Refossileer Spotlight, Day 17 — John Goodrich

Dirty, dirty wingficcer John Goodrich is at it again, bringing us a steamy NSFW manlove sequel to his “Passionate in Chicago” contribution to the first Fossil Lake anthology! Whew!

He imagined how glorious it would be to film Isaac, how unique. For someone else to watch that moment of beautiful orgasm when his wings batted the air in uncontrolled ecstasy. Was it selfish to want to keep that to himself? – “Nickolaus Passionate and the Children of Ereshkigal” by John Goodrich

* What inspired your piece in The Refossiling?

JG: Love. Love of writing, love of my fellow writers, the desire to have their work appreciated and not torn down by the unbalanced, the jealous, and the ignorant. Also to see if I could do explicit man on man erotica. I’ll have to raise the stakes in the next installment.

* Favorite fossil and why?

JG: The Burgess Shale as a collection. The Mid-Cambrian period was a time of amazing diversity of life, and everything is so astoundingly alien to our eyes. Trilobites, Opabinia regalis, Anomalocaris, Wiwaxia, Leanchoiloa, all of those wonderful, bizarre creatures so unlike current terrestrial life.

* Where can readers and fans find more of your work?

JG: I’ve got stories in anthologies such as Steampunk Cthulhu, Dark Rites of Cthulhu, and Undead and Unbound, as well as the upcoming New England Horror Writers’ third anthology. You can find a fairly complete list of my work at my website,

* Who are your main creative influences, literary/artistic or otherwise?

JG: All sorts. Tim Powers, Umberto Eco, Joss Whedon, Bracken MacLeod, Errick Nunnally, Brian Keene, Alan Moore, off the top of my head. Musically, I’m enjoying Killing Joke, Gogol Bordello, Flogging Molly, and Philip Glass.

* Current love and why?

JG: A French show called “The Returned” which a friend sent to me. The story is about people who have died return to a small French village and attempt to take up their former lives. It’s extraordinarily well written, very human, and enormously creepy. Everything I want from television.

* What’re you working on, what is your process/routine like?

JG: Currently working on a novel, provisionally titled I Do Terrible Things about a woman who is committing a string of grisly murders and simultaneously wondering why. I try to get my writing done in the morning before I go to work, but sometimes I owe words to my goal and will write in the evening as well.

* What’s the weirdest object you own? Backstory!

JG: Not the stuffed Cthulhu with the voodoo necklace, or the statue of a Hangin’ Judge from the Deadlands RPG. Probably the University of California, San Francisco Morgue sign. No backstory, other than I used to work for their Committee on Human Research.

* Most useless advice you’ve ever seriously given or been given?

JG: “It’s worth it for the exposure.” No. A token payment placement is worth more than a dozen “for the love” appearances, because the editor of the “for the love” anthologies obviously can’t sell enough of the cursed things to pay a decent amount on the next one they put together.

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