Micro-interview: David Conyers

David Conyers’ story “The Swelling” appears in the February 2010 fiction issue of Innsmouth Free Press.

David Conyers is an Australian science fiction author from Adelaide who also writes Lovecraftian horror, with over 35 short stories sold worldwide. His first book, The Spiraling Worm, co-authored with John Sunseri, received honourable mentions in both the Aurealis and Australian Shadows Awards, and was a blend of spy thriller fiction and the Cthulhu Mythos. His latest book and first as editor is Cthulhu’s Dark Cults, the first fiction collection set entirely in the world of the Call of Cthulhu role-playing game. David’s website is www.davidconyers.com.

IFP: What was the inspiration for your story, “The Swelling”?

DC: I originally wrote this for a King in Yellow anthology that was looking for stories based on Robert W. Chambers’ original collection, so that was the starting point. I, however, was more inspired by the work of Iain Banks and Haruki Murakami, particularly, Bank’s The Bridge and Walking on Glass, and Murakami’s The Hardboiled Wonderland and the End of the World, which are weird literary genre novels with science fiction and fantasy elements. “The Swelling” was an attempt to create something very surreal and nightmarish in a similar vein.

IFP: What is your favourite Lovecraftian movie?

DC: Definitely Alien, directed by Ridley Scott. It is not traditionally Lovecraftian, nor does it tie to the Cthulhu Mythos, but all the elements are there that make it an excellent Lovecraft movie. The uncaring monster that kills indiscriminately and has a bizarre life-cycle is something Lovecraft could have dreamt up. Ridley Scott is one of my favourite directors and he excelled with this movie (my other favorite of his is Blade Runner). The actors are perfect, too, and even today, the film doesn’t look dated. It’s my ultimate horror movie.

IFP: Can you tell us something about you that few people know?

DC: I’m currently editing an anthology of four Cthulhu Mythos novellas with Brian M. Sammons for Permuted Press which hopefully will be out in late 2010. The anthology was inspired by Ramsey Campbell’s classic anthology, New Tales of the Cthulhu Mythos, which featured Lovecraftian tales that did not use the traditional tropes or plotlines, and produced some spectacular results from David Drake, A.A. Attanasio, Stephen King, T.E.D. Klein, and Campbell himself. Brian and I are collaborating on one of the tales in the anthology, a new Harrison Peel adventure (the hero from my Lovecraftian novel, The Spiraling Worm) about his visit to a rather unusual island mysteriously appearing in the middle of the South Pacific…

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