Latest News – February 4, 2019

1) Interview for Weird Studies

A few days ago I gave an interview for the excellent podcast Weird Studies, created and hosted by J. F. Martel and Phil Ford. Phil is an associate professor of musicology at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. J. F. is an author, screenwriter, and film & TV director from Ottawa, Canada. (Note that I interviewed J. F. at The Teeming Brain in 2015 in connection with his book Reclaiming Art in the Age of Artifice.). The podcast, launched last year, is billed as “a filmmaker and a professor talk art and philosophy at the limits of the thinkable.” As implied by the title, the overall subject is the weird, defined as “that which resists any settled explanation or frame of reference. It is the bulging file labelled ‘other/misc.’ in our mental filing cabinet, full of supernatural entities, magical synchronicities, and occult rites. But it also appears when a work of art breaks in on our habits of perception and ordinary things become uncanny.” The hosts invited me to join them for a conversation about my chapter on fantasy and horror in the 1960s and 1970s in last year’s The Astounding Illustrated History of Fantasy and Horror. A good time was had by all. I’ll share the link to the episode when it drops in a few weeks.

2) “The Basement Theater” in German translation

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.

3) To Rouse Leviathan: Coming soon

I can now report that, after a delay of six years, and after a somewhat preliminary announcement of its resurrection in 2016, my third horror collection, To Rouse Leviathan, is definitively back on track for publication by Hippocampus Press. I don’t yet have a date to share, but the thing that has held the project up for all this time — a problem on my end with revisions to a final story — has now seen itself through to resolution. I had begun to wonder if the book would ever actually become a reality, but now it appears that the answer is yes. Further updates will be forthcoming.


“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)