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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Another Baldemar story sold to F&SF

I’ve sold “A Geas of the Purple School,” another novelette about Baldemar the wizard’s henchman, to The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction.

Also, Charlie Finlay tells me that the Baldemar story, “The Plot Against Fantucco’s Armor” will run in the March/April issue, and the final Raffalon story, “Sternutative Sortilege” should appear in the May/June ish.

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New novel sold

PS Publishing wants my novel, Ghost Dreams, a contemporary fantasy novel  about a commercial burglar haunted by the ghost of a woman who was  railroaded into an insane asylum back in the 1940s.  We’ll make the deal  after the holidays.

This is the fourth novel I’ve sold to PS, one of the UK’s foremost small  presses, and my twentieth sale overall.

Also, I’m about to finish the first draft of a Dying Earthesque fantasy novel about three odd characters — one of them a kind of god — and all three of them unreliable narrators.  It’s been an interesting experience shaping the story.

I am grateful to my Patreon patrons for supporting me while I was writing Ghost Dreams.  Their pledges make it possible for me to write longer works, instead of short stories and novelettes to sell to magazines for nine or ten cents a word.

If you would like to be my patron, please visit my Patreon page at



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Interview on Lightspeed

Along with the release of “Hapthorn’s Last Case, I’ve also done an Author Spotlight interview with Lightspeed magazine.



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Henghis Hapthorn is back!

Henghis Hapthorn is back!
“Hapthorn’s Last Case,” a 10,000-word novelette that carries on from the end of the third Hapthorn novel, HESPIRA, is now available for a free read in Lightspeed magazine.
There is also a podcast audio version.
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Novel-writing workshop at VCon

I’m going to be doing a novel-writing workshop at VCon, Vancouver’s annual sf con, the weekend of October 5 – 7.  Charles Stross may be doing it as well (he’s GoH at the con).

Participation will be limited.  Prospective participants need to send the first 3,000 words of their novels to the organizer, Canadian megafan, R. Graeme Cameron at polar(dot)borealis(dot)magazine(at)gmail(dot)com as soon as possible.  Deadline for receiving submissions will be September 7.

Don’t send anything to me.

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