Matthew Hughes: the Archonate

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Novel-writing workshop at VCon

I’m going to be doing a novel-writing workshop at VCon, Vancouver’s annual sf con, the weekend of October 5 – 7.  Charles Stross may be doing it as well (he’s GoH at the con).

Participation will be limited.  Prospective participants need to send the first 3,000 words of their novels to the organizer, Canadian megafan, R. Graeme Cameron at polar(dot)borealis(dot)magazine(at)gmail(dot)com as soon as possible.  Deadline for receiving submissions will be September 7.

Don’t send anything to me.

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Interview in F&SF

I’ve got a Dying Earthesque story in the July/August issue of The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction.  I’ve done an interview with Stephen Mazur about the story’s unusual genesis.

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My new business cards

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.

His web site is www.webomator.com

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PW review of One More Kill

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.

 

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New Hapthorn novel?

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.

If you’d like to be my patron, here’s a link.

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