For more than 20 years, the H. P. Lovecraft Film Festival® and CthulhuCon™ have hosted the world's leading Lovecraftian scholars, filmmakers, authors, actors, artists, musicians, and more! Take a look at the many faces that have wowed us over the years, attending both previous and current festivals. Click on each to see more details, including which events they have attended or are booked to attend in the future.

Charles Stross, 50, is a full-time science fiction writer and resident of Edinburgh, Scotland. His modern Lovecraftian series, The Laundry Files, includes the Hugo-award winning novellas "The Concrete Jungle" and "Equoid", the Locus Award-winning novel "The Apocalypse Codex", and has been shortlisted for numerous other awards;  "The Annihilation Score" (Laundry Files book six), was published by Ace in July 2015.

Jeffrey Combs's best known horror role was as Herbert West, the main character in the movie Re-Animator, which he has reprised in the film's two sequels. He also portrayed the part of author H. P. Lovecraft (creator of the Herbert West character) in 1993's film Necronomicon: Book of the Dead. Combs has starred in eight H.P. Lovecraft adaptations. Other film credits include FeardotCom, House on Haunted Hill, I Still Know What You Did Last Summer, and The Frighteners.

Dick Lupoff discovered HPL when he smuggled an Avon paperback into church in 1946, hid it inside a hymnal and read "The Dunwich Horror". In later years he co-edited and published the Hugo-winning fanzine Xero with his wife, Pat. Working at Canaveral Press, he became the posthumous editor of Edgar Rice Burroughs. His own books include Sun's End, Marblehead: A Novel of H. P. Lovecraft, The Great American Paperback, and the Lindsey and Plum mystery series.

Doug Bradley is probably most famous for his role as Hellraiser's Pinhead - Dark Prince of Pain, Angel of Suffering, Leviathan's Lord of the Damned.

Kenneth Hite has designed, written, or co-authored over 80 roleplaying games and supplements, including GURPS Horror, The Day After Ragnarok, Trail of Cthulhu, Bookhounds of London, Qelong, The Dracula Dossier, and Night’s Black Agents. Non-gaming works include Tour de Lovecraft: the Tales, Cthulhu 101, The Nazi Occult (Osprey), several Mythos short stories, the “Lost in Lovecraft” column for Weird Tales, and four Lovecraftian children’s books.

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.

Allen Koszowski has been getting art published within the SF/horror/fantasy genres since 1973. Since then he has had over four thousand pieces published in such magazines as Fantasy Tales, Weird Tales, Whispers, Eldritch Tales, Asimov’s SF Magazine, F&SF, Weirdbook, Cemetery Dance, The Horror Show and many others. He has done work for many publishers such as Subterranean Press, Midnight Marquee Press, Gryphon Press, PS Publishing, Centipede Press and many more. Along the way he has won a World Fantasy Best Artist Award among others.

Robin D. Laws designed the GUMSHOE rules for Pelgrane Press’ Trail of Cthulhu roleplaying game, and such beloved supplements for it as The Armitage Files, Dreamhounds of Paris, and The Book of Ants. He is the author of the short story anthology New Tales of the Yellow Sign and the editor of Shotguns v. Cthulhu. Other fiction of interest to Cthulhucon PDX attendees includes short story contributions to Letters to Lovecraft and Madness on the Orient Express.

Joe Pulver authored the novels, The Orphan Palace (Chomu Press 2010) and Nightmare’s Disciple, and he has written many short stories that have appeared in magazines and anthologies, including “Weird Fiction Review”, “Crypt of Cthulhu”, and “Lovecraft eZine”, Datlow’s Best Horror of the Year, S. T. Joshi’s Black Wings I and III, Ross Lockhart's Book of Cthulhu, and many anthologies by Robert M. Price.

Leslie S. Klinger is the New York Times-best-selling editor of the Edgar®-winning The New Annotated Sherlock Holmes, The New Annotated Dracula, and most recently, The New Annotated H. P. Lovecraft for Liveright/W. W. Norton, as well as the Bram Stoker Award®-nominated Annotated Sandman (Vertigo/DC Entertainment). He also co-edited, with Laurie R. King, the anthologies A Study in Sherlock (Random House) and In the Company of Sherlock Holmes (Pegasus Books).

S. T. Joshi is the author of The Weird Tale (1990), H. P. Lovecraft: The Decline of the West (1990), and Unutterable Horror: A History of Supernatural Fiction (2012). He has prepared corrected editions of H. P. Lovecraft’s work for Arkham House and annotated editions of Lovecraft’s stories for Penguin Classics. He has also prepared editions of Lovecraft’s collected essays and poetry. His exhaustive biography, H. P. Lovecraft: A Life (1996), was expanded as I Am Providence: The Life and Times of H. P. Lovecraft (2010).

Leeman Kessler is a Nigerian-born actor living in Canada with his wife Rachel and daughter Amanda. Since 2010, he has been performing as HP Lovecraft on stage as well as online with his web-series Ask Lovecraft. He has performed at NecronomiCon-Providence and at Cthulhucon.

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.

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.

PETE VON SHOLLY is a writer, artist, director, and producer with a leaning toward the fantastic side of the arts (some would use less generous words like weird, insane, morbid - what do they know?!) His HP Lovecraft Illustrated vol 1 can satisfy the most demanding demon in us. CAPITOL HELL is his first venture into the political satire arena (unless you count Hollywood politics).

Andrew Leman is one of the founding members of the H. P. Lovecraft Historical Society, and has produced a number of literary, film, theatrical, music, prop and gaming projects there over the decades with his longtime friend and collaborator Sean Branney. He has written and produced more than 20 live-action Lovecraftian role-playing games. He wrote and directed the first HPLHS film, "The Testimony of Randolph Carter", directed "The Call of Cthulhu", and co-wrote and co-produced The Whisperer in Darkness.

Born 2nd December, 1937, Brian Lumley came into the world just nine months after the most obvious of his forebears — meaning of course a "literary" forebear, namely, H.P. Lovecraft — had departed from it.

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.

Club Pangæa

Combining an LGBT-focused cabaret with a BDSM play party, Club Pangæa creates a one-of-a-kind social event while treating guests to a scandalous and spectacular stage show. Using primarily the mediums of drag and burlesque, performers explore the intersections of gender, sexuality, and self-expression. 

Shadow casting for the 1970 film The Dunwich Horror,  Pangæa, LA’s queer cabaret, will bring you a show unlike any other: The Dunwich Horror Picture Show

Dan O'Bannon is the well-known screenwriter behind the classics Alien, Total Recall, Lifeforce, Heavy Metal (two segments), Dark Star (which he did the special effects for and starred in as well; this led to a stint on Star Wars as a special effects designer) and Return of the Living Dead (which he also directed).

Dan could not be here in person due to health reasons but we have captured his essential saltes on the crawling celluloid which is the next best thing for us Lurkers.

DIANE O’BANNON met her future husband Dan at USC, while he was in pre-production on Dark Star. Following a years-long, on-again off-again connection, Diane and Dan married in 1986, a union that lasted until his death in 2009.

Frank H. Woodward wrote and directed Wyrd Studios’ premiere documentary LOVECRAFT: FEAR OF THE UNKNOWN in 2008. This biography of author H.P. Lovecraft featured interviews with Neil Gaiman and Guillermo Del Toro. LOVECRAFT premiered at the 2008 Comic Con in San Diego where it won Best Documentary.

Frank also wrote the SyFy Original Movie BLACK FOREST. This mash-up of Grimm’s fairy tales aired in early 2012.

John Langan is the author of two novels:  The Fisherman (Word Horde 2016) and House of Windows (Night Shade 2009).  He has published two collections of stories:  The Wide, Carnivorous Sky and Other Monstrous Geographies (Hippocampus 2013) and Mr.

Joshua Hoffine is a world renown Horror photographer. His popular images dealing with childhood fears have been published in over 150 countries, resulting in a massive cult following for his meticulously staged photographic works.

A professional creature effects artist, cinematographer, model maker, and puppeteer, Kevin McTurk has been working in the effects industry for over 20 years. A graduate of Pennsylvania State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Film Production, Kevin moved to Los Angeles in 1992 and began his career in special make-up effects at Stan Winston Studios, working on Batman Returns, Interview with a Vampire, and the Jurassic Park films.

Laird Barron spent his early years in Alaska, where he raced the Iditarod three times during the early 1990s and worked in the fishing and construction industries. He is the author of several books, including X’s for Eyes, The Imago Sequence, The Beautiful Thing That Awaits Us All, and the forthcoming Swift to Chase. His work has also appeared in many magazines and anthologies. Barron currently resides in the Hudson Valley writing stories about the evil that men do. 

Lee Joyner has been creating creatures and monsters for over 25 years, having worked on films such as Star Trek: Beyond, Mimic and the '98 Godzilla, as well as for shows such as Star Trek DS9 and Stargate:SG1. He's also worked with Alice Cooper, Slipknot, Usher, Disney and Nickelodeon, as well as appearing on Making Monsters and having trained dozens Face Off contestants. Known in the Lovecraft community for his H.P.

Lee Moyer blends classic painting, pop culture, and naturalist illustration - mixing intensity with impish humor.

Mallory O'Meara is a producer and screenwriter for Dark Dunes Productions. Growing up in New England, she fell in love with the strange and the scary at an early age. Mallory was hired by Dark Dunes Productions CEO and director Sultan Saeed al Darmaki in 2013 to be the communications director for the company. In 2014 she was tapped to be the associate producer for al Darmaki's directorial debut Kids vs Monsters, and later that year took on her first main producing role for Dark Dunes on Yamasong: March of the Hollows.

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.

Mike Dubisch has been bringing a Lovecraftian twist to his fantasy art, illustration and comics for a quarter century, beginning in his mid teens. The versatile artist has created Star Wars and Dungeons and Dragons toys, animated DVD covers for the World Wrestling Federation, designs for animated movies, and characters for MTV. His work is held in the permanent collection of The Museum of Cartoon and Comic Art. His Lovecraftian Graphic Novel WEIRDLING was published in 2007 to critical acclaim.

We are happy to announce that Mike Mignola will be Artist Guest of Honor at this year's festival.

Mike Mignola was born on September 16, 1960 in Berkeley, California and grew up in nearby Oakland, the eldest son of a tough and leathery cabinetmaker. His fascination with ghosts and monsters began at an early age (he doesn’t remember why); reading Dracula at age twelve introduced him to Victorian literature and folklore, from which he has never recovered.

Molly Tanzer is the author of the weird western Vermilion (Word Horde, 2015) and the forthcoming historical novel The Pleasure Merchant (Lazy Fascist, 2015). Her debut collection, the Lovecraftian mosaic novel A Pretty Mouth, was nominated Sydney J. Bounds and Wonderland Book Award.

Paul Komoda is a sculptor, illustrator, and  designer inspired by a lifelong obsession with monsters, dreams and nightmares, medical anomalies, and the weirder side of the zoological spectrum. Over the years he's delved into jewelry, action figures, album artwork, erotic/grotesque illustration, and anatomically inspired body art. In the early 2000s he worked for H.R. Giger, on several jewelry and sculpture projects. More recently, he's done work for Sideshow Collectibles, Darkhorse Comics, Amalgamated Dynamics Incorporated, and had sculpted the miniatures for the H.P.

Paul Tremblay is the author of DISAPPEARANCE AT DEVIL'S ROCK and the award-winning A HEAD FULL OF GHOSTS. His other novels include THE LITTLE SLEEP, NO SLEEP TILL WONDERLAND , SWALLOWING A DONKEY'S EYE, and the YA novel FLOATING BOY AND THE GIRL WHO COULDN'T FLY (co-written with Stephen Graham Jones, as P. T. Jones). He is the author of the short story collections COMPOSITIONS FOR THE YOUNG AND OLD and IN THE MEAN TIME. His essays and short fiction have appeared in the Los Angeles Times and numerous year's best anthologies.

Philip Gelatt is a screenwriter, filmmaker and author of comic books. His first film, THE BLEEDING HOUSE, premiered at the 2010 Tribeca Film festival. He was the screenwriter on the Ray Bradbury Award nominated science-fiction film EUROPA REPORT, starring Sharlto Copley, Mikael Nyqvist, and Anna-Maria Marinca, released by Magnet Pictures in 2013.

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.

Robert Lloyd Parry is an art historian and actor based in Cambridge, England. Since 2005 he has been touring the UK and Ireland with two one-man shows based upon stories from M R James "Ghost Stories of an Antiquary." He was recently awarded the Dracula Society’s Hamilton Deane Award for his production "Oh, Whistle…"
 

Artist, writer, film producer and president of Storm King Productions.
With a background in art, photography and animation Sandy King’s filmmaking career has included working with John Cassavetes, Francis Ford Coppola, Michael Mann, Walter Hill, John Hughs and John Carpenter.

Sean Branney is a co-founder of the HP Lovecraft Historical Society. There, with his nefarious colleague Andrew Leman, they have written, produced, directed and performed in several motion pictures and more than twenty audio CDs based on or inspired by the works of HPL including 2005's Call of Cthulhu

Sean Patrick O’Reilly is an energetic,  passionate, visionary  transmedia writer and producer. As a lifelong fan of comic books, Sean's dream was to become a comic book creator.

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. As co-founder and artistic director of Chicago's award-winning Organic Theater Company, he helped cultivate the nascent careers of such future luminaries as playwright David Mamet and actors Joe Mantegna and Dennis Franz.

Alan M. Clark has created illustrations for hundreds of books, including works of fiction of various genre, nonfiction, textbooks, young adult fiction, and children’s books. Awards for his work include the World Fantasy Award and four Chesley Awards. He is the author of thirteen books, including seven novels, a lavishly illustrated novella, four collections of fiction, and a nonfiction full-color book of his artwork. Lazy Fascist Press released his latest Novel, The Door that Faced West. Mr.

Keith Baker is an author and game designer best known for creating the world of Eberron for Dungeons & Dragonsand the card game Gloom. Lovecraft's work has inspired many aspects of his RPG work, and his Mythos-themed games include Cthulhu GloomThe Doom That Came To Atlantic City, and Cthulhu Fluxx.

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.

John Skipp is a New York Times bestselling author, editor, zombie godfather, compulsive collaborator, musical pornographer, black-humored optimist and all-around Renaissance mutant. His early novels from the 1980s and 90s pioneered the graphic, subversive, high-energy form known as splatterpunk. His anthology Book of the Dead was the beginning of modern post-Romero zombie literature.

S.P. Miskowski's  Knock Knock and first novella Delphine Dodd were finalists for Shirley Jackson Awards. She is the recipient of two National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships and a Swarthout Award. Her fiction and non-fiction have been published in Black Static, Supernatural Tales, Identity Theory, Other Voices, and Nightmare Magazine. She has stories in the anthologies October Dreams 2, Cassilda's Song, The Hyde Hotel, Leaves of a Necronomicon, Detritus, and Little Visible Delight.

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.

Hailing from the writhing mudflats of the Pacific Northwest, Koi has made a 20+ year career of tinkering with necromancy and trading with space elves. Koi's work has appeared in d20 Call of Cthulhu and Unknown Armies 2nd Ed, among others.

Adam Bolivar  is a dark poet, weird fiction writer and marionettist. A descendant of the Drake baronets of Devon and the Baskervyles of Old Withington Hall, Cheshire. A playwright for the Scratch Brothers' Prestodigital Phantasmagoria, Adam continued his involvement with weird puppetry by penning plays for the CastIron Carousel in Portland, Oregon, where he currently resides.

Alex C. Renwick was designed in Canada, built in California, and grown in Texas. She has written dozens of short stories as Camille Alexa, including her award-nominated collection Push of the Sky, which received a starred review in Publishers Weekly and was an official reading selection of Portland’s Powells Books SF Book Club.
 

Dr. Alex Scully is a historian of Irish Identity and the Victorian Era. Her research into the dusty tomes often intersects with the Gothic literature of the 1800s. She is Senior Editor at Firbolg Publishing.

Amanda Downum is the author the Necromancer Chronicles, published by Orbit Books, and Dreams of Shreds & Tatters, from Solaris. Her short fiction has appeared in Strange Horizons and Weird Tales, and is forthcoming in Dreams From The Witch House and The Mammoth Book of Cthulhu. She lives in Austin, TX, but one day she will return to the sea.

Andrew Kasch first directed the award-winning short Thirsty (2008), starring fellow filmmaker Joe Lynch, and co-created the massive Never Sleep Again (2010), a documentary about the Nightmare On Elm Street franchise. Working with frequent collaborator John Skipp, he's codirected the shorts Stay At Home Dad (2012) and Clowntown: An Honest Mis-Stake (2015), as well as "This Means War," a segment in Tales Of Halloween (2015).

Andrew John Migliore (born 1966 in Washington D.C., United States) is the founder and original director of the annual H. P. Lovecraft Film Festival in Portland Oregon. Andrew is the co-author of Lurker in the Lobby: The Guide to the Cinema of H. P. Lovecraft published by Night Shade Books and was founder and producer at Lurker Films where he launched The H. P. Lovecraft CollectionThe Weird Tale Collection, and The Edgar Allan Poe Collection on DVD.

Andrew S. Fuller’s works include fiction in On Spec, Crossed Genres, Daily Science FictionThe Pedestal, the anthologies FISH, Bibliotheca Fantastica, A Darke PhantastiqueThe Circus Wagon novelette, and the H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival awardee screenplay Effulgence. He’s editedThree-Lobed Burning Eye magazine since 1999 and resides in Portland, Oregon.

Anthony Parker graduated from Cinema Makeup School with honors and received the privilege of the protege program working at Spectral Motion the Effects, the company that brought you Hellboy, X-men: First Class, Hansel and Gretel and many more. He has worked on commercial and independent movies specializing in horror and sci-fi as a sculptor and painter. He is a long time Lovecraft and comic book enthusiast.

Ashley Dioses is a poet of dark fantasy and horror from southern California. She is currently working on her first book of dark traditional poetry to be out from Hippocampus Press, hopefully this year. Her poetry has appeared in Weird Fiction Review, Spectral Realms, Weirdbook Magazine, Omnium Gatherum Media, Eye to the Telescope, Xnoybis, Necronomicum, Gothic Blue Book, and elsewhere. Her poem, “Carathis”, published inSpectral Realms No. 1, is mentioned in Ellen Datlow's full recommended Best Horror of the Year Volume Seven list. She blogs at fiendlover.blogspot.com.

Brett Stillo is a San Francisco-­‐based filmmaker with an eye focused on cinematic imagery of the past: a shadowy place that appears black and white on the surface, but is actually composed of myriad shades of grey. He is the principal cameraman, editor and director of “Flesh and Bone,” a music video in collaboration with San Francisco post-­‐punk band Roadside Memorial, which infuses dark romantic melodies with visual cues to hardboiled detective movies and 1930’s pulp horror.

A longtime figure on the Lovecraft scene, Bryan Moore has made an indelible mark with his films and sculptures based on the work on the Old Gent, most notably as the sculptor of the bronze bust of Lovecraft which now permanently resides in the Providence Athenaeum Library, now a pilgrimage for Lovecraft fans, and as the director of the seminal Lovecraft film "Cool Air". He also created the annual Howie Award given to those who excel in promoting Lovecraft's work in the arts at the H.P.

Cameron was born and raised in North Bay, Ontario where he grew up surrounded by a family of photographers and photo finishers. Early in his life he took a liking to photography and immediately started working for the family business. From that passion for photography grew an eye for film, which formed an obsession for the art. Driven by that obsession, Cameron picked up and moved out west to study film production. It was in Vancouver where he graduated and perfected his cinematography techniques.

Cassadine is Erin Jane Laroue (Jamais Jamais, Lost Cities)  Amanda Machina (House of Badger, King Black Acid, Metal Noam), and Nathan Carson (Witch Mountain, etc).--“The invitation to provide a live score to one of my horror/camp film favorites has mutated Cassadine’s birth from a studio recording project to a live entity that takes after its father and both its mothers. Erin, Amanda, and I plan some highly orchestrated irreverence for your bemusement and horror.” - Nathan Carson

Chris has been writing The Shadow Over Portland since 2010, sharing horror, sci fi and fantasy events and screenings around the Pacific Northwest. He also conducts interviews with local filmmakers, posted editorials on the state of horror in cinema and writes reviews of recent and classic genre films. He also worked as a reviewer for Planet Fury for several years until the site was closed down.

Christine Morgan works the overnight shift in a psychiatric facility, which plays havoc with her sleep schedule but allows her a lot of writing time. A lifelong reader, she also reviews, beta-reads, occasionally edits and dabbles in self-publishing. Her other interests include gaming, history, superheroes, crafts, cheesy disaster movies and training to be a crazy cat lady.

Author Cody Goodfellow has written four novels and two collections of short fiction Including Strategies Against Nature, is editor in chief of Perilous Press, a micropublisher of modern cosmic horror, and wrote, coproduced and scored the infamous Lovecraftian hygiene short, "Stay At Home Dad." As deacon of the Esoteric Order of Dagon (San Pedro Chapter), he has presided over countless sanity-destroying Prayer Breakfasts. He is one of the directors of the HPLFF-SP

Dan Clore is author of The Unspeakable and Others, a collection of avant-garde Gothic stories, and Weird Words: A Lovecratian Lexicon, a dictionary of the horror/fantasy genre with extensive illustrative quotations, as well as critical essays and poetry.

David Barker's fiction and prose poetry appeared in many small press horror magazines in the 1980s and '90s. He was the founding editor of Midnight Shambler, and edited Ye Olde Lemurian and The Lovecrafter 100th Anniversary Issue before leaving the field in the late '90s. In 2012, David returned to horror with the ebook trilogy, Electro-Thrall Zombies. His work has recently appeared in Fungi, Cyaegha, Spectral Realms, and on Shoggoth.net.

Derek wasn’t allowed to watch horror as a child, but he was able to sneak the black-and-white monster movies past the parental radar. Eventually, he started watching modern horror, but he always held onto his love of the classics. After years of producing content for other podcasts, Derek M. Koch finally embraced his past and found his true path as a fan when he launched Monster Kid Radio (2014 Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Film Award, Best Multimedia/Podcast).

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. His short stories have appeared in four languages and over 120 worldwide markets, including ELLEN DATLOW'S BEST HORROR OF THE YEAR #2 (with two Honorable Mentions in #6,) INTERZONE, THE LOVECRAFT EZINE and Joseph S. Pulver's A SEASON IN CARCOSA. He lives and works in Portland as a writer and bouncer.

Elder Sign Radio is your  episodic horror podcast based on the writings of the Cthulhu Mythos and the traditional Noire Radio Drama's in the 1930's. Elder Sign is a Noire styled horror podcast produced by 'Elder Sign Radio'. Set in Modern Seattle, 'Elder Sign' follows the story of Hazel Blair, a disgraced former detective. After suffering a major mental breakdown years prior, Hazel returns to the police as a private consultant after all these years.

Evan J. Peterson is the author of Skin Job and The Midnight Channel and editor of the Lambda Literary Award finalist Ghosts in Gaslight, Monsters in Steam: Gay City 5. His writing can be found in Weird TalesThe StrangerThe RumpusGlitterwolfThe Queer South anthology and Drawn to Marvel: Poems from the Comic Books.

FuFu is a German-American comic book artist and illustrator. He studied Visual Communication in Germany and "la Bande Dessinée“ (comics) in Angoulême, France. 

Garrett Cook is an author and editor of Horror, Bizarro and Mythos Fiction. He is the author of five books, the most recent being the collection You Might Just Make It Out of This Alive.

Graham is an actor, writer, and director living in Los Angeles, CA! He is best known for originating the role of Herbert West in Re-Animator the Musical (directed by Stuart Gordon), as well as starring as Seth in Almost Human (IFC Midnight, TIFF Midnight Madness 2013). Graham most recently stars in The Mind's Eye

Heather Hudson is a frequently digital artist with a traditional media sensibility and a love of early-20th century popular culture. She’s illustrated fantasy and horror projects, wildlife and children’s book art and designs for jewelry and game miniatures.

James Knouse is a director for the H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival® San Pedro, Owner of LoveCraft Wines and Walking Kind of Bird Productions. When not juggling the 3 above you can find him tending to his wicked garden where he grows his legendary peppers, witchy herbs and carnivorous plants.

Jason V Brock, a double Bram Stoker Award Finalist, has been widely published in magazines, online, comics, and anthologies such as Butcher Knives & Body Counts, Weird Fiction Review, S. T. Joshi's Black Wings series, Qualia Nous, Fangoria, and many others. He is currently completing several novels, and is the editor-in-chief of a website and digest called [NameL3ss]. Brock served as coeditor/contributor to the award-winning Cycatrix Press anthologies The Bleeding Edge and The Devil's Coattails with William F.

Jeff Burk is the cult favorite author of ShatnerquakeSuper Giant Monster TimeCripple Wolf, and Shatnerquest. Like the literary equivalent to a cult B-Horror movie, Burk writes violent, absurd, and funny stories about punks, monsters, gore, and trash culture. Everyone normally dies at the end.

He is also the the Head Editor of Eraserhead Press’ horror imprint, Deadite Press.

Jeff Richards has worked in the film industry for over 15 years as an independent film development executive, writer, filmmaker, and consultant. As a screenwriter, he has been hired to write everything from multi-million dollar feature films to zero-budget indies. In addition to feature and short films, his writing includes episodic television and web series, comics, video games, short fiction and novels, children’s animation, and even co-composing a musical. He writes a column for Script Magazine and serves as an Advisory Board Member for Toronto film and media start-up Spidvid.

Jess Gulbranson is an author, artist, critic, and composer. At his most recent appearance at The Hour That Stretches, he and coauthor Garrett Cook had an audience feed their mana to an egregore called "Tony Shrapnel". Current projects include children's books, a grimoire, and the unofficial Dark Souls manga. He lives in Portland with his wife and daughters.

Jesse Bullington is the author of the novels The Sad Tale of the Brothers Grossbart, The Enterprise of Death, and The Folly of the World. His short fiction, articles, and reviews have appeared or are forthcoming in numerous magazines, anthologies, and websites, ranging from Cthulhu Fhtagn! and The Mammoth Book of Best New Erotica 13 to The Los Angeles Review of Books and Vice.

Jim Smiley has had many jobs. Infantryman, private investigator....and his new career has caused relations to disown him, and made dogs to weep in the zocalo. He is an author of strange things. He is the author of both Girls' Night In and Both Alike in Dignity, is a contributor to Dark Discoveries magazine, and is a submissions editor for Dark Regions Press.

John Donald Carlucci (°1965, Pittsburgh, United States) is an artist strongly influenced by the works of Michael Butkus, Arthur Adams, Mike Mignola, Hans Rüdi Giger, and Franz von Bayros. He works in ink, pencil, sculpture, and assemblage. Rust and decay fill much of his imagery. He can create a work of darkness and despair and then jump to another image of pulpy fun filled with oddness and color. His philosophy is simple – to give form to fears that lurk in the twilight between sleep and waking.

John Strysik was a director and writer on the horror television series TALES FROM THE DARKSIDE and MONSTERS. He also directed episodes of ABC Television’s reboot of LAND OF THE LOST. Besides television work, Strysik has written and directed independent features and award winning short film adaptations of stories by H.P. Lovecraft and Franz Kafka. He’s written magazine articles, a fantasy novel called A HALLOW HEART, and co-wrote LURKER IN THE LOBBY - A Guide to the Cinema of H.P. Lovecraft.

Justin Steele runs The Arkham Digest review blog, where he shares his love of weird fiction. This love has transitioned into editing, and he recently co-edited his first anthology, The Children of Old Leech with Ross E. Lockhart.

K. M. Alexander is a Pacific Northwest native and novelist living and working in Seattle with his wife and two dogs. He is an avid hiker, wannabe cyclist, and self-proclaimed beer snob. His work explores non-traditional settings within speculative fiction, bending and blending genres to create rich worlds and unique approachable characters.

K.L. Young is a writer and the Editor of Strange Aeons Magazine. He is also the screenwriter of several short and feature films.

K. A. Opperman is a writer of Weird and horrific formal poetry from southern California, USA. His influences are many, but Clark Ashton Smith and H. P. Lovecraft are at the top of the long and seedy list. Think exotic, erotic, psychotic, and necrotic—often at the same time. His debut verse collection, The Crimson Tome, will appear from the famed Hippocampus Press a little later this year—nearly 200 pages of madness wrought in rhyme.

Creator, Entrepreneur, Proud Honey Badger

Kelly Ward is the founder and Artistic Director of Cirque Macabre, a Seattle based performance troupe specialized in bring dark tales to life through the art of circus. Kelly has been studying circus arts for the past 5 years and performs regularly all around Seattle.

Kelly will be performing Saturday night during the Lovecraftian Variety Show!

Kevin Leeson is a Producer, Screenwriter, and Story Editor in the film and television industry. He has produced on projects featuring such diverse talents as Steve Austin, Daniel Stern, Mira Sorvino, Dolph Lundgren, and Toni Braxton. Kevin co-wrote and published a 6-issue limited comic book series “Outnumbered”, and was a contributor to the Shuster Award-adjacent Crime Anthology Graphic Novel “Acts Of Violence”. He is one of the co-hosts of the award-winning podcast “Caustic Soda”, and revels in finding the funny in the macabre inherent in the world around us.

Dr. Lisa Will is the Resident Astronomer at San Diego's Reuben H. Fleet Science Center. She is also an Associate Professor of Physics and Astronomy in the Department of Physical Sciences at San Diego City College. Dr. Will hosts popular monthly live planetarium show, The Sky Tonight.

Liv Rainey-Smith specializes in the superannuated art of hand-pulled xylographic prints. She prints her original woodcut editions in Portland, Oregon, and shows at galleries and events regularly. Her publications include Arcanum Bestiarum from Three Hands Press, and Starry Wisdom Library: The Catalogue of the Greatest Occult Book Auction of All Time from P.S. Publishing. She serves as Art Show Liaison for the Esoteric Book Conference in Seattle, Washington and volunteers with Print Arts Northwest.

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, voice artist and recording engineer. Combining his two greatest loves; music and horror films, Mars founded Dead House Music in 2005 as a company specializing in original, high quality music for independent genre film.

Mehgan Atchison has had a life-long love of performing. With an early focus on dance, she then found acting and singing - especially, opera - to be where her talents could really shine. After completing music performance degrees at the Universities of Victoria and Toronto, she built a professional singing career, with engagements from Victoria to Halifax, including nearly a decade of performing with the prestigious Canadian Opera Company in Toronto. A change of scenery led her back to Vancouver where an interest in film began developing.

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.

Michael grew up on a farm in Southern Manitoba and was involved in theatre and music all through his school years. He went on to study theatre at the University of Winnipeg and spent several years working on a variety of productions in the Winnipeg theatre scene before heading to Vancouver to explore the film and television scene. Michael has worked on a variety of productions in film and television while also staying a part of the theatre community in Vancouver. While Michael does some work in Commercials and television, most of his work lies in the independent film field.

Michael Griffin's stories have appeared in such anthologies as The Children of Old Leech and Shirley Jackson Award winner The Grimscribe's Puppets, as well as magazines like Apex, Black Static, and Lovecraft eZine. His standalone novella Far From Streets was published by Dunhams Manor Press. His work is upcoming in Leaves of a Necronomicon, Cthulhu Fhtagn! and Autumn Cthulhu. In addition to writing fiction, he's an electronic musician and founder of the Hypnos Recordings ambient music label.

Leader of the Horrible Imaginigs Film Festival. Co conspirator for HPLFF San Pedro. It has been his mission to celebrate horror and its various sub-genres by showcasing new and independent artists, as well as reviving classic horror films.

Mike Bliss is a Visual Effects Artist who has worked on movies such as 'World War Z' and TV shows like 'Game of Thrones'.  He has written and directed 3 short films.  For several years he lived in Britain, where he found inspiration to write a feature length screenplay with plans to produce it in the summer of 2016. More can be found at www.otherworldfilm.com

Mike Dalager is a hybrid mish-mash of talents and nationalities, born and raised at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. A childhood spent half on land and half at sea in the Pacific Ocean raises questions of possible cohabitation with Deep Ones. This link to the sea continues today, as he serves the Nation as a member of the Coast Guard Reserve.

Nathan Carson is a professional writer of fiction and non-fiction. He is widely known as the drummer for internationally acclaimed doom metal band Witch Mountain, and as the founder and owner of the boutique music booking agency Nanotear. His work appears in Willamette Week, Noisey (Vice), Lazy Fascist Review, and upcoming anthologies for Word Horde and Good Pulp. He has read at Bizarrocon and The Hour That Stretches, and has sat on panels at SXSW and Scion, and taught a class at the Roadburn festival in Netherlands.

When not occupied whispering to insects and cataloging esoteric ephemera, Nick Gucker is typically perched at his art table conjuring up nightmare visions and freakish delights out of ink, charcoal and acrylic media. His art has frequently appeared in the pages of Strange Aeons MagazineThe Magazine of Bizarro FictionDark Discoveries and online publications including theLovecraft eZine.

Born and raised in Calgary, Alberta, Nick began his filmmaking career at a young age. He began writing screenplays at the early age of thirteen. Shortly afterwards, he invested in a cheap camera and began directing his scripts. After high school, Nick went to The University of Calgary where he studied film studies and creative writing. After two years he moved to Vancouver where he graduated in film production. Immediately after film school, Nick began working in the industry. To date, Nick has worked on over 150 films in the sound, camera, grip, post and art departments.

Orrin Grey is a writer, editor, amateur film scholar, and monster expert who was born on the night before Halloween. He's the author of Never Bet the Devil & Other Warnings and Painted Monsters & Other Strange Beasts. His stories have appeared in dozens of anthologies, including Ellen Datlow's Best Horror of the Year. Plus, John Langan once referred to him as "the monster guy."

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Peepshow Menagerie is a themed Burlesque and Variety Show cavorting in a reckless romp into the depths of pop culture and fandom, as navigated by producers Chris Beyond and Scarlett Letter.

Pete Rawlik, a long time collector of Lovecraftian fiction, and is the author of more than twenty-five short stories, a smattering of poetry, the Cthulhu Mythos novel Reanimators, and it’s sequel The Weird Company. He is a frequent contributor to the Lovecraft ezine and the New York Review of Science Fiction. In 2014, his short story "Revenge of the Reanimator" was nominated for a New Pulp Award. He lives in southern Florida where he works on Everglades issues.

Randy Moore is an oddity. For reasons unknown he has delved into the world of creating sentient machines of a lovecraftian theme. It began with D.A.G.O.N. but soon there shall be more. As time passes, a legion of said machines will rise, and bring forth to this world a mechanical visage of terrible horrors. Also, he seems to enjoy long walks in nature and swimming. He's an unusual sort.

Reber Clark's works for concert band and wind ensemble are published and distributed worldwide by C. Alan Publications. Mr. Clark’s movie, Lovecraft Paragraphs, was screened to acclaim at the 2009 H. P. Lovecraft Film Festival in Portland, Oregon. He continues to score for film and wind ensemble and has projects in active development.

Rhiannon Louve is a freelance writer. Professionally, she writes short stories, table-top role-playing books, and privately commissioned fiction. She's in the process of adding novels to the list. In addition, Rhiannon has a Master of Arts in Applied Theology, has taught World Religions at the college level, and has published essays on contemporary Pagan thea/ology. Outside cons, Rhiannon games (Pathfinder, Champions, Arkham Horror, Dominion, and others), sings and plays keyboard for a band called Rogues of Lankhmar, and cuddles her household dogs and cat.

Rick Kitagawa is an award-winning visual artist, storyteller, and arts educator based in the foggy hills of San Francisco. Rick is a multidisciplinary artist that weaves together digital with traditional media, text and imagery, abstract and figurative subjects, and painting and printmaking. What results is a visual journey into a dark world of his own that pays homage to the horror genre, identity politics, and pop culture all while examining the human condition and the darkness within us all. Heavily inspired by the themes of H.P.

Rion Smith is a trauma nurse in the emergency department at Denver Health, and has been making movies since elementary school but recently stumbled upon the works of HP Lovecraft and was hooked.  Pickman’s Model was his second adaption of a Lovecraft story and he has plans for a third within the next year. When not working, Rion always has a video in some form of development on the drawing board.  This is his first film festival since high school and he is excited to attend and be a part.  

Ron Hilger is a Northern California native who has organized such Clark Ashton Smith related events as "The CAS Centennial Conference" in 1993 and "The CAS Plaque Dedication" in 2002.

Rose O'Keefe is the publisher of Eraserhead Press, the leading publishing house of Bizarro Fiction since 1999.

Ross E. Lockhart is an author, anthologist, bookseller, editor, and publisher. A lifelong fan of supernatural, fantastic, speculative, and weird fiction, Lockhart is a veteran of small-press publishing, having edited scores of well-regarded novels of horror, fantasy, and science fiction.

Ryan Brewer began taking an interest in the performing arts at a young age and pursued acting all through his early years. Thanks to some helpful encouragement from his longtime friend and the executive producer of “Nyar”, Keith Melcher , Ryan went on to pursue screenwriting and film. He hopes to keep making films and continue to build a strong film community in South Dakota.

Ryan Smith is an International Business Development Manager for a software company in Sterling, Virginia. He has been fascinated by film, particularly horror movies, from an early age. He started carving time out of his busy schedule in 2009 to pursue his desire to get behind the camera and try his hand at filming. Through short film and vignettes he has been gradually building the necessary skills to create a feature length film.

Scott Connors has been twice nominated for the International Horror Guild Award for his scholarly and critical writings. Along with Ron Hilger, he edited the definitive edition of Clark Ashton Smith's fantastic tales for Night Shade Books. He was the first scholar to identify Lovecraft's role in the revision of Duane W. Rimel's story "The Tree on the Hill." His most recent book is In the Realm of Mystery and Wonder: The Art and Prose Poems of Clark Ashton Smith  (Centipede Press). He lives in northern California not far from Clark Ashton Smith's home at Auburn.

Over half a century back a child was born amidst the toxic waste dumps and devil haunted swamps of New Jersey...26 years later that child packed all he could fit in a ’72 Dodge Challenger and lit out for the high desert of northwest New Mexico and the Navajo Nation, where if the dogs bark at night it is only the skinwalkers...along the way he had three children and held jobs including dishwasher, restaurant and hotel cook, factory worker, camera store clerk, topless bar DJ, security guard, teacher, and sheepherder...as a teacher he and his students cofounded the New Mexico Youth Poetry Slam

Sean Blau is an independent filmmaker, originally from the southern California desert where he made a series of surreal short films with fellow filmmaker and VFX artist Adam Petke. This culminated in their first feature Exile, which Sean wrote and co-directed. It screened at last year's HPLFF&CC to some acclaim. He works in Los Angeles where he recently co-produced the upcoming indie drama Chemical Cut. "Mercy" is an adaptation of an unpublished short story.

Sean Hoade is the award-winning author of the novels Reviva Las Vegas!, Deadtown Abbey, The Act, Darwin’s Dreams, and Ain’t That America, as well as the short story collection Inappropriate Behavior and the nonfiction book Zombie School Confidential. He lives and scribbles in the wilds of Las Vegas, where he is currently writing the Cthulhu Attacks! trilogy for Severed Press. These three novels will be the first to take an in-depth look at our world if the Old One Himself came to reclaim what was once His.

Scientists do love their fiction. This crazy about chemistrySan Diego City College professor is also a scholar on HP Lovecraft. Now, if he can only replicate Herbert West's solution. . .
 

Skinner is a self-taught artist living in Oakland, California who has meticulously crafted a balance of extraordinary mural work, bizarre and antagonistic installations while maintaining a prolific commercial career. Influenced by 80’s pop culture, human struggle, myths and violence, dungeons and dragons and the heavy metal gods, Skinner’s mind is one of psycho social mayhem fueled by a calculated chaos. His work has been shown all over the world in various museums, universities and galleries.

The Pulp Stage provides live storytelling for fans of science fiction, fantasy and suspense. Their current project is the creation of Prime Plays. These are stories told through theatrical dialogue and can carry an evening with just actors reading off of tablets. Since the start of project, the company has produced over 35 Prime Plays. Coming up in December, the company will present an epic single-night version of their science fiction trilogy BOX, co-authored by acclaimed novelist, Tina Connolly, and Pulp Stage artistic director, Matt Haynes.

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.

After studying acting and film production in his hometown of Montreal, Tim moved to Vancouver in 2006 to pursue a career in BC's bustling film & television industry. He has appeared in numerous projects from film to network television & web-series, notably J.J. Abrams's Fringe and the award winning web-series Hitman 101.  Black Mountain Side is Tim's third collaboration with director Nick Szostakiwskyj after working on two short films together earlier in 2012.

Todd Gardiner is a Seattle-area event photographer who has been covering film festivals and big events like Burning Man for over a decade. If it's weird, he probably has photos of it.

He is also a cartographer, doing maps and other art for game publishers like Moon Design.

Toren Atkinson is the lead singer for the H.P. Lovecraft inspired band The Darkest of the Hillside Thickets, as played on the video game Rock Band 2. Toren also co-designed and illustrated the award winning tabletop roleplaying game Spaceship Zero, and provided on-screen and voice acting talent to such properties as Stargate: Atlantis, Sword of the Stars (VG), Fort Zombie (VG), and Penny Arcade’s Cardboard Tube Samurai. He is one of the creators and co-hosts of the Caustic Soda podcast.

Wade German's poems have appeared internationally in numerous journals and anthologies, including Avatars of Wizardry (P'rea Press), A Darke Phantastique (Cycatrix Press), Dreams and Nightmares, Heroic Fantasy Quarterly, Nameless, Space and Time, Spectral Realms, Weird Fiction Review and many others. His work has received several Pushcart and Rhysling nominations, and several honourable mentions in Ellen Datlow's Best Horror of the Year anthologies.

Warren Banks is co-founder and guitarist for the H.P. Lovecraft inspired band The Darkest of the Hillside Thickets, as played on the video game Rock Band 2. Warren co-designed and illustrated the award winning tabletop roleplaying game Spaceship Zero with Toren Atkinson. Unlike Toren Atkinson, Warren has no on-screen and voice acting talent or experience. Warren is neither a creator nor co-host of the Caustic Soda podcast but has been fortunate enough to guest host on two separate occasions.

Wendy N. Wagner is the author of Skinwalkers, a Pathfinder Tales novel inspired by Viking lore. Her short fiction has appeared in many successful anthologies, including Cthulhu Fhtagn!, Armored, and The Way of the Wizard, and magazines like Farrago's Wainscot and The Lovecraft eZine.

Aaron Vanek received the 2005 Howie Award for his contributions to Lovecraftian cinema from the H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival, where he has been a regular guest and contributor since its inception in 1994. He ran the first Los Angeles H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival & CthulhuCon® franchise in September 2010, and continues as one of its directors with Cody Goodfellow and James Knouse.

Aaron Vanek received the 2005 Howie Award for his contributions to Lovecraftian cinema from the H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival®-Portland, where he has been a regular guest and contributor since its inception in 1994. He expanded the H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival®-San Pedro franchise into Los Angeles in 2010 and has continued running it for six years.

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 books include The House of the Worm, a cycle of dream fantasies in the manner of Lovecraft and Lord Dunsany, published by Arkham House in 1975; and Dark Wisdom, a cycle of Lovecraftian horrors in a more modern vein, published by Mythos Books in 2007.

Ian Welke's short fiction has appeared in Big Pulp, the American Nightmare anthology, 18 Wheels of Horror, and the upcoming Redneck Eldritch. His novels, The Whisperer in Dissonance (2014) and the Bram Stoker Award Nominated End Times at Ridgemont High (2015) were both published by Omnium Gatherum Media. 

Matt R Lohr is the co-author of the Amazon best-selling book Dan O'Bannon's Guide to Screenplay Structure, with the late writer / filmmaker behind Alien, The Return of the Living Dead and other genre classics.

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