHursday, wrapping up 52-weeks of blogging about the latest and/or greatest in synth music. It was a fun ride, and I was happy to end it on a high note: a review of the latest New Order album. Back in 2013, I blogged about...

My day job

When people ask me what I do for work, I really have a hard time explaining. Typically I just say, transportation consulting. This article does slightly better describing one aspect of my job…   The Art of Parking Analytics By Matt Darst Vice President of...

Seen AND Heard: Dead Things Audiobook

Like words but hate to look at them? Well, I’ve got some good news. Dead Things is now available as an audiobook. I read an interview with the narrator recently, I’m looking forward to hearing what actor/computer scientist Michael Riffle (@Rifflock) does...