Goatriders of the Apocalypse

Coming to a Bookstore Near You


Behold the cover design for the Cubs novel I've recently written.

Reverse the Curse is a novel about Matt Spensor, a Cubs fan in Chicago who, along with his two best friends, runs The Cubs Coven, a sports merchandise store. After witnessing first-hand the disastrous ending of Game Six of the 2003 NLCS, Matt has a nervous breakdown and winds up spending all of his spare time reading old articles about the Cubs in the public library. While there, he comes across an old article from the now-defunct Chicago Courier which gives a first-hand account of the day that Sam "Billy-Goat" Sianis cursed the Cubs, and discovers that Sianis never actually cursed the team. In fact, he cursed Wrigley Field!

As a consequence, Matt realizes that if he can prevent the Cubs from playing their post season games at Wrigley Field, then the Goat Curse will be rendered moot. So, he and his best friends conspire to blow up the left field bleachers of Wrigley Field in late September of the 2004 campaign, forcing the Cubs to play their post season games at U.S. Cellular, home of the hated White Sox. In the process, Matt begins to keep more and more things from Ann, his girlfriend of five years, until it all culminates into a huge argument on the night their store had hosted a disastrous Mark Prior autograph session, and she leaves him.

Throughout the book, Matt has to deal with the consequences of turning 30 and becoming a responsible adult, while balancing his love for the Cubs with his love for Ann. How does it turn out? Well, you already know how the 2004 season goes, but you'll have to buy the book to find out what happens with these characters! ...assuming I find a publisher (so if you know anyone, send me an EMail!)

If there are enough interested parties, I might consider publishing an excerpt here (if Byron would be ok with it) or over at my personal blog, the Cub Fan Nation. In the meantime, I'll keep everyone up-to-date regarding whether or not I can find a publisher.

Wish me luck!

10man

Intriguing storyline. The scary thing here is that something like this happening is not too far from reality. The cover could use a little more work though.

kurt

Ironically, soon after I conceived of the story, I read an article from the Trib about a grenade that was discovered on the field sometime in September, I believe.

The cover is just something I threw together. I'm sure a published version would look a little different.

Miss Fantastick

Great idea!! This sounds cool. I don't know anyone in the "Biz", if I did, my book would be out already.

Bob

So, are you insinuating that you are a responsible adult?

kurt

Hah!

Davey

This Matt guy sounds a lot like me... sans merch store.

kurt

Hopefully a lot of guys can relate to him. Girl troubles, life troubles, insane parents... a crazy plot to blow up Wrigley Field... yep, he's just an average Cubs fan.

10man

You should definitely push through with this book. The grenade incident is just another reflection of the "life imitating art" saying.

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