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"Something was creeping and creeping": An Interview with S. T. Joshi on Lovecraft’s Craft, the Weird and the Bizarre


There are few writers as eerily fascinating in their renditions of the phantasmagoric as H. P. Lovecraft. As this year’s theme for Critical Imprints is the Supernatural, who better than S. T. Joshi to steer us effortlessly into this spectral realm that beckons exploration? A renowned writer and an unquestionable expert on Lovecraft, S. T. Joshi has dedicated many years of his life, time, and research to studying this strange writer and his weird fiction.
Apart from Lovecraft, S. T. Joshi specialises in fantastical and supernatural fiction on a broader spectrum. He has also provided noteworthy criticism on modern writers such as Stephen King.
Luckily for us, S. T. Joshi’s brilliance does not deter him from engaging with enthusiastic audiences. Even in the harsh circumstances of the pandemic, he generously agreed to take time off his schedule in order to respond to a prepared interview questionnaire on H. P. Lovecraft, making this volume of Critical Imprints doubly special.
His free spirit and vast knowledge shine through in each answer, only increasing our knowledge of the peculiar genius who said: “Almost nobody dances sober, unless they happen to be insane.”

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