Interview: Mike Davis (The Lovecraft eZine)

IFP: Hi! Welcome Mike. Please explain who you are in 140 characters or less. Ready? Set. Go!

MD: Writer, Reader, Seeker, Taoist, Poet, but my favourite descriptor is Dad and Husband. I have severe Fibromyalgia. Publisher of The Lovecraft eZine. Cult escapee.

IFP: What pushed you to found The Lovecraft eZine?

MD: Obviously, I’m a big fan of Lovecraft and mythos fiction. I own a lot of Lovecraftian short story collections, and after a while, that led me to think that it would be great for quality stories like that to be available online for people to read free of charge. The rest is history! The Lovecraft eZine is my small contribution to the Lovecraftian community and I hope people enjoy it.

IFP: What do you like to see in the slush? What don’t you like?

MD: I like cosmic horror, the feeling that reality is not all that it seems; I don’t mind references to Cthulhu, the Necronomicon, etc., but just throwing them into a story doesn’t make it Lovecraftian. There are some really great stories in the Dead But Dreaming collections and Lovecraft Unbound that are wonderful examples of what I love to see: The short stories “The Crevasse” by Dale Bailey and Nathan Ballingrud in Lovecraft Unbound, and “Transmission”by T.E. Grau in Dead But Dreaming 2 come to mind.

IFP: What has surprised you most about running a ‘zine?

MD: Two things: Right away, I started receiving submissions from well-known writers like William Meikle, W.H. Pugmire, Simon Kurt Unsworth, and others. I feel very fortunate to receive stories from authors of their stature. And I’ve been very pleasantly surprised by the friends I have made running this ezine. Lovecraftians really are great people.

IFP: How did you first discover Lovecraft?

MD: Though I’ve always been a voracious reader, unlike a lot of people, I did NOT discover Lovecraft in my teens. In my early 20s (I’m 40 now), I heard or read the HPL line somewhere: “I have seen what lies beneath, and it is not good to see.” I thought what a great quote that was and got serious about Lovecraft after that. I’d heard of him, of course, but had never read his work until then.

IFP: Who else works on the Lovecraft ezine besides yourself?

MD: Pat (mimulux), BruceL. Priddy, Cthulhu Chick, A.J. French,Galen Dara, Ronnie Tucker, and James L. Carey, and other artists are joining all the time. It would take too long to mention them all, but when someone helps the magazine, I give them prominent links in that issue to get traffic to their respective sites as a “thank you”. Special mentions to writer A.J. French who has done so much for the magazine, lately, and Ruth (Cthulhu Chick), who makes each issue so great for the Kindle and Nook.

IFP: Anything else you’d like to tell our readers?

MD: You can’t stop them. You can only delay them. No one is safe. And hey…thanks for reading Lovecraft eZine. It’s a labour of love that has really taken off, and I appreciate each and every reader.