He grew up in Wisconsin, not far from Sauk City, home to Arkham House and its founder, August Derleth. Though he has not written much HPL-inspired fiction, he was a contributor to the early Weird Tales fanzine, Etchings & Odysseys. These days he mostly writes poetry.
How did you become interested in writing Mythos/Lovecraftian stories?
I was a big Arkham House fan in the 1960s, having learned of Lovecraft and Clark Ashton Smith from the prefatory material in the then newly issued Conan paperbacks Lancer was publishing. Having writerly ambitions, I soon began to submit material to August Derleth, who shortly before his death put me in touch with a group of Lovecraft fans that were based out of the nearby Twin Cities – perhaps the most prominent of which was Richard Tierney. Two other of these earnest gentlemen – Jack Koblas and Eric Carlson – were putting together a Weird Tales tribute zine and asked me to contribute, whereupon I wrote my first two Mythos stories, “Kiss An Angel Good Morning” and “Nightmare’s Promise,” both of which were to eventually see publication in Etchings & Odysseys. Then, as will happen, I fell into that intradimensional time warp called Real Life and did not emerge for nearly 35 years. Then recently, with the announcement of two new Mythos webzines – Arkham Tales and Innsmouth Free Press – I thought maybe it was time to return to my roots. The first story I wrote – “Calamari, Providence, 1927” – was accepted by Arkham Tales; the second, “The Cthulhu Whisperer,” by Innsmouth Free Press.
What was the inspiration for your story?
It seemed like a natural progression in the Whisperer meme after the Horse – Ghost – Dog sequence.
If you were a Mythos monster, deity or character, who would you be and why?
Easy. Given my passion for goat cheese, Shub-Niggurath — the Black Goat of the Woods With A Thousand Young.