Matt Mattila’s voice – on paper – is all sandpaper and grit. You read one of his shorts, such as Hard and Good Times, and you can’t help but scratch around your neck and ears as you stare into the underworld he writes about. His eye for a scummy detail – ‘Flickering bulb cast piss yellow lights on the girl on the floor’ – is tawdry and epic at the same time. 

And here he is in Paladins, in which he contributes the cracking Take My Pain. Matt found his strong writing voice early. His work is at Shotgun Honey, The Flash Fiction Offensive, and in Near to the Knuckle’s Rogue anthology, all of which I urge you to read.


The eBook version of Paladins is out now. Curated by Aidan Thorn, it features 15 top quality writers, plus myself, with some dark, but thoroughly entertaining stories – all in aid of the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation, and in honour of our beacon, Henrietta Furchtenicht. 

You can buy Paladins from Amazons