Hello Ghouls and Boils,
I love living in Portland, Oregon. It’s the weirdest city I have ever had the privilege of living in or even visiting. Here, we all proudly let our freak & geek flags fly. It is a city of comic book artists, computer programmers, filmmakers, writers, musicians, zombies and so much more. I could go on and on about my beloved city… and I have — a few times. Today I am instead going to focus on one of my favorite things about this city. This is the city where the H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival and Cthulhu Con happens. Every October for the past 14 years, Andrew Migliore – mad genius and Film Festival Director, has been treating Portlanders (and cultists from near & far) to films based on the works of H.P. Lovecraft, literary horror, and weird tales. It started off very small, but now it lasts the whole weekend and it usually sells out at least one day at the historic Hollywood Theatre every year. This wonderful gathering spans three days — with films, panels, live acts, authors readings and awards. Upstairs is the Mall of Cthulhu, filled with gobs of ghastly goodies that would surely delight any Lovecraft fan.
The H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival also means a lot to me on a personal level. I met Mr. Migliore when I was working as Second Assistant Director on a feature zombie flick called Flesh of my Flesh. Andrew was a zombie extra. We got to talking about Lovecraft and the film festival and before I knew it I was volunteering to help him. It was a lot of work, but it was so much fun and I was instantly hooked. I have helped in one capacity or another ever since. I made a lot of very close friends at the Lovecraft Film Festival. There are those I see every year who have become an odd sort of extended family. I love them all. I know I am not the only one who feels that way. I see the same faces every year, and gleefully see lots of new ones too.
If you are a Lovecraft fan and you have the means to get to Portland… this is an event you should not miss. I promise you would not be disappointed. Of course, I will be there. This year will be different for me though. I am going to spend a bit of time volunteering as usual… but I will also be reviewing some of the films and nabbing some interviews for SNS and the readers who will not be able to make it. It should be an interesting year.
Well I won’t delay the goodies any longer. I present for your consideration, the H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival & Cthulhu Con 2009. Enjoy my fiends!
H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival and Cthulhu Con
The only festival that understands
Doors open Friday at 6pm. Saturday and Sunday doors open at 1pm. Theatre closes around 12:30am.
There are three tracks that run simultaneously: Main, Upper Left, and Upper Right. Seating is limited in the upper screening rooms (generally around 200 people each, the main theatre downstairs holds 500 people).
The vendors are in the upstairs and downstairs lobbies.
• Dan O’Bannon
• Edward Morris
• Gary Myers
• James R. Beach
• Jason Brock
• Jessica Amanda Salmonson
• Joe Pettit Jr.
• Joseph S. Pulver
• Laird Barron
• Lynn Cesar
• Maryanne Snyder
• Michael Shae
• Philip Simon
• Robert M. Price
• S.T. Joshi
• Scott Alley
• Shawna Gore
• Wilum Hopfrog Pugmire
(For more details on the guests see the H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival Guests Page)
There will be more news to come Boils and Ghouls and you can count on SNS to keep you updated!