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Monthly Archives: February 2015

Two For Eternity – The Crusades

I want to preface this by writing that I’m Roman Catholic and went through twelve years of Catholic School.  Having said that, I have to call it the way I see it.  I would rather write the truth than make friends.  The truth is the Catholic Church has a bit of shady past, none more Read More…

Two For Eternity – The Vikings

I made a short, one chapter diversion in my novel Two For Eternity, setting this chapter in the Kingdom of Norway in 984 AD.  There were a couple of reasons that I wanted to get this time period into the novel.  The first is to establish that the vikings were in fact the first Europeans Read More…

Oscar Predictions

Best Picture – Boyhood – Birdman has a shot, but the uniqueness of Boyhood will give it the edge   Best Director – Richard Linklater   Best Actor – Michael Keaton – this is a toss up between Keaton and Eddie Redmayne, but I’m going with the upset Best Actress – Julianne Moore – this Read More…

Two For Eternity – Hispaniola 1492

I get deeply offended every October when Columbus Day rolls around.  It sickens me that people would actually celebrate a day for one of the greatest mass murderers in the history of our world.  There’s no other way to put it other than Christopher Columbus was a thug, scumbag and a murderer of the highest Read More…

How a vacation led to the novel Revelation by Brian Matthews

When I sat down to write Revelation, I faced a significant problem. Forever Man had just been released. People in the industry were telling me how much they liked it. To my friends and family, I had achieved the status of a minor celebrity. Even Publisher’s Weekly gave it a positive review. After two years Read More…

Revelation by Brian Matthews

Revelation is the sequel to Brian Matthews’s debut novel Forever Man, although it is not a direct continuation of the events in the first novel.  This story starts with a firmly convinced atheist, Myles Knight, who runs a blog and tries to debunk any kind of religious relic or artefact.  Knight receives a box with Read More…

Two For Eternity – 10,000 B.C.

I wanted to establish that my two main characters had been around since the beginning of human kind so I put them in a scene in Central Africa in 10,000 B.C.  This chapter of the book was mostly guess work and speculation since not much is known about this time.  I chose this area and Read More…

The Story Behind the Story: The Last Man Standing

My story Last Man Standing, which is currently out in The Best of Dark Eclipse, Volume 2, is the third in a series of stories that I wrote about extreme reality television shows where things go horribly wrong.  My first story How Far Will You Go, featured seven contestants who did ultra-extreme challenges for the Read More…

Movie Review: American Sniper

With the controversy surrounding American Sniper, and the Clint Eastwood/Bradley Cooper combination, this was a movie I had to watch.  The movie portrays the real life story of former Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, a sniper who was credited with the most kills of any sniper in United States history.  The movie chronicles his family life Read More…