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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December newsletter has gone out

I’ve just sent out my monthly newsletter, with news, reviews, a free read, and an episode of my autobiography-in-progress.

If you’re not on the mailing list, here’s a link to the contents:

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What the Wind Brings wins the Endeavour Award

What the Wind Brings, my historical fiction magnum opus, has won the Endeavour Award, sponsored by Oregon’s annual science fiction convention, OryCon. The award has been given annually since 1999 for “a distinguished science fiction or fantasy book written by a Pacific Northwest author or authors.”

I believe I’m the first Canadian author to win. The judges chose two books, mine and The Witch’s Kind by Louisa Morgan, a Seattle author.

What the Wind Brings is a historical novel with magical realism elements published by Pulp Literature Press, of Langley, BC. The novel is based on real persons and events that began when shipwrecked African slaves melded with indigenous peoples of sixteenth-century Ecuador, and together they outfought and out-thought the Spanish conquistadors who plotted to subdue them.

I waited more than forty years to write the novel, after first learning of the shipwreck in a footnote to a university textbook back in 1971.

You can read the opening here:

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New sale to F&SF

I’ve sold “The Forlorn,” a 15,000-word novelette to The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction.  It’s set in my extrapolation of the Dying Earth and the protagonist is Cascor, who was a supporting player in the Raffalon series.  I’m now 4,000 words into a new Cascor story and intend to make a series as I did with Raff, Baldemar, Luff Imbry, and Henghis Hapthorn.  Cascor is a discriminator (private eye) who illicitly practices magic, which will get him in deep trouble with the wizard’s Guild if they can ever prove it.  But the truth is, he’s about to be in much more trouble than that.

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Barbarians editing process completed

I’ve made all the corrections (quite a few typos) and a few revisions to Barbarians of the Beyond asked for my John Vance and Koen Vyverman.  The ms is now effectively complete.  Probable next step:  create a typeset that can be circulated as an Advance Reading Copy.  A number of big-name authors have said they will read and blurb the book.  I can also think of some reviewers who would like to receive an ARC.

We’re hoping to generate as much advance buzz as we can, so your comments on blogs and social media are welcome and encouraged.

For a lot of Vance fans, this may be a significant event.  We’d like to see more readers outside the Vancephile community become aware and interested, too.

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Barbarians turned in

I’ve turned in Barbarians of the Beyond, 61k-words, an authorized sequel to Jack Vance’s quintilogy, The Demon Princes, to Spatterlight Press, headed by Jack’s son, John.

Spatterlight normally produces POD paperbacks and ebooks in its Paladins of Vance series, but for Barbarians we are looking for an agent to represent the property.

More news as it develops.

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