We've got one life and the older we get the more we come to realize how short it is.
I have friends who read my books in Greek.
German readers are much like Brits or Americans They read for the thrill of it, the occasional shudder down the spine, knowing it's not real - but looking over their shoulders anyway, just in case.
And I have to consider myself fortunate, because there are plenty of writers who spend most of a lifetime looking for that certain something without ever finding it.
I should think just about every young writer - which I was at the time - would be influenced by HPL. As an American writer of weird fiction, he was at the top of the class.
The amazing thing now is that most of those so-called critics who were telling me to find my own voice seem to have lost theirs.
A literary critic is someone who can't write, but who loves to show he would have been a wonderful writer if only he could
He went on about monsters, sleeping in great caverns underground and especially under the sea, waiting for a chance to take over the surface world.
If I had killed Crow off I can think of least six novels I would never have written, 400,000 words' worth of very necessary experience.
I'll know when the ideas aren't fresh anymore. And I'll know when writing doesn't give me a thrill anymore.
Now, after 18 years, not a sign of Lovecraft in my work.
But other vampire stories Well, no, I really haven't read too many, and I can't say I'm crazy about romantic vampires anyway - to me the vampire is simply an evil monster.
There are lots of other things that I haven't done, places I haven't seen. So eventually I'll have to find time for those things while there still is time.
But I've found that to talk too much about movies is the kiss of death. If it happens then it happens, is all.
Writers are in the entertainment business, and it gives me lots of pleasure to entertain my readers.
But there's a little guy who sits astride my brain with a whip, and if I'm away from the machine for more than a couple of hours during the day, this little guy's lashing away.
He commented that maybe I could write a mythos tale for a book he would soon edit, called Tales of the Cthulhu Mythos. Of course I got to work on it right away. Hey, I mean, this should happen to every aspiring writer
The Army was my bread and butter.
Now, when I was in the Army, writing was my hobby.
If, like Harry Keogh, I could talk to the dead - God, there are an awful lot of people I would like to speak to Not least my father. Being in the army for 22 years, I didn't see enough of him, and I know there are a great many things I could have learned from him.