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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A couple of reviews

A couple of reviews of my old stuff popped up this week.

Blogger George Kelley took a look at Song of the Serpent, a Cugelesque novel written under my media-tie pseudonym Hugh Matthews and set in the Pathfinder role-playing game universe.  He says, “If you’re looking for a fun novel with a Jack Vance flavor, try Song of the Serpent.”

And Stephen Theaker, a reviewer/blogger who is administrator of the British Fantasy Awards (and who has invited me back onto the main jury this year), finally gave in and read Template, my stand-alone Archonate space-opera.  He says, “[Hughes's] books make me feel like a mouse whose pleasure centres are being deliberately tripped in a scientific experiment upon its brain.  That disclaimer aside, I thought this was excellent.”

High praise, indeed, and from a knowledgeable source.  You can read the entire review here.  Template is available as an ebook and a POD paperback from the Archonate Bookstore and wherever such titles are sold.




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SF Signal interview

John DeNardo has interviewed me on SF Signal.

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‘Phalloon the Illimitable” — new Kaslo episode

The lastest episode in The Kaslo Chronicles, “Phalloon the Illimitable,” is now available for a free read on the Lightspeed magazine website.  Erm Kaslo, the hardboiled confidential operative turned wizard’s assistant, gets drawn into a duel between two thaumaturges.

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Another Raffalon novelette

I’ve sold “Telltale,” another novelette about Raffalon the thief, to Gordon Van Gelder at The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction. Fans of Raffalon might like to consider purchasing Rogues, the George R.R. Martin/Gardner Dozois anthology of cross-genre stories, when it comes out in mid-June.  It contains the original Raffalon tale, “The Inn of the Seven Blessings,” and a lot of other fine picaresque fiction from a stellar line-up of wordspinners. The last Martin/Dozois cross-genre antho, Dangerous Women, hit the New York Times bestseler list when it came out last fall.  I’m hoping Rogues follows the same trajectory.

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Judging British Fantasy Awards again

I’ve been asked to be on the jury for the British Fantasy Awards again, judging best fantasy novel, short story, collection, and anthology.  I’m looking forward to some interesting summer reading.

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