Saturday, September 3, 2011

The Innsmouth Syndrome - Philip Hemplow

Q: What will e-readers like about your book?
I hope they will find it eerie, suspenseful, occasionally revolting, and ultimately thought-provoking.  It is a horror story, set in the present day but with its roots in the works of H.P. Lovecraft.  The story introduces a rich cast of characters, the protagonist being an epidemiologist who is trying to trace the cause of a pattern of inexplicable mutations.  As she does so, the threats to her safety from the inhabitants of Innsmouth begin to mount.

Q: Why did you go indie?
The story is about 27,050 words in length.  This is about the same length as Lovecraft's original `The Shadow Over Innsmouth', but the pulp magazines that brought his fiction to the world no longer exist.  It is too long to meet the submission requirements of publishers of short stories, and too short to be published as a stand-alone novel.  My hope is that Kindle indie publishing will provide a new avenue for fiction that does not meet the length requirements of `dead tree' publishers.  I could have tried to pad the manuscript out to novel-length, but I believe that a story should be as long as it needs to be.  No longer, no shorter.

Q: Who are your favorite authors in your genre?
H.P.Lovecraft, M.R.James, Edogawa Rampo, Tim Curran.

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1 comment:

  1. Thanks for stopping by! Glad to find some Tegan and Sara fans!