Award winning Filmmaker Russell Cherrington is the Director of Nightbreed – The Cabal Cut, a restoration of Clive Barker’s lost horror classic, with international acclaim, extensive press coverage and worldwide screenings. He has directed music videos and concert films for Fish, It Bites, FM, Marillion, JBK, Fates Warning, The Union, Steven Wilson and has worked with Peter Gabriel, Nine Inch Nails, The Edge (U2) and Brian Eno. Russell has won awards for his short films, Hold Me and To The Devil His Due, he is also a Senior Lecturer in Film & Video Production at the University of Derby.
Nick Mamatas is the author of several novels, including the Lovecraftian titles Move Under Ground and The Damned Highway (written with Brian Keene). His short fiction has appeared in Asimov's Science Fiction, Tor.com, Weird Tales, the anthologies Lovecraft Unbound and Dark Wings II, and many other venues. Nick's fiction and editorial work has been nominated for the Hugo, World Fantasy, Bram Stoker, and Shirley Jackson awards.
Wilum Hopfrog Pugmire has been writing Lovecraftian weird fiction since his days as a Mormon missionary in Omagh, Northern Ireland (1973). He has written for a number of anthologies (Black Wings, The Children Of Cthulhu) and last year had tales reprinted in such anthologies as The Book Of Cthuhlu and New Cthulhu: The Recent Weird. These past few years has seen him writing like an obsessed lunatic, and his many books include The Tangled Muse, Some Unknown Gulf Of Night, Gathered Dust And Others, and Uncommon Places. In October Miskatonic River Press will publish The Strange Dark One: Tales Of Nyarlathotep, and in 2013 Dark Regions Press will publish Encounters With Enoch Coffin (written in collaboration with Jeffrey Thomas). Read more
Robert M. Price, a fan of H.P. Lovecraft since the Lancer paperback collections of 1967 appeared, began writing scholarly articles ands humorous pieces on HPL and the Cthulhu Mythos in 1981. His celebrated semi-pro zine Crypt of Cthulhu began as a quarterly fanzine for the Esoteric Order of Dagon Amateur Press Association in 1981 and made it to 109 issues. In 1990 he began editing Mythos anthologies for Fedogan & Bremer and Chaosium, Inc. and still does! His fiction has been collected in Blasphemies and Revelations. Centipede Books will soon be issuing his five-volume annotated edition of the fiction of H.P. Lovecraft. Read more
Perhaps best known for revitalizing the cinematic legacy of H.P. Lovecraft with the audaciously gory and blackly humorous horror film Re-Animator, Stuart Gordon has enjoyed a long and illustrious career as a director, writer and producer in both film and theater. Re-Animator, his acclaimed 1985 film adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft's serialized short story "Herbert West: Reanimator," won the Critics' Award at the Cannes Film Festival and went on to become one of the most revered horror films of all time. Several more Lovecraft adaptations, including From Beyond (1986), Dagon (2001) and the Emmy-nominated episode of the Showtime series Masters of Horror, "Dreams In the Witch House" (2005), cemented his distinction as the director most closely associated with Lovecraft's vision. Read more
Gary Myers fell under the shadow of Lovecraft at the tender age of sixteen and never completely escaped it. All of his published writings have touched on the Cthulhu Mythos in one way or another. His first book, The House of the Worm, a cycle of dream fantasies in the manner of Lovecraft and Dunsany, was published by Arkham House in 1975. His second book, Dark Wisdom, a cycle of Lovecraftian horrors in a more modern vein, was published by Mythos Books in 2007. His third book, The Country of the Worm, will mark a return to the earlier fantasy mode, with a revised and expanded edition of the first book supported by an equal number of similar stories written in the decades since; it will be published by Mythos Books in the near future. Read more
Michael Shea was born in Los Angeles—in Culver City, across the street from the huge north wall of MGM Studio's main lot. There, the billboard-size movie ads greeted his infant eyes, and taught him awe and a love of grand narratives. An inveterate hitch hiker before, during, and after his college years, he encountered, in a flophouse up in Juneau, Alaska, a book of pure Fantasy entitled The Eyes of The Overworld. A year or so later, at a different flophouse in the Fillmore District (a ghetto in those days) of San Francisco, he encountered AT THE MOUNTAINS OF MADNESS. Read more
Actor, Director, Writer, Producer, Artistic Director are several of the creative hats worn by Mark. Although he has 60+ acting credits, received numerous honors, and been associated with critically acclaimed award-winning stage productions, Mark is most recognized for the HP Lovecraft cult horror films -- The Unnamable and its sequel (as Randolph Carter). Currently, he is on the fast-track to record Lovecraft stories for the public's listening pleasure, and in the developmental stage for a one-man show about HP. Read more
Since he was six years old Woodruff Laputka wanted to be a filmmaker. He attended the University of Alaska. The spirit of adventure in such a vast, empty place as Alaska is a hard thing for any young man to ignore. These were the forests where Blackwood’s fabled Wendigo could be roaming. He learned about how to rely on creativity, and how to collaborate with others, with different ideas and interpretations. His experience there shaped him as a person and as a filmmaker, and though he has moved on from the Great Frozen North, he could never thank it enough for the opportunity it gave him.
Thomas Nicol is an indie filmmaking enthusiast from the flyover zone; when he’s not making movies, he develops power grid simulation software. He heads up the local filmmakers networking group, Champaign Movie Makers, serves on the board of the Champaign Urbana Film Society, and helps program late night shenanigans at the local Art Theater Co-op. Past HPLFF offerings include “The Window Into Time” and “Bedtime For Timmy”, and he’s excited to bring a small share of madness to the screen again this year.