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.
I’ve self-published GHOST DREAMS as an ebook on Amazon and
Kobo for the US and Canadian markets only at my standard price of US$4.99
PS Publishing will publish a hardcover edition and
eventually an ebook. The pre-order for
the hardcover will be available within a week.
PS has some differences with Amazon over ebooks and has
graciously allowed me to go my own way for the US and Canadian markets, where I
make 90 per cent of my ebook sales.
Here’s the blurb:
Commercial burglar Stan Winkelman encounters the ghost of Jane Manchester, wrongly confined for life in a 1940s insane asylum by a powerful family. She wants to know what happened to Harmon, the baby boy that was stolen from her.
Aided by Jeannie, his
ghost-obsessed autistic daughter, Stan and Jane begin a quest to find Harmon,
or his descendants. But their search
will run them afoul of Andrew Bigelow, reclusive heir to the fortune Jane was
And Bigelow is in
cahoots with a murderous crew who deal in guns and blood diamonds and will stop
at nothing to keep their crimes hidden.
Stan uses his burglar
skills to uncover the truth, but that will draw him and Jeannie into a deadly
confrontation, with the vengeful spirit of Jane Manchester his only ally.
The book is dedicated to Dr. Kirsten Emmott and Dr. Pat
Warrington, who kindly sheltered my wife and me when Covid upended our
While we’re on the subject, I’ve entered Barbarians of the Beyond
for the Endeavour Award, a cross-border annual prize for the best
book-length specfic title written by an author from the
Canadian/American Pacific Northwest.
The award was in limbo for quite a while after its mainstay, Oregon
superfan Jim Fiscus, suddenly passed away. But it has now been revived
and Barbarians is eligible.
I’m the only Canadian author ever to win the Endeavour in its 23-year history. That was for my magnum opus, What the Wind Brings.
My YA non-SF novella is out today from Edward Willett’s Shadowpaw Press.
I think it’s a cool little book with relatable characters and a life-affirming message. Could maybe be an antidote for a teen who’s too heavily into YA dystopias and vampires.
It’s loosely based upon a real-life incident that happened almost forty years ago, when I was speechwriter to the Canadian Minister of Environment. The government decided that it would be a deal-sweetener to give a Persian Gulf emir a pair of peregrine falcons raised in an Alberta facility of the Canadian Wildlife Service dedicated to preventing their extinction as a side effect of DDT.
But the birds were tended by teenage volunteers, and I wondered: how would the kids react to their birds—raised to fly free—being given into lifelong servitude to an autocrat?
The Emir’s Falcon is how I answered the question as fiction.It’s available as an ebook, paperback, and audiobook.
The audiobook of my Baldemar stories is now available on
Amazon, Audible, and iTunes, and it is a tour de force of vocal
characterizations. I’m talking sheer artistry-of-the-voice
by the narrator, Harry Frost.
Harry’s an old pro, but he’s
also a fan of my writing, so he went the extra mile. He considers Baldemar his best work ever, and I’m sure he’s right. It’s brilliant.
If you’ve never bought an
Amazon audiobook before, you can get it for free by opening an account.