Interview: Alysa Braceau (Dreamshield)

Today, we focus on Alysa Braceau (aka Dreamshield), the Dutch author of an autobiographical book about shamanism, The Sorcerer’s Dream (which we also review). You can learn more about her book in her guest blog post:

IFP: Tell us about your book. What’s it about?

AB: The Sorcerer’s Dream is about my initiation into the sorcerer’s world and mastering conscious dreaming. It is a spiritual adventure which takes the reader into the magic realms of the unknown and one …

IFPInterview: Alysa Braceau (Dreamshield)

Interview: Perilous Press

Today we have dragged Adam Barnes and Cody Goodfellow away from their work at Perilous Press to chat with us about Lovecraft, what makes a good Mythos story, their first Mythos book Copping Squid, and chaining S.T. Joshi in the basement:

IFP: Can you briefly introduce yourselves to our readers?

AB: I am Adam Barnes, co-publisher of Perilous Press. I enjoy horror fiction, so I also practice law.

CG: I’m Cody Goodfellow, the other co-publisher of Perilous Press. I …

IFPInterview: Perilous Press

Interview: Matt Jackson

Today, we sit down to chat with Matt Jackson, one of the RPG writers for the site Dice of Life:

IFP: Tell us how the Dice of Life site got started. How did you get involved with them?

MJ: A few friends and I realized that as we got older we had lots of the same problems with gaming: finding time to play, responsibilities that conflicted with gaming, and everything that resolves around real life that we did not …

IFPInterview: Matt Jackson

Interview: William Jones

Today we are talking with William Jones, Lovecraft enthusiast, writer and editor of several magazines and anthologies, including The Anthology of Dark Wisdom: The Best of Dark Fiction. He has also published several gaming supplements for the Call of Cthulhu role-playing games.

IFP: How did you become interested in Lovecraft?

WJ: I came across a collection of his short stories when I was in my early teens. They were very different from the other types of stories I’d …

IFPInterview: William Jones

Interview: Dave Carson

Today, we are talking with Dave Carson, a Lovecraftian illustrator working mainly with pen and ink. He has won five British Fantasy Awards for Best Artist during his career as an illustrator. He has also done extensive work for the Call of Cthulhu RPG published by Chaosium:

IFP: Tell us a bit about yourself. What’s your background? Did you go to art school? That sort of thing.

DC: I was born in Northern Ireland in 1955. I never did go …

IFPInterview: Dave Carson

Interview: Stephen Hickman (Part 1)

Today we are running the first half of our phone interview with award-winning illustrator and author Stephen Hickman. Science fiction and fantasy enthusiasts will recognise the vast array of cover illustrations he has created for Ace, Baen, Del Rey, Doubleday, Tor, and others. As well, Lovecraft fans are familiar with his Lovecraft and Cthulhu statuettes.

All covers and illustrations used in this interview were created by Stephen Hickman. Visit his official website for more information about this artist and to

IFPInterview: Stephen Hickman (Part 1)

Interview: Malcolm Barber

Today in Hidden Histories, we sit down with Malcolm Barber, a noted English medieval historian best known for his work on the Knights Templar. Prof. Barber is famous among those interested in the Templars for his groundbreaking study of the trial of the Order, The Trial of the Templars, and his general history, The New Knighthood:

IFP: Tell us about your academic career. Where did you go to school?

MB: Education: Walpole Grammar School, Ealing, London, 1954-61. …

IFPInterview: Malcolm Barber

Retro Review (and Recap): Supernatural 2.09: Croatoan

By Paula R. Stiles

[Here be many spoilers]

Tagline: Sam has a terrible dream in which Dean coldly shoots an unarmed human. He persuades Dean to investigate and their search leads them to a town that is being isolated and “disappeared” by a demonic virus that may also be responsible for the disappearance of the “Lost Colony” at Roanoke. The question is: why? And will they survive?

Recap: The “Then” recap for this episode is a famous one among fans. …

Paula R. StilesRetro Review (and Recap): Supernatural 2.09: Croatoan

Interview: Aliette de Bodard

Today we are talking to Campbell Award Finalist, and Writers of the Future Winner Aliette de Bodard. Aliette enjoys using non-Western cultures in her stories, particularly those from Ancient China and Pre-Columbian America. Her first novel, Servant of the Underworld, will be released in 2010.

IFP: How did you become interested in Pre-Columbian America and Ancient China?

AB: I’ve had a long-standing interest in Ancient China, because it’s had such a strong influence on Vietnamese culture (and …

IFPInterview: Aliette de Bodard

Paranormal Week: Interview: Cheralyn Lambeth

Today, we sit down with Cheralyn Lambeth, author of Haunted Theaters of the Carolinas:

IFP: Tell us about your book, Haunted Theaters of the Carolinas. How did you become involved in writing about local ghost stories?

CL: I was actually inspired to write Haunted Theaters because many of the stories in there were ones I had experienced myself, or had gotten first-hand from other people who’d experienced them. As a professional in the entertainment industry, I’ve had the …

IFPParanormal Week: Interview: Cheralyn Lambeth

Interview: Paranormal Week: North Carolina Paranormal Investigations

Today, we sit down to talk with Julie of North Carolina Paranormal Investigations (NCPI):

IFP: Can you tell us a bit about NCPI? How it was created, its mission, etc.

NCPI: I had already been investigating paranormal activity for many years. Then, when my husband and I were married, we saw that there was a great need for this type of service, not just for our own research but to help people who did not understand paranormal activity. We started …

IFPInterview: Paranormal Week: North Carolina Paranormal Investigations

Interview: Paranormal Week: Theresa Bane

Today in Paranormal Week, we sit down with Theresa Bane, author of Haunted Historic Greensboro:

IFP: Tell us about your latest book, Haunted Historic Greensboro. How did you become involved in writing about local ghost stories?

TB: Haunted Historic Greensboro is one of Schiffer’s “Haunted City Books”. I was approached by Editor Dinah Roseberry at HorrorFind Weekend about the project. She had heard of me through a mutual friend, author Pamela Kinney. I told Dinah that I …

IFPInterview: Paranormal Week: Theresa Bane