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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Good interview if you missed it

I’m today’s featured author in Ed Willett’s Kickstarter campaign to support his forthcoming anthology, Shapers of Worlds II. Ed is providing a link to the interview I did for his Worldshapers podcast.

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Want your name in my sequel to Jack Vance’s Demon Princes?

Know what a Tuckerization is?

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 Ghost-Wrangler.”

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.

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Ed Willett’s Kickstarter campaign

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:

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Shapers of Worlds Kickstarter

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 podcast.

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 years.

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.

Check it out here:

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Rave review of What the Wind Brings

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.

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