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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Pelerin’s Eye First Draft Finished

I’ve finished the first draft of The Pelerin’s Eye, a Dying Earth novel about a necromancer who stumbles into a career as a diplomat for the Duke of Golathreon, the city on the south shore of the Sundering Sea where Baldemar retired after his stint as a wizard’s henchman.

The draft topped out at 82,000 words, which I consider a comfortable length for a fantasy novel.  I’m going to let it sit for a little while because the characters mutated as I wrote them, so there will be some need for shoring up in the early chapters to cohere with what happens later.

In the meantime, I will turn my attention to writing the third in the series of novelettes about Cascor the discriminator.

This makes three novels I have now have “in inventory.”  The other two are the Baldemar stories, which were consciously written as an episodic novel, and Passengers and Perils, a space-opera sequel to my 2008 novel Template.

I’m not doing anything with these properties while I wait to see what effect Barbarians of the Beyond, the authorized sequel to Jack Vance’s The Demon Princes, has on my ability to sell to publishers.  If it makes enough of a splash, I may be able to break out of the small-press ghetto and sell to larger outfits (although having been to The Show twice before, I have mixed feelings about that).

In regard to both my space-opera and Dying Earth settings, I ought to mention:  I have no idea what the geography of the lands I’m writing really looks like.  Please don’t ask me to draw any maps.  These are, after all, realms of the imagination and therefore, by definition, always somewhat hazy.

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Livestreamed interview

I just did a livestreamed interview with podcaster Brook Wright, talking about What the Wind Brings and Barbarians of the Beyond.
Archived here:

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Still writing The Pelerin’s Eye

Now at 74,000 words in my new Dying Earth novel, The Pelerin’s Eye, with one more challenge facing my necromancer-turned-diplomat, Galabras Nachecko.  I hope he survives.

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Barbarians of the Beyond Update

I’ve proofed the final typeset of Barbarians of the Beyond, the authorized sequel/companion novel to Jack Vance’s The Demon Princes.

So we’re chugging along toward a late summer/early fall release. Though I say so myself, it’s a rattling good read, with plenty of plot twists.

As soon as we have a cover and a firm publication date, I want to put up the first chapter for a teaser.

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Update on The Pelerin’s Eye

I’m back to work on this novel about a necromancer who becomes a diplomat in the same Dying Earth setting as the Baldemar and Raffalon stories.  I had to take time off to write my newsletter and another episode of One Damned Thing After Another, my autobiography-in-progress, then go in for a cystoscopy (all was well).

I’ve reached 70,000 words, the maguffin has been recovered, and the protagonist, Galabras Nachecko, faces sudden peril.  There will be one last encounter with the half-mad thaumaturge, Fatezh the Force, and maybe an attack from on high by a leather-winged pelerin, but I expect it all to go well in the end.

On Monday, I set off for the wilds of northern British Columbia – not really;  Prince George is a pretty civilized place – for our regular summer housesit.  I’ll finish the Eye there and then I’ll write the third episode in the evolving tale of Cascor the Discriminator.

Busy, busy.  So on we go.

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