• Hi, my name is

    MATT KURTZ

  • While other kids were raised on Warner Bros. cartoons and Disney movies, Matt Kurtz preferred a steady diet of the Universal Horror classics, Hammer/Amicus Films, Planet of the Apes, Kolchak-The Night Stalker, and a hearty helping of The Three Stooges.

     

    Years later, he received a BFA with an emphasis on film making. Shortly after graduating, he wrote and directed his first feature film that eventually received distribution through Vanguard Cinema. Ironically, even though his interest had always been in the horror genre, the motion picture was a romantic drama.

     

    When he was finally ready to make a horror film, he found it difficult to choose a single idea so he penned a series of short screenplays with the intention of combining them into one anthology film (à la "Creepshow"). Somehow his perspective shifted and he instead opted to adapt them into short stories...and immediately got bitten by the speculative fiction bug. Liberating his imagination--and not having to worry about keeping things within a low budget (as he would for a film)--he now writes weird tales in his spare time when not working for an international production company that specializes in corporate videos and events.

     

    He enjoys the novels and short stories of Robert Bloch, Richard Matheson, Stephen King, Robert McCammon, Joe R. Lansdale, Jack Ketchum, Edward Lee, Brian Keene, Joe McKinney, and Jeff Strand.

     

    Matt's fiction has appeared in anthologies from Comet Press, Evil Jester Press, Blood Bound Books, Rainstorm Press, Strangehouse Press, Apokrupha, Pill Hill Press, Daily Flash Publications, DFE Quarterly, Runewright, Wicked East Press, Post Mortem Press, Living Dead Press, Open Casket Press, Undead Press, Knightwatch Press, Static Movement, Shade City Press, Cruentus Libri Press, May December Publications, Western Legends Press, and Necrotic Tissue Magazine.

    ORIGINAL ARTWORK BY GARY MCCLUSKEY

  • Praise for the MONKEY'S ... TALES OF TERROR Collection

     

    “A gut twisting collection of horrors guaranteed to rattle your cage. Matt Kurtz’s Monkey’s Box of Horrors is an amazing debut by a writer with a keen eye for carnage. Take my advice. Devour the stories in this book, but do NOT drink the lemonade!”
    – Joe McKinney, Bram Stoker Award-winning author of The Dead Won’t Die and Dead City

     

    Monkey’s Bucket of Horrors is every bit as gloriously bonkers as its title. Every story in this collection is insane, and I think Matt Kurtz may be, too. But that’s cool, because it’s GOOD insanity.”
    – Jeff Strand, author of Dead Clown Barbecue and Wolf Hunt

     

     

    “In the vast bloody ocean of horror writers, few voices emerge with such a big, noticeable, in-your-face splash as Matt Kurtz. In a genre laden with clichés, Kurtz somehow pulls forth innovative ideas from the most demented regions of his disturbed brain that will keep you turning the pages. I have my favorites but won’t mention them here because stumbling on them was so much fun... and I want that experience for you, too.”
    – Anthony Masi, Producer of Halloween: 25 Years of Terror and Still Screaming

     

    “(Matt Kurtz has) got a talent for keeping you reading and his stories are anything but subtle. Monkey’s Box of Horrors is chock-full of graphic frights, and there’s something in it for any horror aficionado”

    David Dubrow, GingerNutsOfHorror.com

     

    "There’s revenge, amputation, sacrifice, and a very unusual/uncomfortable breeding process... The stories in this box of horrors played out in my head in similar cinematic fashion as Trilogy of Terror or Creepshow, with short but sweet tales of horror that take up residence in your psyche."

    – Kris Lugosi, HorrorSociety.com
     

    “…a great throwback to the heyday of horror short stories, conjuring up fond memories of curling up with Stephen King's Night Shift and Clive Barker's Books of Blood.”

    – Kristopher Triana, author of Growing Dark

     

     

    From out the box crawls tales of terror and the macabre. A dozen previously published horror tales from author Matt Kurtz—now collected in one terrifying tome for the very first time!
     
    Witness the Terror as…
     
    A woman staying late at the office quickly realizes she’s not alone when the power goes out and something lurks within the darkness…
     
    A boy investigates the sunken graves at his local cemetery and soon comes face to face with the burrowing monstrosity responsible for it…
     
    A wife fleeing her criminal husband on an isolated stretch of road wrecks her car within miles of an insane asylum—where its bloodthirsty residents have recently escaped…
     
    A father tries to frighten his two sons into good behavior but gets his own terrifying lesson in fear…
     
    A man speeding home for his son’s birthday party collides with pure horror when something ghoulish scuttles into the high-beams of his vehicle…
     
    All this—and many more ghastly frights—can be found within the pages of Monkey’s Box of Horrors - Tales of Terror: Vol.1 by Matt Kurtz.

    Another dozen previously published horror tales from author Matt Kurtz—now collected in one terrifying tome for the very first time!

     

    Witness the Terror as…

     

    A down on his luck tailor gets a visitor at closing time with a terrifying request for a special type of fitting…

     

    Two brothers, both former military, encounter a foe much deadlier than anything they’ve faced on the battlefield while fixing up their family cabin in the woods…

     

    A trio of good ol’ boys visit an adult video store and are introduced to a terrifying secret kept beyond the glass of a peep show booth…

     

    An old farmer unearths a disturbing find but is threatened by something much more sinister, hell-bent on keeping his discovery private…

     

    A cowboy seeking a night’s shelter from an approaching storm finds solace under a gigantic tree but soon realizes he’s far from alone when he hears a strange clicking within the darkness of the treetop’s dense foliage…

     

    All this—and many more ghastly frights—can be found within the pages of Monkey’s Bucket of Horrors - Tales of Terror: Vol.2 by Matt Kurtz

     

  • READER REVIEWS of selected tales (click reader link to see the full review)

     

    PRAISE FOR DEADLINE (SHORT STORY)

    “…THIS IS HANDS DOWN THE BEST STORY IN THE BOOK. WITH A REAL SENSE OF BUILDING TENSION AND DREAD, THE STORY'S BACKGROUND IS A LITTLE HACKNEYED BUT THAT DOESN'T SLOW DOWN THE ENDING WHICH IS STARTLINGLY EERIE. I WANT MORE BY KURTZ.”

    - AMAZON REVIEWER

     

    PRAISE FOR DEADLINE (SHORT STORY)

    “… THIS ONE SPECIFICALLY JUST SENT GOOSE BUMPS UP AND DOWN MY SPINE. THE WAY THE STORY ENDS LEAVES SO MUCH FOR THE READER TO THINK ABOUT REGARDING THE CHARACTERS' FUTURE."
    - AMAZON REVIEWER

     

    PRAISE FOR DEADLINE (SHORT STORY)

    “…AN EXCELLENT GHOST STORY. SO FAR, IT IS THE ONLY STORY IN THIS NOVEL THAT COULD TRULY BE CONSIDERED SCARY. KURTZ KEEPS THE ACTION MOVING AT A GOOD SPEED AND BUILDS THE SUSPENSE AND STORYLINE MASTERFULLY. MUST READ!!!!!!"
    - GOODREADS REVIEWER

     

    PRAISE FOR BUG BOY (SHORT STORY)

    "THIS IS THE KIND OF STORY STEPHEN KING

    WOULD WRITE...I LOVED IT!"

    -TRISH MARTIN / HORRORNEWS.NET

     

     

    PRAISE FOR RESTLESS NIGHTS (SHORT STORY)

    "...A VERY GRIPPING READ."

    - TRISH MARTIN / HORRORNEWS.NET

     

    PRAISE FOR WORSE FOR THE WEAR (SHORT STORY)

    "THIS WAS ONE OF MY FAVORITE STORIES IN HERE." "...TERRIFYING AND THE FINAL SHOW DOWN IS F@CKING CREEPY. 5 STARS"

    - GOODREADS REVIEWER

     

    PRAISE FOR DEADLINE (SHORT STORY)

    "BEST STORY IN THE BOOK. CREEPY, INTERESTING PLOT

    WITH A SUITABLE ENDING. WELL DONE."

    - GOODREADS REVIEWER

     

    PRAISE FOR A LITTLE CRAZY (SHORT STORY)

    "...A COOL HALLOWEEN TALE THAT REMINDS ME OF SOMETHING

    OF A LOST HORROR FILM FROM THE 1980'S."

    - AMAZON REVIEWER

     

    PRAISE FOR PUMPKINS (SHORT STORY)

    "...IS A GREAT REVENGE STORY...GETTING TO THE

    INEVITABLE CONCLUSION IS A LOT OF FUN."

    - GOODREADS REVIEWER

     

    PRAISE FOR PIGGYBACK (SHORT STORY)

    "...CAPTURED THE TRUE FLAVOUR OF A LATE NIGHT HORROR FLICK.

    I THINK BECAUSE I’M A PARENT, I FOUND PIGGYBACK PARTICULARLY DISTURBING."

    - GOODREADS REVIEWER

  • Blood, Sweat, and Tears

    Falling Hard

    Writer/Director

     

    My first feature film

    (a nice review can be read here)

     

    Domestic and foreign distribution through Vanguard Entertainment.

    MONKEY'S BOX OF HORRORS - Tales of Terror: Vol. 1

     

    My first collection of short stories. A dozen tales of horror and the macabre!

     

    MONKEY'S BUCKET OF HORRORS - Tales of Terror: Vol. 2

     

    My second collection of short stories. A dozen more tales of horror and the macabre!

    SICK THINGS
    Comet Press

    contains "Hunger Pangs", my first published short story! (click here for a nice review singling out my tale)
    Evil Jester Press

    Contains my short story "Deadline"
    Pill Hill press

    Contains my short story "Southern Fried Cruelty"
    Grinning Skull Press

    contains my short story "Pumpkins"
    (Nice mention of my tale here)
    Blood Bound Books

    Contains my short story "Finger Cuffs"
    Pill Hill Press

    Contains my horror parody "Don't Go in the House! (Because Being Indoors, No One Will Hear You Scream!)" featuring Dookie Boy
    Apokrupha

    contains my erotic horror short story "A Glorious Sucker"
    Strangehouse Press

    contains my short story "Worse for the Wear"
    Stygian Publications

    Contains my short story "Within the Closet"
    Wicked East Press

    Contains my short story "A Little Crazy"
    Pill Hill Press

    Contains my short story "The Hanging Tree"
    May December Publications

    contains my short story "Piggyback"
    Western Legends Press

    contains my short story "The Holy Carrot and the Horned Hare"
    Pill Hill Press

    contains my short story "The Man"
    Blood Bound Books

    Contains my flash fiction piece "Soup Bone"
    Living Dead Press

    contains my short story "A New Calling"
    Rainstorm Press

    contains my short story "Another POV"
    JWK Publishing

    contains my short story "Teddy", which won editor's choice.
    Pill Hill Press

    contains my short story "Weekend at Grandma's"
    Evil Jester Press

    contains my short story "Throwback"
    Rainstorm Press

    contains my short story "Just Like Him"

    Pill Hill Press

    contains my short story "Restless Nights"
    Pill Hill Press

    contains my short story "Bug Boy"
    (click here and here for some nice reviews singling out my tale)
    Pill Hill Press

    contains my short story "Lord of Slum"
    Wicked East Press

    contains my flash fiction piece "Satin-Lined Hell"
    Wicked East Press

    contains my short story "Thing in the Woods"
    RuneWright LLC

    contains my short story "Within the Pit"
    Cruentus Libri Press

    contains my drabble (a 100 word story) "Tiny Gifts"
    Static Movement Press

    contains my short story "The Old Bat"
    Rainstorm Press

    contains my short story "Ol' Creepy in a Red Suit"
    Pill Hill Press

    contains my short story "A Real Scream"
    Daily Flash Publications
     

    contains my flash fiction pieces "Nip it in the Bud" and "Twins"
    Daily Flash Publications

    contains my flash fiction piece "Lunch Break"
    Daily Flash Publications

    contains my flash fiction piece "Two Pricks"
    Daily Flash Publications

    contains my flash fiction piece "Mamma's Boy"
    Open Casket Press
     

    contains my short story "Let's Scare Ray to Death!"
    Open Casket Press

    contains my short story "The Auction"

    Open Casket Press

    contains my short story "Tree Line"
    Open Casket Press

    contains my short story "Homecoming"
    Isolation
    Post Mortem Press

    contains my short story "Hand Out"
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    contains my drabble "Heartburn"
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    contains my short story "They"
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    contains my short story "Rude Awakening"
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    contains my short story "High-Octain Insanity"
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    contains my short story "Lover's Lane"
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    contains my short story "The Night Visitor"
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    contains my short story "Time Flies"

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    contains my short story "One Hell of a Movement"
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    contains my short story "The Final Performance"
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    contains my short story "Circle of Death"
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    contains my short story "Undying Love"
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    contains my short story "The Pound"
  • UPCOMING TALES

    WORK(S) IN PROGRESS

    A Warm Place to Hide (1st draft completed of a 50,000 word novel...banished to a trunk for now until major rewrites happen!)

     

    Kinfolk (1st draft completed of a 45,000 word novel, heading into rewrites)

     

    Penumbra (novel) - outlining phase

     

    Monkey's Garden of Horrors: Tales of Terror Vol. 3 by Matt Kurtz (coming 2016)

     

    Pea Brain: The Legend Of Good Deal / A Monkey's Memoir

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