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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WorldCon (Dublin): where I’ll be

It starts with a kaffeeklatch. That’s where readers and fans sit down in a small group with an author and talk about whatever moves them. I’ll be hosting one on Saturday, August 19, from 14:00 to 14:50. The location, at the Dublin Convention Centre, is Level 3 Foyer.

Later the same day, I’ll be on a panel entitled “A gun, a gut, and three ex-wives: the appeal of the gumshoe in SFF.”  That one takes place in Wicklow Hall 2B, from 19:00 to 19:50.

Then on Sunday, August 18, they’re giving me twenty minutes to do a reading, from 20:00 to 20:20 in Liffey Room 3.

And, finally, they’ve got me scheduled for an autographing session, the afternoon of Monday, August 19. But by then I’ll be on a plane back to Canada. I should be able to move it to a better time.

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A God in Chains available for pre-order

A GOD IN CHAINS, my new Dying Earth fantasy, is now available for pre-order in paperback and Kindle editions.

Here’s the blurb:

He calls himself Farouche, after a character from legend, but his reality is that his memories and identity were stolen from him by a secret enemy.
In a far-future world of wizards and walled cities, he finds himself trailing a wealthy merchant’s caravan across a dusty plain. Possessed of a soldier’s skills, he hires on with the merchant and begins to build a life. But his efforts to discover his past reveal a dark prospect: was he a participant in a notorious massacre of innocents?

Will Farouche come to know the truth? Will he survive the journey across a lawless land to the remote city of Olliphract, ruled by half-mad thaumaturges? And when he finally lays bare the plot in which he has been ensnared, will it be too late?

Matthew Hughes delivers another dark fantastical adventure set in a decadent Dying Earth, where men and half-men and even the gods themselves contend for earthly power and unearthly prizes.

Here’s a link to the Amazon listing:

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Going to WorldCon

I’ve booked flights to Dublin for WorldCon. I’ll be there from the morning of August 15th to noon on the 19th. I’m scheduled to do one panel (can’t say what or when until the program is finalized in late July), and I’ll be doing a book launch of Forays of a Fat Man, my paperback omnibus of four Luff Imbry novellas from PS Publishing. And maybe a reading; again, I won’t know until the schedule is set in stone.

Kudos to the Canada Council for the Arts, which gave me a travel grant to defray the costs.

My stance on people approaching me to talk about stuff or get something signed: feel free.

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Signed limited edition of What the Wind Brings

There will be a 100-copy signed limited hardcover edition of my historical novel, What the Wind Brings.  The price is $70.  That’s Canadian dollars, equivalent to about US$52 or £40.  Here’s the pre-order page.

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Signed contract for A God in Chains


I’ve signed a contract with Edge Publishing, a Canadian small press specializing in specfic, for A God in Chains, the Dying Earth-set fantasy I wrote in the fall. It’s my 22nd novel sale, not counting reprints, book clubs, and foreign translations.

The publisher’s name is Brian Hades, but no jokes about a deal with the Devil. We’ve known each other for years.

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