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Dark Awakenings


Over 300 pages of supernatural horror fiction and academic nonfiction exploring the boundary between religion, horror, and spirituality. Available at Amazon and other online booksellers, plus your local bookstore.

"Life is a horror for which there is neither remedy nor release in the seven metaphysical terror tales that make up the bulk of Cardin's provocative second collection (after Divinations of the Deep)....Cardin's tales are rich with references to Lovecraft, Nietzsche, and other writers whose work gives them unusual philosophic depth. This thinking-man's book of the macabre is capped by three essays, all of which speak eloquently to the supernatural themes of the stories." – Publishers Weekly

NEWS - Updated September 7, 2015

1) World Fantasy Award nomination

I'm presently nominated for a World Fantasy Award for Born to Fear: Interviews with Thomas Ligotti. The awards will be presented this November at the World Fantasy Convention in Saratoga, New York. The full ballot with this year's nominees can be accessed at the WFC website.

Born to Fear

2) Positive reviews for Mummies around the World

Reviews of Mummies around the World: An Encyclopedia of Mummies in Religion, History, and Popular Culture have been strong in the ten months since the book's publication. Here's a sampling:

"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

"[A] truly rollicking blend of scientific and pop culture. . . . An educational and entertaining compendium that is recommended for all 'mummymaniacs' everywhere" - Library Journal

"Overall, a good introduction to the subject. Recommended" - Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries (a publication of the American Library Association)

Mummies around the World

3) Published: Ghosts, Spirits, and Psychics

After a long and intensive couple of years of work, my encyclopedia of the paranormal, Ghosts, Spirits, and Psychics: The Paranormal from Alchemy to Zombies, is now published. You can read most or all of the my preface, introduction, and historical timeline of the paranormal, and also preview some of the entries in the book, through Amazon and Google book previews or at the publisher site.

Ghosts, Spirits, and Psychics


"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 ranks among the foremost authors of contemporary American horror." – Laird Barron, author of The Imago Sequence & Other Stories and The Croning

Divinations of the Deep"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, editor, critic, author of Living with the Dead

"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, author of Teatro Grottesco and The Nightmare Factory

"Matt Cardin is the most underrated horror writer in America." – Tim Lebbon, author of Hush and 30 Days of Night (novelization)




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