My Bio

Matthew John Benecke is a writer of speculative fiction with supernatural and horror leanings. He holds a Bachelor’s of Business Administration in Finance from Baruch College where he graduated as a member of the inaugural class of Macaulay Honors Scholars. He also holds a Master’s in Adolescent English Education from Brooklyn College. While working at Baruch College, he was selected to develop, implement, and instruct a summer-long creative writing seminar for high school students in the College Now program where he served as an adjunct lecturer.

Matt’s broad array of interests is reflected both in his writing and with his other creative ventures. His love of music has led him to publish articles on, one of the Internet’s premiere guitar-centric sites, as well as guitar tablature. His nearly four dozen contributions have been viewed by thousands of guitarists around the world, representing countries from every continent save for Antarctica.

His interest in craft beer led to both a successful stint as a homebrewer and  a fruitful run of writing that included a craft beer blog and his first piece of non-fiction, Beer & Fitness. His blog, The Beer Whisperers, has enjoyed a dedicated following for over a decade, and is followed by more than 50 breweries from around the world including nearly a dozen of the Top 50 Breweries as listed by the Brewers Association. He has visited more than 100 breweries, many of which have been reviewed on the blog, and has sampled more than 5,000 different beers.

Aside from being a writer, Matt is also an avid photographer and podcaster. He enjoys landscape photography primarily but is also interested in black and white work. His photographs have won several competitions and have been put on display in various showings in New Jersey.

Matt’s latest venture is in the realm of podcasting. His general interest program, Matt’s Mishmash Podcast, has featured guests from around the world including South African and Welsh authors, a Romanian photographer, and a Serbian Fulbright Fellow and Professor. Episode topics have ranged from sports and music to nutrition, fitness, and beyond.

Matt is currently querying his first Young Adult novel. He resides in coastal New Jersey with his wife, Heather, their three basketball-loving children, and their German Shepherd puppy, Vendetta.

Matt’s Kosmogonia series of speculative fiction novels is among his proudest works. Comprising five full-length novels, the series spans a spectrum of styles and genres, beginning with an urban supernatural thriller before culminating in a climactic clash that combines fantasy and realism. He has collaborated with several incredible artists to bring his vibrant writing to life, including Anthony Jensen, Andrei Cosma, and Chauncy Felisz. Be sure to check out their concept art, as well as trailers and other Kosmogonia imagery here.

For more information about Matthew John Benecke and his works, you can follow him on Twitter and Instagram, like his page on Facebook, and interact with him on Goodreads. Paperback and digital copies of his books are available at, as is the audiobook version of his sci-fi/horror novella, FOMO.

Stream Matt’s Mishmash Podcast on Spotify, Apple Podcast, or wherever you enjoy your content, and be sure to check out his channel on YouTube for podcast videos, novel trailers, and more!

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