Matt Dovey is very tall, very British, and most likely drinking a cup of tea right now. His surname rhymes with “Dopey”, but any other similarities to the dwarf are purely coincidental. He has a scar on his arm that spells out, in strokes of ancient Ogham, 'cupcake'. He now lives in a quiet market town in rural England with his wife & three children, and still struggles to express his delight in this wonderful arrangement.
He does boring stuff with computers for a living. He got into writing because he thought it'd pay well and the world would be falling over itself to read his genius; he has since been thoroughly disavowed of both notions. He is a member of the Codex Writers Group, the Villa Diodati Writers Group, and an associate editor (slush monkey) at PodCastle. He sometimes reads other people's stories out loud, too.
When he's not writing, he's probably homebrewing wine, mucking about with his camera, or running around a field with a pretend sword and a silly accent. Writing has stolen all his computer game time, though, and adult life has stolen all the money he used to spend in Games Workshop.
He has presently completed 34 consecutive orbits of the sun (a personal best) and hopes to continue extending this record. He still hasn't read The Shepherd's Crown because he can't bring himself to live in a world where there are no new Discworld books awaiting him.
Should you care to contact the author, you may email him at email@example.com. He is perenially terrible at replying to emails, though, so please don't take it personally when it takes weeks for him to reply. He promises he will feel guilty about it the entire time.
Comprising bios of various lengths, high resolution photos (click through or Save Link As for the full size photo; smaller files are displayed here) and a complete bibliography of published fiction. All content in this section may be used freely.
Why Aren't Millennials Continuing Traditional Worship of the Elder Dark?,
A Spider Trapped in Wax, PseudoPod #628, December 2018
The Bone Poet & God, Sword and Sonnet, August 2018
She Glitters in the Dark, Factor Four, Issue 1, March 2018
Homebrew Wine Recipes for Favourable Effects, from the Regrettable Life of Mrs Poulman, Arsenika, Issue 2, February 2018
The Lies I've Told to Keep You Safe, Daily Science Fiction, October 2017
Winter Witch, PodCastle, August 2017
To the Editors of The Matriarch, re: Allegations of Pressganging, Daily Science Fiction, June 2017
The Ghosts of Europa Will Keep You Trapped in a Prison You Make for Yourself, Escape Pod, May 2017
Copywrong, Perihelion, April 2017
How I Became Coruscating Queen of All the Realms, Pierced the Obsidian Night, Destroyed a Legendary Sword, and Saved My Heart's True Love, No Shit, There I Was (Alliteration Ink, ed. Alex Acks), February 2017
Quartet of the Far Blown Winds, Flash Fiction Online, November 2016
Squalor & Sympathy, Writers of the Future v32, May 2016
The Lady & the Moon, Cosmic Roots & Eldritch Shores, April 2016
This is the Sound of the End of the World, Flash Fiction Online, March 2016
Matt Dovey is a professional writer of short science fiction & fantasy. He is very tall, very British, and probably drinking a cup of tea right now. His surname rhymes with “Dopey”, but any other similarities to the dwarf are purely coincidental. More →
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The doorbell rings.
"Hello? Anybody home?"
A woman's voice. Well-spoken, which worries me; in this area, anyone with an education is some kind of official.
I'm lying on the sofa and my mind's fluttering back and forth, settling on memories from before Shaun got ill.
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