When the Powers of Darkness infest a small New England town…
As his eighteenth birthday approaches, Rick Williams experiences violent, unexplainable headaches. The tortured young man, a powerful psychic, a mysterious teacher, and a desperate mother with a hidden past must fight for their lives and their souls against the evil that binds them together and threatens to destroy them all.
Those who live to see the unholy ritual will discover that the Devil always collects his due.
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
I loved to read horror novels when I was a teenager. I used to get them all the time from the library and the bookstore. I read those I purchased from the bookstore many times. Even though I haven’t read them in years, I still have them because I can’t bear to throw them away!
I simply wrote the type of story that I loved to read at a certain point in my life.
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
I imagined what my friends and I would have done when we were in high school if we were thrown into a situation like what the characters encounter in the novel.
“Sure got a live one tonight,” said the male kidnapper.
“And I’m sick of it,” said the female. She stared into Carl’s eyes and continued, “You want to know what happens to people who make me sick?”
She reached under the front seat and pulled out a butcher knife. She held it up to Carl’s throat with the sharp edge against his skin. Carl’s eyes widened with fear and he tried to scream through the duct tape. Beads of sweat formed on his forehead as he imagined how the knife would slice his throat if the station wagon hit a pothole.
Serena monitored the situation via the rear view mirror while she drove. She admonished her co-conspirators, “Be careful, you two. No accidents. It’s getting late and I don’t feel like having to start over from scratch with another one tonight.”
“You’re right. We don’t want to make the Master angry,” said the man.
“I just want to see him suffer,” his partner said as she caressed the knife against Carl’s face.
“Plenty of time for that later.”
The three of them laughed wildly while Carl continued to twist and grunt to no avail.
“Why can’t we drug them or something?” the young woman whined.
“Then the blood wouldn’t be pure,” the man replied as he looked Carl up and down.
Serena noticed Carl’s reflection in the rear view mirror, mentally noting and enjoying the look of terror in his eyes.
Matthew W. Grant is the author of several screenplays and novels in various genres including the Slaters Falls series and the Northbridge series.
Publishers Weekly declared Matthew’s novel, Secrets Of Slaters Falls, “Tragicomic deliciousness!” noting that the “Bawdy, snappy humor catches spark right away.” PW also noted the novel’s balance between “Class-conscious dirty realism and the prurience of nighttime soap operas.”
Secrets Of Slaters Falls achieved semifinalist status in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award contest. Matthew’s screenplay adaptation of his novel, Zach’s Secret, was a finalist in a contest sponsored by Script Magazine.
Matthew graduated Magna Cum Laude with a degree in Education and Mass Communications earned after his thesis, Sex On Soap Operas, raised eyebrows and pulse rates on campus. His material has appeared on numerous websites and in two newspapers.
Like most writers, prior to writing full time, Matthew paid his dues in diverse corporate positions. He worked as a producer at an AM talk radio station where he interacted with local media celebrities and politicians.
His career progressed to Corporate Training and Corporate Purchasing. He worked for many years at an international Boston based bank in which his media skills were utilized in many ways including creating training manuals, writing/producing/directing/performing in corporate videos, and writing corporate-wide communications.
Later, as an Independent Purchasing Consultant, Matthew consulted for a company that was named to the Inc. 500 list of America’s Fastest Growing Private Companies twice during his time working with them.
As a resident of New England and a fan of its spectacular fall foliage, Matthew sets many of his works in small New England towns. While they may look picture-perfect on the surface, you can be sure they are teeming with secrets underneath.
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