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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What the Wind Brings: “Compelling”

Noted science-fiction author Linda Nagata, winner of both the Locus and Nebula Awards, recently posted a review of What The Wind Brings.

She said, “What The Wind Brings began, for me, as one of those interesting, admirable stories, but I am delighted to report that along the way it became so compelling that I shifted my daily schedule around to find more time to read.”

I like “compelling.”  And I like the idea that my book can grab the attention of a sophisticated reader.  After all, it’s a story I thought about for more than forty years before writing it.  It really is my magnum opus.

You can read the opening here:

https://curiousfictions.com/stories/2726-matthew-hughes-what-the-wind-brings

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What the Wind Brings shortlisted for a Neffy Award

Somewhere out there in fandom is an organization known as N3F, which stands for the National Fantasy Fan Federation. It describes itself as the oldest speculative fiction fan club still alive on the planet, and dates back to 1941, when science fiction was still largely grouped under the general heading, fantasy.

According to a Facebook post, N3F gives out awards for various achievements. What the Wind Brings is shortlisted for the Neffy Award for best fantasy novel of 2019.

Pretty cool, I’d say.

May 2020 TightbeamMay 2020 The National Fantasy FanThe Neffy Nominations for 2019 works are:Best Novel: What the…

Posted by N3F on Monday, May 18, 2020
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A heads up for collectors

Here’s a heads up for people who collect signed copies of my stuff, especially the completists:

Twelve and a half years ago, I pretty much gave up having a home and possessions to go out into the world as a traveling housesitter.  Most of our stuff was given away or thrown away, except for a few family heirlooms of more sentimental than monetary value.

I had some copies of my books, some of them given to me by publishers as per the contracts, and some of them I’d picked up myself at used bookstores.  Twelve years ago is an awful long time for someone with my dysfunctional memory, and I could not have told you last month what I used to have.

It turns out my sons had put quite a few items in storage.  I was surprised when I opened a couple of boxes and saw copies of the original Maxwell Macmillan Canada edition of Fools Errant, including a couple of hardcovers (of which only 700 were ever printed, mostly for the library trade).

And then a gentleman who used to teach my two younger sons in elementary school, and who started collecting me decades ago, got in touch to tell me that he is downsizing to a condo and wanted to give me duplicates from his collection, to do with as I saw fit.

He had quite a range of books, including rarities like The Farouche Assemblage, issued as a high-quality chapbook by a couple of Seattle superfans who called themselves Payseur and Schmidt, and the Advanced Reading Copy paperbacks of Black Brillion.

Altogether, there are dozens of hardcovers and trade paperbacks.  I’ve decided I’m going to start signing and selling all of them, a few at a time, on eBay.  Actually, I won’t be doing it, since I’m five hundred miles away from where the books are.  Instead, my sons will find someone who’s experienced and willing to do the selling for a commission.  For the ones that aren’t already signed, I’ll sign bookplates.

I don’t know how long it is going to take to get organized, but I expect to get the process rolling in the summer.  I’ll make sure everybody knows what’s on offer, via Facebook, Twitter, and my monthly emailed newsletter.

So if you’re a collector, keep an eye out.

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Newsletter coming

A few hours from now, I will put out the latest issue of my monthly emailed newsletter.  If you’re not on the mailing list, but would like to be, please use the sign-up form in the top right corner of this page.

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Hall of Fame

I’ve been inducted into the Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Association’s Hall of Fame. My name goes on a trophy and they’ll send me a plaque.It’s in recognition of a long contribution to the specific genre.

Thinking about that, it struck me that my first fantasy novel, Fools Errant, came out 26 years ago next month. So, indeed, I have been at this for quite a while.

The years do pile up behind us.

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