About this project
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.)
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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.
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!
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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., 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.
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.”
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!
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.
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!
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
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 Screen, Servitor of the Outer Gods, Thousand Masks, and Great Old One levels.
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:
The Call of Cthulhu® role playing game is a registered trademark of Chaosium, Inc.
Risks and challenges
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.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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