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by | Feb 3, 2020 | Asterisk Anthology 2, Interviews | 0 comments

Matthew Brady is a young writer currently living in Nashville, Tennessee. He attended Belmont University in 2010, where he studied writing and literature before earning his bachelor’s degree in 2014. He has had poetry and short fiction published in his college journal, and has self-published one novel titled Aesop Street. For more information on the author and upcoming works, visit

The Asterisk Anthology: Volume 2

“Midnight Oil”

1. What’s your favorite color and why?

My favorite color is red, hands down. It has the same qualities I try to breathe into all of my work: ferocity and passion.

2. What Southern state and/or city do you like best, and why?

At the risk of sounding too predictable, I suppose I would have to say Nashville, Tennessee, if for no other reason than because it’s my hometown. All of my fondest and earliest memories are there, so it has sentimental value.

3. What do you like most about Southern Gothic?

What I like most about the Southern Gothic is what I like most about the horror genre at large: it’s capacity to transform the familiar into something unfamiliar or uncanny, even sinister or grotesque. The brand of horror I’ve always found to be the most compelling (I mean the kind that really lingers in the mind) is the kind that sets me on familiar ground before swiftly and ruthlessly pulling the rug out from under my feet. That’s the effect I try to achieve with my horror: I’m far more interested in getting under the reader’s skin by making him or her uneasy, rather than just shouting “boo!”


Covering three specific horror-related themes: Southern Gothic, Cursed Things, and Creature Feature, The Asterisk Anthology: Volume 2, brings readers nine extraordinary tales from talented authors of weird fiction, winners of the Nosetouch Press 2018 Asterisk Anthology Contest.