Latest News – September 20, 2019
A new interview with me at the website Sublime Horror focuses on the theological ideas that went into the stories in To Rouse Leviathan and the connections that I’ve long drawn between horror and religion. The questions drew out some fairly personal information, including details about my evangelical upbringing, reminiscences of my young adult years when I transitioned to horror after having been more interested in fantasy and science fiction, and thoughts on the specific texts, authors, and ideas from my years as a graduate student in religious studies that have influenced my writing and thinking about the complementary nature and shared spiritual/philosophical DNA of religion and horror of the specifically weird and cosmic kind.
2) Praise for To Rouse Leviathan
Reviews of To Rouse Leviathan continue to be strongly positive. Thomas Ligotti, Jon Padgett, Richard Gavin, and John Langan have provided praise-filled blurbs. 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.” Reader reviews at Amazon and Goodreads are enthusiastic. To Rouse Leviathan is available from both the publisher and Amazon. Click here for a look at the wrap-around cover art and the full table of contents.
3) Leveling up to Dr. Cardin
I haven’t previously mentioned that, since 2017, I’ve been pursuing a Ph.D. in leadership studies. Two weeks ago I successfully defended my dissertation. Its title is “Sacred Unleader: Leadership in the Life and Thought of Oswald Chambers.” Stacked on top of my previous degrees in religious studies and communication, this doctorate produces an interesting overall configuration of academic qualifications and credentials. If you’re unfamiliar with the name Oswald Chambers, this and this serve as nicely succinct and informative introductions.
PRAISE FOR THE WORK:
“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
“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
“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)