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.
It’s when an author works the name of a fan into a story or
novel as a character’s name. Like when John
Jones becomes Jon Jonz the space pirate.
I’m going to do a couple of them for Ed Willett’s
Kickstarter campaign to fund the anthology Shapers
of Worlds, Volume II, in which I have a Baldemar story, “The
But the characters are not going to be in the antho. They are going to be in Barbarians of the Beyond, the authorized sequel to Jack Vance’s The Demon Princes quintilogy.
Ed has priced the two rewards at $500 each. I don’t know how fast they’ll go, but my initial
offer of a boxed limited-edition presentation copy of Template, at $150, was the first major reward to be snapped up.
You can sign up on the campaign website, down near the bottom of the rewards.
Another plug for the Kickstarter campaign to fund Shapers of Worlds, Volume II. It will be an anthology of mostly original science fiction and fantasy stories by authors like me who have been interviewed for Ed Willett’s excellent podcast, Worldshapers.
I’ve contributed an original story — “The Ghost Wrangler” — which puts the final cap on the saga of Baldemar, the wizard’s apprentice.
Ed has prepared a YouTube video to publicize the campaign, which is off to a roaring good start:
My friend and fellow author Ed Willett has now launched a
Kickstarter campaign to support Shapers
of Worlds Volume II, the second in a series of anthologies that collect
stories (originals and reprints) from folks he has interviewed for his Worldshapers
I will have an original story in the antho. “The Ghost Wrangler” is a 6500 word-capper to
the Baldemar series that has been running in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction for a couple of
The story also introduces a necromancer named Nachecko. I’m now 32,000 words into a novel about him.
Ed is setting out to raise $15,000 (Canadian) and the
Kickstarter campaign is studded with tasty rewards. It will run until April 8.
Here’s an absolutely blockbusting review of What the Wind Brings, my historical/magical realism novel about shipwrecked slaves who melded with indigenous people in mid-1500s Ecuador and beat the conquistadors of Quito to a standstill. I consider it my magnum opus.
The review, in the Ottawa Review of Books, is by the estimable Canadian specific critic, Robert Runté.