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"The Dead Can't Rest" — Now Available
In 2007, Mrs. Eloise Cunningham, fifteen year-old, Eric Ramsey’s best friend and “Third Grandmother” as he called her, died of Leukemia. While helping his mother and Mrs. Cunningham’s son, Evan, close the house, Eric discovered Mrs. Cunningham was still there. No one could see her but Eric and didn’t believe him when he told them she was there.
In 2008, due to other people reporting they’d seen her looking out the window and also walking in the garden, the Whispering Pines Daily Times talked Evan into letting them partner with local businesses and anyone who would spend Halloween Night, all night, in the house, would receive one thousand dollars. However, no one has ever spent the entire night.
Now, in 2012, Eric is a sophomore in college and he and four freshmen decide to take the challenge. Eric rushes up to the house to ask Mrs. Cunningham what is going on, and discovers she is looking forward to the night and is concerned Eric will spoil her fun.
Ms. Annabelle Florence is a medium, who has never seen a ghost before, but has talked the local TV Station, WPTV Channel 43, into letting her have a segment on the Ten o’clock News called Investigating the Paranormal with Ms. Annabelle Florence.
Join Eric and Ms. Florence as they find out why, The Dead Can’t Rest.
Available on Kindle and Kindle Unlimited Only
This is not a word-for-word rewrite of the
Shipwrecked/Climb to the Top Collection Series
from Brad’s Point of View. I enjoyed writing it and I hope you will enjoy reading it.
There are several things that happened even when Kris was there that Kris didn’t mention, that Brad covers, so you might want to dust off your copies of the series to compare them
The Chronicles of Brad
As a special bonus, we revisit the series from Brad’s POV (Point of View). Find out how Brad felt when he first laid eyes on Kris, and other times when something happened during the series. Plus, he divulges other things that happened when Kris either wasn’t around or didn’t mention.
This is the Series Finalè for the “Shipwrecked/Climb to the Top” Collection Series.
eBooks by Mathis b Rogers
Reviews & Award
Lady Cyrrheal Annex Reviews "Blizzard"
Lady Cyrrh gave Blizzard
When posted: 8/22/97
Where posted: ASSG
Author: Mathis B. Rogers
This was a long one (pun intended)–more of a novelette than a short story–but it was very good, a sort of first-person gay gothic romance- mystery about a writer with amnesia. The story begins as the narrator is pulled from his crashed car by a handsome man. He doesn’t remember a thing and doesn’t know who he is, so the other guy takes him to his nearby cabin in the woods for shelter, as a blizzard is blowing up, and they soon become isolated from the world. The rest of the story is taken up with the writer’s efforts to rediscover his identity and understand the attraction he feels towards his rescuer and his repulsion towards another man who claims to be his lover.
There wasn’t much sex save for one scene is the middle (in which the police barge in on the gay couple as they ejaculate), but this was more of a mainstream story than porn anyway. The writer was quite skilled in setting up the situation–Is the rescuer all he seems to be? Can anyone he knows be trusted?–and I was eager to resolve the mystery. The denouement was a little bit of a letdown–by the time the final revelations came, I was expecting something really scandalous–but overall the story was entertaining, and excellently written as well.
Lady Cyrrheal Annex reviews "Shipwrecked".
Author: Mathis B. Rogers
… this story dealt with romance and the familial repercussions of being gay in contemporary society…more of a domestic fantasy than a sexual one, though there was a lot of sex (they say “I love you” over 50 times.) Kris, the young narrator, has been living with Brad, his lover, for two years, but Brad’s parents haven’t realized their son is gay and that Kris is not “just” a roomate. When Brad’s family invites the two to spend the weekend on their boat, they reluctantly, agree, knowing how hard it will be to keep it a secret. Complicating matters is Chad, Brad’s identical twin brother, who has also been asked along, and complicating things further is the freak storm that strikes, washing the boat ashore on a desert isle. (Stop singing the “Gilligan’s Island” theme.) The rest of the story deals with the aftermath, the “coming out” of the young couple, and how Brad’s parents and twin brother react to this.
It’s hard not to like this story even if you don’t like gay fiction, because the characters were simply so *nice.* I felt I knew them as neighbors. There was even a touch of sly familial sexual humor running throughout:
Mr. Peterson turned in his seat and looked Brad up and down as we climbed into the car. “No wonder those shorts had a hole in them, son,” he said. “They’re so tight that they’ll split if you get a boner. Couldn’t you find any decent clothes to wear?”
“Thanks, Mom,” Brad chided, before turning to his father.
“You shouldn’t talk like that in front of Mom, Dad.”
Mr. Peterson turned around and adjusted his seat belt. “Why not?” he asked. “She knows what a boner is. Hell, if she didn’t enjoy playing with mine, you wouldn’t be here.”
(No, there’s no incest!)
All in all, a feelgood story with roots in real life.
Happy Easter & Passover!
Wishing everyone a Blessed and Happy Easter and Passover!
No matter which you celebrate, remember what Jesus did for you!
41st Annual Lubbock Arts Festival
Had a good time at the 41st Annual Lubbock Art’s Festival on Saturday, April 12th. It’s a two-day event, but I was only able to attend on Saturday.
Several of the Authors who belong to the Write Right Critique Group were selling our books at the event. Each year the group has a “Kid’s Stop” booth called “Write with the Writers” and also the “Meet the Authors” section. The authors get to meet and great readers and sell our autographed books. Even in this day and age, several people still prefer to hold a physical book in their hands.
Since my readers prefer eBooks, I only have ’The Mysterious Bed’ in print. I did give out several cards with my website on them and met some really neat people.
Click our picture to be taken to the group’s Bookshelf page.
Here's wishing everyone a VERY Happy New Year!
Here's wishing everyone a VERY Merry Christmas!
I have a lot to be thankful for this year. My readers, especially. I hope that you each have a very Happy Thanksgiving. If you’re not in the United States, I hope you have a great weekend.
Update on The Chronicles of Brad
I’m still working on it. Now that I have a job, I don’t get to work on it as much as I’d like to. But I will let you know when I have it finished. Stay tuned and, if you’re not on my notification list, you should sign up so you’ll be notified when I do.