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.
The eminent Canadian SFF editor and critic, Dr. Robert Runté,
has reviewed Barbarians of the Beyond
Ottawa Review of Books. He says, “As a fan of both Hughes and [Jack] Vance, I found it an eerie read.
It is not just that the novel is set in Vance’s universe, or that the action
takes up where Vance’s series left off, it’s that Hughes is writing as Vance,
channelling him as only a true disciple could. And yet…it was unmistakably a
Matthew Hughes novel too. As collaborations go, I cannot imagine a more
cohesive blending of two masters, Hughes building onto—but also staying true
to—Vance’s original vision.”
This is for anyone who reads me, but especially for the Baldemar
Earlier this year, I wrote a short
story, “The Cat and the Merrythought,” that is kind of a coda to the
Baldemar series. I wrote it for my friend Ed Willett’s forthcoming anthology, Worldshapers, Volume II, which brings
together SFF authors he has interviewed for his award-winning Shapers of Worlds
Ed ran a successful Kickstarter
campaign to fund the antho and now it’s in the production phase. Once the copies have gone out to those who
funded the campaign, the title will be available on Amazon.
If you’d like to know what happened to Baldemar and Oldo
after “The Glooms,” you might want to get in a pre-order now.
You’ll also get to read stories by a pantheon of good
The September/October issue of The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction is out, with my
novelette “The Forlorn,” the first of a new series about Cascor, a
discriminator in the Dying Earth who used to appear in the Raffalon
series. F&SF has two more in
inventory and I’ll soon start another one.
I strongly recommend F&SF
as the world’s premier venue for speculative fiction. It’s no wonder it has been around for 72
Subscriptions are available for the paper and electronic
editions, arriving bimonthly in your mailbox or via your reading device.
Chris Morton reviews Barbarians in Mythaxis Magazine, saying, “you do not have to be familiar with Jack Vance to enjoy it – if you are a fan of Vance however, and have finished the Demon Princes series, then look no further for a highly respectable sequel.”
I’ve finished a new 82,000-word Dying Earthesque novel, The Ghost Wrangler. It’s set in some of the same locations I used
in the Baldemar stories and my 2019 novel, A
God in Chains, and recycles some of the minor characters from those tales.
I’m not sure what I’m going to do with it. I can probably sell it to a small press, and
may do so. Or I may self-publish it as a
POD paperback and ebook in the usual venues.
But I’m also looking into the idea of trying a Kickstarter
campaign that would produce a trade paperback and maybe even a signed hardcover
edition. There would have to be a
learning curve, but I’m sure I can manage it.
In the meantime, I’ll take a few days off then think up
another adventure for Cascor the discriminator and his oddball team of
helpers. The first Cascor novelette, “The
Forlorn,” will run in the September/October issue of The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, coming out next week.