There are those encounters that so enrich one's life, and no one has more enrich'd mine own than Jeffrey Thomas. If I remember correctly, we first met when he was chosen to illustrate an early story. He was then editing his journal, The End, and I began to submit some of my early Lovecraftian tales to it. He then delighted me by proposing that his Necropolitan Press issue my first American collection of weird fiction, and thus we worked on Tales of Sesqua Valley, for which Jeff supply'd all of ye interior artwork. As ye above video shews, Jeff has dedicated his life to writing, and produced a remarkable body of work.
It was with great pleasure and huge relief that I worked with Jeff as my editor for my forthcoming book from Miskatonic River Press, The Strange Dark One--Tales of Nyarlathotep. It may be the one of my many books that is free from misprints, because Jeff and I scoured the texts for errors. His generosity and patience as an editor amazed me, and he went out of his way to make the entire experience so pleasant and professional. And then he astounded me by creating art pieces for each and every tale, despite his own crowded schedule. The art montages are phenomenal, as ye can see below.
Our relationship has reached its apex with our collaborating on an entire book of original Lovecraftian fiction, Encounters with Enoch Coffin, to be publish'd by Dark Regions Press. For this book, Jeff concentrated on setting tales in the "real" New England, and I set most of mine in "Lovecraft Country." (I did set one tale in Providence, and another wee tale in Sesqua Valley.) The stories that Jeff wrote for this book are among the very best tales he has ever conjured, so absolutely strange and wonderful. With this book, Jeff and I wanted to create our own sinister Lovecraftian artist, our own Richard Upton Pickman. Seldom have I felt as inspir'd as I did when writing my novelettes concerning Enoch Coffin. Jeff and I plan to write a novel concerning the artist at some future date.
Jeff has enriched my life so much, and I am enternally grateful. Love ya, my brother!