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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Up date on The Pelerin’s Eye

A small update:

I’m beavering away on The Pelerin’s Eye (working title), a Dying Earthesque novel about a necromancer in the same world as the Baldemar and Raffalon stories, and the novel A God in Chains.  I’m at 60,000 words and about to shift the story sideways as a new twist emerges.  I just haven’t decided what that shift and twist will be.

Three days ago, I got my Pfizer vaccination.  No side effects.

So on we go.

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Last plug for Shapers of Worlds II Kickstarter

Once more unto the breach, dear friends, to support Ed Willett’s Kickstarter campaign for his Shapers of Worlds, Volume II anthology.

With four days to go, the campaign is less than $1300 CAD (a little more than US$1k) from completion.  Since it’s an all-or-nothing venture, if it doesn’t make the target of $15,000 CAD (about US$12k), it won’t happen.

That means “The Ghost Wrangler,” a 6500-word coda to the Baldemar saga won’t appear until I can submit it to a magazine (probably F&SF), sell it, then we all wait until it’s scheduled for publication.  Lately, it has taken three months or more for one of my stories to make it through the Moksha submissions process at F&SF, and then it’s usually six months or more before it runs.

On the other hand, if Ed’s antho funds, his book will be out a lot sooner.  And backers will not only get to read “The Ghost Wrangler,” but a lot of other high-quality science fiction and fantasy from some pretty spiffy authors.

BTW, anyone who pledges CAD$75 (about US$60) not only gets the antho, and your name in the acknowledgements, but also a cornucopia of ebooks from some of those same authors, and including all of my Raffalon and Luff Imbry stories.

Here’s a link:

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Cascor story runs in F&SF

This news came in yesterday, just after I’d sent out my April newsletter:  The first story about Cascor the discriminator, “The Forlorn,” is scheduled for the September/October issue of The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction.

Cascor will be remembered by readers of the Raffalon stories as a freelance detective in a Dying Earth setting.  He got involved with Raff’s troubles in a few stories.  In the last of those, “The Vindicator,” he ended up having to flee the city of Wal after he and Raffalon pretty much wrecked the civic center.

“The Forlorn” takes up the action not long after the bug-out, and finds Cascor establishing himself in the city of Gephrire, where the scholarly wizard Ifgenio and his girl-genius acolyte Ioveana involve him in some dangerous stuff.

I’ve also been told that the second in the Cascor series,, “The Mule,” is a sale to F&SF, but the magazine is reworking its standard contract so nothing is official until that process works out.

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April newsletter now out

I’ve just sent out my emailed monthly newsletter. If you’re interested but not on the mailing list (sign-up in the upper right corner of this page), here’s a link to the contents;

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For Baldemar fans

This is for Baldemar fans:

“The Glooms” (F&SF, Nov/December 2020) was supposed to be the final story in the Baldemar series.  But there was this unanswered question about the retired goddess’s cat.  And then Ed Willett asked me if I wanted to give him a story for his Shapers of Worlds, Volume II anthology.

So I wrote him “The Ghost Wrangler,” a 6500-word coda to the Baldemar saga.  And Ed accepted it.

The antho is predicated on the success of a Kickstarter campaign.  If it doesn’t fund, I’ll probably sell the story to a magazine.  But that might mean it doesn’t appear for a year or so.

So if you have trouble waiting, and really want to know what happened to Baldemar and Oldo, the Kickstarter is now two-thirds funded, with two weeks to go.

Also, anyone who pledges CAD$75 (about US$60) gets a cornucopia of ebooks, including all of my Raffalon and Luff Imbry stories.

Here’s a link:

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