Thursday, May 7, 2015

Book Review: Nightlife: Hazardous Material by Matthew Quinn Martin

Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received this ebook, free of charge,from the author, for review purposes on this blog. No other compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about it

Matthew Quinn Martin first terrified horror fans with NIGHTLIFE  the captivating story of two unlikely monster hunters determined to save the city of New Harbor from the Night Angels—bloodthirsty creatures that feed on the forgotten. Jack Jackson and Beth Becker are among the few who can see these creatures for what they really are, but as they hunt the creatures, a mysterious organization known only as The Division is hunting them.


In his new novella NIGHTLIFE: HAZARDOUS MATERIAL, releasing next MONDAY, for ONLY $.99,, we get a glimpse of The Division’s origins and aims, when a young man stumbles onto a long-abandoned video arcade—which three decades ago was the site of the largest mass shooting in New York history—and unwittingly uncovers a relic of unimaginable power and mind-altering terror.

Twenty-seven-year-old Jarrod Foster has hit a dead end. He spends his days disposing of hazardous waste and his nights wondering where it all went wrong. While gutting an abandoned roller rink, Jarrod discovers a bricked up video arcade still stocked with vintage games…which, three decades ago, was the site of the largest mass shooting in New York history.

Jarrod’s boss lets him keep one of the arcade games—an oddity called Polybius that no one seems to have ever heard of. Jarrod hopes to sell it and start a new life, but one grim night, he drops a quarter into the game…and the game drops Jarrod right into a nightmare.

As his life spirals into darkness, and his actions begin to mirror those of the long-dead spree killer, only one question remains…is Jarrod playing a game, or is the game playing him?"


This short novela (at about 80 pages it is a uber quick read) is side story to Nightlife and the subsequent Night Terrors follow up. I would call it a gothic horror tale, ala Stephen King, with a tale of a video game that may NOT be as simple as it seems. It really helps to fill in a couple of gas in the previous books story line, and eagerly sets you up for the next book, even if it doesn't include the , however, it does offer some insight into both The Division and its leader Agent Ross.

Mark your calendars too, as on July 27th,Pocket Books will  release a limited edition NIGHTLIFE “box set” called NIGHTLIFE: NIGHT TERRORS…for an amazing LOW price of ONLY $1.99, which will include NIGHTLIFE, the novella NIGHTLIFE: HAZARDOUS MATERIAL and the full sequel NIGHTLIFE: AS THE WORM TURNS (which will initially only be available in this set…and then available separately at some future date).

About the Author:
Matthew Quinn Martin was born in Allentown, Pennsylvania and raised in New Haven, Connecticut, it wasn’t until Matthew moved to Manhattan that he realized he was a writer. These days, he lives on a small island off the North Atlantic coast of the United States where it gets quiet in the winter…perhaps too quiet…

Check out his website, and Twitter page, 

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