Lovecraft in Black and White Film

Type: 
Panel Discussion
Location: 
EOD Center
Date and time: 
Sunday, October 9, 2016 -
4:30pm to 5:30pm

Join the panelists as they discuss a number of classic black and white horror and science fiction films and the Lovecraftian elements and/or influence that can be found in them. If you like movies like It! The Terror from Beyond Space, Creature from the Black Lagoon, and The Magnetic Monster, this is the panel for you!? Koch (M), Branney, Hite,  McMillan, Rawlik

Some say Derek M. Koch was born 30 years too late. Some say he spends too much time watching classic monster and science fiction movie trailers on YouTube. And some just want him to take off his luchador mask and stop talking about fighting monsters. Since 2013, Derek has been producing Monster Kid Radio , the weekly podcast devoted to the classic, and sometimes not-so-classic, genre cinema of yesteryear. After nearly 300 episodes, Derek has interviewed classic monster icons like Julie Adams and scions like Victoria Price and Sara Karloff, horror hosts like Dr. Gangrene, and indie filmmakers like Christopher R. Mihm. Derek loves his classic monster movies so much that in 2016, he launched MonsterKidWriter.com as his home for all his writing in the classic and retro monster vein. As he says in the introduction of his _Fifty Shades of Monster Movies_, as far as he's concerned, vampires, aliens, mutants, mad scientists, and monsters of all kinds all look better in black and white. (Unless it's a color movie is by Hammer Films . . . or American International . . . or Toho . . . or Universal . . . or . . . )

Since 2010, Chris has written about horror, sci fi and fantasy events throughout the Pacific Northwest at his blog, The Shadow Over Portland . Chris also has interviewed Northwest filmmakers about their upcoming works and local premieres, and includes occasion reviews and opinions on current topics. Chris has appeared as a panelist at Wonder Northwest (with Derek M. Koch, during a live recording of the inaugural episode of Monster Kid Radio) and last year's H. P. Lovecraft Film Festival, as well as a moderator for panels at The Living Dead Horror Convention.

Sean is a co-founder of the H.P. Lovecraft Historical Society with his nefarious colleague Andrew Leman. His cinematic work there includes co-producing and directing The Whisperer in Darkness and writing and co-producing the silent film The Call of Cthulhu. He's collaborated on writing and producing and has performed in sixteen Lovecraftian radio dramas for Dark Adventure Radio Theatre. For the HPLHS co-authored the books Archeological Interpretations of Myth Patterns in the Iconography of the Codex Belrtán-Escavy, The Curious Sea Shanty Variants of Innsmouth, Mass., and The Spirit of Revision. Sean's produced and directed twenty five stage plays for Theatre Banshee in Los Angeles. He has four chinchillas and plays ice hockey.

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, The Delta Green RPG and Night’s Black Agents. Outside gaming, his works include Tour de Lovecraft: the TalesCthulhu 101, The Nazi Occult and The Cthulhu Wars for Osprey Publishing, and a series of Lovecraftian children’s books. He has several published Cthulhu Mythos short stories, writes the “Lost in Lovecraft” column for Weird Tales, and covered the High Strangeness for ten years in his “Suppressed Transmission” column in Pyramid. Half the podcasting team behind Ken and Robin Talk About Stuff and an Artistic Associate at Chicago’s WildClaw Theatre, he lives in Chicago with two Lovecraftian cats and his non-Lovecraftian wife, Sheila.

Peter Rawlik is a prolific author of Lovecraftian Fiction including the novels Reanimators and The Weird Company. His fiction often focuses on characters and events forgotten by Lovecraft and his successors. His latest novel is the Lovecraftian noir Reanimatrix, which tells the story of both Robert Peaslee and Megan Halsey, the second generation of Lovecraftian Heroes.