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    SHOCK WAVES - Signed Paperback Bundle (FREE US Media Mail Shipping)

    SHOCK WAVES - Signed Paperback Bundle (FREE US Media Mail Shipping)

    2023 / 166 pages
    Publisher: Umbra Press

    NOTE: For international orders, please reach out to me by using the "Contact Me" on this site to get a shipping quote.

    Seventeen-year-old Danny Hartford thinks his life is over when his girlfriend, Stacy, tells him she’s pregnant. Before either can grasp that they’ll be teenage parents, they’re thrown another curve ball.

    While the young couple work the night shift at The Lone Star Land Amusement Park, a huge explosion at a nearby construction site knocks out the power to the area, trapping them at separate rides.

    Then the real terror begins.

    The blast unleashes a horde of mutated creatures that quickly overrun the park, slaughtering and devouring all in their path.

    With no help in sight and another wave of bloodthirsty monstrosities on the way, time is running out.

    To reunite with Stacy, Danny and a small band of survivors must cross the treacherous fairgrounds where ravenous, multi-legged beasts lurk in the darkness.

    Only hours earlier, Danny dreaded what was in store for his future. Now, he’s locked in a primal battle to keep it alive. And as the night grows darker, the group quickly becomes… the park’s main attraction.
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    THE ROTTING WITHIN - Signed Paperback Bundle (FREE US Media Mail Shipping)

    THE ROTTING WITHIN - Signed Paperback Bundle (FREE US Media Mail Shipping)

    2020 / 204 pages
    Publisher: Grindhouse Press

    NOTE: For international orders, please reach out to me by using the "Contact Me" on this site to get a shipping quote.

    Fleeing an abusive boyfriend, Kenzie Moore and her two small children seek refuge at the Sunrise Bed & Breakfast, a secluded inn run by her estranged grandmother, Shirley. While there, Kenzie and her children promise to follow one simple rule: stay away from the third floor, where its bedrooms house a pair of reclusive old women. Though the inn seems an idyllic place to start anew, Kenzie quickly discovers something malevolent not only lives under its roof, but moves within its walls.

    When Shirley is called away and the kids are mysteriously stricken ill, a torrential storm further isolates the family and brings forth something out of the darkness, something whispering for Kenzie to “kill the children.”

    It all culminates in a terrifying game of cat and mouse, where Kenzie must battle both new and old demons while trying to prevent an unimaginable horror from taking place on the floors above.
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    KINFOLK - Signed Paperback Bundle  (FREE US Media Mail Shipping)

    KINFOLK - Signed Paperback Bundle (FREE US Media Mail Shipping)

    2018 / 204 pages
    Publisher: Grindhouse Press

    Trigger Warning: sexual assault

    NOTE: For international orders, please reach out to me by using the "Contact Me" on this site to get a shipping quote.

    Criminal brothers Ray and Eric Kuttner pulled off what they thought was a seemingly simple score, until Ray's innocent wife, Rachel, was brutally murdered in retaliation. Hell-bent on revenge, the brothers delivered their own merciless payback.

    Three years later, something sheds new light on Rachel's murder and it requires the brothers to drive across Texas to Oklahoma on a new mission of vengeance that'll finally bring them closure.

    After an incident forces them to take back roads to elude the cops, they get stranded along a hunting ground patrolled by a family looking for fresh meat to feed their hunger for flesh.

    In a race against the clock, Ray and Eric must fight their way out of the backwoods of Texas and still make it across state lines to accomplish their plan of revenge . . . all before one very large--and pissed off--family secret is unleashed to stop them.
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    MONKEY'S... TALES OF TERROR Collection - Paperback Bundle  (FREE US Media Mail Shipping)

    MONKEY'S... TALES OF TERROR Collection - Paperback Bundle (FREE US Media Mail Shipping)

    THREE books! THIRTY-FIVE short stories!
    Vol. 1 - 2015 / 168 pages
    Vol. 2 - 2015 / 164 pages
    Vol. 3 - 2020 / 168 pages

    “Monkey’s Bucket of Horrors is every bit as gloriously bonkers as its title. Every story in this collection is insane...”
    – Jeff Strand, author of WOLF HUNT

    “A gut twisting collection of horrors guaranteed to rattle your cage."
    – Joe McKinney, Bram Stoker Award-winning author of DEAD CITY

    "...an engaging, thrilling, imaginative collection. A must-read for that special reader that needs to be terrified."
    - TheHorrorZine.com

    "There's revenge, amputation, sacrifice, and a very unusual/uncomfortable breeding process... The stories in this box of horrors played out in my head in similar cinematic fashion as Trilogy of Terror or Creepshow, with short but sweet tales of horror that take up residence in your psyche."
    - HorrorSociety.com

    "Monkey's Box of Horrors is chock-full of graphic frights... there's something in it for any horror aficionado."
    - GingerNutsofHorror.com

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  • Videos/Podcasts


    Video Blogs and Podcasts discussing my stuff.


    Jenny talks about a 2023 creature feature novella about a group of people in an amusement park that becomes overrun with horrific monsters.



    Jenny discusses an excellent 2020 horror novel about a woman who flees her abusive boyfriend and ends up at the creepy and secluded bed and breakfast run by her estranged grandmother.




    Vital Social Issues 'N Stuff with Kris and John Wayne

    Episode 50 - Summer of Slashers, MADMAN (1982) w/ Matt Kurtz

    I was the special guest on this episode, where we discussed the 1982 horror "classic" MADMAN as part of their Summer of Slasher series. Before we review the film, Kris and John Wayne ask me a little bit about my writing and THE ROTTING WITHIN was chosen as "Book of the Week."

    (check out all their episodes at KrisAndJohnWayne.com)




    A Horror Book Podcast

    Hosted by Samantha Kolesnik & Waylon Jordan.

    Join us in the stacks as Sam and Waylon dig into The Rotting Within by Matt Kurtz. We also talk more about the relationship between writers and directors in indie filmmaking, content warnings, and more of the books we're excited about in the new year! (40 min.)

    (check out The Horror Stacks podcast on Spotify or Apple Podcasts)



    Erin Megan's video review of The Rotting Within.



    Vital Social Issues 'N Stuff with Kris and John Wayne

    Episode 20 - We Take a Bite Out of Crime

    KINFOLK was chosen "Book of the Week" by Kristopher Triana. Kris begins discussing it at 27:45, but check out the entire episode because these guys are hilarious!

    (check out all their episodes at KrisAndJohnWayne.com)



    Cameron Chaney / Library Macabre

    Horror Book Reviews

    Cameron Chaney, creator of Library Macabre, reviews KINFOLK in this short video.

    (check out all of Cameron's reviews here)



  • Press Materials

    (Links to Google Docs to download hi-res cover art and copy&paste bios or synopsis for reviews and articles)



    Author Pic


    SHOCK WAVES cover art

    SHOCK WAVES synopsis


    THE ROTTING WITHIN cover art



    KINFOLK cover art

    KINFOLK synopsis

  • Who's this guy?


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    Matt Kurtz


    After working in the film/video industry for well over a decade, Matt Kurtz wrote, directed, and edited the 16mm feature film Falling Hard, a drama about a twenty-something guy in a loving relationship who suddenly questions his life after unexpectedly falling for his best friend’s new girlfriend. The film, praised by The Fort Worth Film Festival as “...an engaging romantic drama…” and “…an impressive first feature…”, received both DVD and VOD distribution through Vanguard Cinema in 2005. In addition to Falling Hard, he’s written numerous (unproduced) feature-length screenplays in the comedy, drama, and horror genres.


    Years later, after being fed up with all the bullshit that came with filmmaking, he said, “The hell with movies! I wanna write a book!”


    “Start small, hone your craft, and then jump into something larger” was a philosophy he’s always followed since his filmmaking days and later applied it to prose. He wrote nearly one hundred short stories, all in the horror genre (something he’s loved since childhood). Over half of those tales found a home in various anthologies from publishers such as Blood Bound Books, Comet Press, Apokrupha, Necrotic Tissue Magazine, and Strangehouse Books… as well as a bunch of publishers that probably shouldn’t have been publishing in the first place.


    When it came time to write a novel, he sat his ass in a chair and put fingers to keyboard, then took a deep breath and… got intimidated and returned to writing even more short stories.


    When he was ready to take the plunge a second time, he cranked out two novels. The first, A Warm Place to Hide, sits on a shelf (to be edited soon) but the second, Kinfolk, was published by Grindhouse Press in 2018. The novel, about two criminal brothers locked in a high-octane battle with a clan of bloodthirsty cannibals, was praised by numerous book bloggers, reviewers, and websites including GingerNuts Of Horror which said, "From the very first moment until the last blood-soaked scene you will be left breathless."


    The Rotting Within, his occult horror follow-up, was published by Grindhouse Press in December 2020. The book made numerous "best of" and "most recommended" lists for 2021, including The Lineup's "7 Terrifying Horror Novellas" which described it as "Filled with heart-pounding jump-scares, nerve-shredding dread, and an ending that will shock and disturb you... a rare horror story that will have you holding your breath until the very end."


    Matt also has a trilogy of short story collections entitled, Monkey’s Box of Horrors - Tales of Terror: Vol. 1, Monkey’s Bucket of Horrors - Tales of Terror: Vol. 2, and Monkey’s Butcher Block of Horrors - Tales of Terror: Volume 3.


    His most recent work Shock Waves, a novella about creatures that invade an amusement park after the power goes out, was released in April 2023.


    His work has been translated into Russian for Darker Magazine, "Russia's Biggest Horror Webzine since 2011".


    He's also been a special guest on Vital Social Issues 'N Stuff with Kris and John Wayne, where they discussed the pros and (many) cons of the 80s slasher film, MADMAN. 


    Feel free to reach out to him on Twitter at @MattKurtzWrites or visit MattKurtzWrites.com


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