Meet Macon. Tattoo artist. Athlete. Family man.
He's planning to run a marathon, but the event becomes something terrible.
During a warm-up run, Macon falls prey to a bizarre man and his wife who dwell in an underground drug-smuggling tunnel. They raise their twin children in a way Macon couldn't imagine: Skinning unexpecting victims for food and money.
And Macon, and his family, are next.
“An ordinary running trail becomes the most terrifying place on the planet for Mark Matthews' troubled, likeable, marathon-running, tattooed, hipster protagonists and their young daughter. But, for the horror-show clan living under that trail - who subsist on flesh and bath salts in a nightmare orgy of blood and crazy - the hipsters are a rare treat indeed. As the family v. family showdown transpires underground and off the beaten path, the vulnerability of running on a trail - alone but for the watchers in the woods - makes the setting unique and well-crafted. Written with verve, surprising compassion, and bite, On the Lips of Children is a seriously demented must read.” (Sacha Z. Scoblic, author of Unwasted: My Lush Sobriety)
“Mark Matthews' On the Lips of Children is a sprint down a path of high-adrenaline terror that never offers the comfort of monsters you can dismiss by reminding yourself ‘there's no such thing as...’ The story alternates between harsh reality and an almost dream-like surreality while never losing sight of the real heart of good storytelling. Matthews demonstrates that you don't have far down to go to reach the underworld, yet the road back up is a lot harder run than anyone is prepared to make.” (Bracken MacLeod, author of Mountain Home)
“On the Lips of Children by Mark Matthews, is a dark, terrifying page-turner. It's Stephen King's Misery on bath salts. In a cave. It scared the crap out of me. The story was original. The characters were fascinating, exposing the reader to worlds foreign to most of us. Matthews has a knack for pacing his story then jolting the reader with a frightening plot twist. I was impressed by how he wrapped up the ending. Read this book.” (Michele Miller, author of The Thirteenth Step: Zombie Recovery, an Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award quarterfinalist)
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Not My Cup of Tea
To me, this was more of a dialogue than a novel. The way the story was structured I never felt involved in it or the characters. It was just a bunch of people saying stuff. If story texture is important to you, this may not be for you, either.
It WAS Girl on a Wire.
I couldn't get engaged in the story so I didn't give much attention to the reader. So I guess he was fine because I only fault the story. I probably wouldn't have forgiven a poor narrator too. So yes, absolutely I would not be put off by his narration.
Seriously, I wouldn't have even published it if I were an editor. The format and the lack of depth that I perceived would have turned me away completely.
I very seldom say a book is bad because I'm sure someone out there will like it, it's just that I'm not that person for this book. If you like a book that really draws you into it by having the depth and detail to paint a mental image of you being one of the characters, this may not satisfy that sweet-tooth.
- Gordon Bordon