Latest News – January 20, 2020

1) 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present Spanish translations of the stories from Divinations of the Deep and Dark Awakenings plus new and previously unpublished material.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.

2) Interviews at 13 Visions and Sublime Horror

A recent interview for 13 Visions includes thoughts on music, monsters, and more, including the deep enlightenment of realizing that nothing matters. A recent interview for Sublime Horror, focuses on the theological ideas that went into the stories in To Rouse Leviathan and the connections supernatural horror, religion, and spiritual experience.

3) Praise for To Rouse Leviathan

Signal Horizon Magazine, Silent Motorist Media, and Grey Dog Tales have all included To Rouse Leviathan on their “best of the year” lists for 2019. Signal Horizon calls it “one of the most consistent short story collections I’ve read all year.” Silent Motorist Media praises it as a “magnificent collection of weird fiction with a spiritual twist . . . a must-read of the year” and says it “dissolves just the right dose of theological and metaphysical speculation into the bleak medium of Ligottian pessimism” to result in a “an absolute gem for fans of Lovecraft, Ligotti, or weird fiction in general.”

Separately, Simon Strantzas, author of Nothing is Everything, calls To Rouse Leviathan an extraordinary omnibus by an extraordinary writer. Matt Cardin carefully balances the religious, the philosophical, and the horrific to create deeply unsettling tales that gnaw at your sense of existential security.” The book has also received praise from Thomas Ligotti, Jon Padgett, Richard Gavin, Simon Strantzas and John Langan. Sublime Horror has described it as “a must-read for those who enjoy interrogating the shadow of faith.” The Miskatonic Review says it “deserves to be shelved in your place of highest honor, a fair companion to Lovecraft, Ligotti, and whomever else you consider to be a master of the craft.” Click here for a look at the wrap-around cover art and the full table of contents.



“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)