Interview: David J. West (IN SITU)

Name: David J. West

Age: 39

Author of: “The Dig”

Current Geographic Location: Pleasant Grove, Utah

Original Hometown: Hamilton, Montana

Twitter: @David_JWest


Recent publications: Curse the Child in the Lovecraft eZine; Tangle Crowned Devil in Unnatural Tales of the Jackalope; Garden of Legion in Wandering Weeds; and A Good Home for the Spoon in Dark Eclipse Magazine.

Do you think alien life exists in the Universe? Yeah, I believe the Universe is just too vast for there not to be something(s) out there.

If you could travel off Earth, would you? What if it meant you could never come back? I might, but if I’m not coming back – where I’m going had better have vanilla frappacino’s, symphonic metal, an infinite amount of good books and a great chair to curl up in.

Better mention the wife too.

What inspired your essay? I had a lot of things gel together for this piece. A movie I can’t remember the name of that I saw when I was a kid about the Italians trying to conquer Ethiopia during World War Two. The Nubian ruins of Jebel Barkal (*see National Geographic Feb 2008 for a quick summary). And even a local man’s weird tale of a tomb that he claims he found in the mountains of Utah. The characters themselves are gifts from the Muse.

What music or movies helped you to write this essay? I make my own soundtrack for different projects and for this I listened to desert flavored pieces from Nightwish, Ofra Haza, symphonic Zeppelin, and the just cool Massive Attack.

How many rewrites did you do before submitting?Three or four, plus I scrapped the first draft which was more of an outline, without an ending. I wanted to tantalize the reader on what next? What do you imagine happened?

What is your favorite bit?

This was no tomb, no temple to strange gods of yesteryear, she thought. This was a ship lost in a sea of stars, marooned on a primitive island.

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  1. David’s work is always carefully composed. A true craftsman.

  2. Great interview, David. The story sounds terrific.

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