Matthew Hughes

portraitMatthew Hughes writes science-fantasy and science fiction. An alter ego, Matt Hughes, writes crime fiction. A personality fragment, Hugh Matthews, writes media tie-ins.

His novels are:

Downshift (Doubleday Canada, 1997 and Five Rivers Press, 2013); Fools Errant and Fool Me Twice (Warner Aspect, 2001); Black Brillion (Tor, 2004);  Majestrum (Night Shade Books, 2006); The Commons (Robert J. Sawyer Books, 2007); The Spiral Labyrinth (Night Shade Books, 2007); Template (PS Publishing, 2008 and Paizo Publishing, 2010); and Hespira (Night Shade Books, 2009);   The Damned Busters (Angry Robot Books, 2011);   Costume Not Included (Angry Robot Books, 2012); The Other (Underland Press, 2011); Song of the Serpent (Paizo Publishing, 2012); Hell to Pay (Angry Robot Books, 2013); Old Growth (Five Rivers, 2013) ;

His next novel, A Wizard’s Henchman, will be released by PS Publishing in 2016.

His short fiction has appeared in Alfred Hitchcock’s, Asimov’s, Blue Murder, Fantasy & Science Fiction, Postscripts, Lightspeed, Storyteller, Interzone and a number of bespoke anthologies. Night Shade Books published his first short story collection, The Gist Hunter and Other Stories, in 2005.

He has self-published collections of his short fiction backlist as 9 Tales of Henghis Hapthorn, (2013), The Meaning of Luff and Other Stories, (2013), The Compleat Guth Bandar, (2014). A new collection, Devil or Angel and Other Stories, will be released in 2015.

A series of novella chapbooks, featuring Hughes’s far-future master criminal, Luff Imbry, began appearing as limited editions from PS Publishing in 2010.  The first title is Quartet & Triptych, the second is The Yellow Cabochon (2012) and the third is Of Whimsies and Noubles (2014). The fourth, Epiphanies, will appear in 2015 and all four will be published in a paperback omnibus in 2017.

He also edits fiction for publishers and individual authors.

From a working-poor background, he became a journalist, then staff speechwriter to the Canadian Ministers of Justice and Environment in the Pierre Trudeau government of 1974-79. After that, he spent more than twenty-five years as a freelance speechwriter for Canadian corporate executives and political leaders.  At present, he is augmenting a fiction writer’s uncertain income by housesitting. He has lived in twelve countries and passed through a half a dozen more.

He has won the Arthur Ellis Award from the Crime Writers of Canada, and has been short-listed for the Aurora, Nebula, Philip K. Dick, Endeavour, A.E.Van Vogt, and Derringer Awards.

His web page is at

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