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.
As of this morning, Italian time, my self-pubbed ebook, 9 Tales of Henghis Hapthorn, is ranked as the number-one Amazon free Kindle download in the sf category. In the past fifteen hours, the title has been downloaded 12,782 times. Plus another few hundred on Kobo and Smashwords.
It’s as a result of giving BookBub US$80 for a promotion, emailed to their sf subscribers list (240,000 members, they say) as well as posted on their web page for the next week.
I’ll now be interested to see what kind of result I get. How many of those free-takers will come back and buy a $2.99 ebook?
I will report as I get more info.
Posted by Matthew Hughes on Thursday, November 28th, 2013 at 8:43 am and filed under News.
“Sleeper,” the second episode in the serialized novel, The Kaslo Chronicles, is now available for free reading online at Lightspeed Magazine.
Erm Kaslo is a hardboiled confidential operative in the far-future civilization of The Ten Thousand Worlds. In the first episode, “And Then Some,” he was hired to help wealthy magnate Diomedo Obron deal with a con man, and discovered that there might be some basis to Obron’s belief that the operating principle of the universe will soon switch from rationalism to magic.
Now, returning from another assignment, he gets interested when the space liner he’s traveling on stops to pick up an interstellar hitchhiker who turns out to be dying of an incurable disease. And, once more, magic slips into Kaslo’s life.
Posted by Matthew Hughes on Wednesday, November 27th, 2013 at 1:02 pm and filed under News.
As an author of unabashedly old-fashioned science fantasy, I like Paul DiFilippo’s take on Old Mars, the retro-anthology of stories set in the “Mars of the mind” that existed before the Mariner probe began the cold, hard factual exploration of the red planet.
He poses a good question: What is the relationship of the genre’s past to the present, actual and ideal? Should certain old-school tropes and themes be abandoned as false and inutile? Can we ever step in the same stream twice, and recapture glories and pleasures of old? Can postmodern approaches somehow lend a fresh aspect to the antique? Are attitudes toward such SF strictly determinable and predictable by membership in a given generation? Is the medium stagnating or advancing by continuing to create such stories?
Advancing, I’d say. The mileage of others may, however, vary.
Lois Tilton reviews a couple of my short stories for Locus online. About “The Ugly Duckling,” a Bradburyesque tale in Old Mars, the retro-anthology edited by George R.R. Martin and Gardner Dozois, she says,”The descriptions of the Martian ruins and the recordings of Martian life they hold are truly wondrous neat.” And then she looks at “Sleeper,” the second episode in The Kaslo Chronicles, the science-fantasy novel I’m serializing in Lightspeed magazine. She says, “The combination of character, setting, narrative voice and twisty plot make for the sort of entertaining tale that readers familiar with the author will expect . . .”
Posted by Matthew Hughes on Thursday, November 21st, 2013 at 11:41 am and filed under News.
After a month-long experiment of only selling my ebooks through Amazon’s Kindle program, I’ve decided it’s not a useful approach. So I’ve put the four Henghis Hapthorn books — three novels and a short story collection — back on sale via Kobo, Smashwords, and the Archonate bookstore.
The novels, Majestrum, The Spiral Labyrinth, and Hespira, are $2.99 each, but the collection 9 Tales of Henghis Hapthorn is free on Kobo and Smashwords, and only a penny on my own site (because Paypal won’t carry a zero-price transaction).
I may put the other books back into the other venues before the month is out. First, I want to try a paid promotion to see if it draws new readers.