MATT SHAW was born, quite by accident (his mother tripped, he shot out) September 30th 1980 in Winchester hospital where he was immediately placed on the baby ward and EBay. Some twelve years later (wandering the corridors of the hospital and playing with road kill when he was on day release), the listing closed and he remained unsold, he was booted out of the hospital to start his life as a writer and hobbit – beginning with writing screenplays and short stories for his own amusement before finally getting published when he was twenty-seven years and forty-five seconds old.
Growing up, Matt was too poor to go to school so he often sat by the bins of King Edwards VI school, in Southampton, where the teachers would take pity on him and throw him snippets of information that he could forge into a poor education. When they grew tired of him – he moved over to the toilets of Itchen College, in Bitterne, where, once again, he sifted through stools in an effort to obtain some more recycled information that would help him continue in his ongoing efforts to get an education.
A tragic accident took his life when, at the same age he was published, he was run over by a stolen steam-roller whilst lying in a field jotting down some notes for his next book.
He is survived by his wife, two cats, chinchilla and two goldfish – all of whom live off his vast royalty cheques that, thanks to you, keep going to them.
Disclaimer: I’m not really dead. Just used that for dramatic effect.
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Smashwords book reviews by Matt Shaw
on July 08, 2012
The theme of the short story is clearly 'Revenge' - pretty much given away with the title but it's not just x amount of pages of 'bloodthirsty' revenge as mentioned elsewhere. It's more than that. The characters have been well thought out and the story is a well-written piece which kept me turning the pages. Add to that the fact it's a short-story - my perfect little tale. After all, I have low attention span! I think the decision to make a short story was a good one - more pages would have diluted an already snappy, tense, well-thought out scenario.
One of the reviews - in the book - said it would make a 'delicious Twilight Zone' episode. Personally - I'd go with Tales of the Unexpected and Tales from the Crypt if you want comparisons. Nicely dark!
Thumbs up from me and a very strong case for 'not judging something by previous reviews'!
Matt Shaw - author of 'Happy Ever After'