"I find that good fiction brims with more reality than many other things claiming to be the truth. A good story will strip bare our heart, reveal the things that only God can see and move our soul." -M. Matheson
It is my sincere wish (leaving me only two) that you, the reader of these stories, will be moved in some way, be it small or large, and at the very least simply enjoy having read a good tale.
~~~~ Scroll down to my books and stories if you wish to skip the short long story of my existence ~~~~
M.(Mike) Matheson was born on an Army base in the middle of nowhere, Fort Huachuca, Arizona. Dad was career military and Mom stayed at home, the norm for the '50s. Dad, Mike's ultimate hero, died suddenly and without warning.
Without its strong pillar and stabilizing force, the family spun wildly out of control like a severed sparking wire dancing on the ground. The mire of dysfunction and chaos that followed proved to make for great storytelling later in life.
Mike was blessed to take a wide bite out of life. From motorcycle outlaw to the pastor of a church and missionary evangelist, he has seen a lot, traveled a lot and done many things. Some he wished he'd never done. Some he can't wait to do again, yet each and every scrap of life makes fantastic fabric from which to weave another grand tale.
Mike has written dozens of short stories. No More Mister Nice Guy is his first Novel.
"Flatline, which is on preorder until its release on September 1 2016, is a straight-up crime novel full of twist and grit. An aging modern day outlaw, Troy, bemoans a life which has grown bland, a veritable flat line when compared to the everyday violence, action and crime of his previous outlaw lifestyle. That regret is small against the inescapable memory of a young child who died mistakenly at his hand leaving him with no way to balance that debt.
Starting from his couch in Sacramento, he is cast into a long series of serendipitous events, in which the heroes tend not to be the good guys. Within the unfolding story, chock full of crime and murder, he sees a small possibility of balancing his debt.
Despite its share of guns, guts, and blood, it is a fairly clean read and flinch free fiction.
Clive S. Johnson
on Sep. 23, 2014 :
‘Lettered’ by M. Matheson is a short story that achieves what all shorts should – a tight and concise plot, supported by just enough character development and scene setting to make it real, believable and hence readily draw the reader in. It’s a tale seen through the eyes of its protagonist, Trish, newly settled in to her small apartment and humdrum life. Through Matheson’s generally good use of allusions and similes, the reader is quickly introduced to Trish’s current circumstances, and without feeling too rushed, some of her salient history.
Matheson does a good job of making Trish believable, and in gaining the reader’s empathy, perhaps the strongest feature of this piece. The plot, although it works well in outline, has one or two slight weaknesses that could easily be remedied, one in particular that begged suspicions of a convenient plot device towards the end. That said, the overall narrative isn’t unduly spoiled.
My lasting impression is of a relaxed, easy and confident narrative style which, for an emerging author of contemporary fiction, bodes very well for his future works. A writer to watch out for.
(review of free book)