Latest News – July 3, 2017

1) Horror Encyclopedia Update: Proofs Sent

Two days ago I sent back the corrected proofs for both volumes of Horror Literature through History: An Encyclopedia of the Stories That Speak to Our Deepest Fears. It’s out of my hands now, which feels kind of strange for a project that has eaten two and a half years of my life, stretching back to January 2015. Here are some numbers:

  • The combined volumes run to 886 pages.
  • Scheduled publication date is September 30.
  • My email folder for communications with all 70 contributors plus various personnel at ABC-CLIO contains nearly 1500 messages. Which also means that I’ve written at least that many in return.

This is by far the most work-heavy writing/editing/publishing project that I have ever undertaken. I hope — and honestly think — the final result is worth it, but that will of course be for readers to decide. Speaking of which, you can preorder a copy right now at Amazon.

2) Convention Appearances: ArmadilloCon and NecronomiCon Providence

Next month I’ll be attending both ArmadilloCon 39 in Austin and NecronomiCon Providence in (of course) Providence. The NecronomiCon programming schedule for panels, talks, and presentations is now finalized. I’ll be on the following:

  • TEATRO GROTTESCO: The Bleak Universe of Thomas Ligotti – Thomas Ligotti embraces the themes and moods of Lovecraft, Schulz, Cioran and others, and emerged from the shadow of these literary heirs to become one of the most powerful voices in Weird fiction. In this panel we discuss the bleak and pessimistic universe his work evokes, as well as works crafted by writers who count him among their influences.
    Panelists: Michael Calia (Moderator), Matt Cardin, Michael Cisco, Kurt Fawver, Jon Padgett, Joe Pulver
  • FAITHFUL FRIGHTENERS – Since the days of William Peter Blatty’s The Exorcist, religious horror has been a popular subject in the genre. But, how effective can it be if the reader is not a member of that religion? This lively discussion will cover this topic and will attempt to answer the question, “Can an atheist be scared of the Devil?”
    Panelists: Tom Breen, Matt Cardin (Moderator), Leeman Kessler, Bracken MacLeod, Richard Stanley, Douglas Wynne



“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)