A couple years ago, I was writing book reviews for the website, Horrornews.net and during that time, I was introduced to a new author by the name of Jason Barthelemy. He had just released his first novel, "Doguhn" and it sounded like something up my ally. Well, when I read it I was blown away by the world he created and the characters (in fact, you can read my review of Doguhn at the Horrornews website). Thanks to social media, he and I have remained in touch (during which I also discovered him to be a fan of H.P. Lovecraft). He has new works in progress to look for soon and in this interview, he discusses his stories, writing rituals, and Lovecraft! Read on and check out his works.
TA: A little while back, I reviewed your book, Doguhn and enjoyed it immensely (it's actually among my favorite reads). Tell a little about it and how it came into fruition.
JB: First of all, I want to thank you for the kind words and the opportunity of this interview. Feedback like yours is a large part of what keeps me writing.
As for Doguhn, it was a passion project for me, my first full length novel, but it didn't start out as such. I'd started writing fiction shortly after reading Imagica by Clive Barker. That epic novel showed me that there could be far more to horror/fantasy than anything I'd ever read up to that point, and inspired me to try to tell my own stories. So I started with short stories and novellas, then when visiting a church for an (ex) family event, I found inspiration to write Doguhn, which is ironic being that I’m not a believer myself.
This started as a simple short story idea, about an evil church in a small PA town. But when I had a dream one night of another world and the creatures known as the Doguhn, that short story evolved into the multi-world, full length novel it is today. It's the only book I can say came to me in a dream, and even though I feel I've evolved as a writer since its completion, I still feel very passionate about this story, the world, and its characters.
TA: Is there a specific character within the Doguhn world that you would call your favorite?
JB: If you put a gun to my head, I'd say Rufus would be my favorite character. He's integral to the story, a very sympathetic character—being an outcast in his own world as well as the new one he becomes enslaved in—and has a personality I fell in love with as I advanced the story.
But my favorite character is not always the one I have the most fun writing. This honor usually falls to the antagonists, as you can get away with any screwed up thing you want, and it's fun for me to occasionally twist their allegiances or to give them redeemable qualities so that the reader can root for the villain as well. Having said that, Rufus is my favorite character, but I had the most fun with Kyerick Bartel and The Man With a Thousand Wounds.
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