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    • Man With No Name: A Nanashi Novella April 20, 2017
      Man With No Name Written by: Laird Barron Published by: Journal Stone (March 2016) Series: Nanashi Novella Paperback: 106 pages ISBN-10: 1942712863 ISBN-13: 978-1942712862 ASIN: B01ATOL62M Where to buy: Journalstone, Amazon.com (print), Amazon.com (e-book), and other fine book retailers. Publisher’s Comments: Nanashi was born into a life of violence. Delivered from the streets by the Heron Clan, he […]
      Sarah L. Gerhardt
    • Flesh of my Flesh: The Follow-up Interview September 25, 2015
      Hello Ghouls and Boils, I know… it has been a while. This year has been a trying one for me and I have been dealing with some “real life” stuff…  scarier than anything I post here. I apologize for our absence. But it was brief this time. Now that “real life” is levelling out, we are […]
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    • Now available: The Lovecraft eZine 2014 Megapack! August 10, 2015
      Hello Ghouls and Boils, So for the brief week off. But I had a case of life. I was on a bit of a mission and it went quite swimmingly. But fear not wicked ones. I am still here to bring you the strange and spooky! Today we have some news from a wonderful ezine […]
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    • A Conversation With Craig Yoe August 1, 2015
      Hello Ghouls and Boils, Today I was fortunate enough to sit and have a chat with the wonderfully fascinating creative genius, Craig Yoe. Craig and I met at HeroesCon this summer when he accepted an award at The Inkwells on Steve Ditko‘s behalf (sort of). I was beyond thrilled when this incredible talent agreed to […]
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    • Flesh of my Flesh —- The Review! July 29, 2015
      Hello Ghouls and Boils, It is day seven of Flesh of my Flesh week! FomF was a zombie movie filmed here in Portland, OR. Please check out Tuesday’s interview to hear about it’s inception and long awaited release from the Writer/Director – Edward Martin III – of the film, Wednesday’s article written by yours truly, and Thursday’s interview with Sean Strauss […]
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    • Flesh of my Flesh: Interview (/Happy-Hour) With Actress Tara Walker July 28, 2015
      Hello Ghouls and Boils, It is day six of Flesh of my Flesh week! FomF was a zombie movie filmed here in Portland, OR. Please check out Tuesday’s interview to hear about it’s inception and long awaited release from the Writer/Director –Edward Martin III – of the film, Wednesday’s article written by yours truly, and Thursday’s interview with Sean Strauss – […]
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    • Flesh of my Flesh: An Interview With Director of Photography Ryan K. Johnson July 27, 2015
      Hello Ghouls and Boils, It is day five of Flesh of my Flesh week! FomF was a zombie movie filmed here in Portland, OR. Please check out Tuesday’s interview to hear about it’s inception and long awaited release from the Writer/Director – Edward Martin II – of the film, Wednesday’s article written by yours truly, and Thursday’s interview with Sean […]
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    • Flesh of my Flesh – Zombies Need Love Too July 25, 2015
      Hello Ghouls and Boils, It is day four of Flesh of my Flesh week! FomF was a zombie movie filmed here in Portland, OR. Please check out Tuesday’s interview to hear about it’s inception and long awaited release from the Writer/Director – Edward Martin III – of the film, Wednesday’s article written by yours truly, and yesterday’s interview […]
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    • Flesh of my Flesh – An Interview With Documentarian and Location Manager Sean Strauss July 24, 2015
      Hello Ghouls and Boils, It is day three of Flesh of my Flesh week! FomF was a zombie movie filmed here in Portland, OR. Please check out Tuesday’s interview to hear about it’s inception and long awaited release from the Writer/Director of the film and yesterday’s article written by yours truly!  Today we will be talking with […]
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    • Flesh of my Flesh – Through The Eyes of the 2nd Assistant Director – Madness, Mayhem, and Love July 23, 2015
      Hello Ghouls and Boils, Welcome to day two of Flesh of my Flesh week! FomF was a zombie movie filmed here in Portland, OR. Please check out yesterday’s interview to hear about it’s inception and long awaited release from the Writer/Director of the film.  Today you get to hear me ramble on about my time on the set. […]
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Wilum Pugmire Interview

Hello Ghouls and Boils,

Today we have a special treat – a republished interview with Wilum H. Pugmire. If you stumbled onto this and would like to know why we republished it here, refer to The Not-So-Savvy Reader. Thanks again to Wilum for giving us his time. I hope you all find this as intriguing and fun as I did. Enjoy, my fiends!

Abstrusely,
Sarah L. Covert

About the Author: Wilum Hopfrog Pugmire, Esq., is the author of many books of weird fiction in the Poe/Lovecraft tradition. His past books include DREAMS OF LOVECRAFTIAN HORROR, SESQUA VALLEY & OTHER HAUNTS and THE FUNGAL STAIN AND OTHER DREAMS. His most recent anthology appearance is in S. T. Joshi’s anthology of modern Lovecraftian fiction, BLACK WINGS (due out in the early half of this year). Wilum specializes in prose and poetry of a Lovecraftian nature, supernatural fiction that is set in the fictive world of H. P. Lovecraft or in Wilum’s own invented locale, the Sesqua Valley. Unlike Lovecraft’s cosmic fiction, Wilum’s work is utterly supernatural, at times outlandishly so. His prose style reflects the keen influences of Lovecraft, Poe, Oscar Wilde and Henry James, just as his poetry is tainted by his profound love for the Works of Shakespeare.

Sarah L. Covert: Welcome to Savvy Readers – as I noted in yesterday’s interview this is a different sort of place for She Never Slept and our readers… but please make yourself at home and thanks for joining us today.

Wilum H. Pugmire: Thanks for having me.

Sarah L. Covert: As SNS readers know, my love for the strange was born at Drive-In Double Features when I was a young one. Your writing heavily leans towards the strange. What was it that sparked your interest in the unusual?

Wilum H. Pugmire: I’ve always loved monsters, ever since I was a wee child. I still remember the first horror film I saw, when I was about six years old, in this house where I am now living. I think it was the Lugosi DRACULA. I remember a shot of a white wolf leaping out of a ship or something. Then when I saw Karloff as Frankenstein for the first time, I was transfixed.

But even before that was in the house we lived in when I was four or just turned five, and my sister and I were visited by an image of a hag’s head on our bedroom wall. It was a flat image, like a spot of light from a flashlight. My sister says it spoke to us. Later, my sister and I identified as child-witches and practiced our own ideas of magick, which were tied in to my budding queer sexuality. I was always the weird kid on the block — still am! I used to walk around the block dressed as the Frankenstein Monster. Kenny G grew up half a block away, and he was such a little snob, used to look at me and roll his eyes. His lack of imagination is evident in his musical career.

Sarah L. Covert: A lot of your work is within the H.P. Lovecraft universe. There is a small percentage of writers who write on this subject that lean a little toward the erotic side of things. (Cthulhu Sex is a magazine dedicated to just that) Do you think there is a place for love and romance in mythos writing?

Wilum H. Pugmire: Absolutely! Lovecraft’s fiction overflows with nameless sex. I am a hopelessly romantic guy, and I have what one “reviewer” at Amazon.com has called tales of “sick love.” I like to be subtly erotic. When I returned to Mormonism, I promised the leaders I would no longer write scenes of graphic homoeroticism — but I would much rather suggest than let it all hang out. In my newest book I do have a little bit of lesbian lust, but mostly the relationships I shew are emotional rather than sexual. This is probably because I’ve been celibate since 1985, and my romances have all been non-sexual affairs with punk rock boys.

Emotional/mental love can be just as intense as physical/sexual ones, at least mine have been.

Sarah L. Covert: You do a lot of work in the short story genre. What is it about the short story that appeals to you as a writer?

Wilum H. Pugmire: It’s the form in which I work best. I’m not really good at plotting, although I think I’m now improving. In the old days I simply could not write a story over three thousand words. I became known for writing effective short fiction of under 2,000 words. It is my huge frustration as a writer that I am not a novelist. I was so convinced that one of my next books was going to be a novel — but, no. However, in trying to write works that are novels, I have expanded the wordage of my short fiction, so that I have now written some actual novelettes. My tale in S. T. Joshi’s BLACK WINGS is one of the two longest tales in that anthology. Mostly my tales are little chunks of emotion, mood pieces, and once the mood or the eerie imagery has been conveyed, the tale is told. Mostly, I want to write little macabre pieces of Lovecraftian horror, yet make them so perversely mine own that only I could have penned them. We each of us have our singular perversions and obsessions, and we can spill these into our fiction and go where no ghoul hath gone afore.

Sarah L. Covert: If you had all the money and all the time in the world and you could write on any subject of your fancy – what would it be?

Wilum H. Pugmire: Exactly what I am doing now. I have patrons who are paying me to sit on me arse and write weird fiction, and I live with my mom in a rent-free situation. The problem comes with a loss of quiet solitude. Mother is often in the kitchen at the top of the stairs (I write in the basement) yelling at me to stop being as hermit, go out and get some fresh air and go jogging or do some yard work. She cannot comprehend that what I am doing is my job, and that I am getting paid to sit down here and write my books. Because my books don’t make money, my writing isn’t real to mom. I will eventually inherit this house and move my writing into a small bedroom upstairs that will become a study and workroom. Maybe then I can write undisturbed all day. If I were incredibly wealthy, I would move to Providence and buy #10 Barnes Street, where Lovecraft lived when he wrote so many of his masterpieces, and I would spend the rest of my days as a New England Lovecraftian writer. That is my dream of dreams.

Sarah L. Covert: Do you have any upcoming projects, news or sarcastic comments to share with our readers?

Wilum H. Pugmire: I’ve just made a deal with S. T. to write a book of mostly prose poetry, most of which will be non-Lovecraftian. I’ve read the first two new pieces on my YouTube channel. I also want to write a major new Sesqua Valley novelette for the book, set in 1917 and dealing with Imagist poetry. I have been working on a book of Sesqua tales, all of which will be inspired by the weird fiction of Robert Bloch, but that has been set aside. I am also writing a collection with Maryanne K. Snyder. I want very much to work on a new cycle of Lovecraftian sonnets — I become more and more disenchanted with the one that appeared in SESQUA VALLEY & OTHER HAUNTS. Then I plan on writing a book of Cthulhu Mythos fictions, all of which will be inspired by the horror fiction of August Derleth — such a deranged idea, it’s delicious! I am also really addicted to yakking about books on my MrWilum channel, for which I dress up in ghoulish outfits. It’s like I’m a literary horror host on some deranged tv show, I love it. And I have been busy writing lots of book reviews at Amazon. It’s a fun and very active life! As for being sarcastic, I’ve been such a big-mouthed bitch in my life that I am now trying to cultivate charm and gentility. So unnatural….

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