One of the biggest and best horror sites on Ye Olde Internet has reviewed my latest story collection, TEETH MARKS, courtesy of author/reviewer extraordinaire John Boden.
From the review: “Matthew Weber writes with a simple and straight-forward style that reminds us of the best story tellers. I’ve always had a weakness for those who tell it like they were sitting across from you on the porch on an Autumn evening, sipping tea and spinning yarns. Weber’s work is a lot like that but man, the yarns he spins…”
Somehow, one of our newest titles made it into the hands of one of my favorite authors, and HOLY MOLY!… Jack Ketchum plugged a book I edited and published! THE Jack Ketchum … author of Off Season, The Girl Next Door, The Woman and the classic short story, “The Box.”
Oh happy day, I am geeking out!
Ketchum plugged it on Twitter a few days ago. If you don’t want to pore over his Twitter feed to find it, never fear — I’ve got a screen shot!
I now have this quote tattooed on my chest. Yes, I realize he got my name wrong. That’s okay, I’ve since changed my name from Matthew to Michael, so everything is copacetic….
…because Jack Ketchum plugged a book released by little ol’ ME!
In the words of Navin R. Johnson, “Things are going to start happening to me now!”
Like your reading material full of screaming and bloodshed?
Boy, have I got news for you … From now until November 28, TEETH MARKS is on sale for Kindle — just 99 cents! That’s twelve pulse-pounding tales of horror and black humor for the cost of a cup of coffee. Be the first on your block to read a copy and leave a glowing review! It’s the most fun you’ll ever have reading about terrible things.
Anyone involved in indie press will tell you: Reviews and word of mouth are crucial to achieve even a modicum of success as an author or publisher. So, it always brightens our day to get a notable review. Christine Morgan, author of Murder Girls and Spermjackers from Hell, writes reviews for the long-running web zine THE HORROR FICTION REVIEW. She had this to say about Pint Bottle Press’ latest single-author collection, Teeth Marks by Matthew Weber
“Each of the twelve offerings in this collection is just knock-down drag-out crazydamn good. I was reminded in all the best ways of Bentley Little’s short stories, that relatable modern Americana feel, the kinds of things that could happen in anybody’s town … or neighborhood … or very own home.
This was another where trying to narrow it down to my favorites was a real challenge, because there are no duds in the bunch. But I’ll try…”
You know what I loved about Boy’s Life by Robert McCammon? Pretty much everything. I have only one complaint: That I will never achieve this measure of glory as a writer. In my view—and it may have a little something to do with me growing up in rural Alabama as an imaginative kid who loved monsters and wanted to be a writer, just like our main character Cory Mackenson – McCammon has created a perfect thing. This is a wonderful novel that truly earns that adjective, because it captures the genuine wonder of a young creative mind that’s pitted against the ugly realities of the adult world, resulting in an exciting, enthralling and emotionally bittersweet story that feels truly timeless in its themes. The book is a coming-of-age mystery/adventure with standout characters both hilarious and horrifying, with a richly detailed plot all set in a magical small town that is shrinking away with the changing times.
Throughout the overarching storyline of a mysterious murder witnessed by Cory and his father, McCammon tells his tale through a number of vignettes that read like standalone stories, each brimming with fascinating figures, thorny themes, and fantastical celebrations of what it feels like to be young and imaginative, before the rotten ol’ world beats the imagination out of so many of us. Through Cory’s adventures with various monsters (I won’t give away plot points), evil men, vengeful ghosts, youthful crushes, close friends and bitter enemies, McCammon has achieved the monumental task of time travel, taking me back to my youth for a nostalgic roller-coaster ride of fun, fright, heartache and victory.
If I’m not mistaken, Mr. McCammon still lives somewhere around Central Alabama. So do I. I met him once at a local book signing. Nice guy. We don’t hang out. I wish we did, because I know there’s a lot I could learn from him. So, until he and I become close friends, I’ll happily stick to my role as Big Fan. I’ve read a number of McCammon’s books, but none have connected with me with near the impact of Boy’s Life. In fact, very few books ever have, leading me to proclaim this publicly, here and now, as my favorite novel of all time.
Thanks for your work, Mr. McCammon. One day I’ll read this to my young, imaginative son, who is currently growing up in a small (magical) town in Alabama.
Some books lack creativity, and then there’s Mayan Blue, which is the wildly imaginative and gore-soaked debut horror novel from the “Sisters of Slaughter” Michelle Garza and Melissa Lason.
After sharing a couple of TOCs with the Sisters, I was lucky enough to rope them into contributing stories to the first Double Barrel Horror anthology before Mayan Blue received an official nomination for last year’s Bram Stoker Award in the First Novel category. The story begins with a few college kids on a research trip that soon becomes a sprawling, epic journey through magical realms and alternate worlds. The plot is fairly complicated, but suffice it to say this book is highly recommended if you’re into things like skin-wearing owl demons, walking corpses, skeleton armies, tribal spider monkeys, giant centipedes, zombie bats, forgotten gods, Mayan mysticism and fiend-filled visions of hell … you know, all the fun stuff!
A few months ago, I reviewed this title on Amazon, but then Amazon removed my review, presumably because I’m listed as one of the authors’ publishers and was viewed as somehow biased (even though Mayan Blue was released by Sinister Grin Press, so I don’t see the issue). Anyway, since I have my own platform here, I figured I’d give the ladies what little exposure I could offer.
“Sometimes a book comes along that really hits the mark.”
— Kirsten Kowalewski, The Monster Librarian
Last year, we released Pint Bottle Press’ only children’s book to date, I Want to Be a Monster When I Grow Up. This is a full-color story told in rhyme, aimed at kids in the 4-8 age range. I wrote this for, and about, and along with my oldest son, Hudson, who is now 6 years old. He sat alongside me as I worked on the illustrations, adding his two cents about the creature designs. I’m not much of an artist, but I can scratch out some simple cartoons. I then colorized the drawings in Photoshop. It’s not fine art, but the book is chock full of colorful, crazy monsters, and the story is funny and positive, so it’s been fairly well received by kids and their parents, too.
Through a recent web search, I stumbled upon a very nice review of the book that I somehow missed when it first posted a few months back. Kirsten Kowalewski at The Monster Librarian writes, “For any monster-loving mom who is raising a Monster Kid, or any Monster Kid with a monster-loving mom, regardless of age, you couldn’t choose a better book.” Check out the entire review HERE.
Back in 2014, we produced a short video book trailer for the story collection, A DARK & WINDING ROAD. It was fun to make, but after exerting the effort (if not much budget) to produce the video, the viewership numbers were not exactly impressive. Our little marketing experiment suggested that video trailers for Pint Bottle Press require too much effort for too little reward. We haven’t made any trailers since (although we did make one other fun video that I’ll include in a future post).
Anyway, the DARK & WINDING ROAD trailer is kinda neat, and it’s Halloween-themed, so around this time each year I drag it out for some fresh views. It only lasts 1 minute and 7 seconds, so check it out HERE.
The song “Gloomy Sunday” (nicknamed the “suicide song”) was composed by pianist and composer, Rezso Seress in 1933. According to legend, if you listen to it, you will soon after commit suicide. This legend gained attention when it began to be connected with a rash of suicides in Hungary. Supposedly, the composer himself, his wife, and hundreds of other people committed suicide soon after listening to this song. This ultimately led to its banning in 1936.
An English version of the song was recorded by Billie Holiday, and banned by the BBC for “being detrimental to wartime morale.”
That headline is a quote from writer and book reviewer Renier Palland of BloodyGoodHorrorBooks.com.
Palland writes, “Teeth Marks is an important literary anthology. In fact, I’d rate Teeth Marks as one of the best anthologies I’ve read this year and I read a lot (765 books since January the 1st and counting)… I can unequivocally say that yes, Teeth Marks belongs on the top ten list of best horror literature of 2017. It’s a ghastly fun ride.”
Don’t take my word for it.
Read the entire review of my latest horror fiction collection HERE!