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, 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.
We've got one life and the older we get the more we come to realize how short it is.
Writers are in the entertainment business, and it gives me lots of pleasure to entertain my readers.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.