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Local Novelist Brings a Monster to Life

Matthew Warner launches a new book.

When imagining the author of a horror novel, a dark and sinister man might come to mind. However, Northern Virginia novelist Matthew Warner is quite the opposite.

“He’s friendly, easy-going, and easy to talk to”, Warner’s former high school journalism teacher Dr. Patrick McCarthy said. “He was such an enthusiastic student. Like a sponge, he just couldn’t get enough knowledge. He always wanted to know more.”

According to his mother, Pat Warner, her son was always interested in writing.

“I was amazed when he picked horror [as his preferred genre]. I wanted to know where he got his ideas from,” Mrs. Warner said. “But he’s so intense and creative, it’s a good fit.”

When imagining the author of a horror novel, a dark and sinister man might come to mind. However, Northern Virginia novelist Matthew Warner is quite the opposite.

“He’s friendly, easy-going, and easy to talk to”, Warner’s former high school journalism teacher Dr. Patrick McCarthy said. “He was such an enthusiastic student. Like a sponge, he just couldn’t get enough knowledge. He always wanted to know more.”

According to his mother, Pat Warner, her son was always interested in writing.

“I was amazed when he picked horror [as his preferred genre]. I wanted to know where he got his ideas from,” Mrs. Warner said. “But he’s so intense and creative, it’s a good fit.”

WARNER is a Lake Braddock alumni and James Madison University graduate. He now lives with his wife and son in Staunton where they are expecting their second child.

Warner has worked with many forms of the written word, ranging from novels to screenplays. His published novels are “The Organ Donor,” “Death Sentences,” “Eyes Everywhere,” and “Horror isn’t a Four Letter Word.” His most recent novel, “Blood Born” is a hot topic for horror genre readers.

“Blood Born” takes place in Northern Virginia, and tells the story of a monster that continually rapes and — without fail — impregnates local teens. However, these aren’t normal pregnancies. The monster babies gestate in a week and are born hungry…eating everything alive in their path. Soon the population of monsters grows, and they wreak havoc on the metropolitan area.

Warner described his novel as having an underlying representation of how society deals with crisis.

“[Society] overreacts. They aren’t sure how to handle it right…and sometimes the cure is worse than the disease” Warner said.

“[Blood Born] is the best he’s written so far. I love the intensity and the drama of it. It was fast moving and easy to read… it was also easy to put yourself in the place of the characters”, Pat Warner said.

LAST YEAR, Warner worked with Darkstone Entertainment to produce “The Lovecraft Chronicles,” a series of short films involving monsters from famous literature.

Warner said he has already begun working on his next pieces: a stage comedy titled “Pirate Appreciation Day” and the novelization of the movie “Plan 9.”

“Blood Born” is available for purchase on Amazon.com or at Warner’s website: matthewwarner.com.

Warner has worked with many forms of the written word, ranging from novels to screenplays. His published novels are “The Organ Donor,” “Death Sentences,” “Eyes Everywhere,” and “Horror isn’t a Four Letter Word.” His most recent novel, “Blood Born” is a hot topic for horror genre readers.

“Blood Born” takes place in Northern Virginia, and tells the story of a monster that continually rapes and — without fail — impregnates local teens. However, these aren’t normal pregnancies. The monster babies gestate in a week and are born hungry…eating everything alive in their path. Soon the population of monsters grows, and they wreak havoc on the metropolitan area.

Warner described his novel as having an underlying representation of how society deals with crisis.

“[Society] overreacts. They aren’t sure how to handle it right…and sometimes the cure is worse than the disease” Warner said.

“[Blood Born] is the best he’s written so far. I love the intensity and the drama of it. It was fast moving and easy to read… it was also easy to put yourself in the place of the characters”, Pat Warner said.

LAST YEAR, Warner worked with Darkstone Entertainment to produce “The Lovecraft Chronicles,” a series of short films involving monsters from famous literature.

Warner said he has already begun working on his next pieces: a stage comedy titled “Pirate Appreciation Day” and the novelization of the movie “Plan 9.”

“Blood Born” is available for purchase on Amazon.com or at Warner’s website: matthewwarner.com.