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Matt Hughes

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The name I answer to is Matt Hughes. I write science fiction, fantasy and suspense fiction. To keep the genres separate, I now use my full name, Matthew Hughes, for sff, and the shorter form for the crime stuff. I also write media tie-ins as Hugh Matthews. I've won the Crime Writers of Canada's Arthur Ellis Award, and have been shortlisted for the Aurora, Nebula, Philip K. Dick, Endeavour (twice), A.E. Van Vogt, and Derringer Awards. I was born seventy years ago in Liverpool, England, but my family moved to Canada when I was five. I've made my living as a writer all of my adult life, first as a journalist, then as a staff speechwriter to the Canadian Ministers of Justice and Environment, and -- from 1979 until a few years back- as a freelance corporate and political speechwriter in British Columbia.

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Muscle

Published Jul 1, 2019 · 12,362 words (45 minutes) · 69 views

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This story that ran in Alfred Hitchcock’s, fifteen years ago. “Muscle” is, in my biased opinion, pretty cute. I think it would make a good movie, with Bette Midler, Goldie Hawn, and Joan Cusack in the cast – and Emma Thompson, if they could get her to play the lead.

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Wipe Out

Published May 29, 2019 · 3,281 words (12 minutes) · 83 views

Mystery

Wipe Out was the third in my series from long ago about an ambitious Vancouver burglar named Mikey that ran in the lamented and brilliant online magazine, Blue Murder, back around the turn of the century. Today’s readers will note that advances in IT render the plot unworkable. But in those days, it was a thing.

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Wipe Out

Published May 29, 2019 · 3,281 words (12 minutes) · 54 views

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Something to Sell

Published Nov 7, 2018 · 3,057 words (12 minutes) · 284 views

Mystery

Mikey, an ambitious burglar, finds a new way to make money. Note: this story was published in 1998, so the technology is a little primitive.

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Stepping Stones

Published Oct 23, 2018 · 4,453 words (17 minutes) · 2 likes · 348 views

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