Dave Matthes Sleepeth Not, the Bastard

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Sleepeth Not, the Bastard

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"The gravity of fate is nothing in comparison to the fleeting warmth of a loved one's last kiss..." ....thus reads the final words of High School Senior Joshua Feranna. Several years later, Lew, his father, currently working for a faceless loan shark, has dipped into a drug and lust-filled method of cope. Separated but not divorced, his wife Autumn finally tracks Lew down, begging him to come home to help take care of their identity-in-crisis daughter Zoey. But when Lew's friend from high school, Sarah Fox, having lived the life of a drummer in the all-but extinct rock band "The Bastards" returns to town stalked by a rumored "Resurrection Tour", Lew's world truly becomes a thing of legend....and doubt. What transpires from then on is a continuing snowball effect that will inevitably lead to the cataclysmic destruction of one family and others as the world continues to busy itself around them in seamless melancholy. "Sleepeth Not, the Bastard" is a story about people, each one steadily climbing towards a foreseeable yet undeniable end. Each person influencing the other in one massive string of events escalating and culminating at the end of their respective worlds whether those worlds be of mental, emotional, psychological, or delusional origin. Part drama, part dark comedy, part rock 'n roll epic, with a copious and perhaps endless helping of sex, drugs, and infamy... "Sleepeth Not, the Bastard" is a romp for this generation, an homage to those that came before, and a warning for those that follow.

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Born in South Jersey in theSummer of '86. Living everywhere else. Like most self-proclaimedauthors, Matthes generally focuses his writing on matters and subjectsthat he either enjoys or forces him to question in a style that isinfluenced by a strong desire to be distant from the overall norm.Matthes doesn't always write for the sole purpose of entertainment;mostly, especially with "The Slut Always Rides Shotgun", and "ThePassive Aggressors", his writing consists of very upfront and brutally,and at times disgustingly honest insight. He writes because he has to,because it's the canvas to his soul, and the palette to hissubconscious. Matthes has written everything from scattered forms ofpoetry, to songs, to non-fiction and fiction novels. His first completed novel, "The Slut Always Rides Shotgun", a narrative/ journal of hislife, has generally run Underground in its level of world-widerecognition. Since releasing his aforementioned "journal", it's inspired the writing of the sequel "The Passive Aggressors", and a third,completely unrelated work of fiction, "In This House, We Lived, and WeDied". Matthes is also the author of the novel "Sleepeth Not, theBastard" and two collections of poetry/ philosophy titled "TheKaleidoscope Syndrome: An Anthology" and "Wanderlust and the WhiskeyBottle Parallel". The novels that make up "The Mire Man Trilogy" are his most recent works.

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"Dave Matthes's irreverent, profanity-laced, often hilarious novel, Sleepeth Not, the Bastard, is a fascinating work of writing. It's half sex, drugs, and rock n' roll, and half a thoughtful and thought-provoking look at suicide and how it affects family and friends around the incident. Sleepeth Not, the Bastard follows two separate but surprisingly intertwined characters: Lew Ferranna, a deadbeat dad, drunkard, and generally unsavory character, and Sarah Fox, a famous drummer and rockstar from the all-female rock band, The Bastards. Matthes reveals in the opening pages of the story that Lew's son committed suicide at the age of seventeen, and spends the rest of the novel's tumultuous pages examining how that incident affected not only Lew and his family, but also how Sarah's hardcore band, The Bastards, and their wild, rough-living producer, Wolfgang Stephanopolis fits into the mysterious puzzle of life.I have had the privilege of reading several of Matthes's works, and he has a skill that I have only seen before in Kurt Vonnegut. He is able to create completely unlikable, frustrating, and obnoxious characters, and turn them into protagonists that, for some unknown reason, you find yourself pulling for. The two stars of Sleepeth Not, the Bastard are superficially very unlikable: Lew has abandoned his daughter and wife after their son's suicide; Sarah is standoffish, erratic, and crude. But perhaps what's appealing about Matthes's characters is the fact that they are so relatable. Though hopefully few of us know people who would commit some of the frankly horrible acts that Matthes's characters perform, it's a fact of life that everyone has flaws. It is refreshing to see characters dealing with problems that we, as readers, have likely seen or experienced ourselves: the demise of relationships, parental-child fights, addiction, depression, and death.
Fortunately, though, Sleepeth Not, the Bastard is not all doom and gloom. In his solid novel, Matthes manages to create humor (albeit dark) in the absurd situations he places his characters in. Whether it's a tiger outside of Vegas, a minivan driving through the garage door, or the insanely gaudy (and proud of it) producer Wolfgang Stephanopolis, Sleepeth Not, the Bastardmanages to bring a smile to readers' faces in the most surprising moments. The story lacks only in a few small facets that irritated me personally, specifically the lack of double L's in all of Lew's parts of the story (meaning "walls" would be written as "wal s").
Though it covers potentially disheartening topics, Sleepeth Not, the Bastard
 will not dishearten readers. Similar to Matthes's other works, it manages to address the most unpleasant topics of life while also instilling a positive and motivating force in readers. It often feels as if Matthes's charactesr are saying to readers what we all know but sometimes want to forget: Life can be ugly, hard, and miserable; but life can also be beautiful, surprising, and wonderful. As a reader whose family has experienced the pain and loss of unexpected death by suicide, I found this novel to be painful, at times, but overall uplifting and a reminder to appreciate the beautiful moments in life." --- Literary Titan

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