My First Fright featuring Matt Hayward

Chupacabras don’t have the same name recognition as, say, Bigfoot or the Loch Ness Monster, but I’d argue that they’re much scarier and menacing than either of those oft-mentioned cryptids. If you’re unaware, chupacabras are mythological creatures found in the Americas that look reptilian (or like wild dogs) and go around sucking blood from livestock. Yeah, they’re weird little vampires that get high on cow blood. Yuck. 

Matt Hayward hasn’t run into a chupacabra himself (he’s not a believer), but these bloodsucking creatures did make an impact on him nonetheless—made possible by a chance viewing of a low-budget ’90s documentary. Continue Reading

Review: Various States of Decay by Matt Hayward

Various States of Decay by Matt Hayward
Poltergeist Press (December 2019)
290 pages: $23.70 hardcover; $14.99 paperback; $2.99 e-book
Reviewed by Sadie “Mother Horror” Hartmann

It comes as a surprise to me that Matt Hayward published his first book, Brain Dead Blues, just over two years ago in May of 2017. Since that release, he’s been nominated for Bram Stoker Awards, published two novels, and co-wrote two novels. Various States of Decay is his second short story collection. That’s an impressive two years worth of work!Continue Reading

Review: A Penny For Your Thoughts by Robert Ford and Matt Hayward

Cover of A Penny for Your Thoughts by Robert Ford and Matt HaywardA Penny For Your Thoughts by Robert Ford and Matt Hayward
Poltergeist Press (June 1, 2019)
264 pages; $21.99 hardcover; $15.99 paperback; $5.39 e-book
Reviewed by Sadie Hartmann

As far as introductions go, I couldn’t ask for a better way to familiarize myself with the talented voices of Bob Ford and Matt Hayward. A Penny For Your Thoughts is the collaborative effort of both authors. I’m impressed with how harmoniously they blended their storytelling because this read like one, seamless narrative.Continue Reading