I’m interviewing Matthew Quinn Martin today, author of horror novel “Nightlife: Night Terrors”.
How long have you been writing?
I’ve been writing prose fiction for about eight years. Before that I was a screenwriter. My original screenplay Slingshot was made into a feature film by Bold Films and is distributed by The Weinstein Co. I still do some screenwriting and consulting, but I’ve phased a lot of it out to focus on writing novels.
What was the most challenging part about writing Nightlife: Night Terrors?
Nightlife: Night Terrors is a collection that includes my first novel Nightlife as well as the full sequel As The Worm Turns and a related novella, Hazardous Material.
The hardest part about all of it was learning to abandon a lot of my training as a screenwriter. In a screenplay you aren’t allowed to include anything that can’t be captured on camera or audio. That means that everything internal about a character needs to be made external through dialogue or images (or occasionally voice over and/or flashbacks if you are lazy).
With novels, the reader is allowed to get inside the character’s heads…in fact they demand it. That’s what makes the experience of reading a novel so fulfilling. It’s taken a lot of effort for me to learn to allow myself to go there…I’m still not 100%, but I’m getting better.
What is your favorite part of being an author?
I have two favorite parts. When the idea for a project first pops into my head from wherever the souls of stories are engendered…and when I finally get to type “the end.” Everything else is work…hard hard work.
Did you know this book would be a series when you started writing?
I’d originally written Nightlife as a screenplay. It would be a very expensive film to do well…and the current market is not all that interested in expensive films that have no “pre-awareness” factor (i.e. book, comic, toy line, etc.). So I decided to rewrite it as a novel. While the book still has a fair amount of “cinematic DNA” in it, I believe that it is a richer and more expansive story in this form.
I ended Nightlife completely enough that it could be a stand-alone, but also hinted that there could be more to the story. I did the same with As The Worm Turns. This is also a trick I learned from screenwriting. Star Wars is a complete film. So is The Matrix. But both left the door open for further chapters (for good or for ill).
Do you have any works in progress you’re working on?
My writing partner (Libby Cudmore, whose own stellar debut novel The Big Rewind is due out in February from William Morrow) and I are putting the finishing touches on a Young Adult novel that we hope to bring to market this fall.
Other than that I’ve got a few thing cooking…but I don’t want to lift the lid off the pot just yet.
About the Book
Author: Matthew Quinn Martin
Release Date: July 7, 2015
“Doesn’t get any darker than this; you can actually feel the blood spatter…” –Hugo & Nebula winner James Patrick Kelly
Enter the world of Nightlife, where the streets crawl with unimaginable demons, and a monster can lurk behind every friendly face…
Matthew Quinn Martin first terrified horror fans with Nightlife, the captivating story of two unlikely monster hunters determined to save the city of New Harbor from the Night Angels—bloodthirsty creatures that feed on the forgotten. Jack Jackson and Beth Becker are among the few who can see these creatures for what they really are, but as they hunt the creatures, a mysterious organization known only as The Division is hunting them.
In the novella Hazardous Material, we get a glimpse of The Division’s origins and aims, when a young man stumbles onto a long-abandoned video arcade—which three decades ago was the site of the largest mass shooting in New York history—and unwittingly uncovers a relic of unimaginable power and mind-altering terror.
And in the never-before-released As the Worm Turns, Jack and Beth are back, along with their faithful dog, Blood. For months they’ve been keeping just one step ahead of The Division, whose enigmatic leader has been pursuing them with the single-minded obsession to capture them by any means necessary. But as Jack and Beth continue their quest to rid the world of the creatures once and for all they find themselves facing off against something even more terrifying than the Night Angels––something that could hold the key to humanity’s salvation…or its doom.
Three amazing horror stories in one chilling bundle…the only thing you won’t fear is the price!
Reviews for the first book:
“Thrilling, edgy, and scary as hell, Nightlife is an outstanding debut and one of the most original takes on the vampire novel I’ve ever read.” – Jason Starr, International Bestselling Author of The Pack
“Nightlife completely creeped me out. Martin is a master of suspense. Keep me up all night again soon!” –Nancy Holder, New York Times Bestselling Author, The Wicked Saga
“Doesn’t get any darker than this; you can actually feel the blood spatter. Nightlife is the gutsiest debut I’ve read in a long time.” – James Patrick Kelly, Hugo and Nebula Award winning author of Think Like a Dinosaur.
“An incredibly riveting, edge of your seat plot that was equal parts spooky mystery and gruesomely tragic horror novel.” – All Things Urban Fantasy
“Whoa! This is like the ultimate Vampire book! No fluff here. This is not your modern, sexy, ‘I wanna get laid by a vampire’ book – this was some scary stuff.” – Wall to Wall Books
“I don’t think I’ve actually read anything like it!” – Bibliosanctum
“If you like your fantasy urban and dark, give this book a try. If you want to see vampires restored to a fearsome glory, give this book a try. If you just want a creepy good story for the Halloween month, give this book a try!” – Badass Book Reviews
“Nightlife is the perfect story to read if you like to get a good scare on!” – Jersey Girl Book Reviews
“Have you been wanting vampires that are mean, nasty, eating machines? Tired of the glitter and sparkle and angst? Well, check this book out….a perfect blend of action and pathos that most readers of horror should enjoy.” – Now is Gone
“The vampires Matthew created are nothing like I ever read before. They are scary and creepy!” – Yummy Men and Kick Ass Chicks
Born in Allentown, Pennsylvania and raised in New Haven, Connecticut, it wasn’t until Matthew moved to Manhattan that he realized he was a writer. These days, he lives on a small island off the North Atlantic coast of the United States where it gets quiet in the winter…perhaps too quiet. . .
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