Matthew J. Costello

Matthew J. Costello (born 1948) is the author or coauthor of numerous novels and nonfiction works. 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 videogames.

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.

His latest suspense novel, Nowhere, was published in 2007. Costello also wrote Island of the Skull (Pocket Books), an original prequel to Peter Jackson's film, King Kong.

Costello's work 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 show Cyberchase. He is designer of role-playing and board games, including Dungeons & Dragons, Call of Cthulhu, Batman, Lone Wolf & Cub, and many others.

Currently, Costello is working on Rage, a new game for id Software, as well as a new game for Eidos with Neil Richards and Swedish developer Avalanche.



  • 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) ISBN 1857982126
  • The 7th Guest (1995) (with Craig Shaw Gardner)
  • Mirage (1996) (with F Paul Wilson)
  • Masque (1998) (with F Paul Wilson)
  • Unidentified (2002) ISBN 0425185176
  • 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)

Videogames (script)

  • 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 Ltd.
  • 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
  • Rage (2010), Bethesda Softworks


  • Bram Stoker Best Novel nominee (1993) : Homecoming
  • Prometheus Award Best Novel nominee (1999) : Masque

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