Seen in that context, what do you believe is the chief significance of your own work?
I’d like to think I’m one of the uniting factors, bringing together influences of writers I especially admire from both sides of the Atlantic (as Lovecraft did, of course, and Leiber after him). Maybe I’m some kind of nexus for Lovecraft (especially his attention to structure) and M. R. James (for reticence and suggestiveness). Of course I don’t always display either. I’d say my career is an honourable failure overall – I hope it’s honourable, anyway.