The Magic of the Winter Season

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As flakes of snow swirl about the silent, frozen landscape and icicles grow upon the eaves of our homes, a certain magic is released. Watch the smooth, pristine blanket of glistening crystals form graceful serpentine shapes as the wind blows across the terrain. Curtains of snow cascade down from the evergreens, a veritable sea of white waterfalls that pile into shifting drifts. There is a profound solitude when you stand outside during a snowfall. Whether you live in the inner city or a rural community, a fresh snowfall alters the environment. A layer of beauty replaces the decay of late Autumn that dampens sound and disguises the trappings of civilization.

If you grew up in the temperate regions of the world where snow is common, as a child, you likely experienced the wonder and magic that snowfall brings. Losing touch with those feelings as an adult is easy. As we grow older, we quickly equate snow with travel delays, automobile accidents and the burden of shoveling out our homes and cars. However, if you stand in the open and push all those grownup concerns from your mind, I’m willing to bet that childhood magic will return.

Close your eyes for just a moment and feel the chill of the winter breeze and the sting of snowflakes touching your warm flesh. Now open your eyes and listen to the muted sounds provided by the fresh snowfall. Open your mouth and catch one of the falling flakes with your tongue and tell me that you don’t feel just a little bit of that childhood magic returning. Snowfall brings a quiet, refined beauty and excites the imagination. Just watch any kid and you’ll see the smile cross their face when the snow begins. It’s more than just the prospect of school cancellations, children are uniquely attuned to embrace the wonder of the winter season that the burden of adulthood has caused many of us to forget.

There’s something a little more than just beauty and silence that snowfall brings. I think there’s a measure of hope that springs from these feelings and for just a few moments, we forget our concerns and responsibilities.  Make a snowball, build a snowman or just take a walk during a snowfall and recapture the magic of the winter season. And if you’re a parent, be sure to share this magic together with your child because the memories you make will last a lifetime.

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Blog Update – The Unseen Kingdom Released!

My apologies for the lack of blog entries the past couple of months. Shortly after the release of The Demons of Plainville, we were forced to move to a new home with little lead time. This turned my life upside down as I endeavored to locate a suitable home, before engaging in the arduous task of packing and moving to the new place.

However, the good news is that I’ve finally released my Young-Adult LGBT horror novel The Unseen Kingdom. I’m quite excited to bring forth this twisted Lovecraftian tale to you and is currently available at Amazon (Paperback/Kindle) and Barnes & Noble (Paperback).  The novel is born from my love of Halloween, the classic horror movies of the 1970s and 1980s and my desire to write compelling young gay characters. While the boys’ sexuality is relevant to the story, I prefer to focus on a plot that forces the protagonists to show off their courage, compassion and inner fortitude, rather than focusing on issues related to their sexual identity. These are normal, adventurous boys struggling against a supernatural conspiracy that threatens their sanity and their lives, along with typical adolescent problems such as confidence, abuse and identity.

Now that I’m settled into a routine and the book is released, I’ll be spending more time with the blog. Since Halloween is such an important holiday to me, I’ll be posting several blog and podcast entries leading up to October 31st. In particular, I’ll be discussing some of my favorite horror movies and perhaps a little about Halloween decorating!

I am currently on a ‘Blog Tour’ for The Unseen Kingdom and you can find the schedule of upcoming reviews, spotlights and interviews here:

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So be on the lookout for my next major post next week, and in the meantime follow my discussion on “Perception in Horror” as it pertains to The Unseen Kingdom.

The Unseen Kingdom

The Unseen Kingdom

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With only one week until Halloween, thirteen-year-old Tommy Wilson is panic-stricken at the thought of coming out to his best friends. This momentous occasion is put on hold, however, when Tommy and his buddies come to a horrifying realization: the eerie dreams they share each night after falling asleep are, in fact, a physical portal to a hellish dimension known as R’lyeh—home of the Titan god Cthulhu. But R’lyeh’s dreamlike existence becomes a sickening reality when the boys discover that the disturbing inhabitants are plotting to cross over the dream threshold and destroy their hometown. In an attempt to save those they love, Tommy and his friends search for the secret within R’lyeh that may prove its undoing. And in the process, a dark madness descends on them all… More info →
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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.