My name is Martin Lastrapes.
I'm an author and a podcaster. My debut novel, Inside the Outside won the Grand Prize in the 2012 Paris Book Festival. In 2015 I won the Grand Prize in the Southern California Book Festival for my second novel, The Vampire, the Hunter, and the Girl. In 2019 I won the top prize in the Self-Publishing Review Book Awards for my short story collection Dolph the Unicorn Killer & Other Stories. My podcast, The Martin Lastrapes Show Podcast Hour, hasn't won any awards, but people seem to like it more than they hate it, so I can live with that.
I grew up in the Inland Empire, an eclectic region of Southern California with a rich history that nobody knows about, including most of the people who live there.
While growing up in the region that birthed the Hell’s Angels, housed the first McDonald’s restaurant, and remains one of the foremost manufacturers and suppliers of crystal meth, I spent the great majority of my childhood watching professional wrestling and reading comic books—that is, of course, when I wasn't busy avoiding homework or wondering when I should begin my journey of becoming Batman.
In 2003, I earned a Bachelor’s Degree in English/Creative Writing and in 2006 I earned a Master’s Degree in Composition, both from California State University, San Bernardino.
In 2011, I began my own publishing imprint, Cannibal Press, which I've used to publish all of my books. My writing has also been published in various literary journals and websites, such as The Pacific Review and L.A. Voice.
In 2004, I won awards for my short fiction from the Cal Poly Writer’s Conference, as well as the California Writer’s Club. In 2012, I signed a publishing deal with Exciting Press.
I'm also the host of The Martin Lastrapes Show Podcast Hour, the show that may or may not be an hour long, based on your perception of time and how much I've got to say. It's both a silly and earnest look into my mind as I talk about writing, publishing, and most anything else I find interesting—from movies and television to professional wrestling to comic books.