Interview with Lovecraft Scholar: James Arthur Anderson, PhD

Finding Lovecraft Interview: James Arthur Anderson, PhDThis past weekend, we had a terrific time interviewing James Arthur Anderson, PhD, Lovecraft scholar and horror writer, for Finding Lovecraft: Life is a Hideous Thing!

Dr. Anderson returned to his native RI for the interview, from his home in South Florida [see bio]. The interview felt more like a dream discussion group; Dr. Anderson holds a wealth of knowledge on the Old Gent, paired with an amazingly integrative mind. I particularly enjoyed our delving into the criss-crossing Lovecraft themes of reverse Darwinism, identification with the monster, and xenophobia.

A favorite memory is picking flowers with Dr. Anderson (a most delightfully amiable human being) in the park next to the RISD Auditorium on North Main St,; you can see them sprouting from his coat pocket in the stills I pulled from the video. A note to other filmmakers– this sounded like a great idea, until the flowers quickly started wilting under the studio lights. Continuity nightmare…But hey, maybe they’ll make for tentacular action in the jump cuts.

Our great thanks to Dr. Anderson for being so generous with his time, knowledge, and creative energy!

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One Comment

  1. JamesAnderson
    Posted April 13, 2011 at 7:28 pm | Permalink

    It was truly my pleasure! And better wilting flowers than fungi. Now that would be scary.

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