Well... I've decided to start a blog. I have a lot going on in my life as a Minion of Cthulhu, Ia Ia, all praise and woe to my dark slumbering lord.
My name is Oscar Rios. I am a Puerto Rican native New Yorker, freelance writer and Minion of Cthulhu. I write horror, mostly scenarios for the Call of Cthulhu Role Playing Game, but also Cosmic Horror fiction. As a freelance writer I write lots of other things too, like science fiction and fantasy. But horror is where I live, lurking in the shadows and peeking beyond the veil of reality to the mind shattering chaos of the uncaring universe. ~smiles~ Cheerful chap, aren't I?
I write mostly in my den, surrounded by beautiful horror art... and a few autographed non-horror photos, a movie poster and a splicer mask. I write in lots of historical periods, sort of a science/history nerd (thanks Mom!). What else can I tell you about myself?
I started reading Cosmic Horror when I was a teenager. I loved horror, but real horror, things that scared me. I tried reading Steven King but didn't find it a good fit for me. Nothing against Steven King, he's a master of Horror, but not everythings sticks with everyone. I read some Anne Rice vampire stuff that I liked, it was really popular and new. It was the summer of 1987, I was bored and needed a new book. I went to the bookstore and picked up a paperback based solely on the cover. My life has never been the same.
Thank book was Cthulhu - The Mythos and Kindred Horrors, a Robert E. Howard collection edited by David Drake. I was a huge David Drake fan, read all the Hammer Slammer space mercinary books. So I purchased it for $2.95, I know because I am looking at that very book right now.