Interview: Juan Miguel Marin

Name: Juan Miguel Marín

Title of story: “Riemannian Dreams”

Age: Got stuck at 21, several years ago.

Geographic Location: Cambridge, Massachusetts

Original Hometown, if different: San Juan, Puerto Rico


Past publications: “The Bats in the Walls” Innsmouth Free Press, Multi-Ethnic Issue June 2010; “Mysticism’ in quantum mechanics: the forgotten controversy”; European Journal of Physics 30: 807–822 2010; Annihilation and Deification in Beguine Theology and Marguerite Porete’s Mirror of Simple Souls Harvard Theological Review, Volume 103, Issue 01, January 2010, pp 89-109; “Heterosexual Melancholia and Mysticism in the Early Society of Jesus” Theology and Sexuality January 2007.

What’s your favorite H.P. Lovecraft story or other Mythos story? I’m torn between “The Outsider” and the conclusion to “The Dream Quest of Unknown Kadath.”

What comes to mind when you think “Lovecraft” + “Erotica”? The horrible (but fun) 70’s adaptation of “The Dunwich Horror,” specifically the erotic threesome between the mustachioed magician, the blond scream queen, and a giant tentacled rubber ball claiming to be extraterrestrial deity Yog-Sothoth.

How did you hear about Cthulhurotica? The Innsmouth Free Press

What inspired your story? The weird quasi-Lovecraftian speculations behind Einstein’s theory of relativity and its Riemannian mathematics.

What music or movies helped you to write this story? Movies: Dagon (2002) and Cthulhu (2007). Music: Midnight Syndicate and Nox Arcana.

How many rewrites did you do before submitting? Not enough. Never enough.

What is your favorite bit?

“…leaving me covered in salty sweat, uncomfortably wet, and, unfortunately, awake.”