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Today we have a man with horror running through his veins. Matthew Leverton is here to talk about his latest work, The Veins, as well as what's coming next.
Welcome, Matthew, good to have you here.
It's great to be here today!
Let’s start with your story. You’ve been writing for a while, yes? When did you know that horror was your thing?
I love my mother very dearly, but how the hell did I slip that past her? I bless whatever had her attention at that point. Before that I was relegated to the TV Edit of horror movies such as Nightmare on Elm Street 3 and 4. I marinated in this and demons and the dark side just became part of me. I could see horror in everything I came in contact with for the longest time. Some say it attributes to me having an utter lack of disappointment. (laughter)
After a particularly bad accident in my life, I found myself turning to writing in order to ease the physical and mental pain. It brought some comfort to conjure worlds that places that I might never have seen otherwise. In 2012, I published my first collection of short stories "Bending the Darkness" and I have kept on plugging since then.
Tell me a little about The Veins.
What do you do to get yourself into a dark enough place to write? Or is that something you don’t need? I know that I sink into a pretty fucked up mindset as I write the darker moments in my books.
I wish I could say there is some Dark Yoga or Mantras that I do. Generally, I'm a fucked as they come. (laughter) I don't find myself having to sink that low to find darkness because it is always around us. Look at the world we live in today, we have GoFundMe for truly horrible situations, people lose their jobs and need to feed their children. Then we have social media watching our lives with the scrutiny of the CIA, letting people tell others to "Kill yourself, life would be better without you." It's a truly fucked up time we live in and I guess I am just a collective strainer for darkness. I take it and try to mold it into something malleable.
There are also times when I overdraft the account in my head and find myself so drained of energy that I feel as if my humanity has been sucked away and I need to go away for a bit until my heart brightens a little. It's truly grueling to think that as humans we have such capacity to mess each other up so badly.
So, what’s next? You have a book coming soon, right? And what about after that – are you working on something new?
I do have a book coming soon, the date is still tentative, but the title is Blackbird Colossus, it is a novel about a family of cannibals living in the woods outside of a little town I lived in that I named Potter's Bluff. For thirty years, they picked off junkies and general bad apples of society, by way of the local greyhound bus stop. When they screw up and kill a local girl, the police learns of them and needs to locate them before anyone else gets hurt. When I lived in this town, that's all it was missing. a bus stop because there was nothing outside the center of town. Everything you needed clustered into a quarter of a mile, and then you were left with nothing but houses, trees, and God's country. I will be unveiling my cover art for it soon enough, just follow me on Facebook, Twitter, or my website www.matthewjleverton.net.
Currently, I am working on a new novel called The Desperate Hours. This novel has drained me so thoroughly that I hope people enjoy it. I hate when violence happens to the defenseless, but the opening to it has to do with the loss of a child. What truly rubbed salt into the gaping maw of the wound was that the child hadn't even been born yet. A woman is suffering the loss of a child at 8 months along, and now finds herself at odds with the world because it was not fair. It was beyond their control, because it was a simple car accident, if there ever was such a thing. But it rend my heart pretty badly being a father of three beautiful children. I couldn't imagine what she went through, and now I believe I can. When all hope is lost, she finds herself the recipient of a little gift, that actually happens to be a fetish(statue) of Astarte an ancient fertility goddess from the time of Christ. It is awakened by blood and grants her the wish to be a mother, but to what and at what price?
There is always something on the horizon for me, it's like my fuse has been lit. I have three more books pending once The Desperate Hours is completed. I see myself having written at least 2 more books in the next year.
Thanks, Matthew. It was great talking to you.
Thank you, it has been lovely being here. I hope I get invited back. I'll always have more to talk about.
LOOK OUT FOR A GUEST POST FROM MATTHEW IN A COUPLE OF DAYS. I THINK YOU’LL FIND IT ILLUMINATING.
To purchase a copy of The Veins or Bending the Darkness, here is an Amazon link.