26. KEEPER OF DREAMS: A Dozen Stories and Poems by Matthew Keefer

keeper of dreams


Time travel, Shahrazad, the kiss of death. The Keeper of Dreams: A Dozen Stories and Poems, are stories of philosophical speculation, a literary fusion of realism and surrealism, much in the vein of Spielburg’s television series Amazing Stories and Nabokov’s Invitation to a Beheading. The title story is about a high school failure who slips into a coma and passes through an unfamiliar town as a ghost, albeit with the powers of Death. He must perform Death’s services under the direction of another unnamed spirit, even when he is most unprepared to do so. The Sentence follows the disintegration of two women who are shackled onto the ruddy soil of the Nevada desert. Who are they, and what is their crime? Is justice possible when the human body – with blood and blisters and shit – must be rent of its life? Spanning subjects such as crumbling musicians and a distant, self-indulgent future, this first collection of new and previously published pieces are snapshots of lives brought to the precipice.


Got this one for an honest review from Story Cartel. Thanks much!

My favorites:

It caught me by the title story, THE KEEPER OF DREAMS. The boy who got into an accident and stayed in coma for 22 days. While he was not yet dead but barely living, he passes as a ghost who can talk to people in their dreams. Somehow, it reminded me of Ghost, the 1990’s hit of Demi Moore and Patrick Swayze. The ways that you can help others go through their sufferings and all, wishes and desires, by simply talking and listening to them. If you can help change something in them.. maybe at the end, it will be of a beneficial change to your own personal life too.

The Officer of Peace was way too short for me. It got me wanting to know more when it ended.

The Tenth Tale about Shahrazad storytelling to King Shahryar about Ja’afar and the Endless Bazaar was really interesting. It is a reminder that goodness should be in one’s heart always. No matter who are you dealing with, compassion and kindness shall reign, even when doubt enters. In the end, you will reap what you sow.

My reaction: 

I enjoyed reading most of the stories, but not so much as the others because they left me confused and not drawn toward them. I, sometimes got lost. But some i liked, simply because it’s unfinished.  I craved for more. The feeling that something is given to you, but taken back quickly. arrrgh! Just a peek to their world, then the door shut down, never to be open again.  I wanted to know more!

Well, that’s how the short stories go. Short, remember?  Sometimes, there’s no ending. But almost always, there are good, wise lessons behind them. You have to dig deep.


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