Micro-interview: W.H. Pugmire

Cover of a recent Pugmire book.

Wilum Hopfrog Pugmire’s “Cool Mist” appears in Innsmouth Free Press issue 7.

Wilum Hopfrog Pugmire has been writing Lovecraftian horror fiction since the early 1970s. His work has appeared in such magazines as Weird Tales, Deathrealm, Fantasy & Science Fiction, and Fantasy Macabre. These past two years have seen him writing like a lunatic, and his four books to be published this year are The Tangled Muse, Some Unknown Gulf of Night, Depths of Dreams and Madness, and The Strange Dark One – Tales of Nyarlathotep. He is working on his next two books.

IFP: How did you become interested in writing horror stories?
WHP: I was a Mormon missionary in Ireland and loved horror films, but my authorities wouldn’t allow me to cinema. I was in correspondence with Robert Bloch and so, I began to buy books by Bob or anthologies in which he was one of several writers, and that’s how I got hooked on reading horror. Then I decided I wanted to try my hand at writing it.

IFP: What was the inspiration for your story?
WHP: I remember wanting to try and write something as cool as the weird fiction of Bloch – but of course, that early stuff of mine was utter garbage. I’m a slow learner and it took me a long time to find myself as a writer. Bloch has continued to be a major influence all these years, along with Lovecraft, Wilde and Henry James.

IFP: If you were a Lovecraftian monster or character, who would you be and why?
WHP: Nyarlathotep. He really gets to me; I am absolutely obsessed. He is so sinister and intriguing. One of my books to be published this year is a collection of stories all about Nyarlathotep.

IFP: What is the scariest story you’ve read?
WHP: “Mysterium Tremendum” by Laird Barron; it’s in his second collection, Occultation. Great Yuggoth, what a story!

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IFPMicro-interview: W.H. Pugmire