Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Author
Tangent Online reviews “The Last Novelist”

Tangent Online reviews my story “The Last Novelist” and says,

Matthew Kressel writes a hauntingly sweet and tragic story in “The Last Novelist (or A Dead Lizard in the Yard).” Reuth, the last novelist in the universe, is dying and comes to the distant planet of Ardabaab to finish his novel. He befriends a local girl who is intrigued by the foreign art skill he demonstrates, and she becomes his apprentice. The story revolves around the relationship of these two characters, exploring the passion and the often unappreciated talent of an artist. The speculative elements remain in the background, allowing this to be a quiet and subtle character study. I found it to be one of those great tales that knows just when to be verbose, and knows just when to step back and let the characters shine.

They also review stories by Theodora Goss, A.C. Wise, Julianna Baggot and Max Gladstone. You can read all the reviews here.

Quick Sip Reviews on “The Last Novelist”

Quick Sip Reviews has some nice things to say about my story “The Last Novelist” now up at

This is a story of longing and of looking back. Of decline—in health, in life. And of finding something at the end of life that is unexpected but wonderful….It’s an inspiring and elegant story and a great read!

They also review plenty of others, including Theodora Goss, Alyssa Wong, Bo Bolander, Catherynne Valente, Maria Dahvana Headley, and more. 

Read the full review here.

Publishers Weekly Praises Cyber World

cover_cyber-worldPublishers Weekly calls Cyber World “outstanding” and they mention a few stories, including my “The Singularity is in Your Hair,” plus stories from E. Lily Yu, Paul Graham Raven, and Madeline Ashby. Happy to see the book getting this much-deserved attention, as it contains a number of excellent stories, really well chosen by editors Josh Viola and Jason Heller. For those interested, there will be a book release party at the Lovecraft Bar in NYC in November, details forthcoming.

“This outstanding collection is set in a near-future society with intriguing technological advances, but the social and cultural implications of these developments vary widely…Artificial intelligence features in several stories, creating virtual realities in Matthew Kressel’s “The Singularity Is in Your Hair”…a myriad of characters and styles highlights the variety of voices and ideas in current science fiction, and the authors gleefully expand the already-fluid definition of cyberpunk. The stories that focus on individual relationships highlight the most lasting and powerful effects of technological changes, showing them to be beneficial, destructive, and sometimes both at once.” —Publishers Weekly

You can read the full review here.

The Reporter Group Reviews King of Shards

The Reporter Group, the Jewish Federation of Greater Binghamton, New York, praises King of Shards in their latest review. 

“Kressel does an excellent job in fashioning a fantasy world based on Jewish lore and in creating interesting characters and a suspenseful plot. Although it took time to understand the underlying theology of the Shards, that didn’t slow the action.” — Rabbi Rachel Esserman

They also review works by Lavie Tidhar and Jonathan and Jesse Kellerman. The full review can be found here.

Pop Matters on “The Sounds of Old Earth”

Nebula Award Showcase 2015My Nebula Award-nominated story “The Sounds of Old Earth” (originally published in Lightspeed Magazine) was reprinted in the 2015 Nebula Award Showcase, edited by Greg Bear, and is recently reviewed by Pop Matters, who has this to say:

The category nominees also uniformly impress, but the standout among them is surely Matthew Kressel’s ‘The Sounds of Old Earth’, the story of an old man on a largely evacuated and denuded Earth awaiting its destruction by space-based laser in order to use the resultant raw materials for a gigantic piece of space engineering. The sense of resignation has extraordinary resonance in today’s world, in which the destruction of people’s homes through flooding and natural disaster is becoming worryingly commonplace, and the image of the Earth being sliced into pieces like a hard-boiled egg is one that will stay in the memory. This was Kressel’s first Nebula nomination but, one feels, almost certainly not his last.

They also have praise for works by Rachel Swirsky, Ken Liu, Ann Leckie, and more. You can read the full review here.

30-Second Sci-Fi Book Review on “The Meeker and the All-Seeing Eye”

Here’s 30-Second Sci-Fi Book Review giving my Nebula-nominated story “The Meeker and the All-Seeing Eye” their “highest recommendation.” In case you want to watch, the review of my story starts at 3:24. (I love that they use the Chinese cover art for my story.) 

What Makes the Perfect Short Story?

nightmare-nov-2015SFSignal has some love for “Demon in Aisle 6,” my story just out in Nightmare Magazine​ as part of their Mind Meld series, this one on What Makes the Perfect Short Story?

“One of my very favorite stories out this year has been the very recent “Demon in Aisle 6” by Matthew Kressel” (in the November 2015 issue of Nightmare Magazine), which combines a deeply tragic story about loss and guilt and also examines insular communities and the vulnerability of people without support. I will admit that this story had me in tears reading it and did so with a strong tension and a mastery of pathos. More than that, the story made me think about how far the world has come in recognizing certain kinds of people and just how little that can mean to those living under a constant threat of violence.” They also mention works by Sofia Samatar​, Carmen Machado​, Sam J. Miller​, Tiffany Trent​, Fran Wilde​ and many others.

You can read the full article here