Latest News – May 26, 2018

1) Booklist names Horror Literature through History a Top Ten Reference Work.

Booklist has named my horror encyclopedia one of the top ten reference works it reviewed between May 2017 and May 2018, saying that all the books on the list “represent useful resources for libraries of all sizes.” You can also read their full starred review of the project.

2) A chapter on fantasy and horror in the 1960s and 1970s

I recently contributed a chapter to the forthcoming Astounding Illustrated History of Fantasy & Horror from Flame Tree Publishing. My assigned historical period was the 1960s and 1970s, so working on this chapter felt a bit like conducting an archaeological expedition into my own earliest consciousness of these genres and their surrounding cultural milieu. S. T. Joshi served as consulting editor for the project. Ramsey Campbell will provide a foreword. The scheduled publication date is August of this year. You can read a description at the publisher’s website.

3) New review of Horror Literature through History

Last month, Bob Pastorella of This Is Horror published a sparkling review of my horror encyclopedia. Here are excerpts:

“[T]he information contained in the two volumes is thorough and comprehensive, covering the beginning of horror literature to contemporary writers. Meticulously compiled and far-reaching in scope, these books are without a doubt the best on the market. . . . Matt Cardin has produced a beautiful encyclopedia set for the horror geek in us all, chock full of more information than anyone can read in one sitting. . . . Whether you take a copy out on loan, or spring for your own set, you will not regret the investment, nor will you find a horror literature reference guide as far-reaching and well-researched as this.”

The horror encyclopedia’s full introduction and table of contents are still available at The Teeming Brain.

4) Available now: Vastarien Volume 1, Number 1

The first issue of Jon Padgett’s and my new horror journal Vastarien is still available. The issue’s contents represent a rich variety of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and artwork. We’re presently working on the second and third issues. See the journal’s website for more information, or visit Amazon to purchase the first issue.



“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)