Interview: Nathan Crowder

Name: Nathan Crowder

Author of: “The Fishwives of Sean Brolly”

Age: 41

Geographic Location: Seattle, Washington

Original Hometown, if different: Durango, Colorado

Twitter: @Natecrowder


Past publications: Short fiction — “Fists of Felt” in Byzarium, “Ink Calls to Ink” and “Memory in the Time of Bones” at, “Deacon Carter’s Last Dime” in Crossed Genres and in Crossed Genres Year One, “None Left Behind” in Absent Willow Review, “Frames of Reference” in Close Encounters of the Urban Kind, “The War at Home” in Cobalt City Timeslip, “Kid Gloves” in Thug Lit, “Dancing Tonight! Live Music!” in Rigor Amortis

What’s your favorite H.P. Lovecraft story or other Mythos story? “Pickman’s Model”

What comes to mind when you think “Lovecraft” + “Erotica”? The scene in the movie Dagon when the “local girl” whips back her bedding to show her tentacle legs…her hot, tentacle legs.

How did you hear about Cthulhurotica? The usual suspects on Twitter.

What inspired your story? The fishwives were very, very fringe characters from another unfinished story, crossed with lingering memories of some unhealthy personal relationships that were nowhere near as bad as depicted in my story.

What music or movies helped you to write this story? The soundtrack to the movie City of Lost Children was strangely compelling, and comes to mind when I close my eyes and think of the story.

How many rewrites did you do before submitting? Three – one specifically to add in more sensory detail to the individual paragraphs, and one to remove a confusing framing device/flashback and smooth it over so it didn’t leave a scar.

What is your favorite bit?

That’s an easy one.

“I’m not a freak. I just know what I like.”

I think that really sums up the core of the character as he reaches that revelation.

Interview: Madison Woods

Name: Madison Woods

Author of: “Daddy’s Girl”

Age: 45, for a little longer.

Geographic Location: NW Arkansas, way off the beaten path

Original Hometown, if different: St. Amant, LA

Twitter: @madison_woods


Past publications: Non-fiction on Ginseng in the Ozarks (Digging Roots, a Dying Legacy). Lots of blog posts between my fiction blog, listed above as the website, and my Rural Ozarks Musings at .

What’s your favorite H.P. Lovecraft story or other Mythos story? When I first heard about Cthulhurotica, I looked up Lovecraft. So that was my first introduction to his work. I am intrigued but haven’t found a favorite, yet. Monsters with personality are a strong interest of mine, though.

What comes to mind when you think “Lovecraft” + “Erotica”? Very twisted concepts, haha. And a touch of horror that my own mind is thinking of it.

How did you hear about Cthulhurotica? A while back I participated in #zinechat on Twitter with @JaymGates and some other magazine editors and writers of stories. I think it was there that I first saw it mentioned.

What inspired your story? Haha, surely something better left unsaid.

What music or movies helped you to write this story? Believe it or not, Pirates of the Caribbean, the monster-humanoid characters, had a huge influence on how I thought of my characters.

How many rewrites did you do before submitting? Hmmm. Not enough. I found a fairly significant error after hitting ‘send’, and thought surely that would be the death blow to my submission.

What is your favorite bit?

“Smartass. I didn’t say that. But she’d know I’d likely not directly disobey a summons from Daddy.”

Interview: Steven J. Scearce

Name: Steven James Scearce

Author of: “The Assistant from Innsmouth”

Age: I’m 42, actually.

Geographic Location: Kansas City, by way of Detroit and Seattle.

Original Hometown, if different: Kansas City

Twitter feed: @ShinkaiMaru5


Recent publications:

1. “Second Sunday in September” from Rigor Amortis, Jaym Gates & Erika Holt Editors

2. Unknown Transmission (a science fiction web serial)

3. All kinds of alt-rock music articles in magazines that don’t exist anymore

What’s your favorite H.P. Lovecraft story or other Mythos story? Ah… “The Dunwich Horror.” Brilliant.

What comes to mind when you think “Lovecraft” + “Erotica”? Although Lovecraft’s work is almost entirely devoid of relationships, sex, intimacy, and even women, it’s not for us to say that his work is without an erotic quality. The best erotic fiction creates an almost unhinged desire deep within the reader – a madness of sorts. So, for Lovecraft, who was no stranger to madness, the stories and mythos elements may have been a highly-charged projection of his deepest desires – strange and terrible as they may be.

How did you hear about Cthulhurotica? I believe that I may have been there when the idea was first hatched, like a fly on the wall. *

What inspired your story? My story was inspired by thoughts of travelling through the Miskatonic River Valley. I wondered what it would be like to drive through the valley and into the depths of the unknown. And, as so many of Lovecraft’s characters were ordinary folks who found themselves surrounded by the extraordinary and the horrific, I also wondered what it would be like to walk around in the central character’s shoes for a time and watch those nightmarish events unfold before me.

What music or movies helped you to write this story? During the course of the writing, I listened almost exclusively to the Philip Glass/Kronos Quartet re-imagined soundtrack for the 1931 horror classic, Dracula (with Bela Lugosi).

How many rewrites did you do before submitting? There were nine or ten drafts of the story. One of the early drafts actually approached 4,000 words. Through the course of the editing, I whittled the dialogue and descriptive passages down to a much-tighter version of the original. There were no major cuts. The ending was always the same (horrific), but a brief ritual scene was cut from the final version.

What is your favorite bit?

“The valley itself was wondrously dusky and quiet, although somewhat ominous. Massive trees of deep green foliage populated the whole of the valley and at no point in my journey was my vehicle ever without cover of deep shade. The central aspect of the valley was the Miskatonic River, a broad, dark watercourse that babbled rapid but quiet, as if whispering urgent secrets that only creatures of the water could hear and comprehend.”

* Editor’s Note: It’s true. When the original conversation that inspired this anthology was being had, Steve was a tiny insect, perched on a wall. We nearly swatted him, but he flew away, wings buzzing angrily, and survived to write “The Assistant from Innsmouth”.