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Ozarks Native Returns Home for Book Signing

One Ozarks native will be returning home later this week to share his latest accomplishment with the area. KSMU’s Ryan Welch reports.

Horror author Matt Cardin lives in Waco, Texas, but he still calls Cassville, Missouri “home.” He’ll be returning to the Springfield area to sign copies of his new book, “Dark Awakenings.” It’s a collection of seven supernatural horror stories and three academic essays.

“When I was able to combine a trip back home for the holidays to see some family with a signing at the Borders there in town, it was great. I’m hoping to see a lot of people that I know and share some of my writing with them,” said Cardin.

Cardin went to grad school for religious studies at Missouri State. His book explains the relationship between horror and religion. He says the two have gone together in literature since the late 18th century, when gothic novels first appeared on the scene.

Cardin says that even since childhood, he’s always been interested in finding out more about religion and horror fiction. Later in his life, he began to notice how the two always seemed to intertwine.

Cardin will be signing copies of his book, “Dark Awakenings,” at the Borders store in Springfield this Friday, December 17 from 7-9pm. Borders is located at 3300 South Glenstone. For KSMU News, I’m Ryan Welch.