Innsmouth’s Editorial Assistant Nathaniel Katz interviewed Allen Griffin, author of “The Atrocity Film,” part of Innsmouth Magazine issue 12. Remember, you can buy an issue for $2 at Amazon.com, Weightless Books or Smashwords. Or subscribe to Innsmouth Magazine and never miss an issue.
IFP: Where did the idea for “The Atrocity Film” come from?
AG: The first draft of “The Atrocity Film” was originally written in one long afternoon, in a stream-of-conscious manner. In subsequent revisions, I attempted to chisel down the text until I was able to figure out what it was about. The original version was longer and weirder, and made even less sense, containing a number of quotations, found text and passages translated into binary, but I had blast writing it.
IFP: The idea of “semiotic terrorism” is fascinating. Can you say some more about that?
AG: The idea of “semiotic terrorism” was an extension of one of many ideas of the story and one of my preoccupations as a writer, which is the collapse of reason and the destruction of cause and effect. In terms of Lovecraftian fiction, I feel that beings operating in Lovecraft’s hidden world, human and otherwise, would act in ways completely unintelligible to mundane human experience. At one point, I mention “incomprehensible weapons and oblique strategies.” Semiotic terrorism would probably fall under the heading of oblique strategies.
IFP: Do you have a favorite Lovecraft story?
AG: I have always been partial to “The Shadow Out of Time.” This story really captures strangeness on a cosmic level that fascinates me to no end.
Allen Griffin is a writer and musician living in Indianapolis. He plays bass for Profound Lore recording artists Coffinworm. His fiction has appeared in such places as Burial Day Books, Indiana Horror Anthologies 2011 and 2012, and many others. He also has pieces forthcoming in several anthologies including Modern Lovecraft and Grave Robbers.