Latest News – January 13, 2018
1) Booklist gives a starred review to Horror Literature through History
Booklist has weighed in with a very 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 here previously, the encyclopedia has also received positive reviews from Rue Morgue and Kirkus.
2) 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)