Latest News – June 25, 2020

1)  A rave review from Asimov’s

Paul Di Filippo, writing for the July/August 2020 issue of Asimov’s Science Fiction, has given a highly positive review for my To Rouse Leviathan, calling it a “landmark collection” and saying the following:

[Cardin’s] stories are inward-focused (although plenty of external creepiness does happen), subtle and atmospheric, rather than splatterpunk or transgressive. They express an existential malaise rather than attacks by outside forces. Or rather, man’s inescapable “ontological terrors” open up the individual to the chaos lurking without. . . . With flavors of both Brian Evenson and Jeffrey Ford, Cardin’s work adumbrates the ineffable unease and deracination that derives from realizing that humanity’s place in the Universe, far from being privileged, is more likely cursed.

Click here to see the book’s wrap-around cover art and view the full table of contents.

2) New video interview

The great new horror site Monster Complex has just published a 45-minute video interview with me titled “The Fine Line between Horror and Religion.” It’s presented as part of their online/virtual MonsterFic Convention (a collection of fun interviews, articles, and other content). You can gain instant access by registering for their free online monster magazine. Topics discussed in my interview include not only the religion-horror nexus but the place of my music in my total creative life and the question of why there has never been and may never be a fully satisfying movie adaptation of Frankenstein

3) New book: Untitled nonfiction collection

I’m currently preparing the table of contents for a new book that will bring together 150,000 words of my collected nonfiction. This will include 20 years’ worth of writing, including all of my essays and papers about Thomas Ligotti; my essays on the religious aspects of horror fiction and film (and the supernatural horrific aspects of religion); some of my writings on the weird, exhilarating, and unsettling aspects of living and working with the sense of a creative daemon muse; several interviews with me, spanning two decades; and more. The book has a publisher. I’ll say more when it’s time.

4) New book: Darkness His Hiding Place

Next year will see the publication of a new fiction collection from the Spanish publisher Dilatando Mentes. Darkness His Hiding Place will present Spanish translations of the stories from Divinations of the Deep and Dark Awakenings plus new and previously unpublished material. For more information, see the publisher’s website and their Facebook and Twitter announcements.




“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

“Cardin has forged his own way through the Weird, his work unpredictable and extremely personal.” — This Is Horror

“Matt Cardin channels visions of dark, maniacal intensity. He ranks among the foremost authors of contemporary American horror.” — Laird Barron

“Matt Cardin carefully balances the religious, the philosophical, and the horrific to create deeply unsettling tales that gnaw at your sense of existential security.” — Simon Strantzas

“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

“Matt Cardin is one of the most vital figures in 21st-century Horror.”  — Richard Gavin

“[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

“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)

“Ladies and gentlemen, make space on your bookshelf for Matt Cardin’s super-ambitious Horror Literature through History. . . . [I]t’s a book every horror fiction fan should cherish like a treasure.” — Rue Morgue

“Cardin’s comprehensive and inclusive reference work [Horror Literature through History] 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.” — Booklist (starred review)