Matthew Warner’s publishing credits span a variety of formats, including novels, short stories, screenplays, and newspapers. His first novel, The Organ Donor (2003), garnered a 5-star review from critic Feo Amante, who labeled the book a “straight-on modern classic of horror.” Publishers Weekly described his second novel, Eyes Everywhere (2006), as “disturbing … compelling and insightful.” Dramatic works include films from Darkstone Entertainment based on his screenplays, plus a radio play and stage play premiered by theaters in central Virginia.
His opinion column, “Author’s Notes,” ran for five years at HorrorWorld.org and consisted of a blend of commentary, autobiography, and tutorials about the writing craft. Guide Dog Books collected the first three years of those columns into its debut non-fiction title, Horror Isn’t a 4-Letter Word: Essays on Writing & Appreciating the Genre (2008). Warner’s horror novel Blood Born (2011) is an apocalyptic monster tale set in the Washington, DC, area where he grew up. His first urban fantasy novel, The Seventh Equinox (2013), which Publishers Weekly calls “a world-shattering crisis acted out in small scale,” is set in a fictitious Shenandoah Valley town inspired by his current home of Staunton, Virginia. Warner’s latest collection, Dominoes in Time (2015), reprints short stories published over a 16-year period.
Warner lives with his wife, the artist Deena Warner, and sons, Owen and Thomas. In 2007, they opened a print and website design business, Deena Warner Design LLC, serving publishers and authors. He is a member of the Horror Writers Association.