Have you been writing for a long time?
I’ve been writing prose fiction for about eight years. Before that I was a screenwriter. My original screenplay Slingshot was made into a feature film by Bold Films and is distributed by The Weinstein Co. I still do some screenwriting and consulting, but I’ve phased a lot of it out to focus on writing novels.
What inspired you to start a writing career?
Unemployment. I was an actor living in NYC and I was in between jobs. Not having a creative outlet can be very frustrating. Unless you want to do Shakespeare monologues in the subway, an actor has to wait for the next gig to scratch that itch.
The great thing about writing is that you don’t need anyone’s permission to do it. It’s all on your own shoulders. And while that can be scary…it’s also quite liberating.
Is Nightlife your first book? If not, can you tell us about your first book?
Nightlife is my first novel. It was published in the fall of 2013. The new collection Nightlife: Night Terrors contains that novel as well as the related novella Hazardous Material and the full sequel As The Worm Turns.
Why did you choose horror as genre to write in?
I think the genre chose me, actually. The stories are all out there in the ether just waiting to connect with the right conduit. At least that’s how I see it. If the choice were up to me, I would have picked a more popular and lucrative genre to work in…or one that’s more respected among critics.
I think the worst things a writer can do to prevent themselves from reaching their full potential is to try to write someone else’s stories or in someone else’s voice…whether that’s because they’re chasing trends or because they think it might be easier. It’s a shortcut that leads nowhere.
Do you have any advice for aspiring authors?
If your mantra is, “I want to be a writer and couldn’t imagine doing anything else with my life”…then quit right now. Imagination is the engine that drives fiction. If you can’t imagine a different life, or a different world for yourself, how can you do that for your characters?
Do you have any works in progress you’d like to tell us about?
The muse gets mad at me if I talk too much about stuff at early stages. She’s very jealous like that. I will say that while As The Worm Turns wraps up by hinting that there’s more on the horizon, I’m taking a break from the Nightlife universe for a bit. I’d like to get back to it eventually, but I think both the story and I need a little breathing room.
Otherwise, I’ve got three stand-alone books that I’m working on in rotation at the moment. One is supernatural thriller with a Jungian twist. One is psychological horror novel in the vein of Hazardous Material. And the third is a high-end literary fantasy that’s giving me all kinds of grief…it’ll either be a masterpiece or an utter disaster. Either way, I’m enjoying the ride.
In addition to all that, my writing partner (Libby Cudmore, whose own stellar debut novel The Big Rewind is due out in February from William Morrow) and I are putting the finishing touches on a Young Adult novel that we hope to bring to market this fall.
About the Book
Author: Matthew Quinn Martin
Release Date: July 7, 2015
“Doesn’t get any darker than this; you can actually feel the blood spatter…” –Hugo & Nebula winner James Patrick Kelly
Enter the world of Nightlife, where the streets crawl with unimaginable demons, and a monster can lurk behind every friendly face…
Matthew Quinn Martin first terrified horror fans with Nightlife, the captivating story of two unlikely monster hunters determined to save the city of New Harbor from the Night Angels—bloodthirsty creatures that feed on the forgotten. Jack Jackson and Beth Becker are among the few who can see these creatures for what they really are, but as they hunt the creatures, a mysterious organization known only as The Division is hunting them.
In the novella Hazardous Material, we get a glimpse of The Division’s origins and aims, when a young man stumbles onto a long-abandoned video arcade—which three decades ago was the site of the largest mass shooting in New York history—and unwittingly uncovers a relic of unimaginable power and mind-altering terror.
And in the never-before-released As the Worm Turns, Jack and Beth are back, along with their faithful dog, Blood. For months they’ve been keeping just one step ahead of The Division, whose enigmatic leader has been pursuing them with the single-minded obsession to capture them by any means necessary. But as Jack and Beth continue their quest to rid the world of the creatures once and for all they find themselves facing off against something even more terrifying than the Night Angels––something that could hold the key to humanity’s salvation…or its doom.
Three amazing horror stories in one chilling bundle…the only thing you won’t fear is the price!
Reviews for the first book:
“Thrilling, edgy, and scary as hell, Nightlife is an outstanding debut and one of the most original takes on the vampire novel I’ve ever read.” – Jason Starr, International Bestselling Author of The Pack
“Nightlife completely creeped me out. Martin is a master of suspense. Keep me up all night again soon!” –Nancy Holder, New York Times Bestselling Author, The Wicked Saga
“Doesn’t get any darker than this; you can actually feel the blood spatter. Nightlife is the gutsiest debut I’ve read in a long time.” – James Patrick Kelly, Hugo and Nebula Award winning author of Think Like a Dinosaur.
“An incredibly riveting, edge of your seat plot that was equal parts spooky mystery and gruesomely tragic horror novel.” – All Things Urban Fantasy
“Whoa! This is like the ultimate Vampire book! No fluff here. This is not your modern, sexy, ‘I wanna get laid by a vampire’ book – this was some scary stuff.” – Wall to Wall Books
“I don’t think I’ve actually read anything like it!” – Bibliosanctum
“If you like your fantasy urban and dark, give this book a try. If you want to see vampires restored to a fearsome glory, give this book a try. If you just want a creepy good story for the Halloween month, give this book a try!” – Badass Book Reviews
“Nightlife is the perfect story to read if you like to get a good scare on!” – Jersey Girl Book Reviews
“Have you been wanting vampires that are mean, nasty, eating machines? Tired of the glitter and sparkle and angst? Well, check this book out….a perfect blend of action and pathos that most readers of horror should enjoy.” – Now is Gone
“The vampires Matthew created are nothing like I ever read before. They are scary and creepy!” – Yummy Men and Kick Ass Chicks
Born in Allentown, Pennsylvania and raised in New Haven, Connecticut, it wasn’t until Matthew moved to Manhattan that he realized he was a writer. These days, he lives on a small island off the North Atlantic coast of the United States where it gets quiet in the winter…perhaps too quiet. . .
Buy the book: