Our Member of the Month for July, 2022 is Antonio Herrera Martin currently of Toronto, Ontario.
Antonio says: "I was born and raised in Progreso, Yucatan, Mexico, but currently I am living in Toronto, Canada.
I have been living in several places around the world from Glasgow in the UK, to Christchurch in New Zealand before arriving in Canada.
I discovered Lovecraft by pure chance. I enjoyed books, but during a book sale I found "The Call of Cthulhu and Other Stories". This was the moment I became a cultist. The same day I bought the book I finished it. And from that moment I haven't stopped. I have enjoyed Lovecraft stories in two languages and I have several copies of the collections. I enjoy movies and video games with Lovecraftian themes. I have even enjoyed some of Andrew Leman's narrations from HPpodcraft.
I have been a fan of horror since young, but there was a big difference between movies and books. I could not find for a long time a book that could actually inspire a sense of dread or tension like a movie. The only exception was Frankenstein from Mary Shelly, but when I found the writings of Lovecraft everything changed and found the type of horror I enjoy the most. He became one of my two favourite authors next to Lewis Carroll. I would have enjoyed a collaboration from both of them.
My favourite stories are "Nyarlathotep", "The Haunter of the Dark" and At the Mountains of Madness. What I found most interesting and trapped me from Lovecraft was the ambient. I found it simple and captivating how it narrated these indescribable horrors, which is more fascinating than more simple subjects, and keep lingering in the imagination and wondering what it is far away from our grasp of reality.
I have embraced the mystery professionally, as I did a PhD in Physics and Astronomy in the University of Glasgow, some day in Occult Studies from Miskatonic, researching Dark Matter in the Universe, and currently I work in the University of Toronto researching unknowns of the universe in astrophysics in concepts like Planet Hunting and Fast Radio Bursts. This is my webprofile for the brave of heart. And this is the link to visit another planet.
Given my constant moving (countries) I don't have a big collection, but try to keep it curated. I also like to wear costumes for halloween, to change from my plain attire that I wear the rest of the year."