H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival & CthulhuCon
April 11-13, 2014 in Portland, OR
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A look back at our wonderful 2013 Guests
These fine folk helped us entertain and educate at the May 3-5, 2013 H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival & CthulhuCon.
Guests attending the HPL Film Festival. They are mostly harmless although we cannot guarantee that they will note bite.
Sandy Petersen is a well-known game designer and horror personality. He got his start in gaming in 1981, when he wrote the cult roleplaying game Call of Cthulhu, which has been translated into many languages and is still played world-wide. He helped develop dozens of supplements for the game, and also worked on other roleplaying works. Read more
Brian Yuzna has never been very far from the works of H.P. Lovecraft. He directed Bride of Re-Animator, Beyond Re-Animator, and the anthology film Necronomicon: Book of the Dead, and also produced the original fan-favorite and cult classic Re-Animator and its spiritual counterpart From Beyond. More recently, he directed the Lovecraftian Beneath Still Waters in 2005 and his latest, Amphibious: Creature of the Deep was released in 2010. 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
Joseph S. Pulver, Sr. is a phenomenon in contemporary weird fiction: an impressionistic, prose-poetic style that boldly confronts the reader with vivid metaphors, images of raw horror and exquisite beauty, and a refusal to shy away from the extremes of human experience—love, sex, death, terror, and ecstasy. Pulver draws upon H. P. Lovecraft, Robert W. Chambers, and other classic writers for his inspiration, but he takes his cues also from rock music, avant-garde prose and poetry, and, most of all, from the spectacular phantasmagoria of life in the twenty-first century. Read more
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.
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
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.
Richard Stanley made his feature film directing debut with 1990's acclaimed Hardware, starring Dylan McDermott and Fields of the Nephilim's frontman, Carl McCoy. His second feature, Dust Devil, was an unconventional story of an otherworldly serial killer in South Africa, and has a rabid cult following due to its striking visuals and beautiful landscape photography, plus its decidedly Weird taint. Read more
Amanda Downum has lived in Indonesia, Micronesia, Missouri, and Arizona, and currently lives near Austin, Texas in a house with a spooky attic. Her day job sometimes lets her dress up as a giant worm. She is the author of the Necromancer Chronicles--The Drowning City, The Bone Palace, and Kingdoms of Dust, published by Orbit Books. Her short fiction has appeared in Strange Horizons, Realms of Fantasy, Weird Tales, and elsewhere.
Andrew S. Fuller is a writer and editor whose fiction appears in On Spec, The Pedestal, Daily SF, Abyss & Apex, Crossed Genres, FISH anthology, with forthcoming work in Bibliotheca Fantastica (Dagan Books) and A Darke Phantastique (Cycatrix Press), as well as The Circus Wagon novelette. His screenplay "Effulgence" won the Deep One Best Screenwriter Award at the 2009 Lovecraft Film Festival, and he wrote the story for 2012’s short "Coda." He has edited Three-Lobed Burning Eye magazine since 1999. He lives and writes in Portland, Oregon. Read more
Barrett Hunt is a first-time, amateur filmmaker from Victoria, Texas. A fan of the surreal and strange, he chose to adapt H.P. Lovecraft for his first short. Footage was shot whenever possible when he and Rolando Ramirez, his creative collaborator, and friend and actor in "The Book", Christopher Waldon had the time outside of their day jobs and lives.
During his high school years, Brian developed an interest in drawing comics and creating role-playing stories which lead him to attend Columbia College in Chicago with a focus on animation. He was required to take Movie Production courses, and after attending a Film Tech class, his became focused on developing movies rather than animating them. His first short film wasn’t created until December of 2010. Since then he has made 11 short movies. “Nefarious” was the first short movie he made under the Familiar Moon Cinema name.
Cameron Pierce is the Wonderland Book Award-winning author of eight books, including Cthulhu Comes to the Vampire Kingdom (Eraserhead Press, 2011) and Die You Doughnut Bastards (Eraserhead Press, 2012). He has edited three anthologies, most recently The Best Bizarro Fiction of the Decade and In Heaven, Everything is Fine: Fiction Inspired by David Lynch. Cameron is also the editor of Lazy Fascist Press, which has published popular and bestselling books by World Fantasy Award-winning artist Alan M. Read more
Camille Alexa is an American and Canadian author whose stories have appeared in Machine of Death, Alfred Hitchcock's and Ellery McQueen's mystery magazines, and Imaginarium 2012: The Best Canadian Speculative Writing. Her first book, Push of the Sky, received a starred review in Publisher's Weekly, was an Endeavour Award finalist and a Powell's Books Portland Science Fiction Book Club reading selection. Her short fiction and poems have sold to nearly a hundred magazines and anthologies in the last five years, and been translated into eight languages. Read more
Casey T. Malone has been knocking around the TV and film world for a number of years including working on shows for Discovery Channel and PBS. As an independent filmmaker he has several credits to his name including the short films "Fortuna," "The Modern Man," and "The Professor," which he produced specifically for HPLFF PDX 2013. He penned a script for an upcoming horror film, Tamora Gamble, which is tentatively slated to star Doug Bradley and Robert Englund, and this summer he will begin production on his feature film debut House of Kronos where he'll be directing his own script. Read more
Clay first became interested in filmmaking while attending screenwriting classes from writer/director Tom Vaughan. After writing screenplays for the class and assisting others as an extra and PA, Clay decided to partner with musician/record producer, Scott Ayers to produce their first film, “The Shadow on the Wall.” Clay’s second film, “The Picture in the House,” is a stylized adaptation of the H.P. Lovecraft short story. When not writing or filmmaking, Clay works as an engineer in Houston.
David Agranoff is a horror author and critic, published in the Horror, Bizarro and Science Fiction genres. His first short story collection Screams from a Dying World was nominated for a wonderland award, and has a novella in the recently released Best Bizarro Fiction of the Decade Anthology. His first novel Hunting the Moon Tribe was released by Little Otick books. Hunting The Moon Tribe is a dark kungfu fantasy and monster fest. Read more
D.H. Covey is a Automatism Surrealist painter and motion picture storyboard artist. He is a graduate of The Maryland Institute of Fine Arts and moved to Hollywood in 1997 to work with Brian Yuzna on the movie Progeny. This led to more work on over 20 motion picture, video and TV projects. Both of his children attend Cal Poly Pomona. Michelle is a Fine Arts major, and Adam is a Mechanical Engineer. He and his wife Deby, a Technical Support Manager for GXS, will celebrate their 29th wedding anniversary this Saturday, May the fourth.
A writer and filmmaker, Edward Martin III makes the Pacific Northwest his home base, mostly because deep beneath its peaty surface lies secrets that no human being should know. He directed the feature-length animated adaptation of “The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath,” a collection of Lovecraftian short movies called “The Cosmic Horror Fun-Pak,” and recently published “Close Your Eyes: tales from the blinkspace” a collection of tales inspired by Lovecraft’s cosmic horror and aspects of the Dreamlands. Read more
Edward Morris is a 2011 nominee for the Pushcart Prize in Literature, also nominated for the 2009 Rhysling Award and the 2005 British Science Fiction Association Award. He has sold over a hundred short stories worldwide, most recently to The Unwritten Review, The Lovecraft E-Zine, and Joseph S. Pulver's anthology A Season in Carcosa.
Eric Morgret is the Festival Director and Head of Programming for the Maelstrom International Fantastic Film Festival, 5th year and the Crypticon Seattle Film Festival, 2nd year. Eric is also co-owner of Maelstrom Productions. With this company he has produced/directed/edited several shorts and the award-winning feature film H.P. Lovecraft's Strange Aeons: The Thing on the Doorstep. He directed “The Shunned House” playing film festivals around the world in 2013. He has worked with SIFF, Norwescon, TheFilmSchool, and Strange Aeons Magazine.
Henrik Möller is a swedish filmmaker, he has made around 80 short films and is regarded as a cult filmmaker in sweden. Möller usually deals in the comedy/satire genre and “Inviting the Demon” (Demonen) is his first supernatural/horror film. Möller is currently working on a feature length film inspired by “The Colour Out of Space” by H.P Lovecraft.
Jarred W. Wallace is the founder and President Dagon Industries, Inc. They have their tentacles on the pulse of what’s cool in the realms of Cthulhu Mythos pop culture by manufacturing trinkets and baubles for the Lovecraft/Cthulhu Mythos aficionado such as Cthulhu Fish, Poker Cards, Collectors Coins, Miskatonic U. Products, Lapel Pins, Decals, etc. He lives in a perpetual state immanent flight, a carefully assembled escape and evasion kit always packed and ready by the front door. Do not wake him unless you know where his gun is first. Every year he can be found at the H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival in Portland, Oregon. Persons in need of his assistance in matters both undead and unearthly should contact him there. Read more
JASON V BROCK is an author, artist, editor and director. He is the CEO and co-founder (with his wife, Sunni) of JASUNNI PRODUCTIONS, LLC, whose films include CHARLES BEAUMONT: THE SHORT LIFE OF TWILIGHT ZONE'S MAGIC MAN, THE ACKERMONSTER CHRONICLES!, and IMAGE, REFLECTION, SHADOW: ARTISTS OF THE FANTASTIC. He is also the author of TOTEMS AND TABOOS, a compilation of his poetry and artwork, and an editor, along with William F. Nolan, of THE BLEEDING EDGE, and THE DEVIL'S COATTAILS anthologies, published by CYCATRIX PRESS. Brock did a third in the series called A DARKE PHANTASTIQUE. He is Editor-in-Chief of [NAMELESS] digest. Read more
Jeff Burk is the author of the cult hits SHATNERQUAKE, SUPER GIANT MONSTER TIME, CRIPPLE WOLF, and SHATNERQUEST and the head-editor of DEADITE PRESS. A fusion of pop culture insanity and pulp-punk action, Jeff Burk’s fiction would be right at home in the Troma Films catalog. He writes violent, absurd, and funny stories about punks, monsters, gore, and trash culture. Everyone normally dies at the end. His influences include: Sleep deprivation, comic books, and kittens. You can stalk him online at www.JeffBurk.wordpress.com and www.facebook.com/LiteraryStrange Read more
Jenna has had to cancel due to health reasons. We with her a speedy recovery, and hope to see her next year!
Jenna M. Pitman is a speculative fiction writer originally from the Pacific Northwest.She has written for a variety of publications and anthologies and edited a few more. Currently she is the assistant editor of Grim Corps Magazine and is working on her third novel. She attends many different fandom related events as a panelist or guest and volunteers at many others. Read more
Jeremy Robert Johnson is the Wonderland Award Winning author of We Live Inside You, cult hit Angel Dust Apocalypse, Stoker Nominated novel Siren Promised (w/Alan M. Clark), and the end-of-the-world freak-out Extinction Journals. His fiction has been acclaimed by authors like Chuck Palahniuk and Jack Ketchum and has appeared internationally in numerous anthologies and magazines. Read more
Jess Gulbranson is the author of novels 10 A BOOT STOMPING 20 A HUMAN FACE 30 GOTO 10, Mel, and Antipaladin Blues. His short fiction, poetry, and art have been featured in Lambshead's Cabinet of Curiosities, Kizuna, Umbrella Journal, and Bradley Sands Is A Dick. He is a critic, interviewer, and douchebag-in-residence for "Crappy Indie Music: The Blog." Living in Portland, Oregon with his wife and daughter, Gulbranson also makes music under the names Coeur Machant and DJFalsifier.
Jim Smiley, originally from Springfield, Missouri, is a retired infantryman and novelist. He holds a BA from Marylhurst University in Interdisciplinary Studies. Due to his former work, he traveled to Eastern and Western Europe, the Middle East, and lesser known areas. This led to his interest in Mythos fiction, and his second novel, Both Alike in Dignity, is largely a Mythos story. He currently lives in the Portland Oregon area, with his wife and Voracious Bassett of Devouring.
K.L. Young is the screenwriter of several short films including “The Shunned House”, “The Small Stuff”, and “The Lovecraft”, and is also the writer of the award-winning feature film “H.P. Lovecraft’s Strange Aeons”. He was the publisher and editor of the short-lived Planet Lovecraft, and is now an Executive Editor for Strange Aeons Magazine, published quarterly from Eryx Press. Current projects include Arkham Cellars, a collectible Lovecraft wine; and the feature film “Widowed”, now in pre-production.
Keith Baker is an author and game designer best known for creating the world of Eberron for Dungeons & Dragons and the card game Gloom. Lovecraft's work has inspired many aspects of his RPG work, and his Mythos-themed games include Cthulhu Gloom, The Doom That Came To Atlantic City, and Cthulhu Fluxx.
Liv Rainey-Smith is an artist specializing in hand-pulled xylographic prints. Her imagery draws primarily upon historic styles, folklore, dreams, esotericism, and of course the works of H.P. Lovecraft and his followers. Rainey-Smith's woodcut process incorporates a mixture of traditional and modern tools as well as a blend of European and Japanese printmaking technique. She prints her own fine art prints in small editions on both paper and animal parchment.
Mars is a multi - instrumentalist who has performed with symphony orchestras, as well as jazz, metal and goth bands on tours through Canada, and the United States. He is an accomplished session musician, and recording engineer. Having grown weary of the road, Mars decided to combine his two greatest loves; music and horror films, founding Dead House Music in 2005 as a company specializing in original, high quality music for independent genre film. Mars has never looked back. Read more
Mary Jane Hansen is a writer/actor whose work has been featured in theatres throughout the U.S. and internationally. She adapted Lovecraft's "The Thing on the Doorstep" for the screen and appears in the film as Asenath Waite. Audiobook versions of her plays have been nominated for Audie Awards and The Benjamin Franklin Award. Among her plays are A Legend of Sleepy Hollow, American Soup and Letters From A Window in the Sky. Her poetry has been featured in publications by the Edna St. Vincent Millay Society. Read more
Mike Davis is the founder and editor of The Lovecraft eZine, an online magazine which is published monthly and is a prime internet source for original Lovecraftian fiction (it has featured new works by W. H. Pugmire, Peter Rawlik, Molly Tanzer, Jeff Thomas, Mark Rainey, Ann K. Schwander, and Joe Pulver) and information about Lovecraftian films and audios, memorabilia, books, art, and happenings within the Lovecraftian community. Mike conducts weekly video chats and interviews on Sundays. Many notable Lovecraftians such as Robert M. Price, S.T. Read more
Michael Entler is the creative force behind The Amelus, which has existed in some form or other since about 1989. First starting with hybrid music multimedia projects, and later moving into live private events that focused on narrative science fiction and philosophical horror that could be described roughly as artsy haunted house type shenanigans. Read more
Miguel Tejada-Flores is a screenwriter whose first produced script, Revenge of the Nerds, became both a commercial success and a cult classic. His film writing credits range from dark epic science-fiction (Screamers) to psychological suspense (The Unsaid) to horror (Fright Night II); he has created stories for the big screen and the small, including movies and series for Showtime, USA Networks and the Sci-Fi Channel. After studying literature at the University of California, Santa Cruz and at the Sorbonne in Paris, Miguel enrolled in the Diploma course filmmaking at the prestigious London Film School. He began his film career working as a Story Analyst for Paramount Pictures and later served as a senior film Production Executive for Lorimar Motion Pictures and Herb Jaffe’s Vista Films, where he supervised the development and production of innovative fantasy films, including The Last Starfighter and Fright Night – before beginning a prolific career as a screenwriter/producer.
Miguel’s numerous screenwriting credits include the cult horror film Beyond Re-Animator and the quirky psychological thriller Past Tense, written for Showtime Networks. Read more
Molly Tanzer lives in Boulder, Colorado along the front range of the Mountains of Madness, or maybe just the Flatirons. She is a professional writer and editor, among other things. Her debut, A Pretty Mouth, was published by Lazy Fascist Press in September 2012, and her short fiction has appeared in The Book of Cthulhu (Vols. I and II), the Lovecraft eZine, and Fungi, and is forthcoming in Geek Love: An Anthology of Full Frontal Nerdery, The Starry Wisdom Library, and Zombies: Shambling through the Ages. She blogs—infrequently—about writing, hiking, cocktail mixing, vegan cooking, movies, and other stuff at mollytanzer.com, and tweets as @molly_the_tanz. Read more
Norman Tumolva is a writer/director from Seattle, WA. He is a fan of science fiction/fantasy and hopes one day to direct feature films of those genres (though he is open to other genres as well). As a child he spent a lot of time following his big brother around with a camera and filming numerous family functions. Norman fell in love with the dramatic arts during those early years and even filmed himself acting out scenes from various movies. Norman has spent the past 4 years in various roles on film sets hoping to learn even more about how to create a good film. Read more
Orrin Grey is a skeleton who likes monsters, as well as a writer and editor who resides near Kansas City. He occasionally pens tales of the macabre, occult, and supernatural, as well as writing about horror movies, comics, and weird fiction. Never Bet the Devil & Other Warnings, his first collection of supernatural tales, was just released by Evileye Books. He co-edited Fungi, an anthology of fungus-themed stories for Innsmouth Free Press, where he also writes a regular column on vintage horror cinema.
Reber Clark has been a fan of H. P. Lovecraft since high school. His music is published worldwide by C. Alan Publications, Southern Music Company, Columbia Pictures Publications and Warner Brothers Music Publications. His movie, Lovecraft Paragraphs, premiered at the 2009 H. P. Lovecraft Film Festival. He continues to score for film with projects in active development. He recently completed music for Theatre Banshee’s production of The Merchant of Venice directed by Sean Branney. Read more
A lifelong Lovecraft fan, Rick can be found lurking about any number of eldritch Seattle haunts, committing unspeakable acts of depravity. A few of these blasphemous creations even see the light of day, such as the shorts and feature films he has been a part of that have shown at the HPLFF since 2003. His most recent cinematic outing is this year’s “The Shunned House,” a creepy little tale based on the Old Gent’s story, which he produced and scored. Read more
Ross E. Lockhart is the Publisher/Editor in Chief of Word Horde, a genre publishing company launching in fall 2013. A lifelong fan of supernatural, fantastic, speculative, and weird fiction, Lockhart holds degrees in English from Sonoma State University (BA) and SFSU (MA). He is a veteran of small-press publishing, having edited scores of well-regarded novels of horror, fantasy, and science fiction. In 2011, Lockhart edited the acclaimed Lovecraftian anthology The Book of Cthulhu. Read more
Scott Allie hails from New England, and grew up in the swamps of Ipswich, Massachusetts. He's the long-time editor of Hellboy, and his writing includes the graphic novel The Devil's Footprints, set in his home town, two Solomon Kane graphic novels, and contributions to the Hellboy and Buffy the Vampire Slayer series. He lives in Portland, Oregon with his son and fiancée.
In 1998 Scott Glancy left a perfectly functional career as an attorney to join up with Pagan Publishing, the nerd equivalent of running away to join the Foreign Legion. Today Scott is the man in charge of Pagan Publishing (much in the same sense that the last surviving legionnaire can be said to be in command of Fort Zinderhoff), and Pagan Publishing continues to bring the best of Lovecraftian horror to gaming tables around the world. Read more
Sean writes, produces and directs for screen, audio and theatre. In 1985 with collaborator Andrew Leman, he co-founded the H.P. Lovecraft Historical Society (“HPLHS” http://www.cthulhulives.org). Sean wrote the adaptation of Lovecraft’s celebrated short-story The Call of Cthulhu as a silent film and co-produced it for the HPLHS. Read more