Latest News – July 15, 2019

1) Advance praise from Thomas Ligotti for To Rouse Leviathan

Thomas Ligotti has provided advance praise for my next book, calling it “one of those rare books that produces in a reader the most important reaction one can have to a work of, let us say, the literature of abomination.” You can read his full comments at The Teeming Brain. To Rouse Leviathan will be published on August 20. It is available for preorder from both the publisher and Amazon. Visit the book’s page at this website for a look at the wrap-around cover art and the full table of contents.

2) ArmadilloCon 41: I’ll be there

This August I’ll be speaking on panels and giving a reading (from To Rouse Leviathan) at the 41st annual ArmadilloCon in Austin. I’m always happy to contribute to the slim but significant horror track at this venerable fantasy and science fiction convention, which has long been recognized for its dedicated, though not exclusive, focus on writing and publishing. Details about specific panel topics and convention programming are presently being worked out.

3) I’ve been interviewed by Weird Studies

My interview for the excellent Weird Studies podcast is still available for listening:

The podcast is created and hosted by author and filmmaker J. F. Martel and musicology professor Phil Ford. (Note that I interviewed J. F. at The Teeming Brain in 2015 in connection with his book Reclaiming Art in the Age of Artifice.). Here’s the episode description:

Neil Gaiman wrote, If literature is the world, then fantasy and horror are twin cities, divided by a river of black water. Flame Tree Publishing underwrites this claim with their recent publication, The Astounding Illustrated History of Fantasy and Horror. The book is a veritable gazetteer of these two cities in the heartland of the imaginal world. Writer and scholar Matt Cardin, founding editor of the marvellous Teeming Brain, wrote a chapter for the book focusing on the books and films of the Sixties and Seventies. In this episode, he joins JF and Phil to discuss the kinship of horror and fantasy, the modern ghettoization of mythopoeic art, the prophetic reach of speculative fiction, and the cauldron of cultural transformation that was the Sixties and Seventies.

4) “The Basement Theater” to be translated into German

I have signed a contract for my short story “The Basement Theater,” which first appeared in my debut fiction collection Divinations of the Deep, to be translated into German and published in a special Ligotti issue of the German small press weird fiction publication Nighttrain.


“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)

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

Extremely informative in its content, easy to use, engaging in its writing style, 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)