Matt Cardin is a writer, college teacher, and musician living in Central Texas. With a master's degree in religion and a lifetime of involvement in the study of world religion and philosophy, he writes frequently about the mutual implications of religion, spirituality, horror, and creativity. He is the author of Divinations of the Deep (2002), which launched the New Century Macabre fiction imprint for Ash-Tree Press, and Dark Awakenings (2010), which Publishers Weekly praised as a "thinking-man's book of the macabre" with "unusual philosophic depth." He is also the author of To Rouse Leviathan (forthcoming from Hippocampus Press) and the editor of Mummies around the World: An Encyclopedia of Mummies in Religion, History, and Popular Culture (2014), Ghosts, Spirits, and Psychics: The Paranormal from Alchemy to Zombies (2015), and Horror Literature through History: An Encyclopedia of the Stories That Speak to Our Deepest Fears (2017). In 2015 he was nominated for the World Fantasy Award for editing Born to Fear: Interviews with Thomas Ligotti.
His short horror fiction, reviews, interviews, articles, and essays have appeared in Icons of Horror and the Supernatural, Encyclopedia of the Vampire, Spirit Possession around the World, Cemetery Dance, Lovecraft Annual, The Thomas Ligotti Reader, Paranthropology, World Religions: Belief, Culture, and Controversy, The New York Review of Science Fiction, and elsewhere. His work has received honorable mentions in The Year's Best Fantasy & Horror and recommendations for the British Fantasy Award and Bram Stoker Award.
He is also the founding editor and chief writer for The Teeming Brain, a blog about religion, horror, the paranormal, creativity, consciousness, and culture, with an additional focus on tracking apocalyptic and dystopian trends in science, technology, politics, ecology, economics, the media, the arts, education, and society at large..
He has been a panelist and reader at The World Fantasy Convention, The World Horror Convention, MythosCon, and ArmadilloCon. In 2014 he was an invited panelist at Baylor University's Faith and Film symposium. In 2008 he was a guest of honor at MoCon III: The Intersection of Art, Spirituality, and Gender. He has been a guest on Expanding Mind, Darkness Radio, Spiritually Raw, the Mancow Muller Show, and other radio shows and podcasts to talk about his experiences with sleep paralysis and nocturnal assault, and to discuss their implications for our collective understanding of creativity, psychology, and reality.
He is also a long-time pianist, keyboardist, and composer. Former careers include high school teacher, piano salesman, corporate communications specialist, media producer for a large state university, and video director for country music legend Glen Campbell.