Gustavo Bondoni is an Argentine writer with over forty stories published in five countries, both online and in print, and a winner in the National Space Society’s “Return to Luna” Contest and the Marooned Award for Flash Fiction in 2008. His genre fiction has appeared in three Hadley Rille Books anthologies, Atomjack, The Best of Every Day Fiction, and others. His work has also been published in Spanish translation. He can be found online at www.gustavobondoni.com.ar, or at http://bondo-ba.livejournal.com/.
IFP: How did you become interested in writing Mythos/Lovecraftian stories?
GB: I’d been aware of Lovecraft since my teens, mainly through seeing his books on shelves, but actually came to his stories less than five years ago. By that time, I’d been a writer for some time, so I’d been exposed to some of his more fanatical readers, which was a revelation.
My first Lovecraft collection was The Doom That Came to Sarnath, which introduced me to his creepy tales – but not necessarily to the Mythos, and the truth is that the story in IFP was the first one I wrote deliberately as a “Lovecraftian” work.
IFP: What was the inspiration for your story?
GB: Of course, Lovecraft’s work was part of it, but mainly, I’d always been fascinated by the way Tierra del Fuego (Land of Fire) got its name. Legend says that the first mariners named it after the fires of the indigenous people they saw in the night. And, I thought, how would these men have felt about it?
IFP: If you were a Mythos monster or character, who would you be and why?
GB: I would be Randolph Carter, the man who discovered the Silver Key.