Matt Powers piqued my curiosity from the very first time I met him in K.A. Merikan’s Special Needs. At first I wrote him off as just a superficial, super hot porn star with a potential to cause strife between Liam and Ryan. After reading both books in that series, it’s clear he’s much more than that. Matt Powers is interesting, engaging and has a heart of gold. So when he talks about his sexual encounter with a ghost, I knew he wasn’t making it up. The only problem was he never tells the story, so we have no idea exactly what happened. Until now. This is the story of Matt’s otherworldly lover – learning how he got his porn name is just the icing on the cake.
For a short story, Matt Powers Lives! packs a lot of punch. It’s a haunting and sensual tale with a really creepy setting. The attention to detail and description really made the asylum come to life, and I could picture every room. The imagery in this story is incredible – I could practically feel every sensation Matt was experiencing: the chilling cold, the unexplained wetness, the fear. Only skilled writing can clearly and concisely convey all the elements of a scene quite like that. When Matt has his intimate otherworldly encounter, I felt almost as if I was right there in the room with them.
One particular piece of imagery and symbolism continues to haunt me long after I finished reading this. Merikan uses blood and bleeding in very significant ways to convey how the emotions of the situation are affecting Matt’s spectral lover. The presence of the fluid represents pain, hurt and anguish. There’s one point in their encounter where Matt mentions a former love, triggering a painful memory for Will that results in renewed bleeding. That scene in particular seemed so real, as if I could almost hear and feel the wounds opening up. That simple action betrayed so much emotion; I get chills just thinking about it.
If you haven’t read Special Needs and Special Needs 2, you can still enjoy Matt’s story. It stands alone as a creepy, erotic short, so you won’t be lost. I would definitely recommend picking up the series, however, because you’re definitely missing out on an entertaining read with fantastic, colorful characters.
RATING: BAD ASS BOOTS!