I think I’ve mentioned from time to time that I built a web site for Matthew Hughes, author of the Archonate novels and stories – and more – like Majestrum, The Spiral Labyrinth, and Hespira.
I may have also mentioned that I’ve been formatting his backlist and new anthologies as eBooks, which he sells on his site.
But because I’m a books-are-made-of-paper kind of guy it’s always been my secret hope that Hughes would try publishing his books as print-on-demand paperbacks.
Why? Because the eBook formats are more crude than web pages are, that’s why, and if I’m going to design a book I want it to look its best.
So you can imagine how happy I am that he’s taken the plunge into self-published paperbacks. I got to lay out the interiors and covers (though the cover illustrations aren’t mine) and I’m very happy with the way they’ve turned out.
I’m still working on the section of his site that will sell the paperbacks directly. But for now I encourage you to have a look at them at Amazon through these links. Nine Tales of Henghis Hapthorn already has its “Look Inside” previews; The Meaning of Luff and Other Stories is a couple of days younger and its previews aren’t yet ready as I write this.
I could tell you how well I like Hughes’ work. I could probably tell you until you started rolling your eyes. But who listens to me?
Listen to this guy:
“Hapthorn’s picaresque adventures, an adroit blend of SF and fantasy, pay homage both to Vance’s Dying Earth fantasies and his classic Demon Princes future history… A tremendous amount of fun.” George R. R. Martin