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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Newsletter reminder

A reminder for those who don’t mind being reminded:  I’m now producing a monthly newsletter with news about recent sales, reviews, a free read of a backlist story, and a new episode of my autobiography in progress, One Damn Thing After Another.  This one begins, “In the 1980s, I invented the next big game after Pictionary, but it all ended in tears and thoughts of suicide.”

The backlist free read will be “The Inn of the Seven Blessings,” the story in which I originally created the fantasy thief Raffalon.   It first appeared in the NYT bestselling anthology, ROGUES, edited by George R.R. Martin and Gardner Dozois.

The next mailing goes out March 1st.  You can get on the mailing list by sending me an email at matthewhughes at archonate dot com with “Newsletter” in the subject line.  Or you can follow this link and receive a free copy of my Jack Vance-inspired space opera, TEMPLATE in your choice of mobi, epub, or pdf format.



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Newsletter ready for launch

I think I’ve mastered MailChimp enough to produce a respectable newsletter.  It’s got the usual for author mail-outs — reviews, notes on current and upcoming publications, a free read of a backlist story — but I’m adding something a little different.  I’ve had an unusual life and I’m planning to write random snippets of an autobiography-in-progress and publish them monthly for subscribers.

The opening sentence is:  “When I was seventeen, I accidentally killed a man and saved another man’s life with my bare hands.  It all happened within twenty-four hours.”

I’ve been of two minds about it and will wait to see what response, if any, I get.  But I’d be interested to know, if anyone cares to comment here:  do readers care about the lives of the authors they read?  Or is it just the fiction they want, without the author’s horning in as a distraction?

Anyone who wants to sign up for the newsletter before it goes out tomorrow can click on this link.  It will also get you a free ebook of my standalone space-opera novel, TEMPLATE.


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Here’s a thoughtful review of my Erm Kaslo novel by the erudite sff aficionado and critic James Nicoll.

I won’t be posting news and reviews here much anymore.  I’ll be putting the effort into a monthly newsletter sent to readers who sign up for it.  I’m told it’s a much better way of reaching out than Facebook and Twitter.

If you’d like to be on the list, send me an email at matthewhughes [at] archonate [dot] com and put “Newsletter” in the subject line.

Or you can go to the InstaFreebie site and sign up while getting a free download of my 2006 space opera standalone novel, TEMPLATE, in mobi, epub, or pdf format.


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Free copy of Template

I’m trying something new in the realm of building a readership:  InstaFreebie, a web service that lets me give away ebook copies of my work in exchange for the recipients signing up for a newsletter I’ll be starting to produce next month.  I’m told that a newsletter is a better way to reach readers than blogs, Facebook, and Twitter.

So I’m giving away up to a thousand copies of Template, my standalone, space-opera Archonate novel that’s been previously published by PS Publishing and Paizo.  It’s an Oliver Twist tale and probably the most deliberately Vancean of my novels.

It’s available in pdf, mobi, and epub formats.  Here’s the link to claim a free copy:


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Nice review of “The Vindicator”

Jeff Fahnestalk has given “The Vindicator,” my final Raffalon story to appear in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, a warm review on the Amazing Stories site.  He says:  “I don’t want to rave too much about this story, but to me, it appears to partake of the flavour of both Jack Vance’s and Fritz Leiber’s fantasy… in that, our protagonist isn’t one of the “best of the best.”

That’s a fact.  Raff is a competent thief, but he often encounters just a little bad luck.  I can certainly sympathize with that, and I suspect the same is true for a lot of my readers.  The first time I read, The best laid plans of mice and men gang aft agley, I thought, “You got that right, Rabbie.”

It was kind of Steve to mention the Raffalon collection I’ll be bringing out in mid-2017.  It will actually contain a new Raffalon story, exclusive to the collection, as well as the unlucky thief’s original outing:  “The Inn of the Seven Blessings,” so far seen only by the multitudes who purchased the George R.R. Martin/Gardner Dozois co-edited cross-genre anthology, ROGUES.


I’m working toward my Patreon launch, sometime in January.  Today I intend to shoot the introductory video.  I’m also developing an email mailing list for subscribers who want to receive my upcoming monthly newsletter.  The newsletter may replace these webpage/Facebook postings (haven’t decided yet).

If you’d like to be on the list, please send me an email.

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