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 Collection, The Weird Tale Collection, and The Edgar Allan Poe Collection on DVD. See his past Founder articles at the Daily Lurker https://medium.com/daily-lurker
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.
Adam Bolivar is a dark poet, weird fiction writer and marionettist whose work has appeared on the pages of Black Wings, Spectral Realms, the Lovecraft eZine, and in anthologies published by Hippocampus Press, Chaosium and Eraserhead Press. His first book, The Fall of the House of Drake, was published by Dunhams Manor in 2015. His second book, The Lay of Old Hex, a collection of spectral balladry, is forthcoming from Hippocampus Press. Bolivar’s poetry has received acclaim from leading Lovecraftian scholar and critic S. T. Joshi, who has stated that it ”creates a sense of cumulative terror and strangeness easily rivaling the best work of contemporary weird fiction writers.”
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. Scott is a contributing author on the award-winning Delta Green series of Call of Cthulhu rpg supplements and has had Lovecraftian fiction published in several short story collections including the recent "Book of Cthulhu II," "Shotguns v. Cthulhu," and the upcoming “Swords v. Cthulhu.” You can hear his recorded games sessions on Role-Playing Public Radio, and listen to him bloviate on the Unspeakable Podcast and Podcast at Ground Zero.
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. He co-wrote, produced, and appears in the "Dark Adventure Radio Theatre" series of Lovecraft adaptations. Leman earned his MFA in acting from the University of Illinois, and has been seen on professional stages in Chicago and Los Angeles. He greatly enjoys reading for The H. P. Lovecraft Literary Podcast and being an occasional guest host. When not pursuing any of these many other occupations, Leman is a graphic and type designer, and his typographical work has been seen in books and on movie screens, Trader Joe’s products, and billboards nationwide.
Andrew S. Fuller writes and edits horror, fantasy, and science fiction. His work appears in magazines On Spec, Crossed Genres, The Pedestal, anthologies FISH, Swords v Cthulhu, and several short films, including an HPLFF award-winner "Effulgence." Since 1999, he's edited the fiction magazine Three-Lobed Burning Eye. Once from the Midwest, he dabbled in heavy metal and theater, and now lives in Portland, Oregon between a volcano and two rivers, where he commits archery, design, and cocktail quaffery. Visit him online at andrewsfuller.com and Twitter @andrewsfuller.
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. Her fiction appears in such anthologies and magazines as the upcoming Eternal Frankenstein, Cthulhu Fhtagn!, Giallo Fantastique, Cassilda's Song, Xnoybis #2, Borderlands 6, Resonator: New Lovecraftian Tales From Beyond, and Womanthology: Heroic. She is also associate producer of The Outer Dark podcast, which interviews weird fiction creators and was awarded Best Podcast for 2015 by This Is Horror. She grew up with Weird as the daughter of William C. Martin, First Fandom member and one of the world's most prominent H.P. Lovecraft collectors.
Ashley Dioses is a poet of dark fantasy and horror from southern California. She is currently working on her first book of dark traditional poetry to be out from Hippocampus Press, hopefully this year. Her poetry has appeared in Weird Fiction Review, Spectral Realms, Weirdbook Magazine, Omnium Gatherum Media, Eye to the Telescope, Xnoybis, Necronomicum, Gothic Blue Book, and elsewhere. Her poem, “Carathis”, published inSpectral Realms No. 1, is mentioned in Ellen Datlow's full recommended Best Horror of the Year Volume Seven list. She blogs at fiendlover.blogspot.com.
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.
Conan is currently a Producer on a forthcoming podcast series for Endeavor Content, while developing several other film and TV projects for the production company Cashmere Originals. The company serves as the original content arm of the award-winning marketing firm Cashmere Agency, heralded as Ad-Age's Multicultural Agency Of The Year in 2019.
One last thing... Conan’s second home in L.A. is the New Beverly Cinema, where he can be found taking in a midweek matinee or abusing caffeine to make it through an all-night marathon.
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 vulravin.blogspot.com. He also had his debut live poetry reading at the H. P. Lovecraft Film Festival, San Pedro. He lives in the mist-shrouded Skagit Valley of the Pacific Northwest.
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.
Professionally he is an award winning writer/director and a prolific cinematographer who has tallied dozens of international awards, including the Golden Eagle from Cannes in 2012. He has over 150 hours of episodic television, multiple feature films, and dozens of national commercials to his credit.
As for his personal life, who cares, there’s no time for a personal life. Only time to make more Lovecraft projects!
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.
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. He is the founder of the now-concluded Seattle programs Minor Arcana Press and SHRIEK: Women of Horror Film. Evanjpeterson.com can tell you more.
Gwendolyn Kiste is the Bram Stoker Award-winning author of The Rust Maidens, Boneset & Feathers, And Her Smile Will Untether the Universe, Pretty 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. Originally from Ohio, she now resides on an abandoned horse farm outside of Pittsburgh with her husband, two cats, and not nearly enough ghosts. Find her online at gwendolynkiste.com
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
Ian the author of the novels Mordred's Curse and Merlin's Gift. His fiction has appeared in Asimov's, The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Weird Tales, Cemetery Dance and the anthologies Love in Vein, October Dreams 2 and the Science Fiction Book Club's Best Short Novels 2005. He currently lives in Greensboro, NC. In February of 2020, he won first prize in investigative journalism at the North Carolina Press Association Awards for his coverage of the case of Marcus Deon Smith, an African-American man fatally hogtied by the Greensboro police during the 2018 NC Folk Festival. That same month, his Alphabestiary: 26 Poems and Drawings for Easily Alarmed Children and the Adults Who Like to Alarm Them, was published by AM INK.
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. Jathan also founded Disney’s The Black Writers Club, a professional development initiative geared towards developing aspiring Black storytellers and connecting them with writing opportunities across Disney’s TV and Film studios. Most recently, he was tapped as a Development Executive for Season 3 of ABC's popular series The Rookie.
One last thing... Jathan believes there's a slim chance that The Matrix is based on a true story.
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. Then it was going to screen in Providence, RI, but then there was a hurricane. She's hopeful the Lovecraftian stars will finally align for this screening in Portland, Oregon.
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.
John Shirley is an author, screenwriter, television writer, comics writer, singer, and songwriter. He is the author of more than forty novels and eight story collections. He won the Bram Stoker Award for the horror collection Black Butterflies: A Flock on the Dark Side. His novels include DEMONS, CELLARS, IN DARKNESS WAITING, CRAWLERS, BLEAK HISTORY, A SONG CALLED YOUTH, and CITY COME A-WALKIN'. He wrote the first four drafts of the screenplay for the movie THE CROW, and is co-writer with David Schow. He has written TV scripts for Poltergeist: The Legacy, Deep Space Nine, Sinbad, VR5 and other shows. He has written animation for Iron Man Armored Adventures and was nominated an Emmy for a recent episode of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. He is a former Guest of Honor at the World Horror Convention. His most recent story collections are Living Shadows, In Extremis, and Lovecraft Alive (his Lovecraftian stories collected by Hippocampus Press). He also wrote the first novel based on the TV show GRIMM entitled GRIMM: THE ICY TOUCH, and the game tie-in novels Bioshock: Rapture and Halo: Broken Circle. Black October Records has brought out an album of John Shirley's own recordings, BROKEN MIRROR GLASS. He performs with his band, THE SCREAMING GEEZERS.
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 youtube.com/trashpeople and you can also follow her on her other socials @auntgore
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.
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. For the past ten years, Mike has collaborated and contributed to the HP Lovecraft Historical Society's mission of creating solid Lovecraftian content, appearing in The Call of Cthulhu and The Whisperer in Darkness, and producing conceptual Mythos music as Ogham Waite in "Live at the Gilman House Lounge", and most recently as Executive Producer of "Dreams in the Witch House: A Lovecraftian Rock Opera."
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. Her other Lovecraftian short fiction has appeared in Nightmare Magazine was well as on the Lovecraft eZine, and in such anthologies as the forthcoming Cthulhu Fthagn!, The Book(s) of Cthulhu, Future Lovecraft, and The Book of the Dead. Her forthcoming Lovecraftian stories include "The Thing on the Cheerleading Squad" (She Walks in Shadows) and "But Only Because I Love You" (Dreams From the Witch House). She is also the co-editor of the forthcoming Swords v. Cthulhu, with Jesse Bullington. Molly lives in Boulder, Colorado with her husband and a very bad cat. She tweets @molly_the_tanz, and blogs — infrequently — at http://mollytanzer.com.
Nic Brown is an author, filmmaker and podcaster. Co-host of the long running B-Movie Cast (www.bmoviecast.com). 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). Find out more at www.AuthorNicBrown.com & follow him on social media @BMovieMan
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.
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 trauma nurse in the emergency department at Denver Health, and has been making movies since elementary school but recently stumbled upon the works of HP Lovecraft and was hooked. Pickman’s Model was his second adaption of a Lovecraft story and he has plans for a third within the next year. When not working, Rion always has a video in some form of development on the drawing board. This is his first film festival since high school and he is excited to attend and be a part.
Sarah Walker is an artist, anthropologist, and writer of horror who lives in the Pacific Northwest. Her work, both artistic and written, has been published by multiple publishers and publications like Audient Void, Lovecraft Ezine Press, Vastarien, Planet X Publications, Lovecraft Lunatic Asylum, Oxygenman Books, Antimony and Old Lace, Ladies and Gentlemen of Fantasy, Eighth Tower Publishing, Alien Sun Press, and more. Her first novella is set to be published this spring by Nictitating Press and she has stories coming out soon in 2022 including a short novella written as a tribute to the late great Lucio Fulci. Her illustrated Folk Horror anthology, A Walk in A Darker Wood, which is a collaboration of Folk Horror with the editing expertise of Gordon White, Phil Breach and Duane Pesice came out last winter and is available on Amazon. She is hard at work on the next anthology, a selection of Urban Legend themed Horror set to be published January 2022.
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 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.
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 youtube.com/trashpeople and on their other socials @theomonstar
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. Troy composed music for HPLHS' cult-classic films The Whisperer in Darkness and The Call of Cthulhu. He is also responsible for the spine-tingling music and sound effects in HPLHS' Dark Adventure Radio Theatre series including At the Mountains of Madness, The Dunwich Horror, The Shadow Over Innsmouth, The Shadow Out of Time, The Call of Cthulhu, The Colour out of Space, Dreams in the Witch House and upcoming Imprisoned with the Pharaohs. www.troysterling.com
Wendy N. Wagner is a writer and part of the Hugo award-winning team behind Lightspeed and Nightmare magazines. Her short fiction has appeared in magazines and anthologies including Autumn Cthulhu, She Walks in Shadows, Farrago’s Wainscot, Cthulhu Fhtagn!, and The Lovecraft eZine. Her second novel, Starspawn, is a Lovecraft-inspired Pathfinder Tales adventure due out August 2016. An avid gamer and gardener, she lives in Portland, Oregon, with her very understanding family. Follow her on Twitter @wnwagner.