Welcome to my little world of words. I hope you enjoy your stay. Please allow me to introduce myself. I am a Wordsmith and I live in the imagination. As do many writers, I have great expectations for the future; many, many books out on my horizons. I fear that my time is short, however. Please let me introduce you to my tangible works:
In the last century, I had been contemplating biblical themes and wanted to revisit the Book of Genesis. I am convinced that this is not mere contrivance, that the places and events were not inventions -- as certain naysayers are saying they are today. In 2001, I began writing what I believed to be a creative nonfiction. By 2003, this work encapsulated the world of the Old Testament; viewing the Devil as protagonist in a universe where perhaps God perhaps we were the antagonists: what some might call 'Sympathy for the Devil.' In 2007, this work was self-published via AuthorHouse and made available to the public in May; complete with indices, including where subjects could be located in the Bible and an essay on the unusual wording of Isaiah 14:12-14. A creative nonfiction is a nonfiction in which creative elements are employed to make what is essentially nonfiction readable to those of us who dislike text books. Of coarse, there are many who would attempt to make the claim that the Bible itself is fiction, and this has rendered the categorization of my work into such classifications as Christian fiction, historical fiction, even spiritual warfare fiction. Be that as it may, and while personally disagreeing with such interpretations, this work is literary art. And, it is so on different levels. The fictional component of the novel is the post-apocalyptic, post-millennial meeting between a gestalt creation, called the Bride, and Satan beyond the universe at a locale called the lake of fire. Among the hypotheses in this work are the concepts that the devil exists outside of time and space but was, for a time trapped there; that Genesis 1:1-2 are commonly translated incorrectly suggesting creation of universe rather than pinpointing the creation of life on a massive time scale (do not read evolution into this); that the devil was given limited freedom in the corruption of humanity, and for the improvement of humanity; that there is no progress without pain; that humankind had blossomed forth long before and had been nearly wiped out by a world-wide flood; that humanity, even in its elevated state, is a creature of earth -- meant for the earth, whereas the devil is not; that lack of forgiveness is our ultimate stumbling block. The story is a nonfictional retelling of the Old Testament along a literal and linear line and took another three years of editing to ensure that there were no aberrations from biblical text and, yet, it is in no way a substitute -- as the bible is an incredibly condense, frequently misunderstood, work and my own is but one continuous strand of it. Originally entitled Angel of Light, the work was retitled The Devil You Don't because I felt the title was as similarly enigmatic as the novel's subject. There is another, as I believe George Lucas' fictional character once said on celluloid. The Devil You Don't is only half of an unfinished epic. But, there is no point in publishing this yet. Oh, then there is the matter of perspective! I make considerable use of all three; [I], [you], [him/her/he/them/they/it] or first, second, and third person, respectively -- placing the reader in the story as the Bride. Like the fictional and on-going 'spinning' that the Bride experiences throughout the story, the reader must come to terms with who is being referenced by perspective. Altogether making this story a challenging but rewarding read.
Later, in 2007, PublishAmerica was willing to publish my collection of lyric and poetry entitled Empty Tracks. This was an interesting little experiment for me. I have written a great many songs over the years and had never had the time or energy to introduce them into the musical ether. I apologize for that. It will take a lot more money than I have to get it there. This was the best that I was able to do, and I am grateful to PublishAmerica for the opportunity. Honestly, there are days when I think I will not be here tomorrow. 'Life is rough. It's mighty tough. It likes to bend an ear,' as I've said in the song I Won't Dance.
My latest entry, in the beginning of the last year of the present decade, is another experiment: what I believe to be a new genre, which I will call Puzzlebook. Although, I will leave the naming of the genre up to the masses. This novel is a patchwork of short stories laced together with a subtext. Like point-form painting, one must hold it apart to see it complete. I have appropriately named this novel The Whimsies. More can be found on this work at shido.angelfire.com/Whimsies.html.
All works are for sale at Amazon: US, Canada, Japan, Germany, France, Britain. http://www.bookfinder4u.com/ca/author/Sidney_Allan_Matheson.html will find most of these for you.
Any good web search under author's name or book's title should reveal these works to you. WWW.Scifan.com has been very gracious in including them within their own pages.
As yet, I am working solo. I have no writing support team, no agent, no income to allow me to work full-time in what I love -- and all of these are keeping me back. However, there are many, many writers like me and few successes. I do give credit to some very specific people for what has been created thus far.
For The Devil You Don't: writers Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child, and Charles de Lint; singer-songwriter Bob Dylan, particularly his early work; and my wife, Connie, who literally allowed me, post-Japan, to work on my writing through correspondence with Quality-of-Course in Ontario. For that matter, I should thank Roy and Mach Budai, Ed Arinobu, Gary Rosma and the staff of OMF Canada (2001-2004) for making it possible for us to come home to Canada.
For Empty Tracks: Anyone who has ever tried to write a story (you are my peers and my inspiration); singer-songwriters Don McLean, and Gord Johnson; and, especially, prose poet Roger Zelazny.
For The Whimsies: the writer, Ray Bradbury (long live the king).
On the Horizon:
I really do want to keep writing something different. In the immediate future, however, I have more conventional fare
- Hell Ride: a novel about life in, well, you know.
- Alone: a science fiction about humanity's survival on a water world.
- Metal eyes: a horror with science fiction elements.
- Pokedex: youth fiction that requires permission prior to its release.
- Baby Bouncer: a children's book (I am being held hostage by my illustrator on this one).
Farther back, I have the continuation of The Devil You Don't, plus the science fiction epic Endless Runners I started as a teenager, and a literary fiction called Brownie.
Please, if anyone knows a company in need of a home-office cover illustrator, please drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org
She needs to get her career up and running, and I need her to stop running around with odd jobs and school curricula.
Agents are welcome.