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.

Paul was born and raised in New Jersey where he misspent his youth playing with matches, poring over Uncle Scrooge and E.C. comics, reading Lovecraft, Matheson, Bradbury, and Heinlein, listening to Chuck Berry and Alan Freed on the radio, and watching Soupy Sales and Shock Theatre with Zacherley.

Vincent Price has long been a beloved actor in the horror genre, and starred in several very Lovecraftian films, including Roger Corman's The Haunted Palace(based on HPL's The Case of Charles Dexter Ward), Diary of a Madman (based on Guy De Maupassant's "The Horla"), and even portrayed the sorcerer John Carnby in Night Gallery's adaptation of Clark Ashton Smith's "The Return of The Sorcerer." This year, we welcome his daughter Victoria Price as our guest of honor.

With hundreds of movies to his credit, Roger Corman is one of the most prolific producers in the history of the film medium and one of the most successful. Corman has been dubbed, among other things, "The King of the Cult Film" and "The Pope of Pop Cinema" and his filmography is packed with hundreds of remarkably entertaining films in addition to dozens of genuine cult classics. Corman has displayed an unrivaled eye for talent over the years and his influence on modern American cinema is almost incalculable. Born April 5, 1926, in Detroit, Michigan.

In 1985, winning the Critics’ Award at the Cannes Film Festival, Stuart Gordon surprised audiences with his first feature film RE-ANIMATOR based on stories by H.P. Lovecraft. With its stunning box office success, RE-ANIMATOR became the first of a series of Lovecraft inspired films utilizing screenplays by longtime writing partner Dennis Paoli. They include: FROM BEYOND (1986), CASTLE FREAK, based on “The Outsider” (1994), DAGON (2001) and DREAMS IN THE WITCH HOUSE (2005) which was produced for THE MASTERS OF HORROR television series.

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.

William Stout was born in Salt Lake City, Utah on the way to Los Angeles in 1949. At seventeen he won a full California State Scholarship to the Chouinard Art Institute (California Institute of the Arts) where he obtained his Bachelor's Degree. He began his professional career in 1968 with the cover for the first issue of Coven 13.

Kelli Maroney is a beloved actor among Horror Film fans, particularly for her roles in NIGHT OF THE COMET and CHOPPING MALL. Kelli got her first big break in Daytime TV, both as the evil adolescent Kimberly in RYAN’S HOPE and then as vengeful Tina in ONE LIFE TO LIVE. Her film debut as the ‘Spirit Bunny’ Cindy Carr in FAST TMES AT RIDGEMONT HIGH caught a lot of attention, but Kelli achieved her greatest enduring cult popularity with her delightful turn as the endearingly spunky Samantha in the science-fiction end-of-the-world NIGHT OF THE COMET.

Barbara Crampton, legendary horror icon and star of our favorite cult classics like Stuart Gordon's Re-Animator, and From Beyond will be our Guest of Honor for our 25th Anniversary streaming Festival!

Barbara Steele, born in Birkenhead, Cheshire, England, originally studied to be a painter, but ultimately became one of the most iconic and beloved horror actresses of all time. Her first film role was in the British comedy, Bachelor of Hearts. Her breakout role was in Black Sunday, which was Mario Bava’s directorial debut.

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.

Rebekah McKendry is an award-winning director, writer, and podcaster. Her most recent horror feature, GLORIOUS (starring JK Simmons), premiered at Fantasia Film Festival and after receiving top honors from critics was certified as “fresh” on Rotten Tomato. Rebekah began her film and writing career working for Fangoria Entertainment and went on to become Editor-in-Chief for Blumhouse Productions, as well as writing for media companies like Shudder, Universal, AMP, AMC and more.

Clay McLeod Chapman is the author of novels Ghost Eaters, Whisper Down the Lane, The Remaking, and miss corpus, story collections nothing untoward, commencement and rest area, as well as The Tribe middlegrade series: Homeroom Headhunters, Camp Cannibal and Academic Assassins. His new novel, What Kind of Mother, was released on September 12, 2023.

Victor LaValle is the author of seven works of fiction and one comic book. His highly Lovecraftian novella, The Ballad of Black Tom, won the Shirley Jackson Award, and was a finalist for the Hugo, Nebula, World Fantasy, British Fantasy, and Bram Stoker Award. His novel, The Changeling, won the World Fantasy Award, the British Fantasy Award and the Dragon Award for best horror novel.

Screenwriter of 2023's Suitable Flesh, directed by Joe Lynch and based on H. P. Lovecraft's "The Thing on The Doorstep", Dennis Paoli achieved his greatest enduring cult popularity by penning the wickedly witty scripts for two superior 80s H.P. Lovecraft adaptations directed by noted horror genre icon Stuart Gordon: the terrific Re-Animator and its equally excellent follow-up From Beyond. Paoli and Gordon first crossed paths working for the experimental Organic Theater in Chicago.

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.

Courtney Gains first achieved success during the 1980s with a variety of roles in films such Children of the Corn (1984), Back to the Future (1985), Can't Buy Me Love (1987), Colors (1988), The 'Burbs (1989) and Memphis Belle (1990). His most recent credits include Sweet Home Alabama (2002), Benny Bliss and the Disciples of Greatness (2009) (which he also produced), Faster (2010), L.A.Noir (video game) , _Field of Lost Shoes and Fun House Massacre.

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.

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).

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.

We are extremely pleased to introduce our Guest of Honor for 2018!

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.

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.

Formed in 2014 NECRONOMIDOL are the dark heroines of Japan's independent idol world. Playing songs in such diverse genres as darkwave, black metal and NWOBHM and featuring strong influence from the author H. P. Lovecraft's Cthulhu Mythos, NECRONOMIDOL boasts legions of devoted fans around the world. Based in Tokyo but playing shows in Taiwan, Thailand, New Caledonia, England, Italy, France and the US, NECRONOMIDOL plans to further their quest of world domination in the name of the Great Old Ones to even more far-flung corners of the globe in 2018!

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.

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 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.

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.

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. He also has created a number of independent, award-winning documentaries, an adaptation of Clarke Ashton-Smith's "Mother of Toads," and wrote and directed H. P.

In 1998 Scott Glancy left a perfectly functional career as an attorney to join up with the role-playing game publisher 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). Pagan’s most recent project is “Horrors of War,” an anthology of scenarios set during the Great War for the Call of Cthulhu role-playing game.

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.

Chris Bozzone is a soundtrack composer, songwriter and filmmaker. In the fall of 2017, he began working with Jonathan Dennison, the founder of Cadabra Records on his first soundtrack for the label, Thomas Ligotti's "The Bungalow House,'' a vinyl-and-cassette release that came out in 2018. His soundtrack work for Cadabra Records covers a wide array of weird, fantastical and macabre fiction. Bozzone also works with film and concert hall composer Peter Scartabello and his Yuggoth Records label.

Cody Goodfellow has written nine novels and five collections of short stories, and edits the hyperpulp zine Forbidden Futures, and has won three Wonderland Book Awards. His comics work has been featured in Mystery MeatCreepy, Slow Death Zero and Skin Crawl. As an actor, he has appeared in numerous short films, TV shows, music videos by Anthrax and Beck, and a Days Inn commercial.

Kenneth Hite has designed, written, or co-authored 100+ roleplaying works, including Trail of Cthulhu, Bookhounds of London, The Dracula Dossier, the Delta Green RPG, Night’s Black Agents, The Fall of Delta Green, and Vampire: the Masquerade 5th Edition. His other works include the two-volume Tour de Lovecraft, Cthulhu 101, The Cthulhu Wars for Osprey, the “Lost in Lovecraft” column for Weird Tales, an annotated edition of Chambers’ The King in Yellow, and four Lovecraftian children’s books.

Robert Lloyd Parry is an actor and writer who specializes in literary storytelling: theatrical performances based upon texts from the golden age of the short story in English, approx 1880 - 1930. Since 2005 he has been touring the UK with the The M R James Project, a series of solo performances which bring to life the masterpieces of the father of the English Ghost Story.

S. T. Joshi has prepared comprehensive editions of H. P. Lovecraft’s collected fiction, essays, poetry, and letters. He is the author of The Weird Tale (1990), The Modern Weird Tale (2001), I Am Providence: The Life and Times of H. P. Lovecraft (2010), and Unutterable Horror: A History of Supernatural Fiction (2012), and has edited the anthology American Supernatural Tales (2007) and the Black Wings series of Lovecraftian tales.

Sean is a producer, actor, director and writer with the H.P. Lovecraft Historical Society which he runs with his nefarious colleague, Andrew Leman. He was intimately involved in the creation of the motion pictures The Call of Cthulhu and The Whisperer in Darkness, nineteen episodes of Dark Adventure Radio Theatre, and many other Lovecraftian projects. With his work at the HPLHS, he's created many other Lovecraftian entertainments. Sean also produces and directs live theatre in Los Angeles. He plays ice hockey and has four chinchillas.

Sheree Renée Thomas is an award-winning fiction writer, poet, and editor. Her work is inspired by myth and folklore, natural science, music, and conjure. Nine Bar Blues: Stories from an Ancient Future (Third Man Books, May 2020) is her fiction debut. She is also the author of two multigenre/hybrid collections, Sleeping Under the Tree of Life (Aqueduct Press July 2016), longlisted for the 2016 Otherwise Award and honored with a Publishers Weekly Starred Review and Shotgun Lullabies (Aqueduct January 2011).

Craig Laurance Gidney is the author of the collections Sea, Swallow Me & Other Stories (Lethe Press, 2008), Skin Deep Magic (Rebel Satori Press, 2014), Bereft (Tiny Satchel Press, 2013) and A Spectral Hue (Word Horde, 2019) and the forthcoming collection The Nectar of the Nightmares and Other Stories (Underland, 2022). He writes in his native Washington, D.C.

Sumiko Saulson is an award-winning author of Afrosurrealistmulticultural sci-fi and horror. Author of the LOHR Reader’sChoice Award-winning collection Within Me Without Me (Dooky Zines), and the

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.

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.

Zin E. Rocklyn is a contributor to Bram Stoker-nominated and This is Horror Award-winning Nox PareidoliaKaiju Rising II: Reign of MonstersBrigands: A Blackguards Anthology, and Forever Vacancy anthologies and Weird Luck Tales No. 7 zine.

Andrew Migliore is the founder and original director of the annual H. P. Lovecraft Film Festival & CthulhuCon. Andrew is also 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. See his past Founder articles at the Daily Lurker

After fifteen years as a freelance illustrator, Jim Pavelec decided to pursue his love of the grotesque full time. His Ars Goetia line is the culmination of his pursuit to merge beauty with the grotesque.

Leeman Kessler is a Nigerian-born actor living in Gambier, OH 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.

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.

Tim Uren is a theater artist and board game writer who has worked on a number of Lovecraftian projects. As an actor, he and Joseph Scrimshaw portrayed hapless cultists Chuck and Dexter in the short films “Cthulhu for President” and “It’s the Great Cthulhu Chuck & Dexter.” Killing Joke Films joined with Uren for a filmed adaptation of “The Curse of Yig” in 2011.

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.

A.W. McCollough writes science fiction, fantasy, poetry, and non-fiction. His work tends to describe unfortunate things happening to relatable protagonists and frequently involves magic or robots. He is an editor of and contributor to the SPACE COCAINE anthology series, and his most recent work can be found at

Adam Bolivar is a formal poet of folkloric fantasy, a weird fiction writer and a playwright for marionettes with a particular interest in alliterative verse, balladry and Jack tales. He is the author of THE LAY OF OLD HEX (Hippocampus Press, 2017), THE ETTINFELL OF BEACON HILL (Jackanapes Press, 2021), BALLADS FOR THE WITCHING HOUR (Hippocampus Press 2022) and A WHEEL OF RAVENS (Jackanapes Press, 2023).

Adam Christy is a filmmaker and active member of the artist collective “Clarinet Marmalade”. After winning "Best Actor" and "Best Picture" for two of his films at AT&T's Nationwide Campus Moviefest in 2008, Adam relocated to Los Angeles to bring his projects to life. Since then Adam has written and directed several short films and specs for the large and small screen including two feature screenplays and one scripted series. Catch Adam's latest mind-bending thriller "Young Liars" at the HP Lovecraft Film Festival and CthuluCon.

Alaric S. Rocha has been making films since 1999 where he first learned the craft from Club Panico in London an organization run by some of the crew members of Monty Python. His work has been screened at many film festivals including the Chicago International Film Festival, Sitges, Dances with Films, LA and more. Alaric earned his MFA in digital cinema from DePaul University in 2014 and a BM from Lawrence University in 2002. His musical background has a huge influence on his style of filmmaking and subject matter.

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.

Alice Langlois is a stop-motion animator and musician from rural Western Massachusetts, the place which fostered her deep love for nature and the environment. From leaves and seed pods to feathers and scales, elements of the natural world are an integral part of Alice's artistic process, making their way into her films, music, and sculptures. Currently living and working in the animation industry in Portland, OR, Alice can often be found discovering strange creatures or gathering moss in old-growth forests.

Alissa Filoramo is a graphic artist and actress in Los Angeles, CA. She has been performing since she got her hands on her family’s first camcorder and creating art since she turned her dolls in for art kits. Today, she creates everything from fashion apparel for celebrities and their fans, to candles and scents for the lovers of the unique and mysterious. Her latest work as lead actress in the cosmic thriller "Young Liars" is premiering at HP Lovecraft Film Festival & CthuluCon. 

Amanda Downum is the author of the Necromancer Chronicles, Dreams of Shreds & Tatters, and The Poison Court. Her short fiction has appeared in Realms of FantasyStrange Horizons, and Weird Tales, and in the anthologies Lovecraft Unbound and Dreams From the Witch House. Unsatisfied with only writing about necromancy, she recently began a new career as a mortician. She lives in Austin, Texas for the time being.

Andreas Petersen is a screenwriter based out of Salt Lake City, UT. His previous credits include the animated horror comedy Attack of the Demons and the animated fantasy drama When You Get to the Forest

Andrew Gleason is a director and cinematographer who loves creating and watching horror movies. He is an active member making movies in his local Champaign film community, and volunteering with the Champaign-Urbana Film Society and Champaign Movie Makers. When he isn’t making movies, he is spending time sharing his love for movies with his two children, Eva and Liam.



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 S. Fuller writes dark and strange stories. His fiction appears in several magazines, anthologies, short films, and the new collection Constellations of Ruin (2023, Trepidatio Publishing). Since 1999, he’s been editor-in-chief of Three-Lobed Burning Eye magazine. He lives in Portland, OR near two rivers, several extinct(?) volcanoes, and is friends with several crows and spiders. Visit him online at

Angela Yuriko Smith is a third-generation Shimanchu-American and an award-winning poet, author, and publisher with 20+ years of experience as a professional writer in nonfiction. Publisher of Space & Time magazine (est. 1966), a two-time Bram Stoker Awards® Winner, and HWA Mentor of the Year for 2020, connect with her at

Anthony returns to H. P. Lovecraft Film Festival after winning Best Short in 2016 with "When Susurrus Stirs." Since then he's directed shorts "The Bloody Ballad of Squirt Reynolds" and "Every Time We Meet for Ice Cream Your Whole Fucking Face Explodes."

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.

Antti Laakso is a Finnish film director. He graduated from Turku Arts Academy's animation department in 2008. He has written, directed, and animated several award-winning short films and also works in commercials and as a digital FX artist. In addition to freelance jobs, Laakso teaches stop-motion at Turku Arts Academy. Laakso's main interest is to tell stories, regardless of the technique. He focuses on stop-motion because it is grounded in the real world and its limitations, but also allows to mix in fantastical elements and effects.

Anya Martin has always rooted for the monster and regrets abandoning her earliest career aspiration--paleontology. She's also half-Finnish, still likes punk rock though now with a heavy side of blues and experimental jazz, has a bachelor's degree in anthropology, cooks dangerously hot curries, earns her living as a journalist and abides in Atlanta.

Ariel has played games her entire life, and is experienced across the range of mediums in which they are found. An only child, her adventures with imaginary friends set the stage for the acting she would do through college and the roleplaying games she would find later in life. A long time Scrabble enthusiast and one-time competitive Unreal Tournament savage, she is drawn to the math of Caverna and is ever ready to bring her best Nero Wolfe impression to the suicidal madness of Delta Green.

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

Ben Leonberg is a film maker and creative director for Virtual Reality. Despite living in NYC, Ben makes movies that feature exciting outdoor locations like caves, deserts, and distant lands. He's also a cinematographer and special-effects enthusiast. After learning his technical craft in the New Zealand film world, Ben worked as a DP/Producer in commercial advertising and independent film.

Ben Wickey is a Massachusetts-born filmmaker and illustrator, as well as a recent graduate from the California Institute of the Arts. He is the animation director for GOREY, an upcoming documentary about the last days of author/Illustrator Edward Gorey, as well as the illustrator of Ki Longfellow's The Illustrated Vivian Stanshall, a book about the life and times of Britain's most celebrated and eccentric comic musicians. Wickey is 23 years old, and lives in Rockport, Massachusetts.

Award winning filmmaker and stop motion animator Benjamin Capps came to Chicago after receiving his degree in Theatre from the University of Missouri, Columbia. While an undergraduate, Benjamin founded The Inner Below in order to produce his own experimental theatre, with an emphasis on expanding on Antonin Artaud's theories of Theatre of Cruelty. Having written, directed, produced and acted in numerous stage-productions, Benjamin transitioned to film-making, now having made nine short-films.

BJ Verot in an award-winning Writer/Director based in Winnipeg, Canada. He has recently completed his first feature film, a sci-fi/horror entitled Homecoming (starring Richard Harmon).

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.

Brian Hauser is a writer, filmmaker, and film scholar from Carter-era Rust Belt suburbia. His feature screenplay, Cult Flick, won the HPLFF script competition in 2010. His debut novel, Memento Mori: The Fathomless Shadows, is out this year from Word Horde. He lives in Central Pennsylvania with his partner and two cats.


Brian Imakura lives in New Orleans, LA ,and loves the movie Showgirls.

Steeped in schlocky Italian gialli and the existential musings of Bergman and Tarkovsky, Bryan Hiltner makes the kind of movies he wants to watch: stylish slices of humanity crammed into genre packaging. When not slogging through post-production on his years-in-the-making sci-fi feature sLipPage, Bryan enjoys making his twin daughters laugh, going out for beers with his wife, and stressing out over the Portland Trail Blazers.

Cameron Beyl is an award-winning filmmaker whose work has featured in numerous film festivals, museums and online media outlets like Sight & Sound, Vice Creators Project, Indiewire, and the Oscars' A-Frame magazine. His ongoing video essay project, THE DIRECTORS SERIES, has also established him as a prominent voice in the world of online film scholarship. In 2019, he established FilmFrontier Studios, an independent production company dedicated to the discovery of new horizons in cinematic storytelling. THE VEIL is Beyl’s third feature film.

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.

Carrie Dalby, a California native, has lived in Mobile, Alabama, since 1996. The summer of 2023 marked the release of her fifteenth book. She’s published several non-fiction articles in national and international magazines, served two terms as president of Mobile Writers Guild, worked as the Mobile area Local Liaison for SCBWI from 2012-2017, and helps coordinate the Mobile Literary Festival. When Carrie is not reading, writing, browsing bookstores/libraries, or homeschooling, she can often be found knitting or attending concerts.

Carson Winter is an award-winning author, punker, and raw nerve. His fiction has been featured in Apex, Vastarien, and Tales to Terrify. “The Guts of Myth” was published in volume one of Dread Stone Press’ Split Scream series. His novella, Soft Targets, is out now from Tenebrous Press. He lives in the Pacific Northwest.

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

Cassandra Khaw is an award-winning game writer, whose fiction work has been nominated for several awards. You can find her fiction in places like F&SF, Year's Best of Science Fiction and Fantasy, and Her next book Nothing But Blackened Teeth is coming out in 2021.


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Cem Karayakas was born in 1995 and grew up in Cologne. During his childhood, he was an actor on stage and television. He developed his great interest in Animation and Film through acting, but also animated movies. From 2015 to 2018 he studied and graduated from ifs internationale filmschule koeln in Digital Film Arts. During his studies, he was an animator for several projects and specialized in emotional expressions. 

Chance White was born in Nashville, TN, the fifth son of music industry legend Bergen White. The son of a musician and an artist, White gravitated towards film at an early age, inspired by films like Star Wars, ET, Indiana Jones, and later the work of Ridley Scott and Stanley Kubrick. As a child White directed his own action films with action figures and drew his own comic books, spending hours dreaming of telling his own stories. White moved to Atlanta in 1997 to study Computer Animation and has resided there since as a Director, Cinematographer, Editor and Animator.

Chris Heck is a filmmaker and storyteller from the green mountains of Vermont. A childhood in the harsh New England winters would often keep him pent up inside, fighting back cabin fever with scary tales and VHS tapes. This is where a love for stories, and the escape they provide, began to grow. For the past ten years, he has traveled the world collecting stories and characters for the films he creates.

Chris McMillan has written and published the webpage The Shadow Over Portland for 12 years, listing Horror/Sci Fi/Fantasy events around the Pacific Northwest, as well as writing opinion pieces and reviews. He has interviewed and moderated panels with genre filmmakers and including Roger Corman, Barbara Steele, Julie Adams, as well as local filmmakers such as Joe Sherlock. He plans to start a TSOP podcast, and self-publish his first novel, in 2023.

Christian Matzke is a prop builder and filmmaker from Maine (just south of the Chesuncook Shoggoth Pit). He founded the website Propping Up the Mythos in the mid-Nineties after a high fever compelled him to sculpt his first Cthulhu statue. "Nyarlathotep" was his first short film, and has been followed by ten more in the years since. Christian is married to special FX artist Sarah Matzke, and together they are raising two young cultists in their 17th century haunted house near the ocean. Christian is hard at work writing the Necronomicon through his site

Christian Matzke is an author, prop builder and filmmaker from Maine (just south of the Chesuncook Shoggoth Pit). He founded the website Propping Up the Mythos in the mid-Nineties after a high fever compelled him to sculpt his first Cthulhu statue.

Christina Rodriguez is an award-winning children's illustrator of more than a dozen picture books, including Lovecraftian favorites GOODNIGHT AZATHOTH and THE ANTARCTIC EXPRESS, both published by Atlas Games. She lives and works in Providence, Rhode Island.

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.

Christopher Burke’s fiction has appeared in Nightscript, The Yellow Booke, and on The NoSleep Podcast. He is a regular contributor at, and other nonfiction is available in Thinking Horror, Vol. 2. Christopher grew up in Kentucky and now lives in Rhode Island with his fiancée, Cassandra. More information can be found at

Originally from Scotland, Conan has gained a multi-faceted understanding of the entertainment industry since moving to L.A. in 2011. His writing has been featured in publications including The Source, URB, and XXL. In addition, he has completed official press biographies for Hip-Hop stars Snoop Dogg; Xzibit, and B-Real of Cypress Hill. Conan was also credited as a co-writer of Snoop’s Chronicle Books release, From Crook To Cook. The Amazon bestseller received extensive media coverage from outlets including The Guardian and Rolling Stone.

Michelle had been making costumes for herself and for friends for a few years when she had the crazy idea to try to create for herself a Cthulhu costume. After a journey to the fabric temple with only a vague idea she returned home with some green, mottled, scaled stretch velour and a bodysuit pattern. After reusing some old fairy wings and some stuffing she managed to create a costume that was looked upon with horror when Cthulhu Girl ventured out into Portland one Halloween.

DB Spitzer is a Podcaster and Portland native. Co host, editor and producer of 'People's Guide to the Cthulhu Mythos'. Spitzer's podcast focuses on small press weird fiction and information about the Cthulhu Mythos including writers and creatures.

D. L. Myers is a writer of Weird poetry in the vein of H. P. Lovecraft, Clark Ashton Smith and Robert E. Howard. His work has appeared in Spectral Realms, Halloween Howlings and K. A. Opperman's The Crimson Tome. He also is an accomplished reader of poetry, and he does a weekly video poetry reading of contemporary and classic Weird poets, as well as his own work, which he posts on his blog He also had his debut live poetry reading at the H. P. Lovecraft Film Festival, San Pedro.

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.

Danger Slater is the Wonderland Award-winning author of I Will Rot Without You, He Digs a Hole, Moonfellows, House of Rot and others. He writes gross horror stories that are both funny and sad. He has a cat named Bubbles.

Raised in the dark, forbidden woods of Cumberland, Maine, Daniel Ellis Harrod has been a published writer and musician in the realms of horror fiction and hardcore heavy metal since 1987. Receiving a degree in Norse and Asiatic Ethnic Religion from Maine College of Art in 1996, Daniel’s career spawned a starring role in 2001’s “H.P. Lovecraft’s Nyarlathotep” as well as lyricist for the seminal Seattle Doom Metal outfit Blood of the Black Owl on three of their most crushing albums. He continues to work as a writer, lyricist, Outsider artist and Avant Garde musician along the East Coast.

Danielle Trussoni is a New York Times, USA Today and internationally bestselling author whose books have been translated into more than thirty languages. She has written five books. Her latest, The Ancestor was selected as an Editor’s Choice by The New York Times. She served as jury chair of the 2020 Pulitzer Prize in Fiction, and is the Horror Columnist for The New York Times Book Review. She lives in New York’s Hudson Valley with her family.

Danny Ashkenasi is an American theater/film director, composer, actor, writer and producer born in Berlin, Germany. His first short film “The Tell -Tale Heart – a musicabre” played at over 80 film festivals, winning over 65 awards. His second short “The Pit and the Pendulum – a musicabre” is starting its festival run, already receiving many awards. Danny has created numerous music theater pieces that span a variety of styles from musical comedy to experimental.

Darin Coelho Spring lives in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains in Northern California with his wife and two daughters. He is a bookseller with a passion for imaginative literature and an active presence in the local arts community. In his spare time over the last ten years, he has created several of what he terms “epic home movies” but his documentary on Clark Ashton Smith is his first film intended for a wider audience. It is nearly four years in the making.

Born in New Orleans and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, Dave Correia has been drawing his entire life. Fascinated by comic books, horror films, and video games as a child, the subjects of Dave’s earliest artistic endeavors were often strange, demonic creatures. Disturbing, yet grotesquely appealing, these characters and their fictional worlds fueled his imagination and had a strong, significant influence on Dave’s creative style today. Dave’s illustrations have appeared in commercials, magazines, print ads, and posters across the United States and Europe.

Originally from Toronto, Canada, and Buffalo, NY, Davey Robertson caught the filmmaking bug in high school, strongly influenced by the works of David Lynch, The Coen Brothers, and Lasse Halstrom. His passion for the poetic has led him throughout his career to seek out the strange, artistic and unconventional. So, it’s no surprise he was seduced by the weird world of H.P. Lovecraft while shooting and editing “The Call of Cthulhu” and “The Whisperer in Darkness” with The H.P. Lovecraft Historical Society.

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

David grew up just outside the Lake District in rural northwest England, where he and his three brothers thrived on an upbringing of film watching and storytelling. Upon graduating from University College London he entered the film industry working for Revolution Films and has since worked on many productions in a number of roles, learning from top directors and producers from the British and American industries along the way.

David Heath is a podcaster and blogger who has hosted shows such as Dave's Underground Goat Shenanigans,and Radio Free Oleander. He is currently the co-host of The People's Guide to the Cthulhu Mythos. He lives with his extended family in northern Oregon on a working goat farm.

Adventurer/Occult Investigator/Illustrator/Writer/Game Designer/Media
Critic/Podcaster from Portland,Oregon. I like soda water, good game design, clever cosmic horror.
Praise to Tsathoggua!!

Denise Dumars has a new mini-poetry chapbook from Space Cowboy Books, titled "Mars Maundering." Her recent chapbook Cajuns in Space placed 3rd in the Elgin Awards. She has stories in Occult Detective Magazine's Special Mythos #1 issue and upcoming in the Halloween edition of Weird Fiction magazine. She'll have her poetry chapbooks and her story collection, Lovecraft Slept Here, available at the festival.

Derek is the Monster Kid Hall of Famer creator of the Supernatural Solutions: The Marc Temple Casefiles series, as well as the upcoming 6-Week Rotation series of superhero novels. If you can't find him at his website/YouTube channel Monster Kid Writer, you can find him at his award-winning Monster Kid Radio podcast, the weekly podcast celebrating the classic, and sometimes not-so-classic, genre cinema of yesteryear.

Diabolus Rex is the founder and techno-Mage of the Chaos imperium and lead engineer of Black Sun Occult Engineering and Design, the focus of which is the development and construction of frankenscience devices and mechanisms that combine the worlds of the quantum and metaphysical. Rex is a native Oregonian who was born and raised in Astoria Oregon and it was there he developed his first occult based sculptural works.  The writings of Nichola Tesla, Julius Evola, Dr.

Dominique Lamssies is obsessed with Batman, dead people and The King In Yellow (in that order). She was born and raised in Portland, Oregon, but has traveled throughout the United States, including stints in New Orleans and Boston, where she spent a lot of time roaming cemeteries. She has also lived abroad in places such as Ukraine and Japan, where she developed a deep and abiding love for Japanese ghosts and monsters. She strives constantly to have every story she writes involve some form of dead person and sound like it was written a hundred years ago.

Poet, performing artist, critic, and literary historian, Donald Sidney-Fryer is the last in the great line of California Romantics that reaches from Ambrose Bierce to George Sterling, from Sterling to his protégé Clark Ashton Smith, and from Smith to his disciple Sidney-Fryer.

Donovan K. Loucks is the creator of The H.P. Lovecraft Archive (, the foremost web site devoted exclusively to H.P. Lovecraft. What began 25 years ago as a mere dozen web pages is now a massive site of over 700 pages. However, his primary area of specialty in Lovecraftian scholarship is tracking down locations visited by Lovecraft and then described in his fiction and letters.

Eden Royce is a writer from Charleston, South Carolina. She’s a Shirley Jackson Award nominee and her short fiction can be found in various print and online publications including: FIYAH Literary Magazine of Black Speculative Fiction, The Year’s Best Dark Fantasy & Horror, Apex Magazine, Strange Horizons, Nightmare Magazine, and PseudoPod. Her debut middle grade Southern Gothic novel Root Magic is available now from Walden Pond Press/HarperCollins. 

Edward Guimont received his PhD in history from the University of Connecticut and is currently assistant professor of world history at Bristol Community College in Fall River, Massachusetts. His research on Lovecraft has been published in Lovecraftian Proceedings, Lovecraft Annual, and Dead Reckonings. With Horace A. Smith, he is coauthor of the book When the Stars Are Right: H. P. Lovecraft and Astronomy, published by Hippocampus Press.

The principal creative force behind Hellbender Media, Edward is an award-winning writer and filmmaker. His latest movies include adaptations of H. P. Lovecraft’s stories “The Statement of Randolph Carter,” and “The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath,” the only complete adaptation of Tolkein’s “The Lord of the Rings,” and “Flesh of my Flesh,” a live-action horror/thriller. He also wrote and directed “The Cosmic Horror Fun-Pak,” a sci-fi/horror movie anthology.

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 Cosmic Horror fiction has appeared in Dark Regions' THE CHILDREN OF GLA'AKI: TRIBUTE STORIES TO RAMSEY CAMPBELL and RETURN OF THE OLD ONES, as well as PS Publishing's THE STARRY WISDOM LIBRARY and Chaosium's LEGACY OF THE REANIMATOR, among many other fine and horrific collections.Mr. Morris also runs a local spoken-word event called The Hour That Stretches at the Clinton St.

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.

Born in Boston, Elias moved to New York to study filmmaking at the School of Visual Arts. Ayla is his second feature film as a director and is the followup to his directorial debut, Gut, which screened in thirty international film festivals and earned seven awards. Other previous work includes “Dark,” which he wrote and produced and “Phobia,” which he produced. He lives and works in Los Angeles.

Emily Flummox uses 18 names (including An-Sisa, Gandalfina Face-and-Heart, & Tristissima) competed on two National Poetry Slam teams over a decade-long slam career. E also designs & streams TTRPG content, writes fiction, and edits anthologies. Much of eir poetry, notably “Sacred Purification Ritual Using Your Own Urine Instead of Water”, focuses on identifying with the divinity of the disgusting. Skunkheart performed that poem during the San Francisco Leather Cultural District’s Erotic Storytelling Hour; it was published in Scry of Lust.

Eric is co-owner of Maelstrom Productions. He has produced/directed/edited several shorts and features including the award-winning films H.P. Lovecraft's Strange Aeons: The Thing on the Doorstep and the short “The Shunned House”. He has worked with Crypticon Seattle, The Seattle International Film Festival, TheFilmSchool, and Strange Aeons Magazine

Eric Shanower is the award-winning cartoonist of the comics series Age of Bronze (Image), recounting the Trojan War. The forthcoming anthology The Cozy Cosmic (Underland) includes his story “The Purple Emperor.” His latest book, All Wound Up: The Making of The Tik-Tok Man of Oz (Hungry Tiger), tells the history of the obscure musical. Shanower has illustrated for television, stage, and children’s books. He lives with his husband in Portland.

Erik Grove is a writer, writing teacher, long distance runner, and little dog wrangler living and doing things in Portland, OR. You can find his work in places like NIGHTMARE, ESCAPE POD, and upcoming in the COZY COSIC and the WINDING PATHS anthologies. Visit for links to his published work, information on editorial and mentoring services, and updates on readings and appearances.

Evan J. Peterson is the author of Drag Star! (Choice of Games), the world’s first drag RPG, as well as The PrEP Diaries: A Safe(r) Sex Memoir (Lethe Press). He is a Clarion West alum and author of the horror poetry chapbooks Skin Job and The Midnight Channel as well as editor of the Lambda Literary finalist Ghosts in Gaslight, Monsters in Steam: Gay City 5. His writing has also appeared in Weird Tales, Unspeakable Horror 2, Queers Destroy Horror, Boing Boing, and Best Gay Stories 2015.

Fiona Maeve Geist resides in WXXT country with her cat and many partners. She has written academic work in Trans Studies Quarterly, along with work on neglected women in genre fiction for Lamplight Quarterly. She also has contributed to MOTHERSHIP: a Science Horror RPG along with other projects under wraps. She also has several pieces of fiction forthcoming. She edited Larissa Glasser’s debut novella "F4" along with several pieces of short fiction and would like someone to try to break that 100% placement streak. Finally, she is an occasional contributor to CLASH Media.

Frances Lu-Pai Ippolito (she/her) is a Chinese American writer in Portland, Oregon. Her writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Nailed Magazine, Buckman Journal, Flame Tree Press's Asian Ghost Stories, Strangehouse's Chromophobia, Startling Stories, Not a Pipe's Stories Within, Mother: Tales of Love and Terror, Death’s Garden Revisited, and Unquiet Spirits: Essays by Asian Women in Horror. Frances also co-chairs the Young Willamette Writers program that provides free writing classes for high school and middle school students.

Frank Walls is an artist and sculptor that has worked in the book and board game publishing industries for over 10 years. During this time he has created numerous illustrations for and designs for games like Talisman, Dungeons & Dragons, and Game of Thrones, as well as covers for Jeffrey Thomas, Jeff Strand, Shane McKenzie, and many others. He has tried to do nice art that matches people’s couches, but this just upsets him and causes him to create even weirder art. After years of doing solely digital art he has recently re-discovered the paint brush and that colored stuff in tubes.

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

Gabriel Gettman is a young British-American director, whose award-winning work explores the power of femininity as a gateway to the dark realms of the unconscious. Signed at age twenty-three to one of the world's most renowned production companies, he began his career shooting fashion commercials in Paris. This commercial work was featured by Vogue, Purple, Elle, W, Hunger, Wonderland, 1883, Volt and Sunday Times Style, at London Fashion Week, ASVOFF, Cannes, TIFF, Bokeh and the La Jolla Fashion Film Festival, and in live performances by CocoRosie.

Garrett Cook is an author with Deadite Press and an editor with Eraserhead Press. His work has appeared in A Breath from the Sky, DOA III, Giallo Fantastique, Best Bizarro Fiction of the Decade and more. His next book Crisis Boy comes out October 15th.

Gilbere Forté, is an artist turned film producer based in Los Angeles. A musician inspired by cinema, he has crossed the threshold beyond the performance stage to the film screen. The ominous psychological thriller, “Young Liars” is his latest work with creative partner Adam Christy, writer and director of “Young Liars”.

Gordon B. White has lived in North Carolina, New York, and the Pacific Northwest. His debut fiction collection, As Summer's Mask Slips and Other Disruptions (Trepedatio Press), is forthcoming in January 2020. A graduate of the Clarion West Writing Workshop (2017), his fiction has appeared in venues such as Pseudopod, Daily Science Fiction, and the Bram Stoker Award® winning anthology Borderlands 6.

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

Born in Vero Beach, Florida, Gregory is a self-proclaimed “Military Brat”. Having spent a great deal of his formative years on Air Force bases oversees, he began to see the world, people, and stories around him with his own unique perspective. A perspective in which the most compelling narratives lie not in the triumph of the Super Hero but in the invincibility of the Human Spirit.

Greta T. Bates lives in Fairhope, AL where she draws the drapes and writes in the dark. A Mills College alumna, Greta has been published in several online publications and in Horror Scope-A Zodiac Anthology, volumes 1 and 3. Her books, Wounded and By Tooth and Tail, are available NOW!

Gretchen has volunteered at Portland Horror Film Festival and the H. P. Lovecraft Film Festival since 2016, and helps judge films for both. As a lifelong fan of horror movies, she loves found footage films and exorcism movies. She co-hosted the Kaijucast podcast, and was a frequent guest on Horror Brew podcast. A “recovering-goth” Gretchen is also a mother and a wife, and is the guardian of a Devon-Rex cat that looks like a goblin.

Guillaume Morin studied at the Université de Montréal, specializing in sound, and he was the sound-man for the short film "Tubers" by "Mountains of Madness Productions". He grew up surrounded by art, especially music, while also buried in books of fantastic stories. Lovecraft and the genre that followed have been with him since a young age. His passion for cinema was passed down by his cinephile father. 

Gwendolyn Kiste is the Bram Stoker Award-winning author of The Rust MaidensBoneset & FeathersAnd Her Smile Will Untether the UniversePretty Marys All in a Row, and The Invention of Ghosts. Her short fiction and nonfiction have appeared in Nightmare Magazine, Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy, Vastarien, Tor's Nightfire, Black Static, The Dark, Daily Science Fiction, Interzone, and LampLight, among others.

Hailey Clement is a sound aficionado who not only enjoys being a sound mixer for film, but also a foley artist with her own instagram and youtube channel specializing in culinary acoustics.

Heather Hudson has been a professional illustrator since 1994, working in the fantasy and hobby gaming genres. As the owner of Studio Wondercabinet, she creates traditionally-inspired artwork in traditional and digital media. Heather Hudson received degrees from San Jose State University and the University of Washington in the area of Theatrical Design and production. Subsequently she pursued art studies at the Gage School (formerly the School of Realist Art), Seattle's School of Visual Concepts, and TLC workshops.

Heather Humpleman is the director of “Whisper in the Static”, and the Co-Founder of Midnight Hour Studios, a Los Angeles-based production company. She graduated from the USC School of Cinematic Arts, and has been fortunate to serve and support their alumni as both the President of the Women of Cinematic Arts and the Director of Membership for the Trojan Entertainment Network. Heather is also a member of LA’s Asian Business Association, a graduate of the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program, and a US-UK dual-citizen.

Henrik Möller is a Swedish underground filmmaker with over a hundred satirical short films to his credit. In the world of horror films he is mostly known for the Philip K Dick film festival winner "Inviting the Demon" and the H.P. Lovecraft film festival best feature winner "Feed the Light".

Huan Vu is a director, producer, screenwriter, compositing editor and matte artist. His films include Damnatus, Joey ist dabei, and Mu. His most recent effort is Die Farbe, an adaptation of Lovecraft's The Color Our of Space, and he is currently working on a Dreamlands feature film.

An original Monster Kid, Ian McDowell grew up in Fayetteville, NC, where he watched Shock Theater hosted by Dr. Paul Bearer (of later Creature Features fame), lived for the semi-annual new issue of Castle of Frankenstein, and borrowed masks and books from his neighbor Tom Savini

Named by the AV Club as one of 10 female horror directors Blumhouse should hire, Izzy Lee is a writer and twice-nominated Rondo Award filmmaker. She has written for several fiction anthologies, as well as Birth.Movies.Death., Rue Morgue, Fangoria, Dread Central, and Diabolique, and is an editor for ScreenAnarchy.

J. Xavier Velasco is an award-winning Mexican writer/director based in Brooklyn, NY. His work is defined by the exploration of the otherly, set in an unsettling alternate reality and told through highly stylized visuals and emotional acting. His short film "Juan & La Borrega" (2011) got a Mexican Academy Ariel Award nomination in 2012 for Best Short Fiction Film and screened at more than thirty international film festivals like the AFI Fest.

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.

Jamie Gower is an award winning writer, filmmaker, and podcaster, who strives to tell stories using unique narrative techniques and technologies. See more of his work at and

Jan Roth is the executive producer on Die Farbe (2011) and upcoming feature The Dreamlands. Roth is also a visual effects artist, and has worked on films such as Captain Marvel, Doctor Sleep, and Lovecraft Country.

Jathan Lamar is a multi-disciplined artist and creative strategist with vast experience in content development, marketing and design. He has cultivated an impressive resume as a director since 2015, having helmed standout music videos featuring, among others, A$AP Rocky; Wiz Khalifa and Keke Palmer. His commercial content comprises spots for American Tourister; Office Depot; Star Wars, and a Neff Headwear advertisement starring Jaden Smith.

JEFF BURK is the cult favorite author of SHATNERQUAKE, SUPER GIANT MONSTER TIME, CRIPPLE 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 and the host of the JEFF ATTACKS podcast. Born in the Pennsylvania backwoods, he was raised on a steady diet of Godzilla, Star Trek, and EC Comics. He now resides in Portland, Oregon.

Jeff Gorcyca is an actor, voice over artist, and filmmaker based in New York City.  He is a proud member of the production team, GirlSOUP.  Jeff's recent GirlSOUP projects include acting in the folk horror film Outen the Light, directing and writing "Don't Bother The Neighbors!", and serving as producer for the livestream Karula's DreamShow Live.  When not acting, Jeff loves to write music and juggle.

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.

Jen is a Portland-based director, screenwriter, and film and video instructor whose love of horror films began when she was 8 years old and her aunt showed her Pumpkinhead. She has a degree in Theatre Arts from Southern Oregon University, a Certificate in Performance from American Conservatory Theatre, and a degree in Video Production from Portland Community College. She worked as a stage actress in the Pacific Northwest for ten years before she transitioned to writing and directing films. Her film "Jean" was going to screen in London, but there was a pandemic.

Originally from Oakland, California, actor Jerry Weatherford is now planted firmly in Los Angeles. Prior to landing the lead role of Wilmore Jefferson in A Whole Snack, Jerry was a veteran of the Bay Area Theater with roles ranging from Shakespeare to musical comedy. 

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 wears the influence of the Gentleman from Providence on the pages of his three weird historical novels: The Sad Tale of the Brothers Grossbart, The Enterprise of Death, and The Folly of the World. Under the pen name Alex Marshall he is writing the Crimson Empire trilogy, which mixes epic fantasy with cosmic horror and gallows humor—the first volume, A Crown for Cold Silver, made the Tiptree Award Honor List, and the second, A Blade of Black Steel, dropped in May.

Owner and Head of Production at Strike With Chaos Productions. Jesse Terrell, as a director, has been making music videos, commercials and fashion films for over 10 years. As a writer he has written several scripts both short and feature length. "Sights Unseen" is his first narrative short.

After spending his first decade of adult life alternately working and bumming around the world, from Phnom Penh to Ouagadougou, Jesse Keller decided he wanted to be a filmmaker. He got his MFA at USC’s School of Cinematic Arts, and then made his first feature film, Blood Will Have Blood, which is now streaming on Amazon Prime. His short films have also played at festivals around the USA. When not shooting, he teaches filmmaking at San Diego Mesa College.

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 is illustrator and painter strongly influenced by artists such as Mike Mignola, Gerald Brom, Chris Bachalo. Darren Yeow, and Batt Dixon. His recent clients include Hollywood reporter Nikki Finke’s Hollywood Dementia, 20th Century Fox - Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, Strange Aeons Magazine, LoveCraft Wines, and The H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival. JDC is seeking to improve his artwork and technique every day. His only desire is to get better and better.

John Shirley is an author, screenwriter, television writer, comics writer, singer, and songwriter. With over 40 novels and 8 short story collections to his name, he won the Bram Stoker Award from the Horror Writers Association for his collection, Black Butterflies: A Flock on the Dark Side. His novels include Demons, Stormland, Cellars, A Sorcerer of Atlantis, and Wetbones.

Writer. Director. Producer. Composer. Performer. Shooter. Cutter. Teacher. Stoner. Pool shark. Dancer on head of pin at the end of time.

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.

Jon Dearnley is a Maine native, Philadelphia-based Director of Photography who has worked on everything from short films to network TV, music videos and features. He and Christian Matzke have collaborated for over 20 years on Lovecraftian and sci-fi short film projects.

Jon Padgett is a lapsed ventriloquist and Editor-In-Chief of Grimscribe Press. Known for his first short story collection, The Secret of Ventriloquism, he is also a prominent narrator of Thomas Ligotti's works. Padgett's unique voice has made him a standout figure in the world of weird storytelling.

Providence native Jonathan Thomas has persisted in writing weird fiction amidst (or despite) such diverse livelihoods as postal clerk, artist’s model, copyeditor, and percussionist. His collections include Stories From the Big Black House (Radio Void), Midnight Call, Tempting Providence, Thirteen Conjurations, Dreams of Ys and Other Invisible Worlds, and Naked Revenants and Other Fables of Old and New England (all from Hippocampus Press).

Jordan Barnes-Crouse is a director, editor and cinematographer based in Vancouver, Canada. Graduated from Langara College’s Digital Film Production program in 2008, he’s since freelanced on various short film, music video and promo projects while continuing to work in independent shorts, features and documentaries. In 2014 he co-founded Off World Pictures with special effects makeup artist Carolyn Williams to pursue their passion for genre filmmaking.

Joseph Scrimshaw is a filmmaker, writer, and comedian based in Los Angeles. His film, "The Narrator," starring Phil LaMarr won the Silver Award for Best Experimental short at the Portland Festival of Cinema, Animation & Technology. He’s delighted to be back at the H. P. Lovecraft Film Festival after showing his 2022 film, "Unboxing The Cosmos," and multiple appearances with Tim Uren as the comedy cultists, Chuck & Dexter.

Josh Carley started his film-making career as all young filmmakers do - by coercing his friends into letting him cover them with homemade gore for his short films. Those short films led to experience, and Josh soon began getting work as an editor. Over the past seven years, he has edited hundreds of videos. Commercials, music videos, films, documentaries, web pieces - you name it, he's cut it. Now Josh is resuming work on his own content, aided by the many talented filmmakers he's met.

Although he's been acting professionally in Los Angeles for the last decade Jude considers his main role to be Jesus (from 5th grade), which he's reprised 4 times in the theatre. Most recently, Jude has been creating comedic characters that poke fun at Los Angeles and himself. He'll be the guru in the coming revolution.


Justin C. Key is a speculative fiction writer, psychiatrist, and a graduate of Clarion West 2015. His short stories have appeared and are forthcoming in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Strange Horizons, Escape Pod, and Crossed Genres. He is currently working on a near-future novel inspired by his medical training. When Justin isn't writing, working in the hospital, or exploring Los Angeles with his wife, he's chasing after his three young (and energetic!) sons.

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.

A native southern Californian, K. A. Opperman is a poet of horror and fantasy writing in the Weird tradition of H. P. Lovecraft and Clark Ashton Smith. His work has appeared in such notable publications as Spectral Realms, Weird Fiction Review, Weirdbook, Skelos, Gothic Blue Book, the Horror Writers Association's Horror Poetry Showcase, and many other magazines. His debut book-length verse collection The Crimson Tome was released by Hippocampus Press in August 2015, and he has a second collection well underway.

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.

Kasie Heister is a Southern California native, and received her undergraduate degree from the University of Southern California and her Masters of Business Administration, specializing in Entertainment Management, from the University of California, Los Angeles. "Whisper in the Static" is her inaugural film, and she is currently in development on the feature version.

Creator, Entrepreneur, Proud Honey Badger

Kate Fortenberry is a writer and former teacher who quit during the pandemic to pursue a career in film. She acts in front of the camera, edits, does sound design, and color corrects afterwards.

Katherine Kerestman is the author of Lethal (PsychoToxin Press, 2023) and Creepy Cat's Macabre Travels: Prowling around Haunted Towers, Crumbling Castles, and Ghoulish Graveyards (WordCrafts Press, 2020), as well as the co-editor (with S. T. Joshi) of The Weird Cat, an anthology of weird cat stories (WordCrafts Press, October 2023). Her Lovecraftian and gothic works have been featured in numerous publications. Katherine is wild about Dark Shadows and Twin Peaks.

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.

Kevin is originally from Bolton, England. He’s been acting professionally and teaching in the United States for over 20 years. Some of his recent TV credits include LA to Vegas, The Kominsky Method, Raven's Home and Shameless His work with The H.P. Lovecraft Historical Society includes masking as their “Shipping Shoggoth” and lending his voice to 13 Dark Adventure Radio Theatre (DART) productions and counting.

Kieran Thompson is a director and producer from Tempe, Arizona who strives to bring out the heart in every story. Discover more at

Kola Krauze is an English actor working professionally out of London and Stockholm since 2003. His film and TV credits include The BridgeOutlander24: Live Another Day, and Wallander. In his twenties he was the lead singer of cult death metal band Dark Heresy. An avid fan of fantasy and science fiction he is an expert in the field of Tolkien’s Middle-earth, as well as having devoured the writings of H. P. Lovecraft as well as other legends such as Clark Ashton Smith, Robert E. Howard and Jorge Luis Borges.

As visual effects supervisor, Kolby Kember can tell you how long “fixing it in post” is actually going to take and how much it’s going to cost you. After graduating from Full Sail University in Winter Park, FL, Kolby moved across the US to work at VFX studios in Los Angeles. While there Kolby contributed to the effects in Captain America, John Carter, and The Avengers. Kolby returned to his home state of Louisiana once the film industry began to prosper locally.

Kraig Jordan is a recording engineer, sound designer, composer, songwriter, and record producer. In 1977 (at 7 years old), he bought a reel to reel recorder at a yard sale, and learned on the 1st night that if he flipped the tape over he could listen to himself talking backwards. Since that seminal moment he has released over 10 LPs of his own material and recorded and produced dozens of others at his Plan of a Boy studio in Providence, RI.

Kyle is a Los Angeles-based producer, writer, and actor with almost two decades of experience in the business. An Emerson College graduate, he is one half of the creative team behind FilmFrontier Studios, whose recent debut feature production - the dramatic sci-fi/thriller THE VEIL - screened at Fox Studios before its 2023 festival run. The team has several projects in development, including features, narrative podcasts, and other media.

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

Leslie S. Klinger is the editor of the highly-acclaimed New Annotated Dracula, New Annotated Frankenstein, and the two-volume New Annotated H. P. Lovecraft. He also edited the anthologies In the Shadow of Dracula and In the Shadow of Edgar Allen Poe, featuring 19th- century supernatural fiction. Together with Lisa Morton, he’s also edited the anthologies Ghost Stories and Weird Women, both with extensive selections of Victorian horror.

Lindsay Morrison is a Denver-based filmmaker and a Los Angeles ex-pat with a passion for horror and deep love of all things beautifully bizarre. She has 10+ years experience working on the LA Film Scene, both on and off set. She edited two indie features and a slew of web content before taking the bold step toward focusing on her own projects. Now in the process of building her very own production company, WOLF LUV FILMS, with her partner in life and in crime, Michael La Breche, she's gearing up to write and direct her first feature film, entitled LATEX.

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 was introduced to the art of printmaking at Oregon College of Art and Craft where she received her BFA in 2008. Since graduation, she has worked full time as a xylographic printmaker in Portland, Oregon. In 2013 she took the business name Xylographilia, which translates as “Love of Woodcut,” to reflect her passion for the art form. She is inspired by early European prints, folklore, fiction, and the natural world. In addition to her self-directed work, Rainey-Smith enjoys collaborating with writers and publishers.

Livia Llewellyn is a writer of dark fantasy, horror, and erotica, whose short fiction has appeared in over forty anthologies and magazines and has been reprinted in multiple best-of anthologies, including Ellen Datlow’s The Best Horror of the Year series, Years Best Weird Fiction, and The Mammoth Book of Best Erotica. Her first collection, Engines of Desire: Tales of Love & Other Horrors (2011, Lethe Press), received two Shirley Jackson Award nominations, for Best Collection, and for Best Novelette (for "Omphalos").

Liz Tabish is an actress and filmmaker based in Austin, TX. Her style of filmmaking is guerilla, lo-fi arthouse inspired by 1960-70s European cinema. She received her BA in Film Theory and MA in Directing/Theater from Oklahoma State University. She co-produces at Maenad Films and is co-director of Austin Arthouse Film Festival. She's currently working on an anthology series of vintage horror short films focused on female archetypes entitled Tales From the Dancing Maenads.

Lora Friess (Aunt Gore) is a fashion driven artist who enjoys the silly and the macabre. She is co-creator of Trash People from the Dump Productions with her partner Theo “Monstar” Friess and the creator of Horror Movie Cocktails with Aunt Gore on their YouTube channel and you can also follow her on her other socials @auntgore

Ludvig Gür is an award-winning Swedish filmmaker whose most recent film, The Outsider, is an adaptation of the H.P. Lovecraft story of the same name and will be shown at the festival. Apart from short films, Ludvig has mainly directed documentaries, in both short and feature-format. He has spent the last two years directing a skateboarding documentary starring Tony Hawk, entitled Pretending I'm a Superman. It is set to be released later this year.

Luis is an actor and stunt performer from International Stunt School currently residing in Tacoma Washington. He developed an interest in acting and costumed performance after watching Nick Castle in Halloween when he was 7 years old. Luis plays the lifeless corpse in Rion Smith's "Too Dry."

Makan Talayeh is a writer and director living in Los Angeles. He completed two short films and is currently working on a feature film in the realm of a psychological thriller. He is influenced by dark humor and absurdism involving dysfunctional people. Most of his influence comes from 1970’s German and French New Wave cinema.

Malcolm Mills is a NYC-based filmmaker, actor, and songwriter. "You were really creepy!" is the most common compliment he received from years of theater. He plays a necromancer opposite Betty Gabriel (Get Out) in an upcoming feature, The Spine of Night, directed by the screenwriter of Netflix's Love, Death & Robots, Phil Gelatt.

Marco Falcucci is a film student at Penn State University, double majoring in Film Production and Computer Science, because he never really wanted a life during college anyway. He likes making films because it engages him creatively and it's easier than drawing.

Marcos Esteves is an incredibly talented actor, writer, musician and father. "In Lucidity" is Marcos's second collaboration with director Kays Al-Atrakchi after starring in the award-winning short film Appntmnt. Marcos' next role is in the film "How to Start a War" where he plays an Italian/American from the heart of Boston who accidentally stirs the wrong hornets nest, setting the lives of his family and friends on an irreversible path.

Maria Collette Sundeen is a writer, producer and director with more than 15 years of experience in television, documentary, short, and corporate productions. After starting a career with CNN’s San Francisco bureau, she was hired as one of the founding producers for C|NET-TV. Since then she’s worked on a spectrum of award-winning short films and documentaries.. She has written more than a dozen scripts for film and television, many of which have won awards or placed in national festival competitions.

After studying at Cégep de Saint-Hyacinthe's School of Theatre, Marilyn Bastien founded "Pourquoi Scène" in 2012, a theatre company where she produced the French Canadian version of the play “The Vagina Monologues” as well as "Les fées ont soif". In 2018, she founded "Pourquoi Productions Inc.”, focusing on cinema and television. That same year, she produced and starred in director Jean Sébastien Lozeau's debut feature film, "Live Story”. Presently, she co-directs and produces "Dehors Novembre”, a show touring Quebec until 2024.

Mark graduated from UCSC with his bachelor’s in Film and Television. He worked for Roger Corman’s New Horizon script department and later for the producer of Piranha 3D directed by Alexandre Aja. He has made dozens of award-winning films and documentaries, including ManumissionStarved, and Cassandra, which was nominated for a student Academy Award, and An Inaugural Ride to Freedom, which won an Emmy.

Marko Kattilakoski had been a musician/songwriter for over 20 years, when an old friend confronted him with the question: “Marko, shouldn’t we make films?” The question resulted in the 17th century lovecraftian horror/drama "Forlorn Hope" screened at the HPLFF in Portland 2009. Director/writer/producer Marko Kattilakoski began writing the script for "The Music of John Low" three years ago, involved actors and crew, many of them previously involved in the two award winning films, "Coffee Break" (2012) and "The Terrible Typewriter" (2015).

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.

Martin Berthiaume, Writer and Director of "The Shadow" is French Canadian, born on the south shore of Montreal, Martin migrated to the west coast in 2002 to pursue his film career. His filmmaking journey has taken him from editing to camera operating, working on indies to studio features. Going forward with writing and directing, he hopes that his Quebecois passion is reflected in his craft.

Matt S. Bell started his career as a stills photographer, winning a number of awards and quickly gaining a reputation for his unique, impactful and filmic work. After completing a residency program in Paris, Matt transitioned into moving pictures. He has photographed numerous feature films, commercials, and music videos. His feature projects include Sawyer Hartman's The Parallax Theory, Sony's Santa Jaws, and the documentary Bending Lines: The Sculpture of Robert Wiggs. 

Matt Ruff was born in New York City in 1965. He is the award-winning author of seven novels, including 88 NamesThe MirageBad MonkeysSet This House in OrderFool on the Hill, and Sewer, Gas & Electric. His novel Lovecraft Country has been adapted as an HBO series by Misha Green, Jordan Peele, and J.J. Abrams.

Photo credit: Lisa Gold

Matt Smith graduated from Brown University with a degree in theater and was immediately made aware of just how poor an economic decision that was. His films have screened at festivals around the world including Telluride, Sitges, L’Étrange, New Zealand, San Francisco, Slamdance, Nightmares and Filmquest. His latest film, “The Altruist”,  won best overall short at Nightmares, the Jury Award for best film at GenreBlast and the audience award for best midnight short at The Florida Film Festival. He lives and works in Portland, Oregon.

Matthew M. Bartlett is the author of several short story collections including Gateways to Abomination, its sequel Creeping Waves, and Where Night Cowers. His new short novel is entitled The Obsecration. He has recorded several spoken word records and has stories published in a variety of anthologies and journals. In late 2020 he joined the Great Resignation, immediately launching his current ongoing project, now in its third year: a subscription service for monthly illustrated chapbooks, entitled the WXXT Program Guide.

After having studied cinema in Paris, Matthias Couquet has dedicated himself to the craft of filmmaking, while teaching screenwriting in workshops. He released his first non-student short film in 2018 with "The Summoned," a macabre tale which draws both from his strong leaning towards the fantastic genre and his interest in modern history and historical fiction. He is working on several movie projects and writing scripts for others, while continuing his own directorial plans. Matthias aims to pursue what he started with "The Summoned" and to keep bringing "weird fiction" to the screen.

Maurice has a Bachelor's degree from the VJTI School of Engineering of the University of Mumbai and an MBA in Finance from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He has enjoyed successful careers in mechanical/fluid engineering, investment banking, and software entrepreneurship. In 2014, Maurice decided to pursue his fourth career (and first love) - storytelling and filmmaking. After taking a few online and evening classes, he wrote the screenplay for Chimera, and collaborated with former investors and business partners to raise the capital for the project.

Maxwell I. Gold is a Jewish American multiple award nominated author who writes prose poetry and short stories in weird and cosmic fiction. His work has appeared in numerous anthologies and magazines including Weirdbook Magazine, Space and Time Magazine, Startling Stories, Strange Horizons, Tales from OmniPark Anthology, Shadow Atlas: Dark Landscapes of the Americas and more. He’s the author of Oblivion in Flux: A Collection of Cyber Prose from Crystal Lake Publishing.

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.

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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 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.
Its current array and arrangement is to be the more sinister sibling to the collective known as Monsieur Soeur, and work on projects that require a more unsettling touch and tone. 

Michael Griffin has released a novel, Hieroglyphs of Blood and Bone (Journalstone, 2017), and a short fiction collection, The Lure of Devouring Light (Word Horde, 2016), and the novella "An Ideal Retreat" (Dim Shores, 2016). His short stories have appeared in magazines like Apex, Black Static, Lovecraft eZine and Strange Aeons, and the anthologies The Madness of Dr. Caligari, Autumn Cthulhu, the Shirley Jackson Award winner The Grimscribe's Puppets, The Children of Old Leech and Eternal Frankenstein.

Michael La Breche is a filmmaker, born and raised in Colorado, who grew up obsessed with all things horror, sci-fi, and fantasy.  He studied animation before heading to Los Angeles where he earned an MFA in film production at the USC School of Cinematic Arts.  After graduating, Michael dove into the film industry and over the past decade he has worked on numerous projects in a variety roles.  In 2019 Michael returned home to Denver with the love of his life, Lindsay Morrison, to start a new production company: WOLF LUV FILMS.  He is focused on creating original content such as t

Michael Shlain knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men. Born in Odessa, Ukraine, he is a writer-director and partner at Butcher Bird Studios, an award-winning creative media company in Los Angeles.  Trained as an actor, he began his career as a literary agent before heeding the persistent cries of his soul and returning to his roots as a filmmaker.  Recently, Shlain’s multi-format TV horror anthology IN A FOREIGN TOWN was an official selection at the 2019 MIPTV “In Development" forum at the Canneseries festival.

Part-time high-school teacher, part-time college professor, Patrick Murphy somehow finds time to be a part-time filmmaker with Blaine Taggart and Mike Terrell. Mixing horror and comedy, the micro-crew have produced shorts for two decades.

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

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.

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.

Monsieur Soeur has been making various films with varying subjects, usually in a very scant amount of time, since about 2005. They have a taste in dark folk fables and speculating on fictitious subjects based precariously on fact and science-y hearsay, but are willing to entertain other things on occasion.

Monstark is an award-winning artist and filmmaker living in Portland, Oregon as a human cat dad. His work, often celebrating the sympathetic monster, is enjoyed all over the world.

Nadia Bulkin’s short stories have appeared in editions of The Year’s Best Weird Fiction (Kelly & Shearman, ed., 2018, Kelly & Strantzas, ed., 2016), The Best Horror of the Year (Datlow, ed., 2017), and The Year’s Best Dark Fantasy & Horror (Guran, ed., 2017, 2016, 2015, 2009). Thirteen of her stories are included in her debut collection, She Said Destroy (Word Horde), which was nominated for a Shirley Jackson Award.

Nathan Carson is a musician, writer, and Moth StorySlam champion from Portland, OR. He is widely known as co-founder and drummer of the internationally touring doom metal band Witch Mountain, host of the XRAY FM radio show The Heavy Metal Sewïng Cïrcle, and owner of the boutique music booking agency Nanotear. His byline can be found in the Willamette Week and the Oregonian. A regular on the weird fiction convention circuit, he has published many short stories and novelettes in critically acclaimed horror anthologies.

Nathan Carter is a writer, cinematographer and eclectic. He was raised in the wilds of East Texas — primarily by books and movies — and moved to Los Angeles to study creative writing and animation at the University of Southern California. He never left. He currently serves as the creative director at Midnight Hour Studios, where he brings a cinematic approach to the stories of educational, non-profit and public-minded institutions. Nathan is the Writer & Cinematographer of "Whisper in the Static."

Nevin Millan, lead actor & producer for "The Ferryman", is a multi-ethnic chameleon with storytelling irons in acting, writing (plays, screenplays, poetry & prose), and filmmaking. He appears in screen and stage productions worldwide while developing an array of projects through his production company. Nevin currently lives eco-consciously in Los Angeles with his wife and two children.

Nic Brown is an author, filmmaker and podcaster. Co-host of the long running B-Movie Cast ( Nic has produced three feature films. Loss Prevention (which he also co-wrote), Wretch, and Fall of Usher. Nic also writes urban fantasy fiction (the “Werewolf for Hire” series) as well as tongue-in-cheek film history (“The B-Movie Cookbook” series, co-written with his wife, author Fiona Young-Brown).

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.

Nick Harrington is a producer and editor who was born and raised in Los Angeles. His early fascination with movies inspired him to collaborate with friends on backyard ‘epics’ - modest but formative ventures into visual storytelling. This passion compelled him to study film production at Occidental College. Currently he works as the lead editor at Midnight Hour Studios. Nick is the Line Producer for "Whisper in the Static".

Nick Spooner directs commercials, short films and other things, which occasionally win awards. Born in Boston and raised all around New England, he draws his own shooting boards, writes his own treatments and is proudly represented worldwide by The Sweet Shop. He was President of the Harvard Lampoon, wrote, produced and directed at Comedy Central, and once fronted a hardcore band in New York City. His new dark comedy short, “The Call of Charlie” can now be seen at a film festival near you.

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.

Nick Zweig is an animator who recently graduated from RIT, where he made his thesis film screening at HPLFF, Eon. Nick loves telling oddball stories and creating strange characters, and bringing them to life through animation. Though primarily a 2D animator, he has skills in 3D and stop motion animation, primarily character animation.

Nisi Shawl is the winner of the 2019 Kate Wilhelm Solstice Award and two 2020 Locus Awards--one for co-creating and co-teaching the inclusivity-focused Writing the Other workshops, and one for editing the groundbreaking anthology New Suns.  They wrote the 2016 Nebula finalist Everfair (Tor) and the 2008 Tiptree/Otherwise-winning collection Filter House (Aqueduct).  Their stories are also collected in PM Press’s 2019 Talk like a Man and Dark Moon’s 2018 Primer to Nisi Shawl.   Currently they’re drafting a sequel to Everfair with the working title

Noah lives is a recent graduate of Portland Community College’s multimedia program where he developed skills in video editing, design, and motion graphics. He’s currently working on his editing and motion graphics reels as well as writing his second feature-length screenplay (a Lovecraft inspired horror/comedy set in Astoria). When not thinking about what story to make in which medium, he indulges in chasing/repousse metalwork, armored combat, Scythian archaeology, and archery.

Born in the frigid foothills of northern Alberta, Noah Van Buhren spent most of his childhood drawing monsters, and searching the neighboring fields for either UFOS or Dinosaur bones. He started the Design program at the University of Alberta, but craving more adventure, he left after the first year to back pack around the world in search strange sights and places to photograph and draw. Upon returning to Canada, Noah began doing freelance work as a concept artist and storyboard artist for independent film projects which would lead him to the Emily Carr Animation Program. 

Noah is an escapee from Hollywood, where he worked on films you've all seen but which he isn't supposed to talk about. Noah also made a number of films he'd be happy to talk about but which you've never seen -- including a feature-length Georgia noir that no one involved is permitted to show you. He is no longer an active Private Investigator and fervently denies creating an underground filmmaking cult that worships Pixelvision. Noah works in a cigar shop in San Francisco.

Orrin Grey is a skeleton who likes monsters, not to mention a writer, editor, and amateur film scholar who was born on the night before Halloween. His stories have appeared in dozens of anthologies, including Ellen Datlow's Best Horror of the Year, and he's the author of Never Bet the Devil & Other Warnings and Painted Monsters & Other Strange Beasts, as well as Monsters from the Vault, a collection of columns on vintage horror films.

Patience Glenn is Vice President of Compendia Pictures, and in 2018 she produced her first short film, Ens Rationis, which has been selected to play at festivals all over North America. In addition to filmmaking, Patience works full time as a nurse auditor. 

Patrick Murphy is a high-school psychology teacher and adjunct communication professor at Weber State University. He has a Master's of Arts in English and a Master's of Professional Communication. Murphy incorporates comic books, science fiction (including Lovecraft) and all things nerdy into his curriculum. He has participated in numerous pop-culture conventions and academic conferences discussing his approach to education.

Paul Christian Glenn is a filmmaker based in Omaha, Nebraska. In 2018 he formed Compendia Pictures, a boutique production company for which he wrote and directed Ens Rationis, a short film inspired by the works of Rod Serling and John Carpenter. In addition to filmmaking, Paul is a semi-professional photographer, and works full-time as a graphic designer and web developer.

Pauline Chow explores alternative histories and disgruntled people in her writing. She is a mom, writer, data scientist, and former legal aid attorney. She lives in the woods in New York with her partner, daughter, and rescue pup. Snow days are her favorite. Find her stories on including one forthcoming in Cosmic Horror Monthly

Peepshow Menagerie is a collection of rare and varied "animals" held for exhibition - only our particular "animals" show a little more...
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.

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.

Philip Fracassi, an author and screenwriter, lives in Los Angeles.

Pierre LeBlanc is new to filmmaking, but when it comes to Lovecraftian horror, he is the resident expert on the subject. In 2022, he co-founded "Mountains of Madness Productions" with his good friend and director, Vanessa-Tatjana Beerli, to produce their first short film: "Tubers".

Quinn Bailey is the writer, director, editor, and composer behind “Play It All Night Long”. Born and raised in Chicago, Illinois, Quinn studied film production at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, where he lives and works as a script analyst and freelance musician. As a lifelong cosmic horror fan, he’s honored to be a part of this year’s HPLFF.

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.

Ray Garton has been writing novels, novellas, short stories, and essays for more than 30 years.  His work spans the genres of horror (Live Girls, The New Neighbor), crime (Loveless, Murder was My Alibi), suspense (Trade Secrets, Meds), and even comedy (Sex and Violence in Hollywood).  His short stories have appeared in magazines and anthologies, and have been collected in books like Methods of Madness, Pieces of Hate, and Slivers of Bone.  He was nominated for the Bram Stoker Award for Live Girls and received the Grand Master of Horror A

As composer for the H. P. Lovecraft Historical Society’s Dark Adventure Radio Theatre Reber, Clark has composed music for Dagon: War of Worlds, The Case of Charles Dexter Ward and Herbert West: Reanimator. His movie, Lovecraft Paragraphs, premiered at the 2009 H. P. Lovecraft Film Festival. His music is featured on The H. P. Lovecraft Literary Podcast. His music for wind ensemble is published worldwide by C. Alan Publications, Columbia Pictures Publications and Warner Brothers Music Publications.

By day, Remy Nakamura works in the funeral industry. At night, he writes weird fiction. His stories can be found in Escape Pod, Pseudopod, and a number of Lovecraftian-themed anthologies. He graduated from Clarion West, served on the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers Association's Board, and is working on a Masters in Genre Writing. Remy resides in Portland, where he spends as much time as possible getting cold, wet, and muddy.

Rhiannon Louve is a freelance writer. Professionally, she writes short stories, video game dialogue, table-top role-playing books, and privately commissioned fiction. She hopes to soon add novels to the list. With her MA in Applied Theology, Rhiannon has taught World Religions at the college level, and published Pagan thea/ology essays. Rhiannon's published short fiction is mostly steampunk so far, while her current video game gig is with State of Decay 2, about surviving post zombie apocalypse.

Rick Claypool is the author of the post-apocalyptic workplace horror novella The Mold Farmer (Six Gallery Press, 2020), the weird dystopian superhero novel Leech Girl Lives (Spaceboy Books, 2017), and the not-for-children horror children's book Tentacle Head (2022). His short fiction appears in several online publications and anthologies. If he’s not writing, he’s probably in the woods, looking under logs and rocks for fungi and slime molds. He lives in Rhode Island. Find him online at

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.

Riker is amazed to finally be able to reveal the macabre work that has been so very long-awaited. And they cannot wait to see the works that others have to share as well. The past year or so has been a long period of darkness; thankfully getting to talk, meet, and share, with artists and friends again, is a bright and warming light. Maybe through exploring the fear and dread that is created in art, we can find our way through the dread and dark that we have been thrust into.

Rion Smith is a bipedal mammal with an unhealthy obsession with Lovecraftian tales and is chained to the insanity of his job in order to pay for his film habit.  He is currently trying to relearn what “sleep” means after the recent birth of his a baby girl, and this will be her first of many HP Lovecraft Film Festival attendances.  

Rion Smith is a bi-pedal mammal with an odd obsession with watery monsters and telling their sad and tragic stories.  He lives in Tacoma.

Roland Becerra grew up in Miami’s “Little Havana”, where he witnessed the process of recreating Cuban culture in a new homeland through stories, art, and music. This deeply impacted his path toward becoming an artist. He earned an MFA from Yale University and has exhibited his work throughout the east coast. His first animated short “Dear Beautiful” premiered at Sundance in 2009. Roland spent the last decade making “Agatha” into a feature-length animated film and currently into a graphic novel. He is also a Professor of Art and Animation at Boise State University.

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.

Roni Stinger lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and two cats. Her short stories and poetry have appeared in dozens of magazines and anthologies, including Dark Matter MagazineUnnerving Magazine and MetaStellar. Her debut novella Fuzzy (Rewind or Die 34) is out now from Unnerving Books. You can find her online at and on Instagram and Twitter @roni_stinger


Rose O'Keefe is the owner/ publisher of Eraserhead Press, the leading publishing house of Bizarro Fiction since 1999. Eraserhead Press is comprised of one main line of books and four imprints: Deadite Press, Fungasm Press, Lazy Fascist Press and The New Bizarro Author Series. Under O’Keefe’s direction, Eraserhead Press has released over three hundred titles and developed an international cult following for its cutting-edge weird fiction which has been praised by The Guardian, Chuck Palahniuk, Jack Ketchum, Boing Boing, and, among others.

ROSS E. LOCKHART is an author, anthologist, 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. He edited the anthologies The Book of Cthulhu I and II, Tales of Jack the Ripper, The Children of Old Leech (with Justin Steele), Giallo Fantastique, Cthulhu Fhtagn!, Eternal Frankenstein, and the forthcoming Tales from a Talking Board (October 2017).

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.

Sal is an author and editor based in South Florida. When not working or spending time with his friends, family and dogs, Sal spends time appreciating and delighting in the strange parade of the completely absurd, the confoundingly weird, and the heart breakingly ephemeral experiences that comprise all of existence.

Sarah Walker is an artist, anthropologist, and writer of horror living in the Pacific Northwest. Her work appears in publications such as Audient Void, Lovecraft Ezine Press, Vastarien, and many more. She co-edited the Folk Horror anthology, A Walk in A Darker Wood with Gordon White, Phil Breach, and Duane Pesice, and A Walk in a City of Shadows: Tales of Urban Legendry, with Nora B. Peevy, Jill Hand, Gordon White, and Phil Breach.


Scott Connors is an independent scholar living in northern California who specializes in the life and work of Clark Ashton Smith, H. P. Lovecraft, Robert E. Howard, and other writers of weird fiction. Recently his five volume edition of Smith's Collected Fantasies was reprinted in trade paperback by Night Shade Books. His latest book, In the Realm of Mystery and Wonder, a collection of Smith's artwork and prose poems, was published this year by Centipede Press.

Scott Nicolay writes Weird Fiction. One of his stories won an award. He also hosts the Weird Fiction podcast The Outer Dark. The Outer Dark won an award too. You can listen to The Outer Dark on This Is Horror. You can read his second collection, And at My Back I Always Hear, in 2017.

Native to Portland Oregon, R. Scott Uhls is the author of "The Voice from the Sea" found in "Lovecraftian Micro Fiction Vol. 3" by Arkham Bazaar made for the H. P. Lovecraft Film Festival. He is also the author of the Maximum Apocalypse RPG and founder of Heeroic Studios Gaming. When he's not spending his time making games, he enjoys playing Call of Cthulhu, reading comic books, and watching Lovecraftian films. He has a Master's of Arts in International Conflict Management and a Bachelor's of Arts in East Asian Studies.

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. "God's Cellar" is Sean's fourth film entry to the H. P. Lovecraft Film Festival®.

Sean Hoade is a fiction coach and the author of 17 books. He has written thrillers, literary novels, horror, and Penny Dreadful novelettes. He taught creative writing at the university level for almost a decade before he even realized what was going on. He lives in Las Vegas. Sean is always eager to hear from readers and other writers, or just people who want to talk about cool stuff.

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. . .

Born in Portland Oregon, Shelby has spent most of her life in the North West. Her first professional job was right out of film school with a local film maker, illustrating a card game. From there, she's been illustrating for various magazines and websites. Including Strange Aeons Magazine and Monster Kid Radio. After several conventions over a few years, Shelby picked up her things and moved to Orlando to work as a show artist for Disney. While she may be paid to draw various Disney characters, she still draws Lovecraftian things on the side.

Simone Cooper grew up on a diet of Creature Features and Speed Racer cartoons. She's an avid gamer, and was a major writer on the 2005 Ennie Award winning A Game of Thrones RPG. She has organized more than 30 game conventions under the umbrella "AmberCon." She also loves cooking.

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.

Stephen Costantino is a Producer, Musician and Creature Suit Actor, widely known as the Gamorrean Guard on Jabba the Hutt's barge in Return of the Jedi. In the early 1980s, he formed the band, "Atmosphere" with funk bassist and friend, Corey Dee Williams, son of and stand-in for Lando Calrissian actor, Billy Dee Williams. As a session guitarist, Stephen has played for New Edition, Bel Biv Devoe and The Black Eyed Peas.

Tedd Walley is the creator of the graphic novel series Mathilda: The Forces of Evil vs. The 3rd Grade, and has written Horror movies and short stories. He is a Movie artist for Netflix’s Point Blank and CBS’ NCI: New Orleans, an Artist for The Misfits, Blowfly, Genitorturers, and Endless Night Vampire’s Ball. He is a two time NISOD award winner for college art education.

The Darkest of the Hillside Thickets is a rock band from British Columbia who's main body of music consists largely of often tongue-in-cheek homages to the works of H. P. Lovecraft. Even the band's name is drawn from a phrase in Lovecraft's story The Tomb.

They sporadically perform live, and have performed concerts with many other bands including GWARThey Might Be Giants, and Portland's own Giant Bug Village.

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.

Theo “Monstar” Friess is a creative weirdo who enjoys bringing smiles to people faces through bizarre puppets and music. They are also the creator of The Subterrestrial Society comic, and the co-creator of Trash People from the Dump Productions with their partner Lora Friess (Aunt Gore). You can find them on YouTube at and on their other socials @theomonstar

Fascinated by storytelling since he was a child, Thomas Chrétien studied 2D and 3D animation in Montréal. Over the years he worked as a director, VFX artist, editor, CG generalist. He was one of the three co-directors who made Le Gouffre, an independent, award-winning animated short film that was released in 2014. Red Moon is his first live action short film.  

Passionate about cinema since childhood, Thomas Mercillon studied cinema in a Parisian film school in order to materialize this passion. During his studies in Paris, he met his friend Matthias Couquet, with whom he co-authored and co-directed his first short film, and wrote his first full length screenplay. Since then, Thomas Mercillon has written several short films, including "The Summoned," and is developping concepts and scripts for television series and more feature films.

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 with "Irreparable".

Tim Troemner is a writer, filmmaker, writing instructor, and film festival programmer who enjoys making absurd/cute horror films. He’s here this year with short Lovecraft adaptation “The Pickman Model,” which updates the classic story to the modern day—a really weird version of the modern day...

His mother is proud of him but wishes he’d make something without so much blood one day.

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.

Tony LaMalfa is a big kid from a small town with a passion for storytelling. He is a former educator, produced playwright, and proud member of the Horror Writers Association. His literary debut, Forbidden Knowledge: Two Tales of Lovecraftian Terror, was recently released by Hippocampus Press. LaMalfa’s short fiction can be found in various publications by Weird House Press and the HWA, as well as The Weird Cat—a forthcoming anthology by WordCrafts Press.

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.

Author, filmmaker, poet, biker, Travis Heermann has been a writer for over twenty years. In 2022, his film production company Bear Paw Films premiered its horror-comedy short "Demon for Hire," which he wrote, produced, and directed, and will have its World Premiere at this year's H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival. His screenplays have won numerous laurels at film festivals and competitions over the last few years.

When Trevor isn’t finding the magic in the film footage from other film projects, he’s filming his own. His award winning short horror films "The Freeze" and "Exhibit Man" (he’s made five) have screened at festivals across North America and Europe. Whatever the project, Trevor relishes his role in shaping the final product. Among his many career highlights Trevor has worked with editor Dede Allen (Breakfast Club, Dog Day Afternoon, Bonnie and Clyde) 


Currently Trevor is showcasing his latest comedy/horror short film called Exhibit Man.

Troy Fortenberry has been a lifelong film geek starting with playing with his parents VHS camcorder and making home movies as a child. He was involved in theatre in college before moving into cinema. When not directing he writes plays and films.

Troy Sterling Nies is a composer, paramedic, physician assistant, and gamer. His diverse experiences and vocations have provided him with a rich and often dark resource from which to find inspiration for composing to film. Originally born in Bismarck, North Dakota, he now resides in the Badlands-area of western N.D. Troy maintains a studio in his home and composes for a wide variety of media, including feature films, video games, concert hall, stage, acid-rock bands and everything in between for projects across the globe.

Tyler Darkow is a born and raised Pacific Northwest Creative. Who found his voice in storytelling at a young age through photography, winning his first award in 5th grade. As time went on Tyler moved from behind the camera (DP) to on camera with his storytelling. Still picking up the occasional audio pull gig, grip work, and even production assistant job to keep busy and help other creatives out. Tyler is known for his on screen appearances in "Too Dry," "The Pumpkin King," and "Catch but Don't Release."

Valentina Battorti was born in Belluno, Italy, in 1983. Her dad watched made her watch all types of movies from Gremlins to Pretty Woman. When her love for films was complete, and she discovered her favorite genre, she longed to be part of it!! Valentina loves to draw, read, sing, write, listen to music, watch Tv series, theatre, films of all kinds and has always wanted to find a way to reunite all of these media to tell stories, so.. films!!

Vanessa-Tatjana Beerli directed a few short films, including Tv Dinner, nominated for the Canadian Screen Awards in 2005, before founding Ciné Tapis Rouge. The Organization's mission is to promote independent Quebec cinema all around the world. Vanessa works as this date with more than thirty countries and a hundred film festivals. She is also a programmer, producer, editor and a regular member of juries.

Victoria Dalpe is an artist and writer based out of Providence, RI where she lives with her husband, filmmaker and writer Philip Gelatt, and their son. Her dark short fiction has appeared in over twenty-five anthologies and her first novel, Parasite Life came out in 2018 through ChiZIne Publications and will be re-released in 2022 through Nightscape Press. Her short story collection, Les Femmes Grotesques, will be out with Clash Books in 2022. She is a member of the HWA and the New England Horror Writers.

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.

Ward Crockett is a Digital Cinema MFA candidate at DePaul University.

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 a Shirley Jackson award-nominated writer and Hugo award-winning editor of short fiction. Her work includes the forthcoming novel The Creek Girl (2025, Tor Nightfire), the gothic novella The Secret Skin, the horror novel The Deer Kings, and more than seventy short stories, poems, and essays. She serves as the editor-in-chief of Nightmare Magazine and lives in Oregon.

Whitney Ellis, was raised in the suburbs of Dallas, Texas. At a very young age she discovered her affinity for the visual arts when she picked up her father’s Pentax SLR camera and took a picture. In 2011, she graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder with a BA in Film Studies and a BFA in Film & Video Production. She currently resides in Brooklyn, New York where she works as a full-time TV producer and runs her own production company. She plans to make her first feature film in 2018.  

Will's lifelong love of all things horror began the moment he read his first copy of Famous Monsters at the young age of seven. His professional career began as a composer before becoming involved in film production. Film scores include Dorian Blues, Nate Dogg and The Thing On The Doorstep. He has also composed music for numerous corporate clients and theatre companies. Will is a partner in Handsome Spyder, Inc., a film production company which has completed projects for Warner Bros., NY Life, United Way, etc.

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.

Zeshaan Younus is a writer/director/producer based in Orange County, CA. As a life-long cinephile, he has a true passion for all things horror, science fiction, and paranormal. His first short film, Grey Canyon, follows a couple as they experience an otherworldly presence in the wilderness. He would say that the best movie of all-time is Ridley Scott’s 1979 masterpiece, ALIEN (not the Director’s Cut and not up for discussion). Outside of filmmaking, Zeshaan has a career in government relations and serves in a leadership role for a few local non-profit organizations.

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.

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" (soon to be released in a remastered edition!). He also created the annual Howie Award given to those who excel in promoting Lovecraft's work in the arts at the H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival.

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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