Interview: Kirsten Brown

Name: Kirsten Brown

Author of: “Le Ciél Ouvert”

Artist of: The Brides of Tintalos

Age: 29

Geographic Location: Atlanta, GA.

Original Hometown, if different: Philadelphia, PA.

Twitter: @unknownbinaries

Past publications: Essays in ‘Women’s Voices in Magic’, Immanion Press, and ‘Lilith, Queen of the Desert’, Knickerbocker Press.

What’s your favorite H.P. Lovecraft story or other Mythos story?: In The Mountains of Madness, though I am far more of a fan of works in the vein of, than the writing of the man himself.

What comes to mind when you think “Lovecraft” + “Erotica”? Tentacle porn, because part of me is forever fifteen and prurient. Also, courting the Jungian Shadow and the unknown. Transformation.

How did you hear about Cthulhurotica? Twitter, gods help me. It’s a terrible, terrible addiction. Or a support group for the self-employed and creative, depending on when you get me.

What inspired your story? I tried to write something that went with the art I also have in there, but it took its own direction. And something in me has always had a bit of a thing for the trickster and shapeshifter that is the Crawling Chaos.

What music or movies helped you to write this story? No movies, really. I don’t sit down at home and watch DVDs often. Music, though…Lots of experimental noise and dark ambient stuff; 15 Degrees Below Zero, Navicon Torture Technology, Wäldchengarten, Derek C.F. Pegritz as Nyarlathotep. Also, lots of Ego Likeness, a gothy-industrial outfit who will get my ass moving on just about any task at hand.

How many rewrites did you do before submitting? It’s hard to gauge. I don’t rewrite from whole cloth often. I excise chunks, replace them, shuffle things around, sometimes endlessly.

What is your favorite bit?

“…there is a sense of surface tension to it, like the darkness, the nothing in it is pressing on the sky and threatening to rupture. I am transfixed, breathless, I am a needle seeking a very strange compass, a crystal glass resonant to this, and I have no idea how long I stand there.”