A beautiful librarian isn't what she seems...or is she? The lead singer of a popular rock band performs a chilling encore. A little boy and his sister have a terrifying encounter at a Midwestern pond.
All this and more happens in The Dark and Mysterious, a collection of horrifying short stories by this WEek's WEbooker, MatthewDavid. MatthewDavid's other projects include Violent Faith, a novel about a little boy living with his religious aunt and uncle, and Edwin's Journal, the chronicle of a man who disappears after taking justice into his own hands. But that's not all! MatthewDavid also leads The Glass Onion, a collection of poetry and other snippets for all to contribute to, and his work can be found in dozens of WEbook projects across the site. If you want to be scared, titillated, and entertained, check out his work right away. To find out more about this prolific WEbooker, read on.
A: I was born in Illinois in a suburb outside Chicago. I lived there until I was twenty years old. Then I moved to the middle of nowhere, Minnesota. I moved to save some money, but that never quite happened and I ended up having kids, buying a house, and getting married. It all worked out pretty well, because there isn't much to do and I was able to settle down and concentrate on writing. I always wanted to write, but never had the confidence. Then I just said, "The hell with it, if anything I'll just do it for myself." To my amazement, I found that most people enjoyed it and this website has gave me all the confidence I need. Nothing's going to stop me now!
Q: What's the scariest thing that ever happened to you?
A: When I was about thirteen, I was over at a friend's house. He lived on a farm and I was sitting around his living room with another friend of ours. We heard a loud thumping noise coming from upstairs. It really spooked us because we were there by ourselves and our parents were in town at the bar. That thumping came again and we convinced ourselves to go upstairs and find out what it was. When we got to the top, the loud thump came again and we booked it down the stairs. For some reason my buddy Paul pulled out a tiny pocket knife. He was staring out a window when my other friend decided it would be funny to shake his shoulders and scare him. Well, the joke was on him, because when he did it, Paul whipped around and accidentally slit our friend's arm clear to the bone. We had to call an ambulance, and we never did figure out what that thumping noise was all about.
Q: How do you create your characters? Do you base them on people you know? Who is your favorite character?
A: I have no set way of creating a character, but I have used people I know (and sometimes myself) to bring a character to life. Most of the time I let the story itself form the character. If I was to pick a character of my own That I liked the most it would have to be Walter McGee From my book Violent Faith, which is currently in the revision process. He was very evil and intimidating, which made it a lot of fun to write.
Q: Please write a poem about your favorite day of the WEek.
A: I love Friday afternoons
when the sun is shining and there's no work to do
except for write this poem to you.
Q: If you had an alter-ego, what would you spend your "alter" time doing?
A: If I had an alter-ego, I think I would like to be a modern day Robin Hood. I would spend my time finding people who think their possessions are everything, and I would take their money and give their stuff to a family who is struggling to eat.
Q: How often do you get your hair cut?
A: I haven't actually gotten a professional haircut in years. I usually let it grow until one day I decide I'm just going to shave my head, then I break out the buzzers and do it myself.
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