Matthew was born in leafy Surrey in England before spending his youngest years in Sweden, the land of trolls and the midnight sun. He returned home and studied Drama at The University of Kent, followed by a Masters in Acting at Arts Educational Schools London. He works as a freelance writer, director, storyteller and performer.
Often working in the historical field, he has written and directed immersive events at historic buildings and castles across the country over the past two decades. For six years he was the writer and director of large scale public events at the Tower of London. He regularly works with the top companies in the field of site specific theatre and historical interpretation from Past Pleasures Ltd, to Griffin Historical and Time Will Tell Theatre. His one act play on the life of Arthur Wellesley, the Duke of Wellington was staged at St James’s Palace to an invited audience including the current Duke. Matthew takes a detailed and rigorous approach to research for his writing and advised Hilary Mantel on aspects of Tudor combat for her Wolf Hall series of novels.
Atmospheric horror and the weird tales of Lovecraft, Poe, Hodgson and Blackwood have always been Matthew’s abiding passion. He has devised numerous bespoke horror experiences, his horror play Drowning Rock set on a desolate lighthouse was staged at the Camden People’s Theatre and he regularly tells ghost stories in the Victorian tradition at English Heritage properties.
Matthew has written short films and short stories in the fantasy, horror and steam-punk genre. His current project is the first part in a series of flintlock fantasy novels… Dead Man’s Dream.