Latest News – April 11, 2018

1) New Project: A chapter on fantasy and horror in the 1960s and 1970s

I’m presently under contract to write a chapter for a forthcoming illustrated history of fantasy and horror. The particular slice of time that I’m focusing on is the 1960s and 1970s, and the assigned task is to relate important texts and developments in fantasy and horror to important cultural trends and events of the period. The scope encompasses the whole field at that time: fiction, film, television, gaming (birth of Dungeons & Dragons, anyone?) and more. It promises to be quite an attractive book, lavishly illustrated and lushly designed, and it will be published before the end of the year. Given that I was born right in the middle of the period I’m writing about, researching and writing this piece is feeling a bit like conducting an archaeological expedition into my own early consciousness not only of fantasy and horror, but of life and the world in general.

2)New review of Horror Literature through History

Bob Pastorella of This Is Horror has just published a sparkling review of my horror encyclopedia. Here are excerpts:

“[T]he information contained in the two volumes is thorough and comprehensive, covering the beginning of horror literature to contemporary writers. Meticulously compiled and far-reaching in scope, these books are without a doubt the best on the market. . . . Matt Cardin has produced a beautiful encyclopedia set for the horror geek in us all, chock full of more information than anyone can read in one sitting. . . . Whether you take a copy out on loan, or spring for your own set, you will not regret the investment, nor will you find a horror literature reference guide as far-reaching and well-researched as this.”

The horror encyclopedia’s full introduction and table of contents are still available at The Teeming Brain.

3) Available now: Vastarien Volume 1, Number 1

At long last, the launch issue of Jon Padgett’s and my new horror journal Vastarien is now available. We blew the roof off with a Kickstarter campaign that brought more than three times our stated goal. The issue’s contents represent a rich variety of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and artwork. We’re presently working on the second and third issues. See the journal’s website for more information, or visit Amazon to purchase the first issue.



“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)