Matt Boothman

Plays

Left to right: Alexander Pankhurst as Carnacki and Ceridwen Smith as Dodgson Photography by Nivine Keating. Cover design by Bruce Asher.

Left to right: Alexander Pankhurst as Carnacki and Ceridwen Smith as Dodgson
Photography by Nivine Keating. Cover design by Bruce Asher.

Audience with the Ghost Finder

(as M. J. Starling)

having been raised on a diet of 70s sci-fi and repeats of The Devil Rides Out, I had a whale of a time
— A Younger Theatre

An original weird tale featuring characters, settings and concepts remixed from the works of William Hope Hodgson and H. P. Lovecraft.

The free ebook contains the full playtext, an interview with the playwright, and six of the original tales of Carnacki, the ghost finder, by William Hope Hodgson. With a foreword by Ellie Pitkin and biography of Hodgson by Sam Gafford.

Production history

  • The Selkirk, Wandsworth Arts Festival and Fringe 2013 (world premiere)

  • Etcetera Theatre, London Horror Festival 2013

  • The Blackshaw Arts Hour, 2015 (audio drama adaptation)

Stories

When a Crossroads is a Corner

(as M. J. Starling)

Apex Magazine (Steal the Spotlight contest winner), November 2014

“One bark from the black dog on the corner will bring the rest of the litter running. A howl will summon its masters, the men in red…”


Dead Without Dying

(as M. J. Starling)

AE: The Canadian Science Fiction Review, April 2012

“The Three-Century Sage was dead, and there was something smug about his corpse…”


Thorndyke’s Folly

(as M. J. Starling)

Reflection’s Edge, September 2009

“Shooting this press conference is the first worthwhile thing Francis Thorndyke will do in twenty-three years of life, and if he buggers it up he’ll forfeit his right ever to shoot anything more worthwhile than country bumpkins chasing cheeses down hills…”

Games

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Apocalypso

A rip-up storytelling game about making the end of the world meaningful.

Written for the Record Collection 2k19 game jam by Riley Hopkins. Inspired by the 2005 album Mew and the Glass Handed Kites.

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Goatpro Heroes

You are goats wearing GOPROS. Your mission is to freeclimb tall buildings and stream death-defying rooftop stunts to your fans on YouTube.

Written for the Felonious Fauna 2k19 game jam by Erika Jean.