Author's Notes
Matthew Warner

Setting Horror Close to Home

Okay, I admit it. I'm gloating.

About three weeks ago, I was working as an administrative assistant at a law firm in Washington, DC, near Dupont Circle. On a good day, my ten-mile commute took me an entire hour by bus, subway, and foot. During the winter, I might stand at my unsheltered bus stop for up to thirty minutes in subzero temperatures, often enduring the verbal vomit of fellow commuters-one of whom even caused me to be subpoenaed in his criminal trial before he killed himself.

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Read it in Matthew Warner's new collection

Horror Isn't a 4-Letter Word:
Essays on Writing & Appreciating the Genre

Horror Isn't a 4-Letter Word


Matthew Warner is the author of Death Sentences: Tales of Punishment & Revenge, debuting this month, and Eyes Everywhere, coming next summer. He also wrote The Organ Donor, and he frequently gives presentations on horror literature and writing to public schools and libraries. He lives in Virginia with illustrator and web designer Deena Warner. Stop by his website and say hi.

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