Author of: “Flash Frame”
Age: Unspeakable. Sorry!
Geographic Location: Vancouver, Canada
Original Hometown, if different: Mexico
Past publications: Fantasy Magazine, Shine: An Anthology of Optimistic Science Fiction, Tesseracts 13, Futurismic, Shimmer and lots, lots more
What’s your favorite H.P. Lovecraft story or other Mythos story? “The Shadow Over Innsmouth” ( that’s probably why I am one of the founders of Innsmouth Free Press) and “The Colour Out of Space.” There’s something about evil- glowing meteorites that makes my heart go a bit faster. Non-Lovecraft, I think “Sticks” by Karl Edward Wagner is very scary. It just creeped the hell out of me and I don’t even understand why. Something about the bizarre constructions made out of twigs.
What comes to mind when you think “Lovecraft” + “Erotica”? Um … tentacles? I am actually very afraid of Cthulhu mixed with erotica, and I’m note quite sure what to expect when I crack open my contributor’s copy, but I think I ended up overcoming my fears because I had an idea that just wouldn’t let go. I’m not sure if the final result is erotic, though. I think of it as deeply paranoid and confused. In a good way.
How did you hear about Cthulhurotica? Through the magic of Twitter.
What inspired your story? Several things. I was remembering what it was like being a journalist in Mexico City. I am a third-generation communications gal. My grandfather was a radio announcer during the Golden Age of radio, my parents both worked in radio, I worked at a newspaper and I married someone who studied journalism. This is a genetic ailment. But it does tend to give me lots of background on different time periods and how journalists worked in those times. For “Flash Frame,” my direct inspiration was a conversation I had in the 90s. I was meeting a friend who was a freelancer at the time, and he asked me if we could stop to pick up his paycheck for a story he had done for a magazine. The magazine we picked up (and I think his story) was about the cheapest prostitute in Mexico City. We ended talking about a large porno cinema, Cine Teresa, which had been a high-class “ladies” cinema back in the 50s. You know, one of those luxury movie palaces. I love old movie theatres and I kept thinking about journalists and movie theatres, and our conversation about the Teresa. Around this time, I also had a bizarre dream about a “yellow woman” and I decided to use her.
What music or movies helped you to write this story? I don’t listen to much music, to be terribly honest. I am very unhip, in that sense. But I did have a movie in mind. Caligula, to be specific. The bizarre film that gets screened in my story was inspired by that movie, and also some of the sword-and-sandals flicks I watched when I was a kid. There was always something sexy about those movies, even if the production codes of the time didn’t allow them to show too much. It was a way to get past the censors. I mean, Hedy Lamarr is sooo awesome in Samson and Delilah. We don’t give a crap about the good girl. We want Hedy to dance in her pseudo-Arabian Nights outfits and seduce Samson, damn it!
How many rewrites did you do before submitting? I don’t rewrite. Does that sound awful? I fix things as I go along, which sometimes makes it a longer process. I also felt if I thought too much about this story, I’d chicken out and never write it.
What is your favorite bit? I like the opening line:
The sound is yellow.
3 thoughts on “Interview: Silvia Moreno-Garcia”
I just read your story ‘Flash Frame’. I loved the setting: the ‘El Tabu’ theatre with it’s faded elegance and dark underbelly and i feel you really captured the dark mysterious atmosphere that such places conjour. I found myself thoroughly intigued in the tale, eager to discover what secrets Zozoya held and congratulate you on a story that captivated and unsettled in equal measure.
That very short opening line is a very effective hook, lol. Can’t wait to read the rest of the story 🙂
With the combination of noir sensibilities, old cinema, crumbling movie palaces, and a fresh take on my favorite Cthulhuian entity, “Flash Frame” is so good I wish I had written it — so what I want to be reading! There were bits that reminded me strongly of the novel Flicker by Theodore Roszack and the Carpenter Masters of Horror episode “Cigarette Burns,” all in the most awesome way.
Were it possible to eat your brains and steal your magic, I would consider it. Since it isn’t, let me say, “Flash Frame” is masterful. Thank you for sharing it with us.