Matthew Hughes: the Archonate

Matthew Hughes

The name I answer to is Matt Hughes. I write fantasy and suspense fiction. To keep the two genres separate, I now use my full name, Matthew Hughes, for fantasy, and the shorter form for the crime stuff. I also write media tie-ins as Hugh Matthews.

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Wizard’s Henchman signed limited edition

Yesterday I received the signature sheets for the 100-copy signed limited edition of A Wizard’s Henchman.  These are pages that will be bound into the front of the limited, each with my signature and a number from 1 to 100.

I signed them and had them back in the hands of FedEx that afternoon.  By Wednesday evening (September 21) they’ll arrive at PS Publishing’s Yorkshire premises from where they can go to the bindery and get bound into the books.

So those who have ordered the limited edition can start counting the days.  Shouldn’t be too long.

The book has already had its first review on (five stars — thanks, Karl).  Here’s a gentle reminder that reviews on Amazon or Goodreads and other venues help sell books.  They don’t have to be five stars;  in fact, a book that earns a range of reader reactions tends to be more trusted by a reader who hasn’t tried the author before.  Too many authors enlist friends and family to plug their works.

Also, a couple of readers have posted questions about the book on Goodreads, and I’ve been happy to answer them.  Anybody who has any questions about any of my works is welcome to use the Goodreads site to get in touch, and I’ll answer as soon as I can.

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Kindle Giveaway of A Wizard’s Henchman

With the release of A Wizard’s Henchman, I’m trying something new to broaden my readership.  Using Amazon’s giveaway program, I’ve provided seven copies of the Kindle ebook as prizes.


An apology to my readers in Canada, the UK, and the antipodes, but Amazon will only allow the contest to be open to US residents,  To enter to win a copy of the novel, all you have to do is go here and click on the button that says you will follow my Amazon author’s page.


The promotion runs for the next nine days and the winners will be randomly selected by Amazon’s computers.


Good luck!

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A Wizard’s Henchman in Kindle

My new Archonate novel, A Wizard’s Henchman, is now available as a Kindle ebook on Amazon.  The US price is $5.99 ($7.79 Canadian) and £4.56 in the UK.




Here’s the blurb:

Erm Kaslo is at the top of his game: a hardboiled confidential operative in the ultra-high-tech civilization of The Ten Thousand Worlds that spans the entire galactic arm known as The Spray. But the universe is about to arbitrarily change its fundamental operating premise from science to magic. Technology will cease to function and all of Kaslo’s hard-won skills and abilities will be useless.

As the change nears, a handful of would-be wizards are jockeying for position in the coming race for supremacy, squabbling over the few ancient books and paraphernalia that survive from the long-forgotten age when magic last ruled the cosmos. Kaslo goes to work for Diomedo Obron, a wealthy dilettante with more money than common sense who hopes to emerge as a powerful thaumaturge.

But there’s worse to come: an ancient evil has been biding its time for millennia, waiting for the age of science to end. Now, its moment finally arrived, it reaches out from another plane to strike with deadly force. And only Kaslo can stop it—if he can live long enough.


And here’s the opening chapter:

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New Raffalon story in F&SF

I’ve had an email from Charlie Finlay, editor of The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, to tell me that my Raffalon story, “The Vindicator,” will run in the November/December issue.
This is will be the last Raffalon story to appear in F&SF. When the exclusivity period runs out in the middle of 2017, I’ll put them all together in a collection and put it out as an ebook and POD paperback.

The collection will include the seven stories that have run in the magazine, plus “The Inn of the Seven Blessings,” the original Raffalon story that appeared in the George R.R. Martin anthology, Rogues. And I’ll write a ninth story to appear exclusively in the collection.

While I’m talking about F&SF, Amazon is offering an amazing discount on an annual subscription to the ebook version. If I’m reading it right, the price is US$5 for six big double issues – which is 83 cents an issue. Five bucks for 450,000 words of fiction, plus columns, cartoons, reviews, feature articles, and some interesting classified ads – that’s the best bargain in SFF today.

Here’s a link:

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More Krunzle the Quick

I’d forgotten about it — my memory is about as strong as your average kids treehouse — but when Song of the Serpent was coming out, Paizo asked me to promote the book by writing a prequel short story, “Krunzle the Quick,” which was published online in briefly weekly episodes.

Anyone who’s interested can read it free at

Just click on (show post) in the upper right corner.

The story is also available as a 99-cent ebook from the Paizo store:

Here’s the ebook cover:


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