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My first contribution to Homespun Bloggers radio is up at their headquarters.

On Thursday of this week I am doing a chat over the Carnival of Wicked Writers. Needless to say we will be chatting about my Cthulhu writings as well as the Gathering Dark & other tales. I will be appearing at 7pm est.

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About Marty Dodge

  • Marty – How is your fiction related to that of HP Lovecraft?

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  • My short stories and novels take place in the Lovecraftian mythos world. I am one of those that are loosely termed mythos writers.

  • Would it be demeaning to call what you write “fan fiction”? Or does “mythos writer” cover it just fine?

    I’ve read some Lovecraft and enjoyed it, though it does tend a bit Byzantine for my taste.

  • Yes, in fact it would. As a published writer fan fiction is a bit…inaccurate.

  • Marty – Did not mean to offend, hope you didn’t take it as such.

    What draws you to Lovecraft’s world in a way that makes you want to create original stories within it?

  • The Mythos cycle is very lose and easy to write in. It also has a long history of other writers participating in it. Lovecraft himself encouraged his comtemporaries to write tales in his mythos cycle. One could argue its almost open source.I also played Call of Cthulhu the RPG when I was younger. Its a very “story-led” RPG.

  • Easy to write in, but not so easy to write well in. The problem with most mythos writers is that they write pastiche rather than writing something original and creative and fitting the mythos into it.

    For mythos writing which stands on its own check out the novel Strange Eons by Robert Bloch, or the recent series of novels by Geoffrey Barlough, particularly House in the High Woods.


  • Well Aleister, editor of Temple of Dagon, said the following about my mythos writing:

    “Andrew Ian Dodge does what few modern authors can. He is able to write mythos tales which are not only appreciated by Lovecraft purists, but by fans of horror in general.” Aleister


    Lovecraft had such an effect on horror writing, it is hard not to see his influence in so much of what came after, a certain unnameable quality.

  • To avoid the temptation of doing a pastiche of Lovecraft, my mythos cycle stuff takes place in current day and in Wales (mostly). We mythos writers owe it to Lovecraft to all the cycle rather than just apeing his and his fellows work.

  • I’ve never actually read any mythos fiction other than that written by Lovecraft himself; but I’ve heard of the blasphemous eldrich non-Euclidian horrors the Man Was Not Meant To know perpetrated by those foolish enough to attempt to emulate his prose style.

    Anyone else notice how much Dr Who owes to Lovecraft?

  • Yep, science fiction has been borrowing from him for decades. One of the reasons I like Babylon 5 and Firefly is their frequent nods to Lovecrafts mythos. Dr Who has all kinds of nods to the mythos as well.

  • Arguably, a lot of Lovecraft’s Mythos stuff is a form of dark SF.

  • Well I tend to refer to the mythos stuff I write as Dark Fantasy. Lovecraft himself considered his own work DF rather than horror or SF.

  • The Gathering Dark has just been reviewed over at the Temple of Dagon.