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.