Interview: Leon J. West

Name: Leon J. West

Author of: “Amid Disquieting Dreams”

Age: Honestly around 40

Geographic Location: Eugene, Oregon

Original Hometown, if different: Reno, Nevada

Twitter: Chitter.

Website: It used to have a whole bunch of stories of horrible thing I’d done as a teen, but I took them all down so I could get a job, and now all that remains are some book covers and a couple videos of a robot I built in school.

Past publications: Writers of the Future, Polyphony 3, Fundamentally Challenged, Robots and Time

What’s your favorite H.P. Lovecraft story or other Mythos story? The Dreamquest of Unknown Kadath. I lived in a martial arts dojo and religious commune when I read it at age 14, and I had been reading lots of books on shamanism and practicing techniques to induce lucid dreaming and stuff like that, so I guess it really resonated with me.

What comes to mind when you think “Lovecraft” + “Erotica”? Phallic tentacles and gaping holes with teeth.

How did you hear about Cthulhurotica? My writer’s group, The Wordos.

What inspired your story? Depravity, drugs, and the dreams both induce.

What is your favorite bit?

You cook the powder down to a brown puddle and inhale the smoke with your straw.  You feel like a whore with a mouthful of someone’s hate, and you hate yourself for loving the feeling.

2 thoughts on “Interview: Leon J. West”


Yeah, definitely in love with that line. I’m going to enjoy this.

Madison Woods

Powerful favorite line. I love it, too – can’t wait to read your story.

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