About



The Mumpsimus is a personal blog created by me, Matthew Cheney, in 2003. For an overview of the blog's ever-changing identity over years, see the ten posts I wrote for the tenth anniversary in 2013. To scroll through more recent writings, take a look at the archive links and the Popular Posts list at the bottom of the page.

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Who am I?

In the 3rd person: 


Matthew Cheney's debut collection of fiction, Blood: Stories, won the Hudson Prize and was published by Black Lawrence Press in 2016. His academic book Modernist Crisis and the Pedagogy of Form: Woolf, Delany, and Coetzee at the Limits of Fiction was published by Bloomsbury in 2020. He is Assistant Professor and Director of Interdisciplinary Studies at Plymouth State University.


His work has been published by Conjunctions, Woolf Studies Annual, One Story, English Journal, Weird Tales, Strange Horizons, Best Gay Stories 2016, Literary Hub, The Los Angeles Review of Books, and elsewhere. He is the former series editor for the Best American Fantasy anthologies, and the co-editor, with Eric Schaller, of the occasional online magazine The Revelator.


Personal Website

Academic Website (Finite Eyes)

Letterboxd (movie reviews)

On Twitter:
@melikhovo (general)
@finiteeyes (academic)


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