Contact info

You can write to me at While I read, and appreciate, every fan letter I get, I don’t always have time to respond, so please don’t be offended if you don’t hear back from me. If you are writing to me with a special request, please check the list below, first.

If you want to buy a signed copy of one of my books — If you’d like to buy a signed copy of one of my in-print books, you can contact Secret Garden Bookshop in Seattle at 206-789-5006 or via email. Tell them what you want and they’ll order it, get me to sign it, and ship it to you, usually within a few days.

If you’d like to buy a signed first edition hardcover of The Mirage, Set This House in Order, or Sewer, Gas & Electric email me here and I’ll tell you what to do. At the present time, I do not have any first edition copies of my other novels that I am willing to part with.

If you are interested in acquiring film, TV, or other subsidiary rights to one of my novels — Lovecraft Country has already been produced as an HBO series. Bad Monkeys is currently under option to Universal Pictures. The film and TV rights for my other novels are available, but I’m not the person you need to be talking to:

For film or TV rights, contact: Matthew Snyder, Creative Artists Agency, 424-288-2000

For all other rights, contact: Melanie Jackson, Melanie Jackson Agency, 212-799-5063

If you are inviting me to appear at a convention, conference, or other public event — I live in Seattle, Washington. If your event is taking place in another city, please make clear in your invitation whether you are offering to cover my travel and hotel expenses. If you intend to compensate me for my time with an honorarium or fee, please mention that too.

If you want me to blurb your soon-to-be-published novel — Please do not contact me directly to solicit a blurb. Have your editor send a galley or review copy to Matt Ruff c/o Jennifer Brehl, HarperCollinsPublishers, 195 Broadway, New York, NY 10007.

If you want me to read your unpublished manuscript — I am the wrong person for this. A proper book critique takes more time than I am generally willing to spare, and even if time were not a factor, I’ve had one too many traumatic experiences with people who asked for my honest opinion of their work and then ended up in therapy when I gave it to them.

If you want my involvement in some sort of project — Almost anything business related should be addressed to my agent, Melanie Jackson (see above). Be aware that I am generally pretty busy with projects of my own. Also, I strongly prefer to work alone, so while I’m flattered to be asked to collaborate on stuff, I usually say no.