Publication Announcement: “The Scent”

With Iced Tea, Farmington, New Mexico, March 20, 2015
With Iced Tea, Farmington, New Mexico, March 20, 2015

I just received word that my flash story “The Scent” will be re-printed by Fiction on the Web (fictionontheweb.co.uk) on July 17, 2015.  “The Scent” is not horror, but rather a ghostly story about a young man waking up to memories of a past love.  “The Scent” was first published by Futures Mysterious Anthology Magazine in 2001.  Many thanks to Charlie Fish and his crew at Fiction on the Web for re-printing this, one of my favorites of my own short stories.  “The Scent” was my first work of fiction and the first to be published.  “The Scent” was previously only in print.  This is its first appearance on the web.

Publication Announcement: “The Creature at the Foot of the Bed”

Farmington, New Mexico, March 20, 2015
Farmington, New Mexico, March 20, 2015

This week I received word that my short story “The Creature at the Foot of the Bed” will be published at Nightsandweekends.com at a date yet to be announced.  “The Creature at the Foot of the Bed” is a bit of light suspense/comedy about a man who awakes to a surprise in the middle of the night.

 

Was Lovecraft an Agoraphobe?

H.P. Lovecraft, 1915
H.P. Lovecraft, 1915

I was sitting on my sofa just now, contemplating various matters, one of which reminded me of Lovecraft’s “Shadow over Innsmouth”.  I started thinking about how Lovecraft describe it and all his locations eerily.   It occurred to me that he lived almost his entire life in Providence and seldom went out of its vicinity.  In fact, most of the settings for his stories occur relatively near to Rhode Island.  Apparently, he did not travel or often from his home.  I started thinking that if he traveled little and only to nearby areas and if he saw the few places he went as spooky or eerie (which would explain why he could describe places so eerily), then maybe he was uncomfortable or had a fear of going outside his physical comfort zone.  From what little I know of his day-to-day life, I have the impression that he probably did not leave his home very often and probably spent his time in his room writing or editing stories and writing tons of correspondence to his friends and colleagues.

This makes me wonder if Lovecraft had at least a touch of agoraphobia, a fear of public places.

He seems to have been fascinated with architecture and is very descriptive of it, but I have to wonder if that isn’t because if he was fascinated with it because it frightened him.  If something frightens me, I watch it very closely and find out what I can about it in order to alleviate my fears.

I have never read anything about Lovecraft having agoraphobia and I am no psychologist.  If anyone knows of an article on this subject, please let me know.  I would also love to hear your thoughts and comments on this topic.