Writing by Matthew G. Rees
Writing by Matthew G. Rees has been published by Three Impostors press, The Short Story (TSS publishing),The Lonely Crowd, Belle Ombre, Nation.Cymru, Lamplit Underground, Bewildering Stories, The Bay Magazine, Oddville Press and Horla, among others.
Below, you will find a piece of short fiction and an article. Since, hopefully, no two stories or articles by Matthew G. Rees are entirely alike, they should perhaps be seen as indicative of some of his writing, but should not be taken to represent his style or interests as a whole.
Short Story - 'Driving Lenin's Ghost'
The story (below), 'Driving Lenin's Ghost', derives from a visit Rees made to Lenin's country estate at the time that Rees was living and working in Moscow. Many years previously, he had read a piece in the London Sunday Times about an unusual vehicle of Lenin's that was apparently still kept there. Rees says, 'I was interested to see if I might find it.
'I caught a couple of trains to the edge of Moscow, which is a truly vast city. Then, in an outlying suburb, I found that I had missed the (necessary) local service bus. It was a very hot day in early summer. 'Rather than abandon my trip, I located a driver who agreed to take me - for a fee - in his somewhat elderly (and probably Soviet era) car.
'Some while later, having passed through a lonely checkpoint manned by a guard who seemed to have nothing to do but stand by a barrier around which we could easily have driven, my driver deposited me in countryside blighted by an ugly-looking and seemingly little-used visitor centre dedicated to Vladimir Ilyich.
'From there, I followed a tree-lined lane at the side of which farm workers were pitching hay into ricks in fields bathed in bright sun. 'Eventually, I reached the gates of Lenin's surprisingly grand mansion (which, before him, had been the home of a Russian grandee).
'A short while later I found myself - somewhat surreally - in the revolutionary's bathroom, staring at his WC - my interpretation of my guide's commentary being that its plumbing, rather like the politics of its former occupant, was rather pioneering.
'Later, in a garage in the grounds, I found the real object of my journey.
'The house and grounds are open to visitors. The former key-holder keeps up a very public sleepover in his pyramid in Red Square of course.
'But the profile of his estate is perhaps not what it was.
'However - like other journeys and visits I made to the homes of Pasternak, outside Moscow, and Bulgakov, Chekhov, Gogol, Gorky and Tolstoy, in Moscow, I felt the journey was worth it.
'When I left, wondering how I would make it home, a large party of Russian soldiers, who looked to be off-duty, passed me in the lane, seemingly on their way to Lenin's palace. Perhaps an educational trip?
'As happened more than once to me in Russia, a young couple I met on my walk back through the lanes kindly took care of me and saw me onto a small bus that took me home to the asphalt and city heat of Moscow.
'My (short) short story arising from that day was published by Belle Ombre. I'm grateful to the editors there for the interest they have shown in my writing.'
The link below connects with the story and the website. (You may need to 'adjust your set' / magnify the font size a fraction.)
'Driving Lenin's Ghost', Belle Ombre
Article - 'Looking for Leonard - The Writer Who Disappeared'
This article, 'Looking for Leonard - The Writer Who Disappeared', was the result of an encounter with a compelling short story, 'The Rook', and a sadness that its author had passed into obscurity.
'Looking for Leonard - The Writer Who Disappeared - Matthew G. Rees goes in search of L.A.G. Strong', Horla