An excerpt of the entire interview with Mike is posted below:
IFP: What do you like to see in the slush? What don’t you like?
MD: I like cosmic horror, the feeling that reality is not all that it seems; I don’t mind references to Cthulhu, the Necronomicon, etc., but just throwing them into a story doesn’t make it Lovecraftian. There are some really great stories in the Dead But Dreaming collections and Lovecraft Unbound that are wonderful examples of what I love to see: The short stories “The Crevasse” by Dale Bailey and Nathan Ballingrud in Lovecraft Unbound, and “Transmission”by T.E. Grau in Dead But Dreaming 2 come to mind. [emphasis added]
I'm always so amazed and moved when my writing strikes a chord with readers. It makes all the long hours of planning, plotting, writing, tinkering, gnashing, rewriting, editing, and ultimately collapsing worth every second. I'm honored that Mike digs my work.
Also, please follow this link to vote for the Lovecraft eZine at the annual "Preditors & Editors Readers' Poll" sponsored by the Critters Writers Workshop. Mike is a swell guy (with obviously exceptional literary taste) and a true blue Lovecraftian, and his 'zine adds immeasurably to the empyrean fabric of the ever-expanding, yet always deferential, Mythos.
So do your part, take a few minutes, and place your vote on the side of quality and dedication. I, and Wilford Brimley, assure you that it's the right thing to do.