Matthew F. Amati

Where Things Matt Writes Are

Books! There are books.

November 17, 2019

Like the dead half of a half-dead Monoceros, this book is unreliable. It misnames minor demons. It recommends the wrong voltage for the cyclotron. It esteems Gluck over Buxtehude. There are more things in its philosophy than are dreamt of in Heaven and Earth. . Toss this book aside, and don’t read HARP FOR A BROKEN HAND. (Or contact the author to obtain a copy.)

Capitalism, technology, and industry come to a sticky end in LOOMPALAND. Madcap, postmodern, and chockablock with puns, wordplay and gross candies, LOOMPALAND turns Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory inside-out and sets it on fire.  This acidly ironic inversion of Roald Dahl’s iconic tale is shot through with trenchant commentary and images of hilarity and terror

 A lethargic student hides in his room halfheartedly composing a fantasy epic. Friends pop in and out of the window to add their own chunks of text, which adapt themselves to an hilarious and surprising fictional universe. Ship-swallowing whales, riddling rodents, zookeepers, detectives, and moon-men all conspire to keep the flatware-fashioned Kakoskolos from finding the Voluminous Encyclopedia’s missing volume X and restoring Xorp to the world.

My story “Apocalypse Rock” is in print, in a far-out googoogajoob anthology of trippy Beatles fantasies, alongside stories by David Gerrold, Cat Rambo, and others.


“This collection is a Magical Mystery Tour through alternate universes where the familiar narrative of the Beatles is turned on its head. Or ear. Or ass. It’s fun, irreverent, sexy, and twisted–just like the Fab Four themselves.” –Vicki Peterson, The Bangles

Publishers Weekly says: “Ranging from trippy fantasy to hard science fiction and zombie apocalypse mash-up, the stories in this anthology send the members of the Beatles on wild adventures through alternate timelines and universes…”


It’s been a quiet six months for short stories, as I’ve been working on the novel and not submitting.

However, two longform stories of mine will be appearing later this year:

The Invention of Everything” in Dragon Roots’ Missing Pieces X. Forthcoming September 2019.

Apocalypse Rock” in Across the Universe: A Beatles-Themed What-If Speculative Fiction Anthology. Coming December 2019.


I’ve been invisible for the last seven months, heads down on the new novel. It is a thing of weird beauty. I’m doing a final proof, and some emergency surgery on a weak chapter, but it’s mostly done. I’ll post more in the next couple of weeks, including title, excerpts, and amateurish artwork.