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.
Since I’m going to be attending cons again (WorldCon’s still a maybe), I asked the talented artist, and Tor author in his own write, Bradley W. Schenck, to do me up some business cards in his retro-SF style.
I think they’re pretty cool, so now I’m going to get him to do me some bookmarks, too.
Publishers Weekly has given a positive review to my suspense novel, One More Kill, now shipping from UK publisher PS Publishing in a high-quality hardcover. A paperback edition and an ebook are waiting for a deal with a North American publisher, with whom I hope to get something finalized soon.
PW review highlights: “Intriguing plot twists drive this page-turner from Hughes . . . does a masterly job of making a cold-blooded killer sympathetic.”
George R.R. Martin also kindly gave me a blurb: “Fans of Lawrence Block’s Keller stories are going to love One More Kill. I certainly did. Matt Hughes kept me up all night, turning pages.
One little hitch: PW thinks I’m the same Matt Hughes who used to be a mixed martial arts champion. I’m not sure if that’s good or bad, but I’ve sent them a correction.
In December, John Joseph Adams invited me to send him a story for the 100th issue of Lightspeed in April. I remembered that it was John, then slush reader for The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, who would have been the first person in the world to read a Henghis Hapthorn story. He passed “Mastermindless” on to Gordon Van Gelder, who made it my first sale to F&SF.
So it seems appropriate to bring old Henghis back onto the stage. I’ve just sent John a 10,000-word novelette, “Hapthorn’s Last Case,” which picks up his story a couple of weeks after the end of the third Hapthorn novel Hespira. The long-dreaded change from science to magic now looms in the offing.
I hope John likes it.
As I was finishing the draft, it occurred to me that those 10,000 words could make the opening of a fourth Hapthorn novel. That’s one of the projects Patreon may make possible if I draw enough patrons.
I’ve arbitrarily set a total of $1,000 in monthly pledges as the level at which I could afford to stop writing so many short stories for mags and anthologies and go back to mostly writing novels. But I may lower that bar as time goes by. I’m still feeling my way into this new kind of relationship with my readers.