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.
Barbarians of the Beyond, my authorized sequel/companion novel to Jack Vance’s
iconic series, The Demon Princes,
will be part of a SFWA StoryBundle offering that will launch on February 2. The theme is “Scoundrels in Space.”
Not familiar with
StoryBundle? Here’s the basics: The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of
America is assembling more than a dozen ebooks, all of them space-opera novels that
feature spacefaring bad guys (they specifically mentioned pirates, which Barbarians has in spades). They’ll pick four of the titles to be the
basic offering you can buy for five bucks.
But if you spend $15, you’ll
get all of the rest. The last
StoryBundle I was part of included fourteen titles, so that was about a buck a
book for professionally written and published novels by members of SFWA, so
there should be some well established authors in the mix.
You’ll probably find
something by one of your favorites. You’re
sure to find a book by somebody new to you that you’ll want to read more from.
Some of the money goes to the
authors and some goes to a charity chosen by SFWA. So you get good books and do a little good
for your fellow humans.
When the StoryBundle
launches, I’ll post a link.
Posted by Matthew Hughes on Thursday, January 20th, 2022 at 11:24 pm and filed under News.
An unexpected review of The Damned Busters, the first volume in my urban fantasy, To Hell and Back, about an autistic actuary who accidentally summons a demon from Hell and ends up as a costumed crimefighter with a weasel-headed demon as his Robin.
The reviewer says, “Mixing a great concept about personal and societal culpability with a bone dry wit, this book is just a fun ride through an alternative world where it turns out, the devil really does have the best tunes!”
That’s fair comment. Angry Robot Books reissued the trilogy a few months ago. I recommend it.
Ed Willett, noted Canadian science fiction and fantasy
author, is promoting his new anthology, Shapers
of Worlds, Volume II, with an advent calendar that features each day one of
the authors he’s interviewed for his award-winning podcast. All of the authors in the antho are
interviewees, and my contribution was “The Cat and the Merrythought,” a coda to
the Baldemar series that ran in F&SF.
Today is my turn. The
interview ran almost a year ago. If you
missed it then and have some time on a Sunday, you could check it out now.
Ed is a comprehensive interviewer, so there’s a lot in there
about my early years, how I became a reporter and a speechwriter. We also cover how I write (no outlining), and
I talk about my magnum opus, What the
Wind Brings, that I waited more than forty years to write and which I consider
the best work I’ll ever do.
It’s downloadable as an audio file or you can read the
for Jack Vance fans who like audiobooks.
A few weeks
ago, I approached Skyboat, a firm that produces high-quality audiobooks, to see
if they were interested in producing a version of Barbarians of the Beyond, my authorized companion novel to Vance’s The Demon Princes series.
indeed. We made a deal and the audiobook
will be out on February 22 for a price of US$5.95.
we were talking, Skyboat’s principal, Stedan Rudnicki, asked if the audio
rights to the DP books might be
available. I put him in touch with john
Vance and Koen Vyverman, the principals of Spatterlight Press.
deal was made. Skyboat will make it
possible for Vance fans to listen to the classic space opera novels of revenge
on their phones, tablets, computers, and everywhere else the sound of
literature is heard.
be more Vance titles rendered ear-friendly?
Time will tell.