Interview: Matt Roberts

Matt Roberts:

The always awesome Beefybooyawn just interviewed me over at his blog! Go check it out!

Originally posted on Beefy's House o' Fun:

Since I had such a great time interviewing the amazing Kristen Stewart of Adventureland fame, which can be read here, I thought I’d give another interview, but this time to somebody who isn’t a statue.

With that said, here is author and historical education writer Matt Roberts! Welcome!

Matt Roberts: Thank you for having me!
Beefy: So, you’re a writer…
MR: That’s right.
BF: I’m writing this interview down right now. Does that qualify me?
MR: Absolutely.
BF: Great. So, you’ve got a book out called Hand One Is Dealt. Your thoughts?
MR: I do have a book out and that is the name of it.
BF: Awesome. When do you find the time to write?
MR: Whenever I’m not doing something else.
BF: Interesting. What’s your favorite pizza?
MR: Cooked.
BF: Indeed. How much wood would a wood chuck chuck if a wood chuck could chuck…

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How Well Do You Know Your Horror Novels? Take the HNR Horror Quiz to Find Out!

Matt Roberts:

Well, I got a dismal 6 out of 13 (I see what you did there HNR) but I guess that’s good considering some of the 6 I got right were guesses! See if you can do better at the HNR Horror Quiz!

Originally posted on Horror Novel Reviews:

Think you know everything there is to know about horror novels and the twisted minds that create them? Well, we challenge you to a duel… well, not a duel, technically. But hey, why not a tricky quiz designed to befuddle the mind?

Think about these questions before you answer, folks. We’re judging you!

Drop us a line, and let us know what you scored!

Take the quiz RIGHT HERE!

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Bookshelf Tag

I know, I don’t post nearly enough these days. What can I say? I’ve got a lot going on. However, a friend of mine just posted a cool little thing over at her blog called *surprise* Bookshelf Tag. People are supposed to be tagged to do this, but she tagged nobody, so I figured I’d jump in and do this myself. And like her, I’m not going to tag anybody, so if you are so inspired to do this yourself, have at it!

1- Is there a book that you really want to read but haven’t because you know that it’ll make you cry?
No, but there have been a few books that made me cry. I probably cried the hardest when I read My Girl. Yes, the book inspired by the movie, and yes, the part where Macaulay’s character dies from the bees. I was a kid and it was sad.

2- Pick one book that helped introduce you to a new genre.
I guess I’d have to turn to the popular answer to this. Needful Things by Stephen King. I was a teen and up to that point I had never read a novel, especially of that length, and I had never read horror, and I had never read Stephen King. I’ve been hooked ever since.

3- Find a book that you want to reread.
Like Jolene said, “A book?” I have such a long list of books that I need to read for the first time that I fear I’ll never get to reread the books that I’d love to reread, but amongst them are The Eyes Of The Dragon and Cell by Stephen King (the latter I will reread before I see the movie when it comes out), and eventually I’ll reread the entire Hitchhiker’s Guide series again. I’ve read it three or four times in total, which is the most I’ve read any book or series.

4- Is there a book series you’ve read but wish that you hadn’t?
No. There are individual books I wish I hadn’t read. Lisey’s Story from Stephen King is one I actually didn’t finish because I couldn’t get into it. There’s another recent one, but I can’t remember the name of the book or the author. I got 2 pages in and had to put it away.

5- If your house was burning down and all of your family and pets were safe, which book would you go back inside to save?
There are a few books I’d be very upset to lose, but I think the one I’d save if I could only save one would be The Hawkline Monster by Richard Brautigan. My dad gave me that book and it was the first thing I read by Brautigan that got me hooked on his work.

6- Is there one book on your bookshelf that brings back fond memories?
Either of Wilson Rawls’ books, Where The Red Fern Grows or Summer Of The Monkeys. I absolutely love those books. In the beginning of Fern when he talks about remembering his childhood and then goes into the story, I feel like I’m remembering it with him. It’s such a fantastic journey to go on and I love going on it. It’s a shame he only put those two books out.

7- Find a book that has inspired you the most.
This is tough. Probably, once again, Where The Red Fern Grows. It’s such a great book and for me it is the epitome of what storytelling is all about. It makes you feel for the characters, it draws you in to the story, and when it’s over it leaves a lasting impression. It’s one of the reasons I wanted to become a writer.

8- Do you have any autographed books?
Yes. I love autographed books and I’m not entirely sure why other than I think it’s cool to have author’s signatures. My first one was Sharon M. Draper, who signed her book Tears Of A Tiger for me. What an amazing book, and she’s an amazing woman! She stopped by my high school to talk to my class and afterwards had a book signing. After that, I wanted more autographed books, but it took a long time to get any more. I have an autographed copy of Beastial, which was actually signed to somebody else. I also have an awesome autographed copy of one of Alexandra Sokoloff’s books that she sent to me personally for writing a review of another of her books here! That was really cool, she’s a class act. I want to say I have one more, but I can’t recall if I do or not.

9- Find the book that you have owned the longest.
Oh man. I have a few from when I was a kid. The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles official movie book might be the oldest one I have.

10- Is there a book by an author that you never imagined you would read or enjoy?
No. The only author I don’t care to read, no offense to anyone, is Stephanie Meyer. Other than that I’m pretty open to reading whomever.

Back To School

Briana had just barely heard the knock on her bedroom door through the Def Leppard blasting out of her Walkman headphones. She rolled her eyes and pushed the stop button with her thumb. The tape inside stopped playing, and Love Bites would have to wait just a minute longer to continue biting.

“What?” She had hardly moved her eyes off of the Teen Beat Magazine lying in front of her, and the interview with Cyndi Lauper that she had read at least a dozen times.

Her door opened and her mother stepped in. Sally knew what to expect, she just wished she was wrong. Her daughter had been up all night listening to that damn Walkman and reading her teenie bopper magazines. Maybe she had done her nails, or sprayed an entire can of hair spray onto her curly, dirty blonde hair. At some point she had probably sat in her opened window and smoked a cigarette or even snuck out to smoke a joint, which she’s told her mother plenty of times she didn’t do. What she wasn’t doing now was sleeping.

Sally had been having issues with Briana for a little over a year, just after she turned fifteen, and they were only getting worse. She figured this would be the hardest day yet, because it was back to school day and Briana had no desire in school. The previous year’s back to school day was the leader so far for “bad days with the kid.” That year is when she started hanging out with all of the cool kids and doing all of the cool stuff. When she started the smoking of both the regular and wacky tobacky, drinking, and having sex. Now at sixteen, things had only progressed for the worst, including her back talking, which had grown to near seventeen year old levels.

Sally pinched off the nervous tick that was about to come out and cause her to strangulate her daughter, composed herself, and said, “You go back to school today. Are you ready? You have to be there in an hour.”

Briana glared at her mother. “Are you serious? You’re giving me an hour to get ready? That’s not nearly enough time to do my hair and my nails and you know that!”

Sally folded her arms across her work apron. She had to be at work at the same time her daughter was supposed to be arriving at school. “Well it looks like you’ve already done those, sometime last night when you should have been sleeping!”
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(Giveaway) Win an Amazing ‘The Electric Coma Dream’ Prize Pack!

Matt Roberts:

Awesome book giveaway (with more awesome stuff!) over at HNR! Get in on this while you can! You know I have!

Originally posted on Horror Novel Reviews:

Ready to leap into a world of insane, intense violence and mental terrors? Perhaps you’ve got the moxie to crack the pages of Matthew Gillies’ latest psychologically driven tale, The Electric Coma Dream. We certainly hope so, because you’re about to get the chance to win an absolutely wicked prize package. In order to be in the running all you’ve got to do is send us an email @, drop us a book recommendation. We’ll randomly choose a handful of winners.

Check out the details on the prizes up for grabs:

This August/September, Flinch Publications wants you to experience the latest in surreal psychological horror. One lucky person has the chance to win The Little Box of Trauma prize pack, with contents that include:

  • One signed trade paperback copy of Matthew Gillies’ debut surreal psychological horror novel, The Electric Coma Dream;
  • Four promotional posters;
  • Four limited edition…

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Writing fiction in layers results in more speed and less frustration

Matt Roberts:

Great advice that, I think, is really the way to go for any writer. The key is to actually do it, which is something I’ve always had a hard time doing myself. But, I think this is the easiest I’ve seen it explained and now maybe the burden won’t be so much for me to fight through. Awesome!

Originally posted on Today's Author:

By Model Land Company, Everglades Drainage District (Everglades Digital Library) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

By Model Land Company, Everglades Drainage District (Everglades Digital Library) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Last week it struck me:  I’ve rarely read an article on how to write fiction—more specifically, how to actually put words down on the page!

When I started writing fiction regularly about eight years ago, I read many books and articles to help me create great plot, make dialog realistic, and strike the right balance between “show” versus “tell”.  I thought I was reading books and articles on how to write.  But instead I was actually reading books and articles on how to create great plot, how to make dialog realistic, and how to strike the right balance between show versus tell.

As a novice writer I’d sit at the keyboard for a couple hours and squeeze out two well-polished paragraphs that read as though they came straight from a book on the…

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Cohesion Press Accepting Subs For Anthology!

Do you really know what’s real and what isn’t?

A man called Arnold Paole was accused of being a vampire in 1732 in Yugoslavia, after his body was dug up five years after his death and found with long pointed teeth and nails, with blood in his mouth.

The Mothman of West Virginia was a winged man-sized creature with glowing red eyes and huge moth-like wings sprouting from its back, seen repeatedly during 1967 and 1968.

In 1977, a dead creature that looked a lot like a plesiosaur was caught in the nets of a Japanese fishing vessel, the Zuiyo-maru, offshore east of Christchurch, New Zealand.

The sage Apollonius of Tyana, born in Turkey at the start of the first century AD, hunted demons, and once saved one of his students from a vampire who was going to drink his blood and eat his soul.

These are all supposedly true stories. And there are more, more tales of monsters that shouldn’t exist, of demons and devil possession, of serial killers wearing human skin, ghosts terrorizing families…

But these tales also sound like fiction, don’t they?

Read More Here…

Enter Our New Contest, ‘Horror: Told in 100 Words’ to Earn Some Cold Hard Cash and Publication!

Originally posted on Horror Novel Reviews:

A quick editor’s note: Tim Meyer, longtime HNR contributor and kick ass author of multiple critically acclaimed novels will be spearheading this contest, and I cannot possibly thank the man enough! We owe Tim a very serious debt of gratitude, as running a contest of this nature isn’t the comfy walk in the park some may believe. There’s a lot of hard work that goes into an event of this nature, and the fact that Tim was eager to step up to the plate says an awful lot about the man!



Okay, folks! Here’s the skinny. Flash fiction is pretty hip nowadays and we want to see who can come up with the most creative horror story using 100 words or fewer. Sounds fun, right! Right?!?!

So first thing’s first—the theme. This contest/anthology will have a dual theme. The first is Creation. The second…

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Horror Story Of The Week At HNR!


Horror Novel Reviews is starting a Horror Novel Of The Week at their site, and everybody is encouraged to enter. I hope Matt has some help over there, he’s going to get a lot of submissions each week that he’s going to have to get through!

While details are limited at this point, that feature of the site starts next Wednesday. One story will be picked each week and showcased on HNR! Hint: THEY GET A LOT OF TRAFFIC!

Get those horror short stories dusted off, this would be great publicity for you!

Hopefully the rest of the details will be posted soon, but you can check out the official announcement by clicking here!

Book Review: Say No To Drugs

Matt Molgaard, official cool guy and horror extraordinaire, recently released his double-shot short story collection, Say No To Drugs. Both stories are cautionary tales about how doing drugs can do some terrible things to you.

Matt, a man who was once in the clutches of both alcohol and drugs, as he explained on his extremely popular website Horror Novel Reviews, decided to pay it forward in a way and try to help keep kids off of drugs by giving them this book.


He was kind enough to hand out a few free copies with the promise of a review, regardless of the review itself, and I was fortunate enough to get my hands on one of those copies. So, here’s my review of a book written by a guy who writes book reviews. I feel like I’m in a weird alternate reality of books and reviews and authors. It happens all the time.

From his site about the book:

A double feature told in the tradition of vintage drive-in tales, Say No to Drugs serves as a reminder that some clichés are worth paying heed. In The Pot, the first of two tales, terror turns green, while Blue – the double feature’s second tale – should encourage hard drug users to think twice before mixing fatal cocktails.

Ray Waltz just wanted to get high as he ushered dreaded high school years into a deep crevice designed to bury life’s strangest of moments; never to be revisited again. But Jimmy Hanniger, local weed-man with the strongest herb in town held different designs for Ray and his future.

If only Ray had just said no.

In Blue a confused young man must decipher the visual riddles surrounding him. Why are the walls a sudden and mesmerizing blue? Why is there a body sprawled across the floor. And just what is that forcing its way through an ocean of turmoil, bound for dry land; bound for murderous actions?

Find out in longtime entertainment journalist, Matt Molgaard’s debut double feature, crafted with the intent of pleasing those who favor the whacky, absurd grindhouse style of yesteryear.
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