When one of my favourite writers interviews another one of my favourite writers, it is a red letter day. Well, it's Monday, actually, as I type this, which is another good reason to look at literary things of interest. Over at the Swan River Press blog Steve Duffy, the Welsh Stephen King (or possibly the Cymric Peter Straub) interviews Lynda E. Rucker, like Steve a recent winner of the Shirley Jackson award and all-round weird fiction luminary. Lynda's new collection features prominently, of course, and it's well worth a read. As you might expect, influences loom large...
SD: On the other hand, you could stay up late and watch Kolchak, so there's that.
It's worth pointing out, as an addendum to what we were saying earlier, that while M.R. James is often claimed for the “cosy” school nowadays, there aren’t many lines that send a shudder through me like the description of poor old Paxton at the end of “A Warning To The Curious”: “His mouth was full of sand and stones, and his teeth and jaws were broken to bits. I only glanced once at his face.”
LER: Oh yes! Not to mention the awful creature in “The Mezzotint” that appears to be making away with a baby in its ghoulish grasp.