So one of the great friends I’ve made through my relationship with Books of the Dead Press has released a new novella that I think merits your attention. And by “you,” I mean the six or so of you who actually read this blog.
Mark’s a great guy and a very good writer. If you haven’t snagged On the Lips of Children yet, go here and do so now. It’s a fantastic, discomfiting read.
And, wow, so is Milk-Blood. Here’s some background for ya:
“One of the most anticipated reads of the summer.” -The Horror Bookshelf
MILK-BLOOD, by Mark Matthews, is now available on amazon. It is a tale of urban horror set in Detroit that may be unlike anything you’ll read all year. MILK-BLOOD is the follow up to On the Lips of Children, the author’s debut piece of horror. The cover design is from Kealan Patrick Burke of Elderlemon Design, and the story was edited by Richard Thomas, Editor in Chief at Dark House Press.
What’s it about?
Lilly is ten years old, born with a heart defect, and already addicted to heroin. Her mother is gone from her life, and there are rumors that she was killed by her father and buried near the abandoned house across the street. The house intrigues her, she can’t stay away, and the monstrous homeless man who lives there has been trying to get Lilly to come inside.
For her mother is there, buried in the back, and this homeless man is Lilly’s true father, and both want their daughter back.
The term upon which the title is based, “Milk-Blood” was made famous in the Neil Young Song “The Needle and the Damage Done.” A companion piece featuring a character from Milk-Blood, The Damage Done, is available for free on amazon and has been receiving tremendous reviews.
Praise for MILK-BLOOD
“An incredibly powerful story and one of the most original horror novels I have read in years. Guaranteed to have you on the edge of your seat!”—The Horror Bookshelf
“I had to keep on reading no matter what, not able to break its spell.” -Goodreads Librarian
“The originality and tension of the urban horror story, Milk-Blood is evident on every page. Matthews takes you to some very dark places, twists and turns, with the rabbit hole going deeper and deeper, until there is no way out. Not for the faint of heart, this story of love, loss, family and acceptance is a rollercoaster ride from start to finish.” — Richard Thomas, author of Staring Into the Abyss
“What a dark, twisted and bizarre book this was. One of the most striking urban horror stories I have read in a long time.” —Author Adam Light
$2.99 for kindle
$6.99 in Paperback
I’ve already reviewed it on Amazon, but here’s what I said:
“Mark Matthews’ Milk-Blood is a discomfiting story of real inner city horrors, told by characters so real they pop off the page. But when Matthews adds the supernatural to the mix, the story really leaps out and grabs you by the throat. This is a helluva story! Very much recommended!”
Go get it now!