|Born||Marcus James Mastin
August 20, 1975
Carthage, New York
|Occupation||Novelist, Short story writer, Poet|
|Genres||Horror fiction, Science fiction, Drama|
|Spouse(s)||Christina Ann Mastin (2006-)|
|Children||Sebastian Alexander Mastin
Alana Raven Mastin
Marcus J. Mastin (born August 20, 1975 in Carthage, New York) is an American author, whose books include the thriller Don't Pay the Ferryman (based on the 1982 song by Chris DeBurgh) and its sequel Don't Fear the Reaper (named, likewise, for "(Don't Fear) the Reaper" by Blue Öyster Cult). These novels were published in 2003 and 2004 respectively.
In 2005, Mastin published a book of poetry entitled Weathering the Storm: The Journey of my Life, Part I. Mastin also contributed to the Spring 2006 edition of "The Black River Review". The book, published by Jefferson Community College, included Mastin's poem "Jekyll and Hyde present: The Coin of Dementia". Mastin published the sequel to his poetry book in October 2008 entitled Battling the Storm: The Journey of my Life, Part II. In November 2007, Mastin released his third novel in the "Carthage Chronicles" series entitled Revenge of the Reaper. The "Revenge" story takes places exactly where the previous story left off and continues the saga of the murderous Reaper.
The "Revenge" story is also noteworthy because of the references to other books and films. For instance, in one chapter, a character is sitting in his hotel room watching Evil Dead II on the television. What is unique about the scene is that the character in the "Revenge" book is watching the movie just as the clawed glove of Freddy Krueger, the primary antagonist of the A Nightmare on Elm Street series of slasher films, can be seen hanging in the cabin's basement and toolshed. That scene in Evil Dead II, at least partially, is a reference to a scene in the original A Nightmare on Elm Street where the character Nancy Thompson (portrayed by Heather Langenkamp), watches the original The Evil Dead on a television set in her room. In turn, that scene was a reference to the torn The Hills Have Eyes poster seen in the original Evil Dead film, which was itself a reference to a torn Jaws poster in The Hills Have Eyes.
In 2010, Mastin published a book about parenting from a father's perspective titled Cinderfella: My life as a Stay-at-Home Dad.
In 2011, Mastin published a children's book titled Oscar Potter and his late-night visitor.
In 2012, Mastin published a children's book titled Childhood Heroes.
Mastin was born in Carthage, New York, the son of Tammy Sue (née Earle) and James Patrick Mastin, an electrician. He and his family moved to various locations throughout the upstate New York region before finally settling down in Beaver Falls, New York in 1989. He was captivated by books from an early age, particularly comic books and Hardy Boys adventures, as well as horror and science fiction films of the 1970s and 1980s, such as Salem's Lot and Close Encounters of the Third Kind and began writing short stories in notebooks and scrap paper while still in elementary school. He attended Jefferson Community College in Watertown, New York at various times throughout the 1990s and 2000s, earning three Associates Degrees by the time he left in 2003.