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Three days of indie films, author readings, panels, art, music, and vendors, all in honor of the master of the Weird tale. May 3-5.

Hosted on all 3 screens of Portland's beautiful prohibition-era 1926 Hollywood Theatre. Photos by (l to r): Sara Viernum, Brian Callahan, Todd Gardiner
Hosted on all 3 screens of Portland's beautiful prohibition-era 1926 Hollywood Theatre. Photos by (l to r): Sara Viernum, Brian Callahan, Todd Gardiner

THANK YOU!

To all our Backers who helped make this year's festival AWESOME!

To everyone who schooled us on Kickstarter, gave us feedback before we launched, and contributed to making our rewards unique and AWESOME!

To everyone who helped spread the word about the festival and Kickstarter, and helped make this AWESOME!

A lot of people were integral in helping in all these ways, and if you are a Lovecraft fan or a Weird fiction enthusiast, you owe it to yourself to scroll through this page and click on the various links and check out all the unique authors, artists, musicians, filmmakers, designers, and Weirdos who make this community great!

Missed the Kickstarter? Regular festival tickets are on sale through the Hollywood Theatre box office. (These are plain tickets and do not come with any of the Kickstarter rewards.)

The H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival & CthulhuCon was founded in 1995, and is the longest continuously running Lovecraftian event in the world. Over 18 years, the festival has grown from being a film festival to a full fledged 3-day convention that brings together filmmakers, authors, artists, and other creators, for a meeting of minds that you won't find at any other event. The 18th Annual festival will take place May 3-5, 2013 at Portland's historic Hollywood Theatre.

To maintain the awesome scope of this event, we need your help. Normally the upfront costs of the festival come out of our pockets and are supplemented by corporate sponsorships. The cost of putting on the festival has gone way up, and the poor economy has caused companies to spend less money with niche events like ours. This situation could threaten the future of the festival and in the short term necessitate a much smaller event, but Kickstarter provides a way for you to come together with other members of the Lovecraft community to actively invest in the longevity of the festival while reaping unique benefits that we have created just for you.

Want to attend? Pledge at any ATTEND, VIP, or ALL ACCESS reward levels to the right. All of those come with festival entry (and exclusives you can't get if you buy tickets later).

Can't attend, but want to contribute? Get all main swag shipped to you at the $100 SHADOWS OUT OF TIME level. Reward levels between $10 and $75 also include various items shipped to you. 

Every little bit helps. The $5 level (and above) gets you a download containing art and exclusive audio tracks by The Unquiet Void and MorganScorpion

Pledge upgrades from our stretch goals

  • Pledge $90 or more and get a lapel pin that will get you priority seating at the Sunday night SECRET SCREENING. Click here for more info.
  • Pledge $100 or more at a level that includes a 3-Day pass, and get free entry to the Cthulhu Prayer Breakfast on Saturday morning. Click here for more info.
  • Pledge $125 or more and receive our special commemorative HPL memoire book "Lurkers in the Lobby" that is only available to backers. For more info, click here.

CONFIRMED! Sandy Petersen, the creator of The Call of Cthulhu® RPG, is our guest of honor! 

CONFIRMED! Clive Barker's Nightbreed: The Cabal Cut will make it's Pacific Northwest premiere (and only scheduled showing in this part of the country) at our festival, introduced and with Q&A by restoration director Russell Cherrington. click here for more info 

CONFIRMED! Robert M. Price, Editor and Lovecraft scholar will be a guest at the festival and officiating alongside Cody Goodfellow, author, at the Cthulhu Prayer Breakfast. click here for more info

CONFIRMED! Joe S. Pulver, author of Sin & Ashes, and Mike Davis, creator of the Lovecraft Ezine are coming to the fest, thanks to our Kickstarter backers!

CONFIRMED GUESTS! Even more guests will be here to entertain, amuse, and horrify you. So far, you could meet Nick Mamatas, Orrin Grey, Ross Lockhart, Wilum Pugmire, Mike Dubisch, Jeff Burk, Edward Morris, Keith Baker, Lee Moyer, Nick Gucker, Molly Tanzer, Richard Lupoff, Sean Branney, Thomas Phinney, and many more!

Rewards

VIP PARTY will take place on Friday, May 3, from 3-5 pm and is the perfect opportunity to pick up your ticket and swag bag, and have one on one conversations with the guests and creators who make this festival so unique! LEVEL SOLD OUT! But you can still attend the party by pledging at the EXPERIENCE - SHADOWS ON THE SCREEN or any ALL ACCESS level to the right. 

3-DAY PASSES A full 3-day pass to the festival comes at the $90, the $125 VIP level, and most higher levels (look for "3-Day Pass" in the reward level description). This gives you access to all main programming in our three auditoriums for the duration of the festival. Passes will also go on sale after the Kickstarter, however, the only way to get the special lapel pin, glow-in-the-dark Squidgate Sigil T-shirt, etc. is by reserving your ticket through this Kickstarter! Support us now and get something unique that you can wear to the festival to show others your love for the event. 

SUPPORTER LAPEL PIN This lapel pin (not available outside the Kickstarter), features this year's distinctive Squidgate Seal, and is available in antique silver finish for Attendee levels, antique gold finish for VIP levels, or black nickel finish for All Access levels (see right column for details), and will be produced by Arkham Bazaar.

SUPPORTER TEE Our Squidgate Seal t-shirt design (designed and printed by Sigh Co. Graphics) is only available to backers (not for sale outside the Kickstarter) and has 18 points to commemorate 18 years of eldritch madness. This will be available on both men's and women's style shirts (we'll contact you for size and style). The top 9 backers of this campaign will have their initials incorporated in the design along with their astrological symbol. Printed on high quality black 100% (preshrunk) cotton the t-shirt is included at many levels, but can also be added to any level that doesn't include it for $25. 

Left: The Squidgate Seal.      Right: hidden glow in the dark overprint spells "LURKER" to identify you as one of the chosen.
Left: The Squidgate Seal. Right: hidden glow in the dark overprint spells "LURKER" to identify you as one of the chosen.

SUPPORTER WORK SHIRT OR HOODIE  Get a work shirt or full zip hooded sweatshirt of the Squidgate Sigil design for $50. (Squidgate Sigil design with glow-in-the-dark accents is printed on the back of the work shirt and hoodie. If you already upgraded the supporter shirt level and you have ALREADY MESSAGED US, you can either change your reward or leave it as is.) Work shirt is short-sleeved black 65% polyester/35% cotton, Hoodie is black 90% cotton/10% polyester.

The supporter work shirt and hoodie have the design from the T-shirt printed on the back, with a special design printed on the front.
The supporter work shirt and hoodie have the design from the T-shirt printed on the back, with a special design printed on the front.

MESSAGES FROM BEYOND: Find yourself in the pages of the DAILY LURKER, a 1930s style newspaper that we are creating to commemorate the event. Printed on real newsprint and containing faux articles and historic photos, as well as fiction and content from our contributors. You can appear in the year 1933, without all the mental agony that comes with a Yithian brain swap. 

Or maybe you'd like something a little more morbid? Write your own (or your alter ego's, or maybe your Call of Cthulhu® character's) fantasy obituary and supply a photo (period dress, monster costumes, etc., are encouraged) to take your place among the real and fictional individuals who passed in 1933 at our IN THE VAULT - OBITUARY level!

ALMOST SQUAMOUS: You're front page news! We can't promise it will be pretty, but it might make you infamous. You'll be the main subject of a front page mythos-related news story, written by Cody Goodfellow, Daily Lurker special correspondent and author of “Radiant Dawn” and “All Monster Action”. This comes with all sorts of other goodies, check out the full description in the side bar.

Where would the Mythos be without the artists who have dared to look Beyond and bring back their sanity-shattering visions to show us the true meaning of reality? From Richard Upton Pickman to Henry Wilcox, art is a central theme in Lovecraft's fiction. Turn your home into Pickman's Gallery with these visions of madness from the most innovative Lovecraftian artists of today.

At the Arcane Arts level, as well as the Servitor of The Outer Gods, Thousand Masks, and Great Old Ones levels, you can take home a special limited edition Wood block print from Liv Rainey-Smith, whose explorations of Medieval wood block printing techniques produces haunting images that would be at home in the Necronomicon. This is not a digital reproduction, but an actual print, hand-pulled from an inked wood block, carved by the artist. Liv is a festival regular and long-time vendor in the Mall of Cthulhu, so when we asked her to create a print and do a special edition run just for us, we were thrilled when she accepted! Here's a sneak preview of her "Cthulandia."

"Cthulandia" rough sketch and preliminary layout, by Liv Rainey-Smith.
"Cthulandia" rough sketch and preliminary layout, by Liv Rainey-Smith.

Also at the Arcane Arts level, as well as at the VIP level and above, you will receive the official 2013 festival poster, created by Nick Gucker, the winner of last year's Pickman's Apprentice live art competition. 

L to R: Nick Gucker, Mike Dubisch, and Lee Moyer were given 90 minutes to create a unique abomination with the theme “Shoggoth Circus,” as suggested by our theater audience.
L to R: Nick Gucker, Mike Dubisch, and Lee Moyer were given 90 minutes to create a unique abomination with the theme “Shoggoth Circus,” as suggested by our theater audience.
Preview of Nick Gucker's poster artwork in progress
Preview of Nick Gucker's poster artwork in progress

ART PACK BY MIKE DUBISCH: Those who partake of our The Tainted (Ink) Well, Horror in the Play, Almost Squamous, and Thousand Masks levels, will receive a piece of original art by Mike Dubisch. Mike is also a long-time participant in the festival, and will be back this year to try to unthrone Nick Gucker in the Pickman's Apprentice competition. The illustrator of your nightmares, as well as books like "Morbid Curiosity," "Weirdling," and "Flesh Crawlers" (which are also included in the art pack), Mike Dubisch channels terrifying visions of a dimly lit underworld, inscribed on black paper in the glowing hues of subterranean N'Kai.

Black Velvet Cthulhu style original drawings by Mike Dubisch.
Black Velvet Cthulhu style original drawings by Mike Dubisch.

H.P. Lovecraft invited his author friends to use his otherworldy entities and lore, and even encouraged them to take part in adding to his mythology. This created a collection of shared universe fiction by several of his contemporaries, and is a legacy that continues today as more writers contribute to his oeuvre.

Joe S. Pulver, Sr
Joe S. Pulver, Sr

Joe S. Pulver, Sr., is one of the modern Lovecraft Circle's most respected and prolific authors. His works incorporate Lovecraft's mythology as well as taking great inspiration from Robert W. Chambers (who also inspired Lovecraft) and his masterwork The King In Yellow.

You can take a place among the stars as you become a character in a short story by Joe, commissioned specifically for this festival, which will be published in the Daily Lurker and possibly included in one of his future collections.

L to R: Andrew Leman, Mike Dalager, and Sean Branney of the H.P. Lovecraft Historical Society do their thing at last year's festival.
L to R: Andrew Leman, Mike Dalager, and Sean Branney of the H.P. Lovecraft Historical Society do their thing at last year's festival.

The H.P. Lovecraft Historical Society thrilled the Lovecraftian world with their award winning film adaptations of “Call of Cthulhu” and “The Whisperer in Darkness.” However, Sean Branney and Andrew Leman have been bringing the old gent's stories to life for over 20 years through live role playing games, music, and now 1930s style radio plays. Their series of Dark Adventure Radio Plays dramatize Lovecraft's fiction with stirring voice acting, musical scores, and atmospheric special effects.

You have the opportunity to participate in the walk-on role of a lifetime in this year's LIVE performance of a Dark Adventure Radio Theater production on the festival's main stage!

Not content to merely watch films from the comfort of a theater seat? Step through to the other side and be a star (spawn) on the festival screen! Send us your photo and we will burn your image into the retinas of all who dare view our shunned shorts by including you in a festival bumper. You will also consult with the Festival Directors to help them choose the Best Short Film for our traditional awards ceremony on Sunday night. Take some of the madness home with you with signed copies of Thomas Nicol's “Window Into Time” DVD featuring “Bedtime for Timmy”, Robert Cappelletto's award winning “Pickman's Muse”, and the Weird Tales Collection featuring Aaron Vanek's “The Yellow Sign.”

***UPDATE***

Tom Gliserman, Will Severin, and Mary Jane Hansen, filmmakers of the feature film "The Thing on the Doorstep" have generously offered 6 pieces of prop art, which we are adding to this level! Check out our update for more details!

Maybe you've heard of this game “The Call of Cthulhu®”? While many Lovecraft fans were introduced to the Master of cosmic horror through books, films, and even art, a vast horde were introduced through a gateway drug known as role playing games. Early editions of Dungeons & Dragons referenced the Cthulhu Mythos, and in 1981 Chaosium released The Call of Cthulhu®, written by legendary game designer Sandy Petersen. In 1997, Adam Scott Glancy, Dennis Detwiller, and John Tynes created the Delta Green contemporary setting for The Call of Cthulhu® game, bringing a modern para-military spin to the investigation of the world's dark secrets. You now have the opportunity to play with the masters!

Call of Cthulhu® game designer Sandy Petersen, Delta Green co-creator Adam Scott Glancy
Call of Cthulhu® game designer Sandy Petersen, Delta Green co-creator Adam Scott Glancy

Reserve your seat at the table for a scenario lead by either Sandy Petersen (limit 2) or Adam Scott Glancy (limit 5). You can specify your preferred storyteller, but it's first come first served (and no backsies if you don't get your pick. Both games will be legendary!). This level also includes a full 3-Day festival pass, VIP party ticket (added to this level on 2/27 to thank our backers for getting us to almost 60% funded in only one week), limited edition Squidgate Sigil T-shirt, gold-level lapel pin, signed Lurker in The Lobby book, personal use Cristoforo font (more info on the font below), the official Festival poster with art by Nick Gucker, and the digital download of digital art and exclusive audio tracks. 

ALL ACCESS

More than a mortal, not quite a god; still a good place to be! From out of the writhing masses, your voice will be heard! Your VIP treatment includes a vote for Best Short Film, 3-day pass, top-level lapel pin, Green Room access, VIP Party, t-shirt, signed festival poster, signed Lurker in the Lobby, Cthulhu Mythos Bibliography & Concordance, download pack, Liv Rainey-Smith woodblock print, commercial use Cristoforo Font (regular, italic, symbols), message in the Daily Lurker, download of the "Die Farbe" soundtrack, a signed copy of "Pickman's Muse" and "Window Into Time" DVDs. All items will be available for pick-up at the festival. BONUS ITEM: 1 weekend pass to the HPLFF in San Pedro. (Transportation and accommodations not included.)

You've got your tentacles in all the gods' pies. Your love of all things H.P. Lovecraft has garnered you the ultimate in rewards. View the films in your own reserved seat, refresh yourself in the Green Room, give a shout out to your friends with a message on the slideshow and in the Daily Lurker, choose your favorite submitted film and present it with a special award during the Sunday night Award Ceremony, and play both Call of Cthulhu games with storytellers Sandy Petersen and Adam Scott Glancy. On Saturday night, the Festival Directors and Founder will take you out to dinner. Along with the 3-day pass, VIP Party, top level lapel pin, supporter t-shirt, take home a lot of exclusive swag including a coveted display box sized festival poster signed by this year's guests, a canvas-backed RARE French "Re-Animator" one-sheet poster (47”x63”), the signed #1 “Cthulandia” woodblock print hand pulled by Liv Rainey-Smith, signed advance copy of Jay Lake's "Kalimpura", original art signed by Mike Dubisch, plus signed copies of his “Morbid Curiosity,” “Weirdling,” and “Flesh Crawlers”, signed “Window Into Time" and “Pickman's Muse” DVDs, commercial use of Thomas Phinney's Cristoforo font, digital download of the Die Farbe soundtrack, signed Lurker in the Lobby, and the Cthulhu Mythos Bibliography & Concordance. BONUS ITEM: 1 weekend pass to the HPLFF in San Pedro. (Transportation and accommodations not included.)

Attending is fun, but you want to be instrumental in this production. Be the presenter of one Short Film Block, and take two reserved seats in the theater. As a high level VIP you will be taken out to dinner by the Festival Directors and Founder Andrew Migliore on Saturday night. Includes onscreen message, two 3-day passes, top-level lapel pins, and VIP Party ticket. Also includes Green Room access, a limited edition t-shirt, signed 1st edition Lurker in the Lobby guide, Cthulhu Mythos Bibliography & Concordance, light-box sized festival poster signed by this year's guests, the Liv Rainey-Smith woodblock print, commercial use Cristoforo Font (regular, italic, symbols), message in the Daily Lurker, Vote for "Best Short Film," download of the "Die Farbe" soundtrack, a signed copy of "Pickman's Muse," "Window Into Time," and Weird Tales Collection DVDs. All items will be available for pick-up at the festival. BONUS ITEM: 1 weekend pass to the HPLFF in San Pedro. (Transportation and accommodations not included.)

We've passed our initial goal! Thanks for your support in getting us this far! This means we'll be able to cover many of our upfront expenses and put on another great show this year. However, there's still more we can do to make this year's festival truly epic. Help us unlock these big plans by spreading the word about our Kickstarter!

$10,000 UNLOCKED! The Return of the SECRET SCREENING

We're bringing back rare and classic hilarious short films from aeons past, as well as one special cult classic! "What does it all mean?" Find out at this late Sunday night film block. Space will be limited for the return of this popular event, so in appreciation of our backers, those wearing any level of Squidgate Sigil lapel pin (available at the $90 3-Day Pass level and above) will be seated first.

$12,000 - UNLOCKED! CTHULHU PRAYER BREAKFAST with Robert M. Price

The Cthulhu Prayer Breakfast with Robert M. Price has been unlocked! Read all about it in this update, by clicking here. All backers who pledge $100 or more will receive a free entry to this catered limited seating event. (For example, if you have already pledged at the $90 level, simply upping your pledge by $10 will get you into this event.)

$15,000 - UNLOCKED! LOVECRAFT EZINE LIVE AT THE FEST with Mike Davis and Joe S. Pulver

We said we'd pull back the veil on this beast's cage as we got closer, and here we are! If we reach the $15,000 mark, we'll have the means to bring our favorite beast, Joe Pulver (all the way from Berlin - author of Blood Will Have Its Season and Sin & Ashes) and Lovecraft eZine editor Mike Davis to the festival so that they can do the Lovecraft eZine Sunday chat, Live from the Hollywood Theatre!

Left: Joe Pulver (author Sin & Ashes) and Mike Davis (Lovecraft Ezine). Right: "Lurkers in The Lobby" a memoire book on HPL's impact on today's visionaries.
Left: Joe Pulver (author Sin & Ashes) and Mike Davis (Lovecraft Ezine). Right: "Lurkers in The Lobby" a memoire book on HPL's impact on today's visionaries.

PLUS as a special thank you to our generous supporters, each backer who pledges $125 or more will receive a special pocket-sized book, Lurkers in the Lobby, containing personal accounts from many of the festival's previous guests, from authors and editors to filmmakers and artists, of how they discovered Lovecraft. This book, including words from Stuart Gordon, Ellen Datlow, Joe Pulver, Robert Price, Wilum Pugmire, Thomas Phinney, and more, will be beautifully printed and bound by Lance Thingmaker of Creepy Cult, with cover art by Lee Moyer. These will not be for sale! These are only available as a thank you gift for supporting us. Each backers who has pledged $125 or higher will receive one.

More about the rewards in our levels

L to R: Signed 1st edition Lurker in The Lobby, signed advance copy of Jay Lake's latest novel, Kalimpura, and the Cthulhu Mythos Bibliography and Concordance.
L to R: Signed 1st edition Lurker in The Lobby, signed advance copy of Jay Lake's latest novel, Kalimpura, and the Cthulhu Mythos Bibliography and Concordance.

Kalimpura, by Jay Lake. Contribute at the Tainted (Ink) Well, Almost Squamous, or Thousand Masks levels to obtain one of three signed, advance reader copies from award-winning author Jay Lake. Winner of the John W. Campbell New Writer award, and Hugo and World Fantasy Award nominee, Jay Lake is also a local Portlander and festival guest veteran. Check out his other works at his official web site.

The Lurker in the Lobby, by Andrew Migliore and John Strysik, is the ultimate guide to Lovecraftian Cinema. You can own one of these rare 1st Edition copies, signed by Andrew Migliore at the VIP level and above.

The Cthulhu Mythos Bibliography & Concordance by Chris Jarocha-Ernst, is a key tool for mythos readers, writers, and scholars (and for settling bets.) Contribute at the 3-Day Deluxe level and above to get your own copy, provided by festival veterans, Pagan Publishing.

Die Farbe Soundtrack Download. The soundtrack for "Die Farbe" by Huan Vu and Jan Roth (winner "Best Adaptation" H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival 2012) consists of 25 minutes of film score composed by Tilman Seege, printable cover and inlay artwork, and 9 bonus images of missing reports that were used in the film. Get the download at the Shadows on the ScreenServitor of the Outer Gods, Thousand Masks, and Great Old One levels.

Font designer Thomas Phinney has revived a Victorian American classic font.
Font designer Thomas Phinney has revived a Victorian American classic font.

CRISTOFORO FONT PACKAGE. Thomas Phinney has revived the typeface used for the Call of Cthulhu role playing game sourcebooks. The typeface, based on Ihlenburg's Columbus typeface which first appeared in 1892, has regular type, symbols, and italic type. You'll find personal use and commercial use licenses in our higher backer levels. Thomas will be returning to the festival this year.

DIGITAL ARTS This amazing download pack, included in the $5 backer level and above, includes art from Mythos artists, desktop wallpapers with previous festival poster art, a music track created just for us from the Unquiet Void, and an exclusive reading of "The Other Gods" by MorganScorpion

Special Thanks to all our Collaborators!

All of our collaborators have a personal connection to the H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival & CthulhuCon, and most have either been guests or attendees. They are a huge part of why this event is so unique and memorable. We'd like to say a heartfelt thanks to:

Adam Scott Glancy

Andrew Migliore

Cody Goodfellow

Huan Vu & Jan Roth (Die Farbe film)

Jason Wallach (The Unquiet Void)

Jay Lake

Joe S. Pulver, Sr.

Lee Moyer

Liv Rainey-Smith

Mike Dubisch

MorganScorpion

Nick Gucker

Robert Cappelletto

Sandy Petersen

Sean Branney & Andrew Leman

Thomas Nicol

Thomas Phinney

Tom Gliserman, Mary Jane Hansen & Will Severin (The Thing on the Doorstep film)

The Call of Cthulhu® role playing game is a registered trademark of Chaosium, Inc.

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If we reach our goal, we'll have the resources to expand the programming, fly out more guests, and provide an even more amazing experience. If we don't reach our goal, we will have to scale back our grand plans. This will be our third festival as directors, so we are comfortable with all the processes that make up the festival.

Once successfully funded, we will need to start the process of printing T-shirts, producing the lapel pins and other physical rewards. These jobs have already been arranged and are just waiting for us to greenlight them at the end of our Kickstarter project. We expect this to take no longer than 30 days from the completion of the Kickstarter. With successful funding, we will also be able to begin planning special events and guest bookings, as well as book additional films that provide historical perspective on Cosmic Horror in Cinema. As a backer, you will be kept in the loop on all these developments leading up to the festival, so that you can be sure that we are fulfilling our end of the bargain.

FAQ

  • Yes you can! To add a plain 3-day pass (just the ticket, no t-shirt, lapel pin, etc), just add $55 to the pledge amount at any reward level and send us a message to let us know. We will make a note in your account that you want an extra 3-day pass. This also works for reward levels that don't have a 3-day pass already included. For example, you can add a 3-day pass to the Arcane Arts level by pledging at least $130.

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  • Yes! You will need to pledge the total amount of the two packages, and then send us a message to let us know this is your intent. For example, if you want to get two VIP packages, pledge at least $250, and let us know it is for two VIP packages so you get two of everything that is in the package - two 3-day passes, two VIP party tickets, two lapel pins, two t-shirts, etc.

    You can do this for any level, but if it's a limited level, make sure the number left is enough to accommodate your request. (If there is only 1 of 7 left in that reward level, you can't get two.)

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  • Click “Manage Your Pledge.” Enter a new amount in the pledge amount box. Note that you are not adding to your existing pledge; the amount you enter will be the total amount collected if the project is successfully funded. So, if you already pledged $25 for the t-shirt, but you want to up your pledge to $90 for the 3-Day Deluxe level, enter $90 in the box and select the 3-Day Deluxe reward.

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  • Some Film Festivals sell tickets separately for each film showing. WE DON'T DO THAT! Since we are more of a convention-style event with films, panel discussions, vendors, etc., our 3-Day festival passes include access to ALL MAIN PROGRAMMING in all three of our auditoriums in the historic 1926 Hollywood Theatre from Friday evening to Sunday night. You can choose which programming you want to watch or take part in, and even sneak from one auditorium to another to see what awesome things are happening at the same time. You can get one of these passes at the $90 level, the $125 VIP level (which also includes access to our catered VIP reception, where you can mingle with the festival guests), and at most higher levels. Just look for the words "3-Day Pass" in the level descriptions.

    The VIP Party and the Cthulhu Prayer Breakfast (TBA) are not included with the vanilla 3-Day Pass, but all regular programming is. To get into the VIP party, pledge at the $125 level or many of the higher levels which specify that the VIP party is included.

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  • If festival passes ("3-Day Pass") do not sell out during the Kickstarter, the remaining 3-Day Passes will go on sale through the Hollywood Theatre box office and web site at $55 for a limited time. These passes will include access to all normal festival programming, but will not include any additional merchandise or events (such as T-shirts, lapel pins, gaming events, the VIP party, or the Cthulhu Prayer Breakfast (TBA)).

    We've structured our Kickstarter levels to provide excellent value, with unique supporter merchandise and festival experiences, to reward you for supporting our Kickstarter *before* tickets go on sale - to give you more bang for your buck - because it is a huge help in covering our upfront expenses (With normal ticket sales, we don't get paid until *after* the festival is over).

    The ONLY WAY to get our limited edition glow-in-the-dark Squidgate Sigil T-shirt or lapel pin (and many of the other items shown here) is by pledging at the appropriate Kickstarter levels. These items will not be on sale at the festival.

    VIP PASSES - we expect all the VIP party tickets to sell out through the Kickstarter, so if you want to attend the catered VIP reception and mingle with our festival guests, before the festival opens to the public, be sure to pledge at the $125 level (or one of the higher levels that include VIP tickets) before they sell out!

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  • Absolutely not! For those of you who are new to Kickstarter, it's actually quite a cool program! When you pledge a certain amount to any project, you're promising to make a donation, in exchange for certain rewards. Your payment method only gets charged if our campaign is successful, at the end of the campaign (March 13). If we don't receive enough pledges to make our goal, you are never charged a dime. If we don't make our funding, life will suck for us, but for you there is really no risk. That's the beauty of Kickstarter's "all or nothing" funding paradigm.

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    Women's fitted (rib knit) tees S - 2XL

    Work Shirts (short sleeve) S - 4XL

    Full zip hoody S - 3XL

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    WHISPERS IN THE DARKNESS! You will receive a link for a special download pack containing digital Lovecraftian art, an exclusive reading of "The Other Gods" by MorganScorpion and an exclusive track from Lovecraftian ambient musician The Unquiet Void (both created just for us and for backers of this Kickstarter), and more. We may add additional items to this package, so check our updates for more info.

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    THE DAILY LURKER is a 1930s style newspaper, printed on real newsprint, that we are producing to commemorate our event, containing antique photos, news of the day (what happened in 1933!), articles and fiction from our contributors, and much much more. It's a love letter to the time of H.P. Lovecraft, and at this level, we will list your name (or alter ego) as one of our special correspondents in the paper, and mail you a copy (mailing costs are included for domestic US backers), so that you can immerse yourself in our altered past! ALSO Includes a link to the digital download pack.

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    MESSAGES FROM BEYOND! Take a trip back in time and get featured in the 1930s style faux newspaper, "The Daily Lurker," which we are creating to commemorate the event! Send your mind back in time to inhabit the body of your 1933 alter ego and write a message, or even a poem or favorite quote, (up to 35 words) to the inhabitants of that age, even to Lovecraft himself! You'll get a physical copy of this unique newspaper, featuring period articles, fiction, photos, and more, in addition to the digital download pack. UPGRADE: make your message an OBITUARY with your photo and 300 word description of your strange demise for $20 more.

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    MESSAGES FROM BEYOND! Take a trip back in time and get featured in the 1930s style faux newspaper, "The Daily Lurker," which we are creating to commemorate the event! Send your mind back in time to inhabit the body of your 1933 alter ego and write a message, or even a poem or favorite quote, (up to 35 words) to the inhabitants of that age, even to Lovecraft himself! You'll get a physical copy of this unique newspaper, featuring period articles, fiction, photos, and more, in addition to the digital download pack.

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    SUPPORTER WORK SHIRT OR HOODIE Get a short sleeve work shirt or full zip hooded sweatshirt of the Squidgate Sigil design (see pic at left). Squidgate Sigil design with glow-in-the-dark accents is printed on the back of the work shirt and hoodie. If you already upgraded the supporter shirt level and you have ALREADY MESSAGED US, you can either change your reward to this one, or leave it as is (we will have already noted it). We'll ask for your preference and size at the end of the Kickstarter.

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    IN THE VAULT - OBITUARY Our 1933 style faux newspaper, "The Daily Lurker," will have an official Obituary section, with news on the passing of notable individuals (real and fictional) from that year, including the likes of Robert W. Chambers and "Fatty" Arbuckle. Take your spot among the (dead) stars in this decidedly morbid reward! Send us your photo and an 80-word description of your (or your 1933 alter ego's) untimely demise. Be as creative as you want! Take your photo in a period outfit (or maybe a monster costume!) and write an exciting account of a truly weird death. You'll get a physical copy of this unique newspaper (we'll cover the US domestic shipping), featuring period articles, fiction, photos, and more, in addition to the digital download pack.

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    ARCANE ARTS: This package features a special edition run of a brand new woodblock print, created by Liv Rainey-Smith, commissioned for this year's festival. The special edition run is just for our Kickstarter backers and won't be available anywhere else. You also receive the festival poster, a combo pack of previous year's posters, and the download pack. UPGRADE: add a 3-day Deluxe package for an additional $85.

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    ATTEND - 3-DAY DELUXE: 3-day pass, silver-level lapel pin, t-shirt, download pack, PLUS a copy of the Cthulhu Mythos Bibliography & Concordance. All items will be available for pick-up at the festival.

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    SHADOWS OUT OF TIME. You can still have the loot, even if you can't attend in person. Be with us in spirit through a message in the Daily Lurker (up to 35 words), and we'll send you a copy of the Daily Lurker (our 1930s faux newspaper), the silver-level lapel pin, supporter t-shirt, festival poster, and download pack.

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    ATTEND - VIP 3-DAY: 3-day pass, gold-level lapel pin, VIP Party, early entry to the theater, t-shirt, festival poster, signed 1st edition Lurker in the Lobby guide to Lovecraftian cinema, Cthulhu Mythos Bibliography & Concordance, and download pack. All items will be available for pick-up at the festival. BONUS: be the first backer at this level and receive an original Black Velvet Cthulhu drawing signed by Mike Dubisch.

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    ATTEND - CTHULANDIA 3-DAY PACKAGE: Show your Portland Pride with this 3-day pass, silver-level lapel pin, t-shirt, download pack, copy of the Cthulhu Mythos Bibliography & Concordance, PLUS the special edition print of Liv Rainey-Smith's new woodblock print "Cthulandia"! All items will be available for pick-up at the festival.

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    ATTEND - YOG-SOTHOTH 3-DAY PACKAGE: "All in one!" 3-day pass, silver-level lapel pin, supporter-only t-shirt, PLUS the special edition print of Liv Rainey-Smith's new woodblock print "Cthulandia" AND the Festival Poster with art by Nick Gucker, a Message from Beyond in the Daily Lurker, AND personal use license of the Cristoforo Font (regular and symbols), download pack with digital art, exclusive music from the Unquiet Void and reading by MorganScorpion, signed 1st edition Lurker in the Lobby guide to Lovecraftian cinema, and a copy of the Cthulhu Mythos Bibliography & Concordance, All items will be available for pick-up at the festival.

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    ATTEND - GAMER 3-DAY: A reserved spot in one of two exclusive Call of Cthulhu games run by Sandy Petersen (limit 2) and Scott Glancy (limit 5). Specify your preferred storyteller, but FIRST COME FIRST SERVED BY THE ORDER YOU MAKE YOUR PLEDGE, so don't wait! Includes 3-day pass, VIP party ticket (new!), gold-level lapel pin, 1st edition Lurker in the Lobby, personal use of Cristoforo Font (regular), t-shirt, festival poster, and download pack. All items will be available for pick-up at the festival. SEE PROJECT DESCRIPTION TO LEFT AND UPDATES FOR MORE DETAILS.

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    EXPERIENCE - THE TAINTED (INK) WELL: Become the main character in a short story written by Joe Pulver, Sr, published in the Daily Lurker and possible inclusion in one of his future collections. You also receive a signed copy of the Weird Tales Collection DVD, a signed advance copy of Jay Lake's "Kalimpura," and personal use of Cristoforo Font (regular and symbols), and an art pack from Mike Dubisch. Includes 3-day pass, gold-level lapel pin, VIP Party, t-shirt, festival poster, signed 1st edition Lurker in the Lobby, Cthulhu Mythos Bibliography & Concordance, and download pack. All items will be available for pick-up at the festival.

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    EXPERIENCE - THE HORROR IN THE PLAY: The HPLHS is staging a live production of a radio play at the festival, and you get a role! You also receive an art pack from Mike Dubisch, and personal use of Cristoforo Font (regular and symbols). Includes 3-day pass, gold-level lapel pin, VIP Party, t-shirt, festival poster, signed 1st edition Lurker in the Lobby, Cthulhu Mythos Bibliography & Concordance, and download pack. All items will be available for pick-up at the festival.

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    EXPERIENCE - SHADOWS ON THE SCREEN: Send us your photo and we will work it into one of the Festival Bumpers. You also get to vote for "best short film," a signed copy of "Pickman's Muse" and "Window Into Time" DVDs, "Die Farbe" soundtrack download, and personal use of Cristoforo Font (regular and symbols). Includes 3-day pass, gold-level lapel pin, VIP Party, t-shirt, festival poster, signed 1st edition Lurker in the Lobby, Cthulhu Mythos Bibliography & Concordance, and download pack. All items will be available for pick-up at the festival.

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    EXPERIENCE - EXTRA! EXTRA! ALMOST SQUAMOUS! We'll feature you in a mythos related news story, written by Cody Goodfellow, published on the front page of the Daily Lurker! You also receive a signed advance copy of Jay Lake's "Kalimpura," an art pack from Mike Dubisch, and personal use of Cristoforo Font (regular and symbols). Includes 3-day pass, gold-level lapel pin, VIP Party, t-shirt, festival poster, signed 1st edition Lurker in the Lobby, Cthulhu Mythos Bibliography & Concordance, and download pack. All items will be available for pick-up at the festival.

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    ALL ACCESS - SERVITOR OF THE OUTER GODS: This is for hard-core festival fans! Includes 3-day pass, top-level lapel pin, Green Room access, VIP Party, t-shirt, signed festival poster, signed 1st edition Lurker in the Lobby, Cthulhu Mythos Bibliography & Concordance, and download pack, PLUS the Liv Rainey-Smith woodblock print, commercial use Cristoforo Font (regular, italic, symbols), message in the Daily Lurker, Vote for "best short film," download of the "Die Farbe" soundtrack, a signed copy of "Pickman's Muse" and "Window Into Time" DVDs. All items will be available for pick-up at the festival. BONUS ITEM: 1 weekend pass to the HPLFF in San Pedro. (Transportation and accommodations not included.)

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    ALL ACCESS - A THOUSAND MASKS: As the number one Festival fan, your reward encompasses film, audio, fiction, art, and gaming! Play both Call of Cthulhu games with storytellers Sandy Petersen and A. Scott Glancy, have dinner on Saturday night with the Festival Directors and Founder, give a special award to your favorite submitted film, enjoy a reserved theater seat, take home a light-box sized festival poster signed by the guests, canvas-backed RARE French "Re-Animator" one-sheet poster, signed advance copy of Jay Lake's "Kalimpura", the Liv Rainey-Smith woodblock print (#1), art pack from Mike Dubisch, commercial use Cristoforo Font (regular, italic, symbols), message in the Daily Lurker, "Die Farbe" soundtrack download, signed "Pickman's Muse" and "Window Into Time" DVDs. Includes 3-day pass, top-level lapel pin, Green Room, VIP Party, t-shirt, signed Lurker in the Lobby, and Cthulhu Mythos Bibliography & Concordance. All items will be available for pick-up at the festival. BONUS ITEM: 1 weekend pass to the HPLFF in San Pedro. (Transportation and accommodations not included.)

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    GREAT OLD ONE. Be the presenter of a Short Film Block. As a high level VIP you will be taken out to dinner by the Festival Directors and Founder Andrew Migliore on Saturday night. Includes onscreen message, two reserved seats, two 3-day passes, two top-level lapel pins, Green Room access, two entries to the VIP Party, a limited edition t-shirt, download pack, a signed 1st edition Lurker in the Lobby guide, a Cthulhu Mythos Bibliography & Concordance, a light-box sized festival poster signed by this year's guests, a Liv Rainey-Smith woodblock print, commercial use Cristoforo Font (regular, italic, symbols), message in the Daily Lurker, Vote for "best short film," "Die Farbe" soundtrack download, a signed copy of "Pickman's Muse" and "Window Into Time" DVDs. All items will be available for pick-up at the festival. BONUS ITEM: 1 weekend pass to the HPLFF in San Pedro. (Transportation and accommodations not included.)

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    EXECUTIVE PRODUCER. Be a vital part of putting on this festival! You will receive a presenter credit on the theatre marquee (your name in lights!), as well as a thank you on-screen between our programming blocks, on our poster, and full page representation in the Daily Lurker faux 1930s newspaper we're producing for the event. You may also TAKE PART AS A PRESENTER in our award ceremony on Sunday night, at your discretion (bring a suit!). In addition, you get 2 VIP tickets that include the 3-day festival pass and tickets to our swanky pre-festival party (as well as the other goodies at the VIP 3-DAY LEVEL).

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