I’m pleased to announce the publication of The Outsiders, a Lovecraftian anthology from Crystal Lake Publishing which features my story ‘Precious Things’, along with stories from Stephen Bacon, James Everington, Gary Fry, Rosanne Rabinowitz and cover art by Ben Baldwin. The Outsiders is available in paperback and ebook.
You can read the motivation behind my story, and behind the stories of my fellow Outsiders authors below:
“One of the most prevalent themes in Lovecraftian fiction is the idea of things hidden or buried. These things – relics, secrets, idols, reside in the earth until by some happenchance they are discovered, usually by a man of science and excavated from the rubble to cause all manner of chaos. I wanted to take this idea of digging deeper quite literally and write about not only the mysterious and potentially dangerous things the earth conceals, but the often beautiful things it relinquishes. I also wanted to consider the things we attribute worth to, the things that, whether due to their beauty or their various elemental properties, command a certain reverence. The things we know as precious. Our civilisation has been sustained by the things we draw from the earth but despite what it is we seek, there is always a cost for going deeper.” – V. H. Leslie
“As I wrote the story, I drew on my experience of returning to places where I grew up as an outsider, the ‘home town’ that was never home – an experience that many people share.” – Rosanne Rabinowitz
“Joe’s (the editor’s) notion of a gated community filled with various reclusive go-getters fired my imagination, coming as it did during a spell of unprecedentedly terrible activity during a perpetual interest of mine, the darker reaches of the UK economy, all its social strata and clench-palmed denizens. The secrecy and exclusivity of such an enclosed venue struck me as an able symbol for the nefarious activities of many folk involved in the national conspiracy of theft and concealment which characterised the credit crunch.” – Gary Fry
“Lovecraft’s racism (at least as it manifests itself in his fiction) has always seemed to me to be psychological as much as political or overtly fascist. The word ‘xenophobia’ (a rejected title for ‘Impossible Colours’) appropriately describes his unease towards all outsiders, not just those of different coloured skin. Indeed some of his best fiction is driven precisely by the horror of being overrun, of being subsumed by ‘the others.’” – James Everington