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Hi, and welcome to my website! Thanks for visiting!

I’m Matthew Kressel, a writer of speculative fiction, i.e., science fiction, fantasy, and horror. My fiction has been nominated three times for a Nebula Award and once for a Eugie Foster Memorial Award. I’ve also been nominated for a World Fantasy Award for my former editorial/publishing work. My fiction has been translated into many languages, including French, Chinese, Russian, Czech, and Polish.

I love telling tales! I love dreaming up new worlds in my head and inhabiting them with words. I have no absolutes in my fiction, other than to tell the best tale I possibly can. I work hard at my art and my only wish is that you enjoy my work as much as I enjoy creating it.

My short story “The Last Novelist” was a 2017 Nebula Award finalist and a 2018 Eugie Award finalist. My short story “The Meeker and the All-Seeing Eye” was a 2014 Nebula Award finalist. And my short story “The Sounds of Old Earth” was a 2013 Nebula Award finalist.

My many short stories have appeared in such publications as Lightspeed, Nightmare,, Clarkesworld, Analog,, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Interzone, Electric Velocipede, Apex Magazine, and the anthologies Mad Hatters and March HaresCyber World, After,The People of the Book, and lots of other places.

My novel, King of Shards, was hailed as “Majestic, resonant, reality-twisting madness,” from NPR Books

Every third Wednesday, I co-host the Fantastic Fiction reading series at the famous KGB Bar alongside veteran speculative-fiction editor Ellen Datlow

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In 2011 I was nominated for World Fantasy Award in the category of Special Award, Non-Professional for my work editing Sybil’s Garage. The magazine’s website has been archived here.

In 2003 I started the speculative fiction magazine Sybil’s Garageand the stories and poetry therein have received multiple honorable mentions in the Year’s Best Fantasy & Horror.  Under the rubric of Senses Five Press, I published Paper Cities, which won the 2009 World Fantasy Award for Best Anthology.

I have been a long-time member of Altered Fluid, a Manhattan-based writing group which has many successful past and present members. I am also obsessed with the film Blade Runner.

When I’m not writing, I design websites and write code. I have designed websites and written code for Stanford University, Columbia University, the magazines Strange Horizons, Weird Tales, Fantasy, Future Science Fiction Digest, and Beneath Ceaseless Skies, writers Genevieve Valentine, Nicholas Kaufmann, Chris Willrich, and many other large and small organizations, including IEEE, ADP, Alliance Bernstein, Vyve Broadband, Nikon, and many others. My business website is here.

You can contact me here and subscribe to my mailing list here. I would love to hear from you!