Thirty Years Ago

As some of you may recall, much of my youth was misspent on the outdoor basketball courts of Decatur and Atlanta, Georgia. I also played ball for Decatur High, Georgia State University and the University of West Georgia.

My sophomore year at State, we won our conference tournament and got an automatic bid to the NCAA tourney. That, remarkably, was 30 years ago.

To mark the anniversary, Dave Cohen, “The Voice of the Panthers,” is interviewing players and coaches from that team (and from the 2001 tourney team). I recently spoke to Dave about DHS hoops, my career at State, the ’91 team, my time in Las Vegas and my latest book, Dark Days, Bright Nights: Surviving the Las Vegas Storm Drains.

PS- my audio is a little low and muffled; I did the interview from San Salvador via Zoom

PPS- with shout-outs to Melvin Howard, Darryl Gresham, Phillip Luckydo, Mark Thompson, Travis Williams and many others

https://georgiastatesports.com/news/2021/2/4/mens-basketball-panther-insider-podcast-driven-by-ford-episode-52-matt-o-brien.aspx?fbclid=IwAR3QDYr3ViN-9iy8FdvDe0wdSXAS9crJ33Z1pn9JHTk4_ttmHTLhO852CH4

Question of the Day

The Las Vegas Advisor’s Question of the Day is: “I see that Matt O’Brien has another book out about the storm tunnels of Las Vegas, but it was published by a different company. Why didn’t Huntington Press publish the sequel to Beneath the Neon?”

If you’re interested in the answer, from Huntington Press’ perspective (which I feel is fair and accurate), click on the link below.

PS- The Advisor and Huntington Press are part of the same company.

https://www.lasvegasadvisor.com/question/dark-days-bright-nights/

Dark Days, Bright Nights update

My book Dark Days, Bright Nights: Surviving the Las Vegas Storm Drains has been available for only a few days, but it has already raised $1,350 for Shine a Light (25 percent of my advance and audio-book licensing payment, and the photographer Steve Fanell’s entire check). Twenty-five percent of the royalties I make off of the book will also be donated to Shine a Light.

To learn more about Dark Days, Bright Nights, which Kirkus described as “powerful and relentlessly honest,” please visit http://beneaththeneon.com/dark-days-bright-nights/.

To learn more about Shine a Light, a Freedom House Sober Living program that helps the people who live in the drains, please visit http://beneaththeneon.com/shine-a-light/.

Half Pint and the Tunnel Man

Half Pint and the Tunnel Man. That’s how Beth Brower and I jokingly refer to ourselves. It’s a long story, and a relationship that’s somewhat difficult to explain, but Reno Gazette Journal reporter Ed Komenda captures the essence of it here, through the frame of my new book, Dark Days, Bright Nights: Surviving the Las Vegas Storm Drains.

https://www.rgj.com/story/news/2020/11/17/las-vegas-tunnel-people-stories-dark-days-bright-nights-book/6271925002/?fbclid=IwAR0R8Q9_JuCj11RZwz0vuDF2IzHerJudXLyFrX45ePjbXV0plMnBMrum3_I

Dark Days, Bright Nights excerpt

My book Dark Days, Bright Nights: Surviving the Las Vegas Storm Drains will be available tomorrow. If you’re interested in learning more about the book, please click on the link below. It’s an excerpt, chapter one, in which I ask the storm-drain survivors how they discovered the underground flood channels, and it will give you some idea of the narrative and structure.

Thanks to my former Las Vegas CityLife colleague Jimmy Boegle and his publication, the Coachella Valley Independent, for running the excerpt!

https://www.cvindependent.com/index.php/en-US/arts-and-culture/literature/item/6250-discovering-the-drains-an-excerpt-from-matthew-o-brien-s-dark-days-bright-nights

Dark Days, Bright Nights update

Because of a backlog at the printer, the release of my book, Dark Days, Bright Nights: Surviving the Las Vegas Storm Drains, has been delayed a month. It’s now scheduled to be available Nov. 17.

Thanks to everyone who has preordered the book! If you have not preordered it and are interested in doing so, please see the links below.

Twenty-five percent of the money I make off the book will benefit Shine a Light, a Freedom House Sober Living program that befriends and houses and counsels the people who live in the underground flood channels of Vegas.

Thanks again for your support! Much love and light to you all!

Las Vegas preorders

https://www.thewritersblock.org/?searchtype=keyword&qs=9781949481426&qs_file=&q=h.tviewer&using_sb=status&qsb=keyword

Preorders outside of Vegas

https://bookshop.org/books/dark-days-bright-nights-surviving-the-las-vegas-storm-drains/9781949481426

PS- the photo of storm-drain survivor “One Shoe Sue” was taken by Steve Fanell