The Matt Payne Website

Books and Music

The Matt Payne Website

Books and Music



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I'm an author and musician living in Canada.

I write weird fiction: psychedelic sci-fi, surreal horror, and absurd comedy.


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Funky raw guitar groove from Synthetic Adventure Beats.

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A drum n Bass dialogue from Synthetic Adventure Beats.



Meditation Crystals

Mon, 28 Aug 2017 23:45:56 GMT

In my most recent trip to the Peruvian jungle searching for new plant medicines to assist in my inner space adventures I happened upon a crystal valley guarded by great snakes who slither through non-linear time. After answering their riddles and befriending the youngest of these ancient snakes I was initiated into their guild, whenceupon I slew them and annexed their booty.

Now I'm back in New York with a trunk full of glistening gems, and I've noticed that merely by being in their presence I have been effected by their magical powers. I haven't gained any powers myself, unless you consider peaceful silence and a glorious comfort with my own mind to be magical (and I admit that sometimes I feel like it is). I am slowly descending into a meditative trance, unbothered by my worldly troubles and unwilling to pull myself out of this reverie.

At first my lover was happy with the change in my attitude. I was no longer cutting her down with cruel remarks, as was my wont during my habitual drunken  tirades. And I was content to spend an afternoon indoors, listening to music with her or making love in the afternoon. But then she said I was becoming distant, and slithering on the floor.

"Distant?" I asked. "Slithering? Well maybe, or maybe you're too caught up in your fancy New York lifestyle to see what you really are: an awkward conceptual contraption built upon an ancient lizard-brain. Snort some of these crystals with me, my love, and we will see who sinks and who slithers."

Now we are coiled up together on the couch watching reruns of Game of Thrones and waiting for the pizza delivery gentleman. Snakes don't like pizza, of course. But some snakes are very fond of gentlemen.

More entries at my LiveJournal Blog.



Website Update

2018-03-25 01:42:38

I got rid of those carousel sliders. As sliders go they were pretty cool, but even the best sliders are an eyesore, so I got rid of the fuckers so the site can be a better place for people's eyes.
So this is 4.2, slider-free since 2018


2018-03-16 21:02:41

The Society of Misfits series of anthologies has accepted my short horror story, A Gift in the Mirror. They'll release it on October 23 of 2018. So, thanks to Bards and Sages Publishing for accepting me into their lair.

The Society of Misfits

NEW NOVEL: Missing To Mars

2017-11-15 19:10:18

My latest book is available in e-book formats now, on Amazon and Kobo.

Missing to Mars is a science fiction mystery story, rooted in alternate history. It's partly inspired by Graham Hancock's work, exploring the possibility that pre-Egyptian civilization might have been more advanced than we thought, and didn't really die out. This book takes those ideas several steps further into the realm of the fantastic. I love the idea of some special torch of cosmic knowledge being shared and spread in secret.

But the main action is much simpler than that: Paul and his wife Fiona move to Mars, and Fiona promptly goes missing. What's worse than losing your loved ones in such a remote location? Arguably, the thing that took her.

It's available as an e-book, and should soon come out in paperback as well.

Huge thanks to Double Dragon Publishing, who took a chance on this book.

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About Me:

I write weird stories and novels. I like vivid wordplay and far-out adventures. I like to explore subtle ideas, juxtapositions, scary aspects of personal development, and just generally far-out stuff. I like Hard Art, stuff that's upsetting, but also stuff that's just fun and beautiful. That's what's fun for me, and I hope it will be fun for you too. Fun and scary.

Most of my books are independently published. I like the control. I like hiring cover artists and designing the book myself. I have worked with publishers, and I'll do so again, but I'm a very DIY kinda guy and I love the process of giving you something that's completely my own invention.

When I make electronic music I tend to use the rhythm and beat-structure of dance music, while the melodic structure is more influenced by rock, funk, and metal. I've used FruityLoops, Reason, and the powerful (and volatile) suite of music production software in Linux.

I was born in Newfoundland, Canada. I got my degree from St. Thomas University in Fredericton, New Brunswick. I've worked as a line cook, machine operator, web designer, and a bunch of other things.

I also do audio production Psymposia's weekly consciousness-expansion podcast. They're a great organization and you should check them out.

 About this site:

I've "re-vamped" my personal website way too many times. Usually I just want something noisy, jarring, and fun to look at. But I decided I needed something more functional so I built this content-management system in Flask, with Python. Now if I want to update it I'll just change the visuals, but the backend should be solid.

This is the main source for information about my work. Details about my books and music, my publishing history, where to buy my stuff, plus my blog and links to other cool site.

...but it's also a place to just put ridiculous things on the internet. I like internet noise. Glitch art. Broken things. So humour me by exploring it a little bit.

You can drop me a line at info [at] pattmayne [dot] com. I'll probably respond.

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