Thursday, February 28, 2013

Cultist with a Blog...

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.