Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Author
Reading at the Bright Hill Literary Center

bright-hillNext Thursday, June 9th at 7pm, I’ll be reading at the Bright Hill Literary Center in Treadwell, New York alongside poet Kirby Olson. I’ll likely be reading from a new short story and/or an excerpt from the new novel Queen of Static. If you are in the area, I hope you will come by and say hello.


Bright Hill Press & Literary Center
94 Church Street
Treadwell, NY 13846

Date & Time:

Thursday, June 9th, 7pm.


Interview at the Washington Independent Review of Books

At the Washington Independent Review of Books, Craig L. Gidney interviews me about portal fantasies, Syfy’s The Magicians, adapting mythology for fiction. Jewish fantasy, Sybil’s Garage, and the follow up to King of Shards, Queen of Static.

You can read the interview here.

Goodreads Discussion Group

Goodreads-LogoOver at Goodreads, I’ve started a discussion group for King of Shards and the forthcoming Queen of Static. The group is for general Q&A and discussions about both books. There will likely be spoilers for book one, but I’ll do my best to avoid spoiling Queen of Static. Please come on over and join the discussion!


Queen of Static Cover Reveal

So it went like this: my sister sent me a link to someone who had given a great review of King of Shards on Goodreads, and while there I noticed another book was listed besides mine: Queen of Static, the next book in the Worldmender trilogy. So then I went over to Amazon and Queen of Static was there as well, and then I thought, Well if it’s up on Amazon and Goodreads there is no reason whatsoever not to share it publicly with my readers! 

So, voila. I present to you the cover to Queen of Static.

The art is by the super-talented Leon Tukker. I worked closely with him to create this image, which depicts the palace of Abbadon in Sheol and the surrounding city. The synopsis of the book is below the image.

Edit: Queen of Static will be published on October 11, 2016.

Nu???? What do you think? I always appreciate feedback!

Queen of Static by Matthew Kressel

Queen of Static by Matthew Kressel

Following the events of King of Shards, both humans and demons continue their quest to control the Lamed Vavnik, the thirty-six righteous men who sustain the Earth against the persistent hunger of the twisted creatures who inhabit the Shards, the broken remains of shattered universes. Daniel Fisher, both cursed and empowered by his acceptance of his role as Earth’s protectors, seeks to warn the righteous men of the coming demonic attack, while Mashit—the Queen of all demonkind—forces a quartet of captive Lamed Vavnik to her will, bringing new growth to her burning realm.

Meanwhile, Daphna, Mashit’s daughter, visits Earth and adopts the guise of a liberated Ukrainian slave girl cum pop superstar in order to bring all of humanity under her control. As humanity rushes to embrace the new celebrity and worship at her feet, Daniel struggles to convince the scattered Lamed Vavnik of the threat which faces them all, but they refuse to accept their true nature.

Queen of Static continues the Worldmender Trilogy, a series that The Huffington Post has referred to as a “unique fantasy cosmos” and one that NPR has called a “feast for hardcore fantasy fans.”

Coming Up For Air

This is me

I feel like a whale who has just come up for air or the hermit who has reentered civilization after months of seclusion. The reason? I just turned in the manuscript for Queen of Static, the follow-up to last year’s King of ShardsQueen of Static picks up where Shards left off, and follows Daniel as he seeks a route back to Sheol. More characters are introduced (many in fact) but some familiar ones, like Mashit, Ashmedai, Kokabiel and others return.

And I know I am biased, but I feel Queen of Static is a damn fine book. It goes much further than Shards, and as I was writing I kept discovering synchronicities in the text. Connections I didn’t consciously intend to make kept happening. It seemed, at points, as if the book was writing itself. I also noticed a new fluency in my writing. I’m not sure exactly where it has come from, but I suspect when you spend many hours every day, month after month, year after year, eventually you level up. Something clicked into place, I think. The result is, as you will see, an extraordinary book.

But, as I said, I’m biased of course.

Anyway, it’s good to breathe. Hello. How are you? My, the sun is bright.