If you know about the
it knows about you. If you see the
Fugue Devil, it will come for you.
"Fugue Devil" is a
particular favorite of mine, being based on the most
intense nightmare I ever had as an adolescent — sometime in the very
early 70s (read more about it here). On that scary night, the dream woke me in a cold sweat three times
(the only time in my life I've ever experienced such a thing), and each time I'd
go back to sleep, the dream would continue right where it left off. The climax
of the dream disturbed me so badly that I did not sleep another wink that night.
In 1991, after agonizing for years
over not quite knowing how to turn the dream into a workable story, I managed to
combine its most vivid imagery with a new plotline, and I think the resulting story is among my most successful
efforts. In 1995, I wrote a sequel to "Fugue
Devil," titled "The
Devil's Eye" (also inspired by a dream), which was published in 1996 in
Tales of Lovecraftian Horror (Necronomicon Press). This "Fugue
as editor Robert M. Price refers to these stories, also
ties into the little mythos that I began back
in the mid 80s with a story called "Threnody," which
has its roots in H.P. Lovecraft's "The Music of Erich
Devil," and "The Devil's Eye," along with
many of my other Cthulhu-mythos-inspired fiction, may be found in my
The Last Trumpet,
from Wildside Books.
I have now sold out of autographed copies of Fugue Devil, and
since the book is out of print, it's unlikely that I'll be able to pick up any more. I
sincerely thank those of you who have ordered copies through my Web site, and
hope you've enjoyed the collection. If at any time I am able to replenish my
I will again make copies available here. Note that the novelette, "The
Fugue Devil," is included in my collection,
The Last Trumpet,
which is still readily available.
Like many writers, I have created a
fictional community as the setting for many of my stories, including "Fugue
Devil." Mine is a little valley in southwestern Virginia nestled between three
mountains; the valley includes the town of Aiken Mill (based on Martinsville,
Virginia, where I grew up), and a little college community called Beckham (based
on Ferrum College, Virginia). Some readers have wondered if I lifted the
concept of Beckham from HPL's town of Arkham and Miskatonic University; however,
such a connection was not in mind when I created the place. In fact, the founder
of Ferrum College was Samuel Beckham, which was where I drew my inspiration. So
though there may be a passing resemblance to HPL's famous setting...it's a very
different, if perhaps similarly harrowing, place to get an education.
Fugue Devil & Other Weird
Horrors is an attractive trade paperback, released by Macabre, Inc., in
1993. 88 pages, cover art by Phillip Reynolds, interior art by Augie Wiedemann.
Mark Rainey is author of the
Shadows: Dreams of the Dark (with
Blue Devil Island, and
Frontier; the short story collections
Devil & Other Weird Horrors,
of the Night, and
Other Gods; and over 100 works of short
fiction. He achieved questionable infamy and absolutely no fortune as editor of
Deathrealm magazine, and has edited the anthologies
Song of Cthulhu, and
Evermore (with James Robert Smith).