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Zeke Matthews is a character created by Stig. He appeared in the episode "The Tale of the Dead Man's Float".


Zeke was known to be the smartest loser in school. Always annoying people and making messes with his experiments. At the beginning of the story, he just made a mess in Mr. Brooks' science class with an experimental volcano. His calculations were off, and it filled the class full of foul smelling smoke.

Two girls named Greta and Clorice came over to him. Greta had a crush on him (which he didn't know about), but Clorice found him to be annoying. Then they asked him what went wrong with volcano experiment. He told them that if you mix Manganite with water the reaction is always same: you get lava surprise. As in a really big exploding mess. He just made a mistake, and put in too much at one time. Then as Mr. Brooks dismissed the class, the custodian Charlie Dempster came in to clean the mess he made. He gave him a response as if to say: "Really Zeke, another mess?". As the class was dismissed, he waited for Clorice. He had a crush on her and wanted to impress her. So he told that he had a surprise for her. Feeling intrigued, she agreed to let him show her the surprise, the next morning before school started.

The next morning, he lead her to the Boys' Change room. Then he began to open a panel at the corner of the lockers on the opposite wall. As he was doing this, he explained that a week ago he calculated the entire mass of the school. Then he found out that there wee more rooms in the school then there appeared to be. Then he pulled the wall of lockers away from the wall. Then a hidden door was revealed. The inscription on the door said: "To Pool". Clorice was just amazed.

He told that he read up about it. The school pool was used shortly in the 1950s. Then it was closed off for some reason, and he doesn't know why it was closed. Clorice immediately decided to ask the school to open it up again. Because there was no point for her team having to take a one hour bus ride to another town, if there was a pool right in the school. She then thanked him for the really cool thing he did. Then he asked her maybe if they could go out sometime. But she told him not to push it.

A few weeks later in Mr. Brooks' science class, he saw Clorice looking pretty down in the dumps. It was because she just got a C- on the exam. So if she didn't get her science grade up, she would be kicked off the swim team. So he decided to help tutor her. And in return that she would teach him how to swim. When meeting later at the school pool, it was revealed that he was too afraid to even go into the water. So went it slowly with him. As he and Clorice floated in an inflatable raft, she told him slowly try putting his hand into the water. But he was too nervous to even do this. So she asked him what it was that scared him so much about being in the water.

He revealed to her that when he was a kid, he was swimming in a pond. Then he got his foot tangled in some underwater plants, and he couldn't get loose. The harder he tried, the worse it got, and he almost drowned. Thankfully, his brother saw him and cut him loose. But ever since then, he has had a feeling like there was something down in the water waiting to get him. Because he cheated death once, and it wants another chance at him. Then Clorice jumped into the pool, to show him that a pool is safe, and that there is nothing in it that will harm him. Then she encouraged him to put his hand into the water, so he did. Suddenly, the presence of something at the bottom of pool closes in on the raft. Then as he put his hand into the water, a horrible smell filled the Pool House. According to him it smelled like acid.

Then suddenly he was pulled in by the hand and fell head first into the water. But he immediately swam back up and Clorice helped him back into the raft. He and she were now certain that there was something dangerous inside the pool. Suddenly the acid smell came back, and something began to shaking their raft. They they were both dunked into the pool. Something began drowning the both of them. Until Charlie Dempster hurried over. Charlie handed them a long net and they grabbed onto it. Then Charlie pulled them both out.

Then over in the locker room, he asked Charlie what was in the pool. So Charlie revealed to he and Clorice he history of the school pool: When the school's pool first opened Charlie was the lifeguard. One day during his watch, his girlfriend Cindy's little brother Joe drowned. But it was not an accident. Charlie said that he tried to save the boy, but the creature wouldn't let him. He pulled him away. Then it drowned him and he was gone. Charlie then said that nobody believed him. Until three more people drowned. Then finally, they shut down the swimming pool. Soon afterwards, it was all forgotten.. until now.

Next Charlie revealed that in order to build the pool, they first had to remove an old cemetery, and move all of the bodies. Charlies figures that they forgot one of the bodies. Therefore the spirit is angry. So it wants revenge on anyone who dares to disturb its eternal sleep. Suddenly he came up with a plan to defeat the creature. He explained that since it was invisible, nobody would ever believe them. But if they could see it, then perhaps they could stop it. Since it's part acid, he planned to douse it with Methyl Orange. Because when methyl orange reacts to something acidic; it will turn it red.

So he put on gloves and safety goggles. Then he poured some Methyl Orange into the pool. The red ooze slowly began to take shape. Suddenly emerging from the water, was a hideous and terrifying red zombie corpse. The corpse was a slowly decomposing skeleton. Clorice screamed, and Charlie seeing it for the first time after all this years went into shook. The corpse came towards them. So attempted to whack it with the handle of the net. But it just splashed right through it like was nothing. Then he runs off to the change room where Clorice was treating Charlie. Then he explained that since The Corpse was now visible, it could not hide anymore. Also since it was made of water, it could travel through pipes and drains. Then it instantly appeared in the change room. It came in right through the drain on the floor. So he and Clorice ran off terrified.

He didn't know how to stop it, but Clorice had an idea. Since The Corpse was water based, She would douse it with Manganite. Since it is water based it will explode. Then he applauded her for remembering his experimental volcano, saying that she was brilliant. Just as Clorice was about to open the container, he slapped it away. Then it sank to the bottom of the pool. He did this because her hands were wet. So if she opened it, the chemical would have burned her.

Clorice proceeded to swim to the bottom of the pool to retrieve it. He fearfully observed the corpse slime back into the pool and move towards her. He scream to her, warning her to get out. She saw it moving in on her and she frozen in fear and shock and could move. So he risked his life and jumped in to save her. After he jumped in, she snapped out of it. The Corpse was now after him. So he began to swim away, but not very quickly. Since he wasn't an experienced swimmer.

He almost got out of the pool, but seeing The Corpse he now went into shock and could move. Then Charlie returned and pulls him out of the pool just in the nick of time. Then Clorice doused the corpse with the Manganite. The Corpse loudly and violently screamed and moaned as it bubbled, oozed, sizzled, smoked, steamed and evaporate away into nothing. He applauded her for defeating it. Then they smiled in their victory as Charlie looked on in relief. Because finally after all these year, the nightmare was finally over. Then Charlie gratefully thanked him and Clorice.

Since he and Clorice ended up together. She came around and fell in love with him. He and she were seen cuddling together lying down on the raft in the pool. She showed him that there were a lot more fun things to do besides study all the time. Such as spending time with a girlfriend. Although he still didn't care much for the water.


  • Kaj-Erik Eriksen also starred in the two part Goosebumps episode "Welcome to Camp Nightmare" as Billy Harlan.

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