It’s been almost three weeks since horror writer W. H. Pugmire died. He was both a good friend and a collaborator, and I’ve been thinking a lot about the times I spent in his presence, what a special person he was, and his lasting importance as the greatest modern Lovecraftian author. As part of that mental assessing of his life, I’ve been pulling together all of the photos I took of him at various horror conventions, some of which have been hard to find, scattered as they are on my current computer as well as on old CD discs and thumb drives. I’ve decided to post all of the photos I took of him, even those where the focus is not perfect or the composition isn’t the best, because now that he’s gone, there will be no new photos of Wilum, and all existing photos are worth preserving and sharing, I feel, as are all of his writings, whether fiction, blog posts, posts on social media, letters, emails, or private messages on Facebook. Going through my notebooks, I found that I hung out with Wilum at six different cons during from 2012 through 2018. I’ll post my photos of Wilum from each of these six cons in separate blog posts, with this first one being three shots of Pugmire that I took at 2012 Lovecraft Film Festival in Portland, Oregon. I may have more photos from this day, but haven’t yet found them.
WIlum Pugmire on his bench outside the Hollywood Theater.
Wilum Pugmire in the theater lobby
Pugmire with Maryann K. Snyder, Greg Lowney, and Molly Tanzer, from left to right.