Latest News – March 6, 2017

Horror Encyclopedia Update

The main work on the massive two-volume project that has consumed nearly two years of my life has now been completed. Horror Literature through History: An Encyclopedia of the Stories That Speak to Our Deepest Fears is now in the hands of the publisher (ABC-CLIO). Two rounds of galley corrections await. The scheduled publication date is September of this year. The final contributor roster includes 70 authors and scholars from half a dozen different countries. Click through on the title to read the full publisher’s description. At some point in the near future I’ll secure permission to publish an excerpt from my introduction for your advance reading pleasure.

New Journal: Vastarien

I am now the Editor-in-Chief of a newly launched publication: Vastarien: A Literary Journal. Framed as “A source of critical study and creative response to the corpus of Thomas Ligotti as well as associated authors and creative works,” Vastarien will feature fiction and nonfiction exploring such topics and areas as supernatural horror, philosophical pessimism, aberrant psychology, decadent and fin de siècle literature, horror in film and other visual arts, antinatalism, and more. The remainder of the editorial team consists of Jon Padgett, Kevin Moquin, and Dagny Paul. We have received a full slate of submissions (the window closed a few months ago) and are currently working toward organizing the first issue. This promises to be a rewarding project that will, I hope, fill a distinct void in the current publishing environment.

New Interview

If you can find a copy, the second issue of the journal Xnoybis contains a long interview with me by my good friend Jon Padgett. The title is “Shadows in the Corner of His Transcendental Eye.” Among other subjects, I talk about the death of my father in 2015, my reasons for being ineluctably drawn to supernatural horror fiction, my meditative Christian spiritual practice, and the interior conditions that keep me so very distant from most online activities these days, and that often becalm me for extended periods in my writing life.

New Website

The current Website design here at was launched just this month.


“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)