When I went to Ireland to serve as an LDS missionary, I continued to correspond with Bloch; and because my superiors didn't allow me to attend cinema and watch evil horror films, I began to buy books by Bob, or anthologies in which Bloch was one of many writers, and thus I was introduced to names such as Carl Jacobi, August Derleth, Brian Lumley and so many others. I also went to used bookshops and found Panther Horror editions of Lovecraft's Tales, one of which was called The Haunter of the Dark and other tales.
I have never been able to shake Lovecraft from me, and it has been my perverse attitude that I want to be more and more Lovecraftian as I age, and that I want my focus as an author to be tied to H. P. Lovecraft and his genius. Gawd, there is still so much more to write! Lovecraft feeds my Muse more powerfully now, in middle age, than ever before. I strive to find new ways to express my Lovecraftian ecstasy. The discovery of my passion for writing my wee prose-poem/vignette sequences has been a beautiful find, and I am utterly addicted to ye form. I am having four books publish'd this year, 2011, which seems mad but that's how inspirational I find writing the weird eldritch stuff. It's as much fun as it is work--but it's the work I like best, getting lost in that zone we sink into as writers, where the real world fades away and we become lost in our sense of wonder. It's the best!
So reading these two fabulous volumes feeds me absolutely. I love them, every page. If you can, go to Amazon and write your own review of I Am Providence. The book deserves all the attention and comment we can give it, be it praise or criticism. In writing it, S. T. Joshi has done such a service to Lovecraft's memory, Lovecraft's genius, and we who celebrate it. Selah.