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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Sequel to Jack Vance’s The Demon Princes

I’ve come to an agreement with Jack Vance’s son, John, that I will be writing a sequel to Jack Vance’s iconic Demon Princes series.   A contract is being drawn up.

I’m not an outliner, but I’ve sketched out an idea for the story:  a young person, not sure yet if it’s male or female, returns to the world called Providence and the community of Mount Pleasant.  This was the site of a slave-taking raid by the five megacriminals known collectively as the Demon Princes, whom Kirth Gersen devoted his life to tracking down and killing.

The returnee has escaped from slavery and come to reclaim the family property – as well as something precious buried there.

But the ghost town has been repopulated by sinister people – I’m thinking maybe a cult or some kind of radical political organization.  So my underdog has to undergo trials and tribulations.

I’m very much looking forward to this.

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Praise for What the Wind Brings

Dr. Joseph Bruchac is an eminent author of indigenous traditional tales, with a publications list that goes on and on.  Because he has an upcoming story in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, where I appear frequently.  He heard about What the Wind Brings and ordered a copy.  Here is what he had to say about it:

WHAT THE WIND BRINGS is one of those stories that you wish would never  end as you are reading it. Its evocation of the clash of cultures  —Indigenous, African and Spanish– in 16th century Ecuador is more than  merely memorable. It is what I would call required reading for anyone  interested in the early colonial history off the Americas. The  characters are not only finely drawn but reflect the complexity within  each community of that period. There are no simple or stereotyped heroes  or villains here, but recognizable human beings.  Plus it is one of the  best told and most engrossing stories I’ve read in recent years. By the  time I’d had the book a week I had already not only read it twice but  gone back to the author’s primary sources and seen how well he drew his  story out of the actual histories. Some might classify certain elements  in this narrative—which present a medicine person’s point of view– as  magical realism. But I suspect that readers whose reality is as broad  as that of a traditionally raised Native  from either Africa or the  Americas would recognize it as the way the world truly is.

And here is the opening of the novel:  https://curiousfictions.com/stories/2726-matthew-hughes-what-the-wind-brings

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Today, my historical/magical realism novel, What the Wind Brings, debuts in trade paperback and ebook on Amazon, Kobo, Barnes and Noble, and other venues.  To mark the occasion, I’m appearing in John Scalzi’s Whatever blog, with an essay for his recurring feature, “The Big Idea.”

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Locus interview excerpt

Locus online has posted an excerpt from my interview in the December issue.


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E.F.T. A Noir Thriller

I’ve launched a new (old) crime novel in ebook and POD paperback on Amazon and Kobo platforms,, the latter including Smashwords.  The title is E.F.T., a book that was bobbled by an agent – though it was not her fault – back around the turn of the century.

Trigger warning:  it deals with aberrant psychology and sexual assault, so readers who are triggered by such material should stay away.

Here’s the blurb:

It’s the late 20th century, the dawn of the computer age.  A serial rapist is targeting senior women executives in Vancouver’s major banks and corporations.  Oddball Detective Sergeant Harry Lukovitch and his female partner, Detective Constable Mack Sinclair, are hunting the attacker.

Their search will lead them into the unknown territory of the emerging internet, where E.F.T. – the electronic transfer of funds – is dealt with at only the highest levels of the corporate and banking sectors.

And it will lead Harry into a strange love affair with Dory Lucas, a woman who may or may not have been a victim of the deviant criminal, and then into a deep maelstrom of aberrant psychology he is ill-equipped to deal with, ending in a desperate flight to save Dory from a monster.

Links:

Kindle Ebook US$4.00: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0822ZQFC5/ref=sr_1_1

Amazon POD paperback  US$9.99:  https://www.amazon.com/dp/192788019X/ref=sr_1_1

Kobo ebook (epub)  CAD$5.31:  https://www.kobo.com/ca/en/ebook/e-f-t

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