“With his latest, Davis plunges the depths of teenage angst with a coming-of-age tale that twists the sex, drugs, and rock-n-roll trope to horrifying dimensions.”
Doom in denim, Natasha prowls the streets. Burned out, dulled by her past, and unable to avoid the gossip, she escapes in sex, drugs, and Slayer.
When she crosses paths with a newcomer to Lunar Bay, he finds himself drawn to the shadows. With his girlfriend becoming a short-term memory, Natasha is darkly appealing. But Natasha’s tragedies may be more than he can handle.
Lunar Bay’s history is filled with dead girls … there may not be any happy endings for anyone.
Why we’re excited about this book:
Matthew R. Davis hails from Southern Australia, is a Shirley Jackson Award nominee, and has twice won the Australian Shadow Award. He is the author of Supermassive Black Mass and Midnight in the Chapel of Love, with short-fiction gracing the pages of such anthologies as It Calls From the Doors, If I Die Before I Wake: Tales of Nightmare Creatures, Horror: Odd and Bizarre, and Haunted by the Past, as well as numerous stories online and in print. With his latest, Davis plunges the depths of teenage angst with a coming-of-age tale that twists the sex, drugs, and rock-n-roll trope to horrifying dimensions. John C. Foster (Rooster, The Isle, Leech) says: “The Dark Matter of Natasha is a haunting coming-of-age story told with confidence and razor-sharp insight. Equal parts tawdry, irreverent and as dark as the space between stars, Matthew R. Davis serves up a soiled platter of [youthful] awakening guaranteed to leave a mark.”, and Alan Baxter (The Gulp, The Fall) calls The Dark Matter of Natasha “A searing indictment of the selfishness of youth and the injustices of an uncaring world. Bleak, poignant, and dripping with pathos. Powerful stuff.”
Forthcoming from Grey Matter Press 21 June 2022, The Dark Matter of Natasha by Matthew R. Davis is available for pre-order now.