By day, I’m a librarian. By night, I’m a crafter, writer, gamer, and coder. I’m fascinated by The Weird and cosmic horror. I’m challenged by how to use the best of these elements in gaming while confronting the genre’s entanglement with white supremacy and I’ve still got a long way to go. I try to bring as much real history into my writing as possible, since, in the words of John Scott Tynes: “If you scratch history, it bleeds Weird.”
I’ve been playing RPGs since I was 18 and began writing for them in my late 20s. I write and/or blog when I have the time and interest and as my professional commitments allow. To see what I’ve written, check out my portfolio and current projects.
How I Got Here
Back in 2010, I became obssessed with crocheting amigurumi Cthulhus. I dubbed myself “cthulhuchick” and sold them online for a few years. I made an ebook of Lovecraft’s fiction for my own reference and began giving it away online. I soon became an accidental expert on his work — a mixed blessing considering the deep racism. I started a podcast on Clark Ashton Smith’s work which has its own challenges.
I moved away from the “cthulhuchick” name to “Arkham Archivist” to emphasize my interests in the historical and separate myself a little from an apparent uncritical embrace of things Lovecraftian. Writers like Chris Spivey, Silvia Moreno-Garcia, Victor LaValle, who engage and confront the source material’s racism while bringing out the best of the Weird, inspire me in my work. I hope to be part of making the field a better place for everyone.