Wilum Pugmire

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Wilum Pugmire
from Famous Monsters of Filmland
Issue #104 1972

Wilum Pugmire, aka W. H. Pugmire, is a writer and fanzine editor from Seattle, Washington, U.S.A.

As a teenager, photos and short articles of Wilum Pugmire appeared several times in Famous Monsters of Filmland, edited by Forrest J Ackerman (Voice of the Imagi-Nation). The dye was cast, and Wilum Pugmire began publishing horror zines in the mid 1970s with the release of Midnight Fantasies in 1973, followed by Old Bones in 1976, both devoted to the macabre, weird fiction, H. P. Lovecraft and Arkham House publications. Both titles also featured contributions from Pugmire's long time friend Jessica Amanda Salmonson.

For his next zine, he went in a different direction. Punk Lust, released in 1981, was devoted to Punk music, covering the scene in the Pacific Northwest. Wilum Pugmire has written that “Punk rock gave me the guts to be myself, and for this I shall be eternally grateful.”

In the 1990s Pugmire became a writer for horror and fantasy zines, with a particular interest in H. P. Lovecraft and the Cthulhu Mythos. He has contributed his own element to the Mythos in the form of Sesqua Valley, a fictional area in the Pacific Northwest that is the primary location of much of his fiction. He is a frequent contributor to small press magazines as well as the revived Weird Tales, the horror pulp magazine that brought Lovecraft's fiction to the attention of the general public. His official biography states that his "goal as an author is to dwell forevermore within Lovecraft's titan shadow."

He has been a contributor to zines since the 1970s.



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