Originally Posted by knivesout
You're welcome...in fact the Pugmire book arrived yesterday and I began reading it. While it gets to an uneven start, it soon had me quite rapt. Pugmire writes weird fiction from the inside - as if the inhabitants of Dunwich or Arkham had started writing their own tales. Very interesting, and story by story, actually pretty horrific even if the poetic language and air of sensuality make it seem more like a decadent dream or dark fantasy.
Yes, that's how his work struck me originally... almost identically. At first, I wasn't sure I was going to quite like it, nor was I any too certain of the judgment of the various people I'd heard praise it... but he soon won me over, and the cumulative effect of his work is both truly original and very haunting, both in the sense of an odd poignancy and in the horrific sense. Despite his claims to be a full-time writer of Lovecraftian horror and/or the Cthulhu Mythos, Pugmire is a true original, with his own unique worldview and approach, and his own type of eerie atmosphere. As I said before, his work isn't going to be to everyone's taste, but I'd say he's one of the best we've got writing the stuff right now, and I heartily recommend his work be given a try....
I believe I've read stories by Kidd in anthologies - another name to track down. On a similar note, I've heard that Scott Thomas (Jeffrey Thomas' brother) writes pretty good ghost stories cast in a traditional mould.
That's another whose work I'll have to track down....