Stover lists some of his prime influences as Roger Zelazny, Stephen R. Donaldson, and Fritz Leiber. His dedication in Blade of Tyshalle cites other late "friends" including Leo Tolstoy and Friedrich Nietzsche.
Matthew Stover has stated that he will be writing several non-fantasy genre works. Going outside of his known genre, he said he would be using a pseudonym. He stated that the novels would be a Chicago crime novel as well as a few mysteries.
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