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  1. Cole Matthews

    Cole Matthews

    • Author: Signature Author
    • 32 Stories
    • 2,924 Reviews
    • 735,782 Words
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    A former bartender and restaurant cook, Cole is now a paralegal for a nationwide law firm. He loves writing mysteries, love stories, and tales about gay men and their view of the world. Currently, he's working on a novel/mystery which is called So Weeps the Willow, a story in three parts. He's also going to Florida to do research for his next novel, set in the Sunshine State. He collects antique cookbooks, gardens and loves travel and biking.
  1. So Weeps the Willow

    By Cole Matthews, in Fiction. 08/29/2017 (Updated: 02/13/2018)

    Jake is having a rough time. His career's at a dead end. His love life is a disaster. His mother is a mess. Finally, he decides to turn things around.

    This is his story.

  2. Dinner is Prompt-ly at Eight

    By Cole Matthews, in Fiction. 06/02/2014 (Updated: 01/31/2018)

    My responses to prompts that intrigue me...

  3. 1550 Loring Lane

    By Cole Matthews, in Fiction. 09/22/2013 (Updated: 12/24/2017)

    1550 Loring Lane is a simple apartment building built in the early sixties using cement block painted white. You wouldn’t stop and take a picture of it as it squats amidst beautiful skyscrapers and old red brick fourplexes. But, there is something special about his building. Strange and bizarre things tend to happen to those living there and those with whom they associate.

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    By Cole Matthews, in 2017- Halloween. 10/07/2017 (Updated: 10/07/2017)

    Dalton and Bauer were going to start a bed-n-breakfast, until tragedy struck. With his husband dead, Dalton is having trouble coping, and having a haunted house isn't helping.

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    Looking Glass

    By Cole Matthews, in Spring - Unintended Consequences & Jagged Edges. 05/11/2017 (Updated: 05/11/2017)

    What is the nature of love and how do we feel about it? Elliott is struggling because he likes a girl, needs her, but he doesn't really love her, not like he loved Claire. Claire was the love of his life. He bumps into another soul who is hurting from the same kind of condition. In the end, the emotions become lyrical and we see how the creative process is sometimes a healing one. Let's see if we can find the Coupe de Ville hiding at the bottom of a Cracker Jack box.

  6. Fool's Gold

    By Cole Matthews, in 2017- April Fool's. 02/26/2017 (Updated: 03/11/2017)

    Ray Smith is living a double life. One is conventional and safe and the other is...well, not as mainstream. He misses his lover and that gets him into a pickle. Who exactly is mining for the iron pyrite? Ray or the others?

  7. Stained

    By Cole Matthews, in Fall - Blindsided / The Forgotten. 11/10/2016 (Updated: 11/10/2016)

    When a crime is committed, it isn't just objects that are stolen. Trust and well being are also lost. For Dewey and Malcolm, they must figure out how to wash away the fear.

  8. Third Shift

    By Cole Matthews, in Fiction. 05/09/2016 (Updated: 07/10/2016)

    There are two men struggling to pass through denial, guilt, anger, bargaining, depression, hopefulness to finally get to the acceptance stage.

    The story is a 'ripped from the headlines' kind of tale. It's based on actual events, but the stories and characters are completely fictional. The subject matter is very grim. It's definitely rated mature and if you are sensitive, this won't be the story for you.

  9. Gillette

    By Cole Matthews, in Summer - Wicked Games. 06/09/2016 (Updated: 06/09/2016)

    Terry feels different. As a kid, he felt isolated and cut off from both family and friends. Later in life, he has an encounter with another man, which changes everything. His boss sees he's fallen in love, but what does that mean? The stranger in his life touched him in ways he doesn't understand. This is his story of awakening.

  10. The Epicure

    By Cole Matthews, in Spring - Crossing the Line. 03/09/2016 (Updated: 03/09/2016)

    Phillip McGinnis has two problems. First of all someone's trying to kill him. His second problem is he can't smell a thing.

  11. Jager

    By Cole Matthews, in 2016 - Secret Admirer Short Story. 02/04/2016 (Updated: 02/04/2016)

    Adam and Glenn are getting ready for their annual Valentine's party. However, some memories are making it a more poignant event than they had planned. Join them in remembering how special a childhood toy can be even after many years.

  12. Julebukking

    By Cole Matthews, in 2015 - Secret Santa Short Story. 12/16/2015 (Updated: 12/16/2015)

    Similar to Christmas caroling, residents go from store to store and are rewarded with treats. Traditional Julebukking involves a kind of masquerade, where carolers where costumes and masks and attempt to hide their identity from those they are singing to, while the recipients try to guess who's behind the mask.

  13. The Embers

    By Cole Matthews, in Winter - Blackout. 12/10/2015 (Updated: 12/10/2015)

    Eat up, America!

  14. Morton's Fork

    By Cole Matthews, in Fall - Blurred Edges. 09/10/2015 (Updated: 09/10/2015)

    "Morton's Fork" is a false dilemma. Sometimes we must take an alternative path but that doesn't mean there isn't a price to pay.

  15. Boy River

    By Cole Matthews, in Summer - Road Trip. 06/11/2015 (Updated: 06/11/2015)

    Ben Miller is a paralegal with the Hennepin County District Attorney's office and he has an unpleasant task, returning a runaway boy home to a tiny town in northern Minnesota. The teen, Clay Taukkala's, behavior is a little strange and so Ben asks his boyfriend, Rush Romer, to ride with on this road trip. They begin delving into the boy's emotional reactions and discover the real story about what happened to him. Not everything is as it seems.


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