Interview: Ahimsa Kerp

Name: Ahimsa Kerp

Author of: “Tuning in, Turning On, and Dropping Out at the Mountains of Madness”

Age: 33

Geographic Location: Portland, Oregon

Original Hometown, if different: I’ve moved around a bit.  But Portland is as much home as anywhere.

Twitter: @ahikerp


Past publications: My story “Mr. Potato Head” is coming out on The New Flesh next month. My alternate history novella “Blades in the North” appears as part of a mosaic novel called To Baldairn Motte – coming out the second quarter of 2011. I have written a fair few travel articles that are scattered around the web, as well.

What’s your favorite H.P. Lovecraft story or other Mythos story? It’s hard to choose just one, but I think “The Shadow Over Innsmouth” holds up the best in terms of what we as modern readers expect from a story.

What comes to mind when you think “Lovecraft” + “Erotica”? Tentacles.   Ewww.

How did you hear about Cthulhurotica? On  Duotrope.  I was looking for a market for a different story but when I heard the term “Cthulhurotica,” I was hooked.

What inspired your story? I was playing Beatles Rockband, thinking about shoggoths, as you do, and I realized  that the 60’s and Lovecraft go really well together.  I thought of an independent character who was sort of new to the counter-culture scene and from there the narrative suggested itself.

What music or movies helped you to write this story? For the dark, freaky aspects, I listened to the Proposition soundtrack a bit, but to get in the mood I mostly listened to music like Arlo Guthrie, The Who, and CCR.

How many rewrites did you do before submitting? The story that was accepted was a complete rewrite of an earlier attempt.  This story came together really quickly and the version I submitted was really the first draft.

What is your favorite bit?

“You’ve been to Kathmandu?  Kabul?  Benares? Ceylon?” she asked.

Nyarlathotep interrupted her.  “That’s not the kind of traveling I do.  Think more … celestial.”

Euphoria understood all right.  She wondered if she could bag some acid off of him.

4 thoughts on “Interview: Ahimsa Kerp”

Madison Woods

I’m looking forward to reading all the stories in this book, but yours sounds like one I’ll surely like.

Richard Baron

Your story sounds really interesting. I love the fact you have set it in the 60s. Very much looking forward to reading it.


Thanks guys. Right back at ‘ya.


Oh this looks like so much fun. Is it weird that this:

I was playing Beatles Rockband, thinking about shoggoths, as you do

made perfect sense to me? Wonderful!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *