About the author

MATHEW KLICKSTEIN grew up in Lake Forest, CA -- though thanks to universal preconceptions of Southern Orange County engendered by misguided TV shows/films about one certain area of his homeland, he normally tells people that he's simply from "nearby San Diego."

 

After receiving his BFA from the undergraduate screenwriting program at the University of Southern California (USC), Mathew immediately took on a role as co-creator, producer and head writer on a weekly travelogue for the short-lived National Lampoon Network. The show, Collegetown USA, is hardly remembered, and with good reason.

 

 

Bouncing around in the realm of film/TV production for a few years, while building his budding portfolio as a writer and journalist, Mathew ended up falling into the (un)enviable position of being the Editor-in-Chief of Entertainment Today, Southern California's oldest free-weekly publication (est. 1967). That was a blast until it wasn't, and then Mathew fled for work elsewhere: ghost-writing, freelancing and eventually penning the script for a film he thought would be a kind of "extended Twilight Zone" ... but that Sony instead decided to turn into Steven Seagal's one and only horror film, Against the Dark. Whoops.


 

Such experiences, along with the (coincidentally?) concurrent Economic Collapse and WGA Strike of 2008, led Mathew to abandon the burning sewage plant known as LA for Hipsterville, USA (aka Portland). Subsequent stints in NYC and Boulder, CO followed, with Mathew somehow both making a living for himself AND remaining as prolific as ever in the realms of short films, music videos, documentaries, short stories, girlie poetry, erotic literature, reportage and novels published by companies so small you've never heard of them or of Mathew's books ...

... Now you maybe actually kinda know who he is because he wrote the book about Nickelodeon (SLIMED! An Oral History of Nickelodeon's Golden Age), which found itself on multiple "Best Of" lists by year's end. Although, let's be honest, "wrote" is a strong euphemism for an oral history, no? Suppose he was more of a "curator" or "editor" than a writer.

And if you LIKE what you read, also check out Mathew's other lesser-known books such as: Rag Doll (not for children), My Dog Forgot How to Read (talking eBook for children, no joke), Daisy Goes to the Moon (for children if your children are weird, but probably more for you), Back to Hollywood (if you can find it) and This Book is Called Counter (which you almost assuredly won't be able to find). 

Let's see ... At the moment, Mathew is touring with his feature-length documentary about Marc Summers, hosting a new podcast that deals with nerd-geek culture called NERTZ and completing a new book with lifetime Simpsons writer Mike Reiss about 30 years at the show for Harper Collins (Summer 2018). Phew. Also look out for some of Mathew's short videos, stories and the like scattered about the Internet and library archives. Enjoy. America.

 

 

Official website for Mathew Klickstein

 

Mathew's original "Nick of Time" Splitsider articles (hint: With some juicy tidbits and interviews not in the book!)

 

Mathew's four-part Nicktoons Oral History with fellow author Caseen Gaines

 

The official trailer for Mathew's Marc Summers documentary ... twenty years later

 

See Mathew's guest appearance in Ross "Gary" Hull's new documentary about his experience having been on Are You Afraid of the Dark ... twenty years later

 

Official website for On Your Marc, Mathew's new feature-length documentary about Marc Summers

 

NERTZ Podcast

 

Check out what happened when Mathew worked with a local theater group in Lawrence, Kansas and a group of young girls to workshop and produce a topical, gender-bending re-imagining of the novel The Lord of the Flies.

 

Teaser trailer for Mathew's new cartoon series C.I.A Moms ... with Maggie Roswell (Maude Flanders, Milhouse's Mom, Shary Bobbins, et al from The Simpsons!)

 

Teaser trailer for Mathew's (even) new(er) cartoon series Fartbot Princess Ninja Network ... with longtime voice actor mainstay Hal Rayle and, once more, Maggie Roswell (Maude Flanders, Milhouse's Mom, Shary Bobbins, et al from The Simpsons!)

 

Watch the trailer for Mathew's feature-length rockumentary Act Your Age: The Kids of Widney High Story

 

See more of Mathew's work with the Kids here

 

Mathew's "festival favorite" short film with the Kids, "Dinner Time"

 

Mathew Klickstein's silly "video doodle" YouTube page

 

Mathew's IMDB page

 

Mathew's LinkedIn page

 

Buy Rag Doll (*Warning: ADULTS ONLY)

 

Buy My Dog Forgot How to Read

 

Buy Daisy Goes To The Moon

 

Mathew's short documentary on Hunter S. Thompson's video biographer

 

Mathew's short documentary on/with Blacksploitation star Pam Grier

 

Mathew Klickstein's new weekly blog series about growing up with The Terminator as his best friend

 

Watch a short documentary on Mathew Klickstein's production of Phamaly's disLabled, a multimedia live theater show, written by and starring artists with disabilities 

 

Mathew's short behind-the-scenes documentary about the making-of disLabled, a multimedia live theater show, written by and starring artists with disabilities