Two novels by Matt Fullerty, now available
Matt Fullerty is the author of two novels, The Murderess and the Hangman, a tale of murder and London set in 1879, and The Knight of New Orleans, a novel about chess, genius and madness set in 1850s New Orleans.
In November 2010, The Murderess and the Hangman was connected to a national press story in the UK, the discovery of a skull in Sir David Attenborough’s garden in Richmond, London. The skull turns out to be 131 years old and belongs to the murder victim in Matt's novel – about the murder of Julia Thomas by her housemaid – a long-forgotten case that has now resurfaced!
Matt’s first novel, The Knight of New Orleans (2011), tells the life story of New Orleans world chess champion, Paul Morphy, and a working girl from Basin Street, Clara Young, with whom he becomes infatuated. It won the Bookhabit Unpublished Novel Award 2008 ($5000), was Semi-Finalist in the William Faulkner-Wisdom Competition 2008, and a Second Round choice in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award 2010. Matt’s adapted screenplay, also titled THE KNIGHT OF NEW ORLEANS, is registered with the Writers Guild of America, East.
As Writer-in-Residence at I-Park Artists’ Enclave in July 2010, Matt began his third novel, American Con Artist, the story of a Hungarian immigrant and art forger who fakes Matisse and Picasso paintings. Elmyr de Hoyr is a painter who can perfect the work of geniuses...but can he stay out of jail?
Matt has published literary reviews of fiction and poetry in The St. Ann’s Review, short stories in Paper, Scissors, Stone: New Writing from the University of East Anglia, and poetry in Word Riot, Island, Fire, Poetry Monthly, Manifold and Weyfarers. He is also the author of the non-fiction survey of post-War War II fiction, The British and American Academic Novel: The Professorromane, The Comic Campus, The Tragic Self (2012).
Matt has taught M.A. fiction classes at the University of London, Royal Holloway, and is currently Professorial Lecturer in English at George Washington University in Washington, D.C., where he teaches classes on Comedy, British Literature (19th and 20th century) and American Literature (1865-present). He lives in Arlington, Virginia.