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Matthew John Costello (born 1948) is an American horror, Gothic, and science fiction writer. His articles have appeared in publications including the Los Angeles Times and Sports Illustrated. He scripted Trilobyte's bestselling CD-ROM interactive dramas The 7th Guest and its sequel The 11th Hour, as well as many other video games.
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Along with F. Paul Wilson, Costello created and scripted FTL Newsfeed, which ran daily on the Sci-Fi Channel from 1992–1996. His television credits also include shows on The Disney Channel, PBS, the BBC, and many others. In 2005 his novel Beneath Still Waters was adapted into a film by director Brian Yuzna.
Costello's works for children include the book series The Kids of Einstein Elementary, published by Scholastic, and Magic Everywhere (Random House), as well as games including Aladdin’s Mathquest (Disney), A Cartoon History of the Universe (Putnam), and two math games based on the hit PBS Kids show Cyberchase. He is the designer of role-playing and board games, including Dungeons & Dragons, Call of Cthulhu, Batman, Lone Wolf & Cub, and many others.
Recently, Costello worked on Rage, a post-apocalyptic action-adventure game for id Software, and wrote its novelization, as well as a new game for Eidos with Neil Richards and Swedish developer Avalanche Studios.
- Sleep Tight (1987)
- Revolt on Majipoor (1987)
- Fate's Trick: In the World of Robert Heinlein's Glory Road (1988)
- Beneath Still Waters (1989)
- Midsummer (1990)
- Child's Play 2 (1990)
- Wurm (1991)
- Child's Play 3 (1991)
- Darkborn (1992)
- Homecoming (1992)
- Caught in Time (1992)
- Garden (1993)
- See How She Runs (1994)
- SeaQuest DSV: Fire Bellow (1994)
- The 7th Guest (1995) (with Craig Shaw Gardner)
- Mirage (1996) (with F. Paul Wilson)
- Masque (1998) (with F. Paul Wilson)
- Unidentified (2002)
- Artifact (2003) (with Kevin J. Anderson, Janet Berliner and F. Paul Wilson)
- Missing Monday (2004)
- King Kong: The Island of the Skull (2005)
- Doom 3: Worlds on Fire (2008)
- Doom 3: Maelstrom (2009)
- Rage (video game) (adaptation) (2011)
- Vacation (2011)
- Home (2012)
- Star Road (with Rick Hautala) (2014)
- The 7th Guest (1993), Virgin Interactive Entertainment (Europe) Ltd.
- The 11th Hour (1995), Virgin Interactive Entertainment, Inc.
- Clue Chronicles: Fatal Illusion (1999), Atari Interactive, Inc.
- Starsky & Hutch (2003), Empire Interactive
- The Italian Job (2003), Eidos Interactive, Inc.
- Cyberchase: Castleblanca Quest (2003), Brighter Minds Media, Inc., Learning Company, The
- Doom 3 (2004), Activision Publishing, Inc.
- Shellshock: Nam '67 (2004), Eidos Interactive
- Doom 3: Resurrection of Evil (2005), Activision Publishing, Inc.
- Just Cause (2006), Eidos GmbH
- Disney's Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (2007), Disney Interactive Studios
- Just Cause 2 (2010), Eidos GmbH
- Rage (2011), Bethesda Softworks
- Planet of The Apes: The Last Frontier (2017), Imaginati Studios
- Bram Stoker Best Novel nominee (1993) : Homecoming
- Prometheus Award Best Novel nominee (1999) : Masque
- Official website
- Matthew J. Costello at the Internet Speculative Fiction Database
- Matthew Costello at IMDb
- Matthew J. Costello at Library of Congress Authorities, with 31 catalog records
- Matthew J. Costello at Demian's Gamebook Web Page
- Shane Christopher (pseudonym) at LC Authorities, 1 record, and at WorldCat