Latest News – July 29, 2017
1) Horror Encyclopedia Update: Proofs Sent
Three weeks ago I sent back the corrected proofs for both volumes of Horror Literature through History: An Encyclopedia of the Stories That Speak to Our Deepest Fears. It’s out of my hands now, which feels kind of strange for a project that has eaten two and a half years of my life, stretching back to January 2015. Here are some numbers:
- The combined volumes run to 886 pages.
- Scheduled publication date is September 30.
- My email folder for communications with all 70 contributors plus various personnel at ABC-CLIO contains nearly 1500 messages. Which also means that I’ve written at least that many in return.
This is by far the most work-heavy writing/editing/publishing project that I have ever undertaken. I hope — and honestly think — the final result is worth it, but that will of course be for readers to decide. Speaking of which, you can preorder a copy right now at Amazon.
2) Convention Appearance: ArmadilloCon
A scheduling conflict has come up that won’t allow me to attend NecronomiCon Providence as previous announced, but I’ll still be attending ArmadilloCon 39 in Austin. My panel appearances, all of them scheduled for Saturday, August 5, will include the following:
- Morning Pages — A panel about freewriting (timed writing) and keeping a journal for inspiration.
- Religious Horror and Horrific Religion — On the enduring entanglement of horror fiction and film with religious themes. I’ll serve as moderator for this one.
- Writing 101 — A panel about getting past the blank page for short story and novel writing. The official published description says, “Come prepared for a writing exercise or two,” so I think I need to get on the job of coming up with a writing exercise or two, since I’ll be moderating this one as well.
I’ll also be doing a group book signing plus a reading.
PRAISE FOR THE WORK:
“Matt Cardin’s horror stories are the real thing: works that are committed to exploring what is irremediably strange and terrible in human existence.”
— Thomas Ligotti
“Cardin’s tales are rich with references to Lovecraft, Nietzsche, and other writers whose work gives them unusual philosophic depth. [Dark Awakenings is a] thinking-man’s book of the macabre.” — Publishers Weekly
“It’s a bold writer who, in this day and age, tries to make modern horror fiction out of theology, but Cardin pulls it off.” — Darrell Schweitzer
“[In Divinations of the Deep], Cardin massages the dark and hidden, and penetrates the ancient deep to fashion unique visions of horror and deity. . . . In each of these stories, the author personalizes the apocalyptic question of ultimate power and order. It is a fascinating approach.” — Cemetery Dance
“This is intellectual, introspective, shamanistic horror. The black things crawl through the psychic ditches of our world but in Cardin’s writing they are tethered more concretely to a sense of humanity.” — Scott Candey
“Cardin is a rising star in the world of Weird Fiction, and he has been lauded for his ability to bring both literary and intellectual context to his horror fiction in unique, often surprising ways.” — Lovecraft News Network
“Matt Cardin channels visions of dark, maniacal intensity. . . . He ranks among the foremost authors of contemporary American horror.” — Laird Barron
“Matt Cardin’s tales are imbued with a sense of cosmic dread reminiscent of Jean Ray or Thomas Ligotti.” — John Pelan
“This is not superficial horror, but horror with implications extending beyond the mundane and having dire ramifications for soul and sanity.”
— Kendall Giles
“Mummies around the World is a fascinating overview that will be enjoyed by those with both a serious and a casual interest in mummies and their history.” — Booklist
“Given its currency and its thoughtful, even-handed approach to the field, Ghosts, Spirits, and Psychics is highly recommended for undergraduate and larger public library reference collections.” — RUSA (The American Library Association)