Writer W.H. Pugmire, 67, died March 26, 2019 in Seattle WA. Pugmire was best known for his Lovecraftian fiction, and was a beloved figure in horror fandom.
Wilum Hopfrog Pugmire was born Wiliam Harry Pugmire on May 3, 1951, and grew up in Seattle, where he became locally famous for his vampire character “Count Pugsly” while employed at the Jones Fantastic Museum. Pugmire was raised Mormon and did his mission in Northern Ireland. Upon his return, came out as gay and left the church, though he rejoined decades later.
The self-described “Queen of Eldritch Horror” began publishing with “Whispering Wires” in 1973 and produced scores of stories, many gathered in chapbook and full-length collections, among them Tales of Sesqua Valley (1997); Dreams of Lovecraftian Horror (1999); Tales of Love and Death (2001); Sesqua Valley and Other Haunts (2003), The Fungal Stain and Other Dreams (2006); Weird Inhabitants of Sesqua Valley (2009); The Tangled Muse (2010); Gathered Dust and Others (2011); Some Unknown Gulf of Night (2011); Uncommon Places: A Collection of Exquisites (2012); The Strange Dark One: Tales of Nyarlathotep (2012); Encounters with Enoch Coffin (2013, with Jeffrey Thomas); and Monstrous Aftermath: Stories in the Lovecraftian Tradition (2015). He co-wrote one novel, Witches in Dreamland (2018) with David H. Barker. He was also a prolific poet and essayist.
Pugmire went into hospice care in late March after a stay in a cardiac intensive care unit.