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Matias F. Travieso-Diaz

Wooden House in the Forest
Who, Why and  How

I am a Cuban American engineer and lawyer who, having retired from the practice of law, has rediscovered the pleasures of creative writing.  I started this site to share with others my creative efforts.

In addition to fiction in both English and Spanish, I have included here some legal papers I have written over the years on issues relating to Cuba, and miscellaneous other writings.


 I had fun creating the works reproduced here and hope you will enjoy them also.  In any case, I will welcome any and all comments.


I intend to update the contents of this site with new material depending on my inspiration and the available time.

My Books


* I entered the 2020 CINTAS Foundation’s 2020 Creative Writing Fellowship competition.  While no winner of the competition was selected due to the extraordinary circumstances caused by the coronavirus pandemic, I was awarded a $1,000 grant.

My first collection of published stories, "The Satchel and Other Terrors," will be published in February 2023. Further information to be provided below.

Wooden House in the Forest

English  Writings

I have recently authored over fifty stories of various lengths and genres.  My stories have appeared or are scheduled to appear in over a dozen publications, including the New Reader Magazine; the Dual Coast Magazine; the Lite Lit One Journal; the Theme of Absence Magazine; the Night to Dawn Magazine; the Jerry Jazz Magazine; the Dream of Shadows Magazine; Jitter Press; the Bethlehem Writers Roundtable; Emerging Worlds; The Patchwork Raven; Czykmate Productions - How HORROR-able Anthology; the New Orbit Magazine; Clarendon House -  Maelstrom: The Inner Circle Writers’ Group Literary Anthology 2019; the New Accelerator; Tell-Tale Press; Gypsum Sound Tales; Alban Lake Publishing – Frostfire Worlds; Selene Quarterly Magazine; Somos en Escrito, The Literary Hatchet and Aurora Wolf. Here are some of the published stories.

The Blue Pearls    A Boon from an Angel    Big Q and Little Q      The Amoebas       A Viennese Story        Tattoos

The Lunar Moth     Opaque     The Dopey Lion  The Sisters of Mercy    The Hajj    Something in the Water  The Village

English  Writings

I have authored almost ninety stories of various lengths and genres.  My stories have appeared or are scheduled to appear in over sixty paying short story anthologies, magazines and podcasts. Here are a few of my published stories.

                                                                                                       The Village (Best Horror Stories)

The Satchel  Release    Medusa's Stare  May The Best "Man"  Leaf          New Species     Magic Chrysler

The Girl, etc.   A Stay in Mayami     The Rapture  Figaro on Wheels   The Hungry Wolf   Tiger by the Tail   Very Cold Hand  The Satchel


Pride Festival              Rosalba           The Last Angel   Hope for the Future    The Magic Apple      Five Cowries        A Faun at Large  Pineal Split

                   Blue Pearls  Boon from Angel  Big Q /Little Q      Slug            The Amoebas         A Viennese Story      Tattoos

Terraforming  Xmas in Ushuaia  Liebestod        Luck     Something/Water   The Portal        Lung Repl.   Carmen   Showdown

Escritos en Español

Here I include some of my writings in Spanish.  Others will be added as warranted
                  Transposicion       Los Caracoles    Las Amebas  Los Pasquines

                                Matrimonio Modelo  Limpieza Inconclusa     Reporte      Una Cita con el Diablo

Miscellaneous Writings and Podcasts

The Magic Apple podcast
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      The Magic Apple Podcast                                Slug Podcast                             The Black Pen    Fran's Funeral Remarks

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