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Monthly Archives: January 2015

Two For Eternity: Judea

This was a touchy area for me to write about.  Being Catholic, I didn’t want to do anything that could be considered sacreligious, but Vrag, the antagonist in my story, is the ultimate baddie, so what better way to set him up as such than to have him be Christianity’s ultimate villain.  There has been Read More…

The Story Behind My Story: Ghost Tour

When I was young, and the world was bright with new adventure, I was on a vacation that encompassed Las Vegas, the Grand Canyon, and eventually California.  As part of this west coast trip, my wife and I were in Long Beach, California where we decided to visit the Queen Mary, a massive, retired ocean Read More…

Two For Eternity – Ancient Babylon

The aspect of Ancient Babylon that I concentrated on in this section was the worship of Marduk and the religious and cultural impact of it.  Marduk is an interesting character in Babylonian mythology.  Although Anu was the principle god in the Babylonian pantheon, it was Marduk that became the patron of the city of Babylon Read More…

Two For Eternity – Ancient Egypt

Considering that Two For Eternity takes place over a twelve thousand year span, I had to use some ancient societies as backdrops.  The two that immediately came to mind was Egypt and Babylon, widely considered the two earliest civilized societies, although there is some argument that some Far East societies may have pre-dated these.  I Read More…

10 Questions with Brian Matthews

1.  Where did you come up with the concept for Forever Man?   The idea came to me back in 2010. President Obama had just been elected to his first term, and the talking heads were making a big deal about his race, his nationality, all the crazy stuff that was going on back then. Read More…

Forever Man by Brian Matthews

When I first started reading Forever Man, I thought this was going to be your basic monster story as a creature of unknown origin attacks a high school couple late at  night.  Not that there is anything wrong with that, since I certainly enjoy a good monster story.  However, as I continued to read, I Read More…

Movie Review: Into the Woods

Into the Woods is a combination of Jack and the Beanstalk, Little Red Riding Hood, Cinderella, and Rapunzel adapated from a Broadway musical.  All of these fairy tales are woven together by a baker and his wife who was cursed by the witch, played by Meryl Streep.  The baker and his wife can’t have any Read More…

Movie Review: The Interview

I felt it was my patriotic duty to watch The Interview and stick it to the dictatorial bastards who run North Korea.  With that in mind, I really wanted to like the movie.  On the flip side, I heard mostly negative reviews about the movie so my expectations were lowered. To start with, the movie Read More…