Release Date: August 25, 2020
eISBN: 9781627785235


by Matteo Polk

A dangerous and erotic S&M vampire thriller . . .

Shay Kinsey’s body reads pain as pleasure. He indulges his masochism through body modification, but this practice often brings him more shame than relief—that is, until his desires put him under the needle of the mysterious and alluring tattoo artist Ricky.

When Ricky reveals his vampiric nature, Shay is offered a chance to give in to his impulses in an S&M relationship that promises deep intimacy, and even deeper pain. But with Ricky’s affection comes the attention of the city’s secret vampire organization, seemingly hell-bent on separating the two. As Shay falls into the dual dark worlds of lust and vampires, he is increasingly unable to figure out who to trust. Should Shay trust the enigmatic, ancient, and handsome Ricky—the first man to indulge his erotic fantasies? Or should he trust the cryptic vampire society trying to infiltrate his life? As Shay searches for the answers, Ricky begins to leave his mark on Shay in far more than ink.

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About the author Matteo Polk

A South Jersey native and ethical kink enthusiast, Matteo Polk lives on the east side of the Delaware river with his husband and their combined collection of comic books. He spends his free time drawing and listening to an odd mix of metal, electronica, and indie rock. 

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There is a duality to the title and the very heart of the characters; Hematoma is both Shay and Ricky. It’s life and it’s loss. This is a tantalizing book for the right reader. There is an edge. There are shades of grey. There is a fictional but real quality to the story being told. There are extremely visceral moments. 




. . .I’m glad I took a chance on Matteo Polk’s debut novel. Hematoma is a dark, erotic, speculative fiction thriller that explores trauma, cycles of abuse, self-loathing, and the innate human craving for the freedom to live one’s life unashamedly and without external limitations. . .




. . .I found I was comforted by Shay, his thoughts and actions, and by his choices. I loved this story and the surprises I encountered as I flipped the pages. I couldn’t have prepared myself for the beginning, middle, or ending. I was fully entranced the entire time.


—Ash Knight,



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