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.
I’ve received the cover art for Barbarians of the Beyond, the authorized sequel-cum-companion novel
to Jack Vance’s iconic series The Demon
The text is now typeset and the book designer will be
working on it next month. Then we will
set a publication date and set up a preorder page, and the first chapter will
get posted on the Spatterlight Press website.
I thought I’d share David Gerrold’s blurb:
“Lock the door, turn off the phone, get into a comfy chair, and deep-dive into a marvelous continuation of Jack Vance’s Demon Princes series. Matthew Hughes is a treasure and Barbarians of the Beyond is a terrific adventure.”
Andrew Wheeler, former editor of the Science Fiction Book Club, has posted a teaser review of Barbarians of the Beyond, the authorized sequel/companion novel to Jack Vance’s The Demon Princes quintilogy. A little early, but it may help generate some buzz.
Please feel free to forward the link to anyone you think might be interested.
Angry Robot Books is now reissuing my offbeat urban fantasy
trilogy, To Hell and Back, the one where an autistic insurance actuary
accidentally causes Hell to go on strike.
And then things get weird.
The three books – The Damned
Busters, Costume Not Included, and Hell
to Pay – came out ten years ago. A
few months back, I asked to have the rights revert to me, but AR counteroffered
to reprint and remarket them, which sounded good enough.
Though they started out as farce, the books morphed into a
meditation on autism, the way Flowers for
Algernon was a meditation on intellectual disability. The new marketing effort will reflect that.
I haven’t looked for reviews of the trilogy for years, but I
started poking around the other day and came across a trio of reviews from 2014
by a blogger named Hal C.F. Astell, on a site called The Nameless Zine. They are,
quite simply, the most insightful reviews I’ve ever received. The reviewer was able to deduce accurately from
the way the books evolved the intuitive way I go about making stories.
So kudos to Hal.
They’re long reads, but if you’re interested in what I do
and how I do it, they’re kind of a master class.