Return of The Lurkers: HPLFF Year One
See the films shown at the very first H. P. Lovecraft Film Festival, followed by a Q&A, including rarely-heard stories of the early years of the festival.
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.
He penned the screenplay for the feature film STUCK, directed by Stuart Gordon and starring Mena Suvari and Stephen Rea. The film won San Francisco Indiefest’s Staff Prize and the Silver Raven at Brussels International Festival of Fantasy Film.
A mini series he co-wrote has recently been optioned and he's hard at work on a couple of plays about very nasty people.
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.
Vanek’s movies can be purchased on the H.P. Lovecraft Collection vol. 3, and the Weird Tales Collection featuring The Yellow Sign, based on the R.W. Chambers story of the same name, or viewed on YouTube ("Call of Tutu", etc.). Two of his Call of Cthulhu role-playing game scenarios comprise the Chaosium monograph Farewell, My Sanity and another, “They Sleep by Twilight,” was published in issue #5 of Worlds of Cthulhu magazine. A supplement for the CoC RPG entitled "Altering the Mind: Psychedelic Drugs in the Cthulhu Mythos" is expected early 2016 from Sixtystone Press.
He lives in Los Angeles with his wife Kirsten and a cat named Missekat.
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