Matt Bower graduated from LHU in 2001 with a degree in English/Writing and a minor in Theater. He was President of the local chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, the International English Honor Society.
Matt has performed with several comedy troupes, including the Cellar Dwellers (as seen on Comcast On Demand), Player One, and I-Factor, as a sketch writer and improvisor/actor. His novel Save Me, Rip Orion was a quarter-finalist in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award 2013. Publisher's Weekly positively reviewed the novel, which cracked the Amazon bestseller list in Fiction-Satire. His full-length play If Leopold Could Talk was a quarter-finalist in the New Century Writer Award 2002. His work has been published in Defenestration Literary Magazine, Neutrons Protons, The Crucible, PGHCOMEDY, and various blogs.
An interest in storytelling budded when he won The Pittsburgh Moth StorySLAM, and later performed in The Pittsburgh Moth GrandSLAM, Kevin Allison (of MTV's The State) Presents: RISK! Live Show & Podcast!, WordPLAY, True Story Party, among other shows. He performs at comedy and storytelling events randomly in the Pittsburgh area.
Besides maintaining his blog Crooked Lullabies, Matt enjoys sipping on an IPA while listening to Pirates broadcasts on his shortwave radio.
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Save Me, Rip Orion
An abandoned house is set aflame. Roscoe stumbles upon evidence that reveals the arsonist’s next target. Evoking his childhood icon, the mighty Rip Orion, Roscoe decides to become the real life version of the superhero and apprehend the pyromaniac. However, the fantasy rapidly unravels when events don’t unfold in classic comic book fashion. To save the world, Roscoe must play the role of villain.
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Smashwords book reviews by Matt Bower
- Globe-Hurler (The Hadanum Saga)
on Oct. 22, 2012
Globe-Hurler is a journey of end-to-end tension. I have never read a fantasy/science-fiction novel before but decided to start here due to the glowing reviews. I made the right call. Mr. Mason snares the reader from page one, where the hero is already in peril. The action moves quickly while the relationships between the well-crafted characters bloom. I admire an author who can construct a world unlike any I have imagined before, yet the world itself still feels natural once I am immersed in it. I also admire Mr. Mason’s ability to create a prevailing sense of dread, akin to the novel 1984 or of the sort. I have no apprehension recommending this book.