'BABY IN THE BASEMENT' WINS AN EIFA
David-Matthew's acclaimed short film screenplay Baby in the Basement has received a 2017 European Independent Film Award (EIFA) in the category of Best Short Film Script.
DAVID-MATTHEW INDUCTED INTO 7NIGHT STANDERS
One Night Stand Theater have inducted David-Matthew into their group 7Night Standers, comprised of actors, directors and playwrights who have participated in at least seven One Night Stand performances.
'BABY IN THE BASEMENT' NAMED SEMI-FINALIST
David-Matthew's short film screenplay Baby in the Basement has moved on to the semi-finalist round at the Omaha Film Festival. Finalists will be announced in early February. The festival takes place March 6 - March 11.
'BOXCAR' NAMED FINALIST
Film Daily have named David-Matthew's short film screenplay Boxcar a finalist in their screenwriting contest. Winners will be announced in the UK on January 26.
'BOXCAR' NAMED OFFICIAL SELECTION
David-Matthew's short film screenplay Boxcar was named an official selection for the screenwriting contest of the 2017 Rome International Cinefest.
TWO POEMS FEATURED IN UNABASHED MAGAZINE
Two of David-Matthew's poem (Weightless and Falling Out of Love with the World) are featured in the current issue of Unabashed Magazine (the Shimmer Edition). Both poems will also be featured in David-Matthew's forthcoming poetry collection Love and Detours, out in 2018.
'WE'VE GOT A RUNNER' TO BE FEATURED IN NEW POETRY ANTHOLOGY
David-Matthew's poem ‘We’ve Got a Runner’ will be featured in this upcoming anthology from The Wild Word. The poem is also featured in his forthcoming poetry collection Love and Detour, out in 2018. Purchase details will be available soon!
'SIGNS' FEATURED IN VAGABOND CITY
Read David-Matthew's poem 'Signs' in an issue of the literary journal Vagabond City.
I THINK WE'RE ALONE NOW AVAILABLE JANUARY 30TH
David-Matthew's new romantic short story I Think We're Alone Now will be available exclusively on Kindle on January 30th.
'RIDING WITH JAMES DEAN' AVAILABLE IN 13 COUNTRIES
David-Matthew's new young adult novella Riding with James Dean is now available for purchase in 13 countries. This Kindle Unlimited title is available exclusively in eBook with a cover price of just .99¢.
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What Readers and Reviewers Are Saying About Riding with James Dean
"David-Matthew Barnes is a master at opening lines and scenes that immediately pull you in. Riding with James Dean was no exception--I was immediately sucked in by the hint of danger, the compelling characters, and the candy-tinted world of Johnny's first summer in a no-name beach town laced with equal parts hopelessness and desire. When Johnny first sees Marco, the mysterious James Dean-like character, we're immediately drawn to him--by the end of their first encounter, we all want to be swept up in that first kiss.
Barnes is an accomplished playwright, so it's no surprise his dialogue is one of the best parts of the book. I could hear the characters voices, see the smoke streaming through their boring work days and liquor-infused parties. Just the way the characters carry their bodies or drape or lean across chairs, cars, and even industrial freezers benefit from Barnes's expertise in directing dramas. Barnes brings each scene to life with a meticulous focus on character-revealing detail. This romantic novella is a delicious read. You will be enthralled as you read to find out what Johnny decides to do with the rest of his summer. 5 Stars." ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
"Riding With James Dean tells the story of a summer romance between new boy Johnny and sensitive rebel Marco in a small town in the heartland. Like Call Me By Your Name, it takes you on a sexy ride through a young summer love with all its thrills and fears and hopes. Every once in awhile, the treacherous journey affords us a glimpse of something magnificent and eternal. Young adults who are questioning or coming out will love the characters and the landscape of teenage limbo. Kids of all ages and orientations will recognize the courage that is needed to burst forth into adulthood. Pages turn easily and enjoyably. 5 Stars." ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
"Barnes has created an ethereal, otherworldliness that is captivating...told with sensitivity. You can feel the love Barnes has for his characters with every word...the ambiance is rich and the imagery is poetic...5 stars." ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
"I felt like I was reading this coming-of-age romance while looking through the lens of a motion picture camera. Everything was so visual, the colors, and descriptions all pulled me in. Upon reflection, the setting itself was one of the characters, or seemed to be as everyone was wrestling against the stifling, dead town's effect on them. Riding With James Dean makes me think of the actor's last ride before the eventual crash. The title does more than describe the main love interest, though it also acts as a metaphor for the thrill and excitement of young love knowing that a crash is possible (and probably likely). I appreciated the subtle choices in the story and how they reinforced the theme. We see the characters of Marco and Mary for instance from a distance. The main character Johnny looks at his reflection in a puddle but does not describe himself probably because he isn't quite sure who he is or whom he will become. Even some of the stand out supporting cast are still trying on their looks and are unsure. Jemma (my favorite character), who is wild and outrageous still sees herself as "a carbon copy of cooler girls that lived before me. That’s all.” Self-image and perception are themes woven throughout the story. It entertained me and made me think of how we confine ourselves, and also how we can take the opportunity to find freedom and escape. 5 Stars." ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
"Painted like an Edward Hopper night scene, with backdrops reminiscent of Giant, Riding with James Dean is a chrome-plated, nostalgic look at adolescent infatuation populated with a backseat full of colorfully-drawn, bigger-than-life characters. The new-boy-in-town meets the loner–who works at the video store, fashions himself along the lines of Dean, and sings like Elvis–and a smoldering relationship develops. Nights at the beach and days in a dreary, middle-of-nowhere town propel the two young men together into romantic encounters, culminating in a coming-of-age, life-changing decision. As they drive off into the sunrise, you will want the story to keep going and unfolding. 4 Stars."
"Riding with James Dean is a beautiful coming-of-age story riddled with the excitement, romance, and fear that accompanies first love. Written in beautiful prose that cloaks the story in dreamlike veil, the reader is transported into Johnny's new world, filled with unique characters who embark upon a journey of self-discovery that will leave you wanting more. 5 Stars"
"Like the smoldering and mysterious “boy standing against the red car,” Riding with James Dean is a “portal to another world” where hearts beat in slow motion and crushes burn inside and out. Because, honestly, who doesn’t have a Marco in their past – a dangerous, seductive, could-it-really-be-true Marco? If not for real, then certainly in their dreams, no? As Johnny, the Harmonville outsider, takes a risk on love and friendship and life in a new town, I went along for the ride, breathlessly awaiting the final verdict. David-Matthew Barnes' novelette left me with tear-stained cheeks lifted by a warm and hopeful smile and with memories of a Marco or two from the past. Utterly dreamy. 5 Stars."