When people find out that I’m an author, the question that normally follows is, “Really, have you done anything I’ve read?” Well, I can’t know for sure. That would require me to know everything that person has ever read in their lifetime.
So, I’ve put together a page where you can look at some of the things I’ve done. If you find that you’ve already read one or more of them, then I can definitely say ‘yes’ to that question.
If all of this is new to you, then check it out. Then, should our paths cross one of these days, it will take out all the guesswork.
The light from an old man’s past catches up to him. A salesman deals in secondhand stars. An artificial-intelligence unit designed for war has second thoughts on the battlefield. An entire religion springs from long-forgotten superhero comics. These tales and more may be found in the pages of Strange Reports from Sector M, a compilation of thirteen short stories, flash fiction, and novellas from the ever-moving mind of author Matt Carson.
A complex mix of science fiction, urban fantasy, and horror, Carson’s stories offer intricate worlds where no matter what else changes, humanity continues to struggle with questions of courage, grief, and mortality—as well as our shifting, often arbitrary societal norms.
Here’s my novel, The Backwards Mask, published through Far Future Enterprises. It’s currently only available as an eBook. We’re working on a dead-tree, hard copy version. (More on that as it develops). So, what’s my ‘elevator speech’ for the novel?
Well, try this on for size: The crewmembers of the RCS Hornet suddenly find themselves at the wrong place at the right time (or vice versa). Decisions must be made, and worlds hang in the balance, as conspiracy inevitably leads to revolution. If you like space adventure and/or military sci-fi, give it a look-see.
A tie-in story for my novel, The Errand deals with events that happen ‘off stage’ from the main narrative. Follow the Paul Revere-esque journey of Cassandra Mayfield in her desperate attempt to save a people she has every reason to condemn. A word of warming, though, if you have an allergy to spoilers, you might read the novel first. You can download it for free at this link.Read Now
This is an ongoing series of flash fiction set in the futuristic Republic of SoCal. The titular character is an ex-covert operative that becomes hopelessly embroiled with SoCal's megacorporations. It's military science fiction that does not involve starships or aliens (but I won't rule out cyborgs).Read Now
I generally write in the speculative genres of science fiction, fantasy, and horror, so this piece stands out because it is not part of any of those. Innocence and Blood is a retrospective account of a young pikeman at the Battle of Pavia in 1525. I wrote this a long time ago, so it is something of time capsule of my writing, but I still think it holds up after all this time.Read Now
Here’s a bit of a blast from the past. It was my attempt to create to an RPG game adventure, and is published through Expeditious Retreat Press. Though this project did not turn out quite as expected, it was still a ton of fun to create. It’s still available in hard copy, though it’s not easy to find these days. For the curious gamer (with a need for instant gratification), here’s a link to the electronic copy.Read Now