The Kaleidoscope Syndrome: An Anthology


The Kaleidoscope Syndrome: An Anthology, is a collection of poetry, short stories, and other literary works by Dave Matthes, author of “The Slut Always Rides Shotgun”, “The Passive Aggressors”, “In This House, We Lived, and We Died”, and “Sleepeth Not, the Bastard”. Poetic themes Matthes touches upon include prepubescent grit, suicide, existential acceptance, and abstract variances of spiritual reality in which the whole of society feeds upon, drawing inspiration from Jim Morrsion, Bukowski, and life in general. Included are the opening chapters to one of many scrapped attempts at writing a novel, originally titled “The Kaleidoscope Syndrome”, for which this anthology is named after. The last section of this anthology includes the first chapter to the upcoming novel, “The Best Summer of Our Lives”, which will be completed and released sometime after Matthes’ current novel-in-progress.

About the Author

Dave Matthes

Born in South Jersey in the Summer of '86. Living everywhere else. Like most self-proclaimed authors, Matthes generally focuses his writing on matters and subjects that he either enjoys or forces him to question in a style that is influenced by a strong desire to be different. Matthes don't always write for the sole purpose of entertainment; mostly, especially with "The Slut Always Rides Shotgun", and "The Passive 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 his subconscious. Matthes has written everything from scattered forms of poetry, to songs, to non-fiction and fiction novels. His first completed novel, "The Slut Always Rides Shotgun", a narrative/ journal of his life, has generally run Underground in its level of world-wide recognition. 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 We Died". Matthes is also the author of the novel "Sleepeth Not, the Bastard" and two collections of poetry/ philosophy titled "The Kaleidoscope Syndrome: An Anthology" and "Wanderlust and the Whiskey Bottle Parallel". His newest work "Bar Nights" is the first in the planned "The Mire Man Trilogy".