Women Writing Lovecraft

I was 7 years old when I read Lovecraft for the first time. My sisters and I were given an anthology of short stories from around the world; the story from the US was "The Cats of Ulthar" which I instantly loved and re-read many times. I wasn't aware of who was the author then. Authors weren't that important when I was that little, what mattered was the text itself. At that time nobody told me it was weird for a girl to like Lovecraft and vengeful cats.

I went back to Lovecraft when I was a teenager and by then I had read everything Poe-ish I could find (how I loved Julio Cortázar's translations of Poe into Spanish!) This way, I found the Mythos (those had poor translations, though) and I liked them despite not having any characters to relate to. I liked them because people didn't "win", because horror and anxiety were embodied by things and creatures that were impossible to overcome. Imagine how surprised I was when I found out that the Cthulhu guy was the same that had written one of my favorite short stories as a little girl. This time nobody told me either that it was weird for a teenage girl to like the short stories and monsters written by a man who clearly had problems creating female characters –and POC in general *sigh*–.

Back in college I became friends with my now fiancé because of Lovecraftiana. He found me reading inside an empty classroom and asked if I had read Poe and Lovecraft. "Of course I have, you dumbass," I thought –I just said "yes"–. He, then, proceed to tell me all about Eternal Darkness and how the game was Mythos-like. He didn't tell me it was weird for a woman to be reading in an empty classroom and to like genre fiction that had inspired survival horror video games.

I first published a Lovecraftian story in 2011. Because of that I've read other women who also love and write that kind of stories much better than I do. Nobody told us it was weird at all, right?

#TeamSquid mascot drawn by Lisa Grabenstetter

It seems that some people think women like me are weird. They believe Lovecraftian stuff is a "guy thing" and that there are very few women writing it. They even wonder if we just don't like to play with squids. Silvia Moreno-Garcia answered that question:
Women do write Lovecraftian fiction. We aim to prove it with your support. More than a dozen female authors have gathered to write original Lovecraftiana and place it in a single volume under the title She Walks In Shadows.
She Walks In Shadows will be the first all-women Lovecraftian anthology and, if all goes well, I'll be part of it. How weird cool could it be? I mean, I'm a Mexican woman who loves to read and write Lovecraftiana *pause to let some heads explode*. And, of course, I like to play with squids.

It's me and Cthulhu! Hugging each other!


Help crowdfund She Walks In Shadows' Indiegogo campaign by sparing some money or just spreading the word. But hurry because it ends on March 13th, 2014.