Ann K. Schwader lives, writes and accumulates far too many books in Westminster, Colorado. Her Lovecraftian/SF sonnet sequence, In the Yaddith Time, was published by Mythos Books in 2007. Her short fiction collection, Strange Stars & Alien Shadows, appeared from Lindisfarne Press in 2003, and her first Lovecraftian poetry collection, The Worms Remember, was published in 2001 by Hive Press. She is an active member of SFWA, HWA, and the Science Fiction Poetry Association. For updated information on her work – as well as other topics of possible eldritch interest – please visit her LiveJournal, Yaddith Times.
IFP: How did you become interested in writing Mythos/Lovecraftian stories?
AKS: I became interested in writing Mythos stories when I first realized that Lovecraft was sharing his concepts and creatures with his writer friends during his lifetime. Since the Mythos was a collaboration from very early on – and with Lovecraft’s blessing – I saw no reason why I couldn’t try joining the game. I’m interested in both SF and horror, and Lovecraft’s Mythos seemed to offer the best of both worlds. I also wrote fan fiction when I was in high school and college, so the idea of working in/adding to an established world was appealing.
IFP: What was the inspiration for your story?
AKS: The inspiration for “Scream Saver” was a fractal screen saver I enjoyed for several years. I got the title idea first, then had to write the story to justify the pun. This has happened to me more than once.
IFP: If you were a Cthulhu Mythos monster or character, who would you be and why?
AKS: At the risk of a little gender-bending, I’d want to be Dr. Henry Armitage. He’s the ultimate Renaissance man of the Mythos: librarian, scholar, field investigator, survivor. That last term is particularly attractive!