Meet Our Authors
New Faces in Horror and Sci-Fi
Matthew Heilman earned a PhD in English Literature from Duquesne University, with a focus on nineteenth-century British Literature – specifically, Romanticism, Victorian novels and poetry, and gothic and supernatural fiction. His dissertation explores the work of Anne Bannerman – a Scottish poet and contemporary of Walter Scott, Joanna Baillie, William Wordsworth, and Samuel Taylor Coleridge – ‘known’ for her supernatural ballads and femme fatale figures.
Matthew’s favorite writers are the Brontë sisters, Thomas Hardy, D.H. Lawrence, Henry James, M.R. James, Algernon Blackwood, Arthur Machen, Thomas Ligotti, Anne Rice, and of course, Stephen King. A number of active writers have dragged Matthew into the twenty-first century, including Adam Nevill, F.G. Cottam, John Harwood, John Langan, Laird Barron, Philip Fracassi, Nadia Bulkin, Simon Strantzas, Michael Griffin, Gordon White, Matt Cardin, Lynda Rucker, S.P. Miskowski, Sarah Waters, Michael Wehunt, Nathan Ballingrud, Helen Marshall, John Hornor Jacobs, and Gwendolyn Kiste – to name a few.
“We are living in a Golden Age of supernatural fiction,” Matthew insists. “There are dozens upon dozens of talented writers currently producing remarkable and compelling dark fiction.”
In addition to his literary studies, Matthew fancies himself a connoisseur of dark music. Thanks to an influential older sister, he was reared on The Doors, Black Sabbath, The Rolling Stones, and Madonna, and was introduced to Metallica, Slayer, Testament, and Megadeth at a dangerously impressionable age. In the late 1990s and early 2000s, he was a resident DJ for Pittsburgh’s longest-running goth/industrial club night, where he regularly spun gothic rock, post punk, and darkwave. He also wrote CD reviews and conducted interviews with bands for the online zine StarVox in the early 2000s. Today, his tastes have broadened to include classic country, soul, and 80s/early 90s hip-hop, alongside an unwavering love for death/doom, black metal, shoegaze, punk, and gothic rock.
When he’s not devouring music biographies, DC comics, or scary music, he watches atmospheric horror movies and stuffy period films based on classic literature. He shares with Ryan an affinity for late 70s/early 80s horror films like The Exorcist, The Shining, Alien, The Thing, and The Changeling, as well as modern art-house indie flicks such as The Witch, A Dark Song, Hereditary, Midsommar, The Babadook, and I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House.
He resides in Pittsburgh with his loving wife and their many cats.