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Dark Awakenings


Over 300 pages of supernatural horror fiction and academic nonfiction exploring the boundary between religion, horror, and spirituality. Available at Amazon and other online booksellers, plus your local bookstore.

"Life is a horror for which there is neither remedy nor release in the seven metaphysical terror tales that make up the bulk of Cardin's provocative second collection (after Divinations of the Deep)....Cardin's tales are rich with references to Lovecraft, Nietzsche, and other writers whose work gives them unusual philosophic depth. This thinking-man's book of the macabre is capped by three essays, all of which speak eloquently to the supernatural themes of the stories." – Publishers Weekly

NEWS - Updated June 3, 2014

1) Ligotti interview book

Born to Fear: Interviews with Thomas Ligotti will be published at the end of this month by Subterranean Press. Edited and with an introduction by me, the book collects some of Tom's major interviews over the past 25 years and spans the breadth of his career from its inception in the late 1980s to the present.

Born to Fear

2) Mummy encyclopedia

Mummies around the World: An Encyclopedia of Mummies in Religion, History, and Popular Culture is now available for preorder from the publisher. You can also read a description of the book, an excerpt from my introduction to it, and a list of the contributors (more than 40 scientists, scholars, and writers from half a dozen countries) at The Teeming Brain. The book will be published in November.

Mummies around the World

3) Paranormal encyclopedia

I'm presently editing Ghosts, Spirits, and Psychics: The Paranormal from Alchemy to Zombies for ABC-CLIO. As with the mummy book, I'm very pleased with the roster of top-notch scholars and scientists who have come aboard. The planned publication date is March 2015.

4) Encyclopedia of possession and exorcism

In addition to editing both of the encyclopedias described above, I'm also presently writing two articles -- one about daimons and the other about the history of possession and exorcism in literature -- for publication in a reference work to be titled Spirit Possession around the World: Possession, Communion, and Demon Expulsion across Cultures. The publisher is ABC-CLIO and the editor is religion scholar Joseph Laycock (who is, in turn, writing for my paranormal encyclopedia).

5) New interview with me

Rafael Melo, a Brazilian friend who runs an antinatalist blog, recently published an interview with me: "Matt Cardin - Life and Mind of a Teeming Brain." Subjects include my reasons for writing about horror and religion, my creative process, the centrality of depression and dread in my life as a writer, my favorite music and movies, the deep meaning of angels and demons, the current state of higher education, and more.

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"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 ranks among the foremost authors of contemporary American horror." – Laird Barron, author of The Imago Sequence & Other Stories and The Croning

Divinations of the Deep"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, editor, critic, author of Living with the Dead

"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, author of Teatro Grottesco and The Nightmare Factory

"Matt Cardin is the most underrated horror writer in America." – Tim Lebbon, author of Hush and 30 Days of Night (novelization)




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