Matthew P. Schmidt

AUTHOR OF The City and the Dungeon

Novels

The City and the Dungeon

And Those who Delve and Dwell Within

353 pages | Released December 27, 2017

The City is an immense metropolis of crystal spires and wondrous magic. Beneath is the Dungeon, a vast underground world, and a source of endless treasure guarded by grotesque and deadly monsters. No one knows where the Dungeon came from, or why.

Any who would dare face the dangers and riches of the Dungeon must first be transformed into a delver, a quasi-immortal creature whose every attribute is defined by numbers. Yet the “immortality” offered is but illusionary, for without consuming the crystal found only within the Dungeon, a delver will inevitably die.

One young immigrant braves the Dungeon to remit money to his family, only to find much, much more. Friends, power, and secrets of the Dungeon.

Perhaps even love.

Prince Anak the Immortal

150 pages | Released May 20, 2014

On a distant planet the last remains of humanity take refuge. Among them is Prince Anak Og Eloi XIa11, a genetically engineered superhuman born to rule and to live forever. At the behest of his father the king, he has designed and constructed an antimatter factory to fuel warships against the implacable Foe.

Yet, Anak’s brilliant mind cannot help but notice inconsistencies between his own experiences and the Immortal Family’s designs. When his mortal friend and mentor is dying, he finds he must decide between what he believes is right and what he must do to remain immortal. When he finds out the truth, will he do what is right, even at the ultimate price?

Short Stories

Out of Her Depth

A Tale of the City and the Dungeon

17 pages | Released August 25, 2017

The API of the Gods

38 pages | Released November 30, 2015

We Who Live by the Death of Stars

7 pages | Released September 18, 2016

Silence

4 pages | Released September 18, 2016

Reviews, Writings, and Absurdities

Smithgift’s Stuff

I am Matthew P. Schmidt, author and speaker of strange things. Have something to say to me? Say it here!

Are there games in Heaven?

This is a question that has often perplexed me, being player of games myself, for one cannot find a dogmatic answer to it, and this is perhaps for the best. We know that we cannot truly imagine what Heaven will be like, and that we have have perfect natural happiness and, of course, our supernatural beatitude, which is the point of this entire endeavor. If there are no games of any sort, then we will still have the infinite glory of gazing on God Himself for all eternity.

C&D2’s first draft is done!

Matthew P. Schmidt My BlogAs the title suggests, I just finished the first draft of C&D's sequel. I have been struggling for so long to complete this, and now... IT'S FINALLY DONE!!! What's next? God willing, this: I'm going to give my brain a break from...

What to the Modern White Guy is “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?”?

I have always been inspired by the story of Fredrick Douglass, a slave who escaped slavery to become a renowned orator and author. His is not the story of a man who was second-rate, shooed into the spotlight only for his relative accomplishments compared to his past. What use would that be? No, he was not merely any random speaker, but Fredrick Douglass, a name that survives to this day in history books, no matter how often it is skimmed over.