Latest News – January 23, 2018
1) Horror Literature through History named on Bram Stoker Award Preliminary Ballot
A couple of days ago I had the pleasant surprise of learning that my horror encyclopedia has made the preliminary ballot for the Bram Stoker Awards. Members of the Horror Writers Association will now vote on the preliminary ballot to determine the final one. The awards themselves will be given on Saturday, March 3, at the annual StokerCon, which is being held this year in Providence.
2) Horror Literature through History wins a Golden Ghoul Award
Dejan Ognjanovic, who runs the prominent Serbian horror blog The Cult of Ghoul, has given Horror Literature through History a 2018 Golden Ghoul Award for best non-fiction horror book of 2017. You can read the complete awards list (in Serbian) at the blog.
3) A starred review from Booklist
Booklist has weighed in with a positive review of the horror encyclopedia. Here are excerpts:
The fan and the scholar alike will find much of use in this fun, well-organized two-volume reference set. Cardin (Mummies around the World, 2014) looks at horror literature with the broadest lens possible, considering not just its history but also its influence on new media, other genres, and more, organizing it all into three distinct and meticulously researched sections. . . . Extremely informative in its content, easy to use, engaging in its writing style, Cardin’s comprehensive and inclusive reference work not only solidly makes the case for horror’s enduring importance in our lives, as humans, throughout history but also presents it in a package that is a pleasure to read.
As mentioned previously, the encyclopedia has also received positive reviews from Rue Morgue and Kirkus.
4) Available online: Full intro and TOC
The horror encyclopedia’s full introduction and table of contents are still available at The Teeming Brain.
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)