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Brian Lumley

  • English writer
  • Born February 2, 1937

Brian Lumley (born 2 December 1937) is an English author of horror fiction. He came to prominence in the 1970s writing in the Cthulhu Mythos created by American writer H.P. Lovecraft but featuring the new character Titus Crow, and went on to greater fame in the 1980s with the best-selling Necroscope series, initially centered on character Harry Keogh who can communicate with the spirits of the dead.


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.




We've got one life and the older we get the more we come to realize how short it is.




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.




Now, after 18 years, not a sign of Lovecraft in my work.




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.




But I've found that to talk too much about movies is the kiss of death. If it happens then it happens, is all.




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.




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.




The Army was my bread and butter.




I'll know when the ideas aren't fresh anymore. And I'll know when writing doesn't give me a thrill anymore.




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.




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.




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.




Writers are in the entertainment business, and it gives me lots of pleasure to entertain my readers.




I have friends who read my books in Greek.




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!




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.




Now, when I was in the Army, writing was my hobby.



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