Matt Cardin is a writer, editor, musician, and college professor and administrator living in North Texas. With a Ph.D. in leadership and a master’s degree in religious studies, he focuses frequently on the intersection of religion, horror, art, and creativity. His books include the weird and cosmic horror fiction collections To Rouse Leviathan (2019), described by Thomas Ligotti as “a breviary of gruesome mysteries” that is “a worthy descendant of a distinguished line of supernatural horror”; Dark Awakenings (2010), which Publishers Weekly praised as a “thinking-man’s book of the macabre” with “unusual philosophic depth”; and Divinations of the Deep (2002), which launched the New Century Macabre fiction imprint for Ash-Tree Press. He also wrote the free ebook A Course in Demonic Creativity (2011). His editorial projects include Horror Literature through History: An Encyclopedia of the Stories That Speak to Our Deepest Fears (2017), Ghosts, Spirits, and Psychics: The Paranormal from Alchemy to Zombies (2015), and Mummies around the World: An Encyclopedia of Mummies in Religion, History, and Popular Culture (2014). In 2015 he received a World Fantasy Award nomination for editing Born to Fear: Interviews with Thomas Ligotti. He is also co-editor of the literary horror journal Vastarien.
His short horror fiction, reviews, interviews, articles, and essays have appeared in Icons of Horror and the Supernatural, Encyclopedia of the Vampire, Spirit Possession around the World, Cemetery Dance, Lovecraft Annual, The Thomas Ligotti Reader, Paranthropology, World Religions: Belief, Culture, and Controversy, The New York Review of Science Fiction, and elsewhere.
He is the founding editor and chief writer for The Teeming Brain, a blog about religion, horror, creativity, consciousness, apocalypse, dystopia, and the weird, with an additional wide-angle focus on the intersection of these areas with the arts, the mass media, psychology, education, science, technology, politics, ecology, economics, and society at large.
He has been a panelist and reader at The World Fantasy Convention, The World Horror Convention, MythosCon, and ArmadilloCon. In 2014 he was an invited panelist at Baylor University’s Faith and Film symposium. In 2008 he was a guest of honor at MoCon III: The Intersection of Art, Spirituality, and Gender. He has been a guest on Expanding Mind, Weird Studies, Darkness Radio, Spiritually Raw, the Mancow Muller Show, This Is Horror, and other radio shows and podcasts to talk about writing, horror fiction, the intersection between religion/spirituality and horror, and his experiences with sleep paralysis and nocturnal assault, and to discuss the implications of the latter for our collective understanding of creativity, psychology, and reality.
He is also a longtime pianist, keyboardist, and composer. In a separate and parallel life, he is a Vice President at a community college in Texas, where he also teaches English and world religions. Former careers include high school teacher, piano salesman, corporate communications specialist, media producer for a large state university, and video director for country and pop music legend Glen Campbell.