Like many contemporary speculative fiction writers, I have a complicated relationship with Lovecraft. His influence on the genre is as undeniable as his flagrant racism. And I am, I find, always more interested in what other writers do with Lovecraft than Lovecraft himself. (The Ballad of Black Tom is an incredible recent example.)
So I was intrigued when a call for submissions asking for queer takes on Lovecraft appeared a year or so ago. I decided to try my hand at it. I focused on a few of my particular interests: Lovecraftian urban decay, the potential consequences of galactic expansionism, and gothic narrative structures (especially the “as told to” construction we see in The Turn of the Screw and many, many other tales).
I also wanted to include aspects of Western queer subculture at the turn of the last century. But in space. As you do.
“In Strange, Far Places” was the result. And while it originally found a home with that queer Lovecraft anthology, the project sadly fell through, as happens from time to time. It can be a challenge to place stories written specifically for special issues or anthology calls, so I was delighted when Luna Station Quarterly accepted it for issue 30.