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About Matt Cardin
Matt Cardin is the author of the supernatural horror fiction collections "To Rouse Leviathan," "Dark Awakenings," and "Divinations of the Deep," all of which explore the intersection of religion, horror, and art. He is also the editor of "Horror Literature through History: An Encyclopedia of the Stories That Speak to Our Deepest Fears" as well as academic encyclopedias devoted to the history of the paranormal and the phenomenon of mummies and mummification in history, religion, and popular culture. He received a World Fantasy Award nomination for editing "Born to Fear: Interviews with Thomas Ligotti." His work has been shortlisted for the Bram Stoker Award, recommended for the British Fantasy Award, and praised by Publishers Weekly, Kirkus Reviews, Booklist, Cemetery Dance, Rue Morgue, This Is Horror, Thomas Ligotti, Laird Barron, and more. A native of the Missouri Ozarks, he presently resides in Northern Arkansas.
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In tales long and short, some substantially revised from their original appearances and including a new novella co-written with Mark McLaughlin, Cardin rings a succession of changes on those fateful words from the Book of Job: “Let those sorcerers who place a curse on days curse that day, those who are skilled to rouse Leviathan.”
Aside from his fiction, Matt Cardin is the editor of Born to Fear: Interviews with Thomas Ligotti (2014) and Horror Literature through History (2015), and co-editor of the journal Vastarien.
We may speculate, therefore, that tehom, like Tiamat, predated God: that God may even be the offspring of the deep.
If such were true, then we would be forced to concude that both God and His world—the ordered world of life, light, and logic—exist against a background of death, darkness, and derangement.
A few scattered souls claim that we can glimplse this primal chaos even now, while the cosmic charade still runs its course. At the seams of the universe, they say, a thread will sometimes become unraveled: a ray of darkness will shine through, and the light does not overcome it.
DIVINATIONS OF THE DEEP presents five such glimpses, which the reader receives at his owN peril. To question the universe in this manner is always dangerous, because there is no way of knowing in advance what form the answers will take All that is known is that their form will be the unexpected.
Many of today's horror story fans—who appreciate horror through movies, television, video games, graphic novels, and other forms—probably don't realize that horror literature is not only one of the most popular types of literature but one of the oldest. People have always been mesmerized by stories that speak to their deepest fears. Horror Literature through History shows 21st-century horror fans the literary sources of their favorite entertainment and the rich intrinsic value of horror literature in its own right. Through profiles of major authors, critical analyses of important works, and overview essays focused on horror during particular periods as well as on related issues such as religion, apocalypticism, social criticism, and gender, readers will discover the fascinating early roots and evolution of horror writings as well as the reciprocal influence of horror literature and horror cinema.
This unique two-volume reference set provides wide coverage that is current and compelling to modern readers—who are of course also eager consumers of entertainment. In the first section, overview essays on horror during different historical periods situate works of horror literature within the social, cultural, historical, and intellectual currents of their respective eras, creating a seamless narrative of the genre's evolution from ancient times to the present. The second section demonstrates how otherwise unrelated works of horror have influenced each other, how horror subgenres have evolved, and how a broad range of topics within horror—such as ghosts, vampires, religion, and gender roles—have been handled across time. The set also provides alphabetically arranged reference entries on authors, works, and specialized topics that enable readers to zero in on information and concepts presented in the other sections.
Mortality and death have always fascinated humankind. Civilizations from all over the world have practiced mummification as a means of preserving life after death—a ritual which captures the imagination of scientists, artists, and laypeople alike. This comprehensive encyclopedia focuses on all aspects of mummies: their ancient and modern history; their scientific study; their occurrence around the world; the religious and cultural beliefs surrounding them; and their roles in literary and cinematic entertainment.
Author and horror guru Matt Cardin brings together 130 original articles written by an international roster of leading scientists and scholars to examine the art, science, and religious rituals of mummification throughout history. Through a combination of factual articles and topical essays, this book reviews cultural beliefs about death; the afterlife; and the interment, entombment, and cremation of human corpses in places like Egypt, Europe, Asia, and Central and South America. Additionally, the book covers the phenomenon of natural mummification where environmental conditions result in the spontaneous preservation of human and animal remains.