TDoP Gets Five Stars From Reader’s Favorite!

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Reviewed By Gisela Dixon for Readers’ Favorite

The Dem5star-shiny-webons of Plainville: A Survivor’s Story of Storms and Reconstruction by Daniel R. Mathews is an inspiring true story of a boy and how he overcame his past. The Demons of Plainville is a first-person autobiographical narrative by Daniel Mathews. He tells us about his childhood, beginning with one of his earliest memories of abuse, both verbal and physical, at age eight at the hands of his addicted, mentally ill mother. Raised in Massachusetts mainly by his mother and grandparents, Daniel’s childhood is bleak. His mother believes in the Satanic Bible and deals in Satanic masses and occult practices. She also emotionally abuses Daniel by falsely accusing him of stealing, among other things, and punishing him for it. At the age of eleven, Daniel’s father suddenly appears out of nowhere and takes Daniel to live with him. For a while, things seem to improve for Daniel as he bonds with his step-brother, Sam. However the cycle of physical abuse continues, this time from his father. As he shuttles back and forth between various homes and is abused and neglected, Daniel is also dealing with his own homosexuality and the challenges of fitting in and finding his identity in a society that is often openly homophobic. In the end, this is a story of survival and courage as one man battles the demons that threatened him, and emerges stronger and wiser.

The Demons of Plainville by Daniel R. Mathews is an inspiring true story and I found Daniel’s frank, no-nonsense, tell-it-like-it-is style of writing to be very engaging. I got the sense that Daniel truly is a survivor and wants to genuinely offer hope to other people, and children who have been neglected or abused, that a better life is possible. The issues of homophobia and prejudice in today’s society are addressed as well. I hope that reading a book like this will initiate discussion and, hopefully, more widespread acceptance of all people, regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, etc.

`The Academy` [Part 1]

A little background on this story first. ‘The Academy’ was originally intended to serve as the first chapter of ‘The Unseen Kingdom’ and was to serve as a ‘Cold Opening’ to the novel. However, I ended up cutting the chapter for several reasons. My first concern was the growing length of the chapter, to the point that I envisioned an entire novel (or novelette) could be written to detail the event described. This dovetailed into the other concerns since none of the main characters appear in the chapter, and finally it built more tension than I wanted to establish so early in the first act. However, as a standalone story this serves as a nice introduction to the concept of both the town of Plainville, and ‘The Unseen Kingdom’. I will stage this story as a series of parts leading up to Halloween. Since there are some minor potential spoilers, I probably won’t post the end until after Halloween.

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The Town of Plainville

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Mill TownIn an earlier post, I address my overall rationale behind my ‘World of Daniel Mathews’ and much of this revolves a fictional town named Plainville. Now, I invoke the name of this town for the title of my memoir, and it appears again in my upcoming novel ‘The Unseen Kingdom’. You could think of Plainville as any small town, especially those with checkered pasts that are rife with urban legends and dark rumors. This is rather common in New England, but there are towns that meet this description all over the world. In short, Plainville could spiritually be your own hometown. A town whose occupants would rather not have their history and origin known to the outside world. A town whose secrets lie at the bottom of the surrounding swamps or in shallow graves. A town whose sordid past whispers to you in the summer breeze and stalks you home from school.

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Upcoming Projects

My debut Horror novel entitled ‘The Unseen Kingdom’ is scheduled for release in time for Halloween this year. I’m very excited about this book, and it has been a long time in the waiting. The writing on the project is complete, and the manuscript is currently being edited, but that process is expected to take several more months. The illustrated cover is already complete, and I’ll be sharing that with you soon. The novel takes place over the course of seven days, leading up to Halloween night. Thus, hopefully, it will be the ideal twisted and gory tale that blends the joys of trick-or-treating with ravenous creatures, blood-thirsty cultists, and the apocalypse. I’m not going into full details just yet, but if you’re a fan of ‘Halloween III: Season of the Witch’ then you’re probably going to enjoy this book. I will be posting the full description soon, along with a discussion about my inspirations for the novel.

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About ‘The Demons of Plainville’ [Part 1]

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In the preface to ‘The Demons of Plainville’, I state that perhaps the most difficult story to tell is the story of oneself. Especially, when you’d rather forget that story, or at least give it a decent revision or two. However, we can’t change the previous chapters in our lives, we can only try and influence the upcoming chapters. This is an endeavor I’ve been trying to master for years, and perhaps like many people on this Earth, I can’t quite seem to get it right.

One of the major themes that run through my memoir is the concept of Demons. As humans, we are all plagued with Demons, especially those of us who suffered abuse or some tragedy during our childhoods. We are left battling the Demons of anger, regret, fear, guilt, shame and sorrow. I had written the memoir about five years ago and was initially pleased with how it turned out. I hired a developmental editor to ensure I was bringing my absolute best effort to the market. Despite how encouraging the editor and my friends were about the project, I allowed those inner Demons to rip into me. I was overcome with intense shame and regret.

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