Welcome. The Sheltered Storm is a true story about the Sandy Hook shooter, his mother, and America. It is free to read, from start to finish; to pick up from the beginning, just click “First Page” from the menu. You can go back-and-forth between chapters with the “Prev” and “Next” links at the top of the page, or choose from the Chapter List.

This story was originally published here serially, beginning in October 2019, with new chapters posted twice a week. The final update was posted on March 2, 2020. The now-finished story is just over 280,000 words. (If you read the entire thing, that’s roughly like finishing a 600-700 page book.)

If you wish to donate to a worthy cause over the course of reading this story, I encourage you to give to any of those listed by the families at MySandyHookFamily.org. (I do not represent or have any connection with these charities.)

*UPDATE 7/12/2020: Halfway done. There are typos.

UPDATE 5/4/2020: Obviously, a lot has been going on in the world since this story was concluded back in early March. Like many, my daily life has been quite disrupted by the indirect impacts of our pandemic crisis, so I haven’t had much attention to spare for this project, but hopefully that’s changing soon.

Picking up where we left off, now that the complete story is online, I had intended to post an ebook version of it next. However, even though I don’t plan any major changes to the story itself, there are a handful of things I’m going to fix up around the margins first (including: update end-notes sections to be more reader-friendly, improve chapter descriptions, fix any typos, redo two illustrations that I was never quite happy with, etc.)

How long that all takes will depend on outside factors, but hopefully the next update won’t be far off. In the meantime, and for the foreseeable future afterward, this website will stay online. If you want to read it here, you can take your time.

Stay safe, folks. Thanks for reading.

-Matthew Nolan