In Matthew Krause’s ‘Pitch,’ a Man Confronts the Worst Monster from His Past – and it’s Himself

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New novel offers readers a chance to see ‘what-if?’

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Matthew Krause’s new speculative fiction novel “Pitch” (published by Balboa Press) offers readers a thrilling, yet haunting, tale of alcoholism, redemption, time travel and friendship.

Matthew Krause’s new speculative fiction novelPitch” (published by Balboa Press) offers readers a thrilling, yet haunting, tale of alcoholism, redemption, time travel and friendship.

In 1989, pitching prodigy Nicholas "Pooch" Shepherd was a violent and destructive alcoholic, but in 1998, Nick Shepherd is a sober and productive member of society. When a group of Nick's fellow recovering alcoholics start experimenting with time travel, a doorway opens up between 1989 and 1998, allowing the monstrous Pooch to claw his way out of the past and wreak havoc in Nick's life. With the help of his best friend Travis and a mysterious time-traveling transient, Nick must track down and send Pooch back to his own time before he can destroy all that Nick loves.

An excerpt from “Pitch”:

“‘Time,’ he muttered. ‘Whose time, Travis? Yours? Because that’s where it is, Trav.’ He slumped against the fence, breathing hard between his teeth. ‘I stole a newspaper this morning,’ he said. ‘I looked at the date. If this is a bad dream, you better wake me up.’

‘It’s not a dream,’ I said.

‘Then it’s a joke,’ he hissed. ‘A bad one. Which means I’m gonna be hurting a lot of people real soon.’”

Although “Pitch” is ultimately about facing one's demons and finding redemption, Krause believes the aspect of “Pitch” that will resonate with readers most is the idea of "do-overs," of being given the opportunity to go back in time and start over with the knowledge acquired over the years. “Who among us hasn't said at one time or another, ‘If I had my life to live over …?’”

About the Author
Matthew Krause was raised in the heartland of Kansas, earning his bachelor’s degree from Emporia State University and a master’s degree from Kansas State University. He has authored several screenplays, including “Radical Evil,” which placed in the quarterfinals of the Nicholl Fellowship, “Play Action,” which placed in the semifinals of the same competition, and “Baby’s Breath,” which was produced as an independent film. “Play Action” also earned him a Screenwriting Fellowship with Walt Disney/ABC Studios in 2001. An avid baseball fan and film buff, he lives in Los Angeles with his wife and five cats and spends his non-writing time meditating and walking on the beach.

Balboa Press, a division Hay House, Inc. – a leading provider in publishing products that specialize in self-help and the mind, body, and spirit genres. Through an alliance with indie book publishing leader Author Solutions, Inc., authors benefit from the leadership of Hay House Publishing and the speed-to-market advantages the self-publishing model. For more information, visit To start publishing your book with Balboa Press, call 877-407-4847 today. For the latest, follow @balboapress on Twitter.

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