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Matthew Hughes

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Born in Liverpool, his family moved to Canada when he was five years old. Married since late 1960s, he has three grown sons. He is currently relocated to Britain. He is a former director of the Federation of British Columbia Writers.

A university drop-out from a working poor background, he worked in a factory that made school desks, drove a grocery delivery truck, was night janitor in a GM dealership, and did a short stint as an orderly in a private mental hospital. As a teenager, he served a year as a volunteer with the Company of Young Canadians.

He has made his living as a writer all of his adult life, first as a journalist in newspapers, then as a staff speechwriter to the Canadian Ministers of Justice and Environment, and, since 1979, as...more


A couple of reviews of my old stuff popped up this week.

Blogger George Kelley took a look at Song of the Serpent, a Cugelesque novel written under my media-tie pseudonym Hugh Matthews and set in the Pathfinder role-playing game universe. He says, "If you’re looking for a fun novel with a Jack Vance flavor, try Song of the Serpent."

And Stephen Theaker, a reviewer/blogger who is administrator of... Read more of this blog post »
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“a blossom past its perfection, shedding petals like a sad metaphor”
Matthew Hughes, The Damned Busters

“Yes," said Hardacre, "but it's not real. We're not real. And when the story is all told, when He writes 'The End' at the bottom of the last page, then all this will wrap up. No more Hell, no more Heaven, no more angels, devils, saints or sinners. The story's done. It will be as if we never were”
Matthew Hughes, The Damned Busters

“I believe you to be Filidor Vesh," said the dwarf.

"You are entitled to your beliefs, however ill-founded," Filidor replied. "No doubt you will wish to search further for this Vesh, rather than impose your presence upon a man called hence by urgent affairs."

The dwarf transferred his grip from Filidor's mantle to his arm. His gaze swept quickly over the young man's features. "This belief is supported by the evidence, since you answer to a point the description furnished me."

"You are plainly the dupe of some prankster, who abuses the dignity of your years by sending you on a fool's errand," said Filidor. "Were I you, I would seek out the rascal and thrash him.”
Matthew Hughes, Fools Errant

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