During the ‘80’s, there was a brilliant late night program called Night Flight. As a youngster, Night Flight introduced me to many of the bands, films, and icons I still admire today. It was through the program, hosted off-screen by Pat Prescott, that I discovered the likes of J.R. Bob Dobbs, Firesign Theatre, Dynaman, The Kentucky Fried Movie, and many short films such as the masterpiece “Dot” written and directed by Dan Carbone. Of all the discoveries I made watching the show, none stand out more than when, late one night, long after everyone else had gone to sleep, the following image appeared on our living room television screen:

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In a few short moments, my young mind became mesmerized by the video and music of a band unlike any I’d ever seen or heard. The song, a fantastic cover of “This is a Man’s Man’s Man’s World” by James Brown, was my introduction to the unique and commercially transcendent world of The Residents and I would never be the same. A few years later, when I had a steady allowance, I bought everything I could by the band. From Freak Show to Eskimo to The Mole Show with narration by master of illusion Penn Jillette, The Residents taught me that songs don’t have to sound like the songs you hear on the radio nor do they have to conform to a conventional way of making music.

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Several years later, never expecting to hear back, I emailed The Residents to ask for permission to use a quote from one of their songs, “The Man in the Dark Sedan” for my debut novel. To my surprise and elation, Homer Flynn of the Cryptic Corporation replied personally. Not only did he give me permission but said he’d like a copy of the book! To add even further to the excitement, The Residents came to Dallas for their Shadowland tour and I was able to give it to him in person!

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Meeting Mr. Flynn was a great moment for me and I hope to cross paths with him again someday. Thank you to The Residents for continuing to push the boundaries of music, showmanship, and art!

Release Day!

Posted: April 5, 2016 in Uncategorized

Tomorrow, my debut novel will be released! I can’t believe it’s been a year since I signed the contract with legendary horror editor Don D’Auria and Samhain Publishing!

To celebrate the book release of THE MONSTER UNDERNEATH, I’ll be participating in a publicity tour with Erin Al Mehairi of Oh, For The Hook of a Book. I hope you’ll follow along as several great authors, reviewers, and horror enthusiasts take the time to discuss my work.

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Asking another writer for a blurb is kind of like asking someone you just met to drive you to the airport. It’s especially daunting for a new writer such as myself. I, therefore, feel privileged to have had four very talented and award winning authors read my debut novel in advance of its release and offer their thoughts. Here is what they had to say:

“An assured, gripping, totally engaging debut, Matthew Franks will have you burning through the pages of this taut supernatural thriller at breakneck speed. If Christopher Nolan and Stephen King ever teamed up to write a novel, this would be it. Highly recommended!”
–Ronald Malfi, author of Little Girls

“What if you could see inside the dreams of anyone you came in contact with? Would you dare to look? Could you handle the things you’d find within? The Monster Underneath is a real nail-biter – one of those ever-spiraling stories that you just can’t put down until you reach the surprising end!”
–John Everson, Bram Stoker Award-winning author of Covenant and The Family Tree

The Monster Underneath is an intense and clever debut in which reality is more terrifying than the nightmares and twisted dreamscapes of a madman. Author Matthew Franks is a name to remember, his stories you won’t soon forget.”
–Rena Mason, Bram Stoker Award-winning author of The Evolutionist and East End Girls

“Matthew Franks’ debut novel takes you through the darkest, twisted alleys of a killer’s mind and then drags you several steps further, beyond the status of observer and into the disturbing realm of accomplice. A harrowing tale of murder and delusion and moral ambiguity.”
–Hank Schwaeble, Bram Stoker Award-winning author of Damnable, Diabolical, and the dark thriller collection, American Nocturne

If you have not already discovered their work, you should do so now at their respective websites:

Ronald Malfi – ronmalfi.com

John Everson – johneverson.com

Rena Mason – renamason.ink

Hank Schwaeble – hankschwaeble.com

The Monster Underneath Cover Art

Posted: November 13, 2015 in Uncategorized

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I’m happy to share the cover art for my debut novel. I really didn’t know what to expect but was pleased when the publisher asked for my input. I think it turned out great and represents the story very well.

Greetings

Posted: July 28, 2015 in Uncategorized

My name is Matthew Franks and I write fiction. I’ve written screenplays, stage plays, short stories, and most recently novels. My first novel, THE MONSTER UNDERNEATH, is scheduled to be released by Samhain Publishing in April 2016. I’m very excited about sharing this story with you and will keep everyone posted on the process.