Author’s Notes
Matthew Warner


Hit the Books to Write a Hit

Damn, you mean I can't just make it all up?

That's what I sometimes say when I'm writing. You mean fiction isn't one hundred percent fictional? You mean it has to be plausible as well—which means I gotta research? Memories of high school afternoons spent slaving through card catalogs (yes, I'm old enough to pre-date the internet) and writing footnotes come to mind.

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Matthew Warner is the author of Eyes Everywhere, Death Sentences: Tales of Punishment & Revenge and The Organ Donor. 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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