Scratchbomb.com is the sole responsibility of Matthew Callan, who grew up in a place with lots of cops and now resides in Queens. He can be found whining about the Mets on the reg over at Amazin Avenue. He’s been known to write elsewhere, if you’re into that sorta thing. Latest entries into his CV can be found here.
He has written a novel called Hang a Crooked Number, which is about spies and baseball and many other things and is available now in ebook form from the retailer of your choice, or sort-of direct from him here.
He received an MFA from Brooklyn College, where he got to study with some awesome writers (brag). Stuff he made up has appeared in Beekiller, the Mississippi Review, and Nimrod International Literary Journal, where his completely coincidentally named story “Nimrod” was a finalist for the Katherine Anne Porter Prize. He was also a bridesmaid for fiction contests in Zoetrope: All-Story and Bomb Magazine.
Historic facts! He used to write in fake voices for MSN Sports Filter, your one stop shop for football picks by Wesley Willis. (Don’t bother looking for it; THE MAN shut it down.) He was a contributing writer for the NY Press. (This is where he’d link to one of my articles, but they too have been silenced by the powers that be. Oh, Internet.). He has penned snotty commentaries for NPR and written a lot of stuff for the sadly defunct Freezerbox.com. One of these pieces, “The Lemon Pledge,” was picked by Dave Eggers for the 2003 edition of the Best American Nonrequired Reading, so you know it’s good. Oh, and he contributed to Excelsior You Fathead, a biography of radio humorist Jean Shepherd. So there’s that.
As for the future, he is hard at work on a book about the 1999-2000 Mets called Yells for Ourselves, which should be out there some time in 2014 (/vague). You can read all about it here.
And then, one day he’ll die, but then again, so will you. Makes ya think, don’t it?
He also has a wife and child who seem to find him tolerable.