"During the winter of 1927–28 officials of the Federal government made a strange and secret investigation of certain conditions in the ancient Massachusetts seaport of Innsmouth."
"The Shadow Over Innsmouth" ~ H. P. Lovecraft
This year we're rolling back the clock to 1928 and celebrating the Tiki culture we feel sure that Obed Marsh brought back with him from the south seas! It’s also the 125th anniversary of Clark Ashton Smith’s birthday, and some of our programming and activities are inspired by the Emperor of Dreams!
Join us for 3-days of Lovecraftian horror in film, fiction, art, and music in the heart of beautiful Portland, OR (or is it Y'ha-nthlei?)! Reward descriptions are below.
Add-on and upgrade items
We are fully funded! Onward to the Stretch Goals!
UNLOCKED: $37,000 - A Tiki-rific embroidered patch is being produced as we speak! Now included at all GOLD SHOGGOTH levels FOR FREE, and available as an ADD-ON for only $8.
UNLOCKED $42,000 – BEST OF 2018 DVD - hitting this mark will ensure that we'll be able to produce the Best of 2018 Short Film Collection on DVD, pay the filmmakers royalties, and we’ll INCLUDE IT AT ALL GOLD SHOGGOTH LEVELS. It will also be available as a discounted ADD-ON for all other levels. NOTE: Delivered in Spring/Summer 2019.
UNLOCKED U$45,000 - VIRTUAL TICKET - BE THERE IN SPIRIT FOR REAL (kinda)! We will provide an on-line stream DURING THE FEST WEEKEND with 2+ blocks of new short films, plus selected panels and events FREE AT SILVER & GOLD SHOGGOTH LEVELS. Reaching this level makes the Shadow Out of Time and Traveler From Beyond the Stars levels an INSANELY good thing for people who can't attend the festival in person.
UNLOCKED $48,000 - BEST OF 2018 BLU-RAY - We have the funds to produce the Best of 2018 on high definition Blu-ray. This will be in addition to the DVD (so both will be available separately) and we're offering it at a nominal UPGRADE price for GOLD SHOGGOTH LEVELS (+ $7) and as a discounted ADD-ON ($21 + shipping: $4 to US, $11 Canada, $15 everywhere else). NOTE: Delivered in Spring/Summer 2019.
$52,000 - Classics Volume 3 DVD - preserving even more of the classic short films from festival days of yore is an arduous task, but we think it's worth it! This one might take a while as we would have to track down filmmakers and film files from 20+ years, but we would keep you updated regularly along the way.
Silver Shoggoth Levels
- $100 Shadow Out of tIme
- $198 VIP
- $215 Early Bird VIP
- $390 VIP for two
- $410 Early Bird VIP for two
Gold Shoggoth Levels
- $285 Traveler From Beyond the Stars
- $325 VIP Experience Levels
- $500 All Access Levels, and all levels above
You can support our Kickstarter whether you're able to attend the festival or not! There are some fantastic rewards at the many "there in spirit levels." At the end of the campaign, we'll calculate your shipping to anywhere!
VIP PARTY - A NIGHT IN Y'HA-NTHLEI
For VIP backers, the weekend gets an early start on Thursday, October 4th with a Tiki-inspired Reception at the Gilman House Lounge*. Our host and emcee, Tony Starlight will guide you through the evening's diversions while you hob nob with a few of our featured guests. Enjoy a traditional Hawaiian feast, tropical cocktails, live music by ukelele sensation The Walakeas, and a ritual like none you've experienced before! A ticket for this event is included in all VIP levels, EXPERIENCE levels, and ALL ACCESS levels.
*VIP Reception is 7-10 pm on Thursday, October 4th, 1125 SE Madison, Portland, OR 97214.
3-DAY PASS & SOUVENIR BADGE
A full 3-day pass is included in all Attend, VIP, and All Access levels. You also get an exclusive badge that designates you as a supporter and loyal Cultist. Wear this to gain priority seating for limited space events. You can add a plain 3-Day pass to any level by adding $60 to your pledge (this does not come with the aforementioned badge or privileges associated).
Invoke the protections of our Great Old One wherever you go with this year's lapel pin. (Not available outside the Kickstarter.) It is included in all Attend, VIP, and All Access levels, and many of the “there in spirit” rewards.
EXCLUSIVE T-SHIRT, ZIP HOODY, CAMP SHIRT
This year’s Tiki-inspired design adorns the exclusive supporter t-shirt, hoody, and camp shirt. Instead of doing the usual work shirt, we decided to go with a more island styled camp shirt, perfect for lounging with a tropical drink! T-shirts (S-5XL unisex, S-2XL women's) are included many levels and can be added or upgraded to a Hoody (S-4XL) or a Camp Shirt (XS-4XL). Check the Add-On List at the bottom for details.
LIMITED EDITION CTHULHU TIKI MUG
Included in many of the “there in spirit” levels, VIP Experience, and All-Access levels. This custom made ceramic Tiki mug was designed by Brian Callahan and is perfect for holding about 16 oz of your favorite cold or hot beverages.
YOU CAN GET THE TIKI MUG (a $40 value) FOR A LIMITED TIME IN THE EARLY BIRD * VIP 3-DAY AND EARLY BIRD * VIP 3-DAY FOR TWO LEVELS for only $20 more (included in the price of the level)! These early bird levels will close at 11:59 pm on Saturday, September 1st.
DEEP ONE SPECIMEN JAR
This wet specimen looks to be a preserved Deep One in larval stage. Many more like it were lost during the military’s ministrations in Innsmouth (and we mourn their loss). Tin Plate Studios has carefully re-created the original in this limited edition batch. The specimen jar is included in some "there in spirit" and higher All Access levels.
THE CAPTAIN'S TREASURES - HYBRID FIGURINE & CHARM
Rescued from the ruins of Innsmouth's waterfront demolition, this set includes two Exclusive sculptures, finished in a lovely "Innsmouth Gold" patina, from Catalyst Studios artist A. S. Koi, inside a rustic and weathered collectible box emblazoned with the Eye of Y'han-thlei. The Innsmouth fetish idol is an ancient traditional form, symbolizing the transition of mortal, land-dwelling human to our final form, the glorious and eternal Deep One! One side of the fetish shews the youthful human aspect, while turning it over displays the aspect of one who has taken to the sea.
Also included is a Ceremonial Net charm, used to call up bounty from the waves, or to signal to our brethren below Devil Reef the commencement of ritual concourse with those above.
They are included in in some "there in spirit" and higher All Access levels.
"MAGNA MATER MARIS" - MOTHER HYDRA WOODCUT PRINT
Unnaturally long-lived, Mother Hydra sits on her eggs. As the powerful counterpart to Father Dagon, it is only fitting that she have her own iconography. Framed in a beautiful vesica piscis, beware her placid expression for she is mighty! Designed and hand carved by Liv Rainey-Smith, this woodcut print is a limited edition work. Included in in some "there in spirit" and higher All Access levels.
LIMITED EDITION WOOD BOX
The Deep One Specimen Jar and Captain’s Treasures are nestled in this custom hand-finished wood box. This set is limited to 15 and is included in the “Innsmouth Artifact Box," and in some "there in spirit" and higher All Access levels.
OFFICIAL FESTIVAL POSTER
This year’s festival poster art is by Dave Correia, winner of the 2017 Pickman’s Apprentice artist competition! ADD the poster to any level for $10.
AUDIO CD - THE WALAKEAS
Zadok Allen spoke of Chief Walakea and his gold, but he didn’t know about his musical talents! The Chief and friends are performing an exclusive set at the “Night in Y’ha-nthlei” VIP Party. Take some of the island warmth home with you on this 3-song EP. Included in all VIP 3-Day, VIP Experience, and All Access levels. ADD the CD to any level for $10.
LURKER IN THE LOBBY SCENARIO DECK
Over a year in the making, this 52-card scenario deck is a supplement to the Arkham Horror Card Game. Conceived by festival founder Andrew Migliore, with fabulous art by John Donald Carlucci, this is a must-have for gamers and fans alike! (Note, the core Arkham Horror card game is needed to play with this scenario.) ADD to any level for $20.
MESSAGES FROM BEYOND - CLASSIFIEDS
Find yourself in the pages of the DAILY LURKER, a 1928 style newspaper that we are creating to commemorate the event. Printed on real newsprint and containing faux articles, historic photos, fiction, comics, film and programming information, and content from our contributors. Send a message to us from the year 1928, without all the fuss of inventing a time machine!
DAILY LURKER PROGRAM
This 1928 style newspaper contains all the programming information for the festival, guest bios, film synopses, a comic spread written by a notable Portland author, fiction, and more! This is included in all levels at "The Daily Lurker" and above. ADD an extra copy for $8.
DIGITAL DOWNLOAD PACK
The download pack is a curated virtual goody bag of digital art, music, desktop wallpapers, and more! This is included at each level from the "Digital Download Pack" level to "Executive Producer."
DEVIL REEF TIKI CLUB STARTER AND DELUXE KITS
Sip your preferred beverage in style with these two kits. Each includes the limited edition Cthulhu Tiki mug. The starter kit also includes the Supporter T-shirt, and the deluxe kit upgrades you to the Camp Shirt.
THERE IN SPIRIT LEVELS
If you can't be with us in person, you can be with us in spirit via our "there in spirit" levels. "Shadow Out of Time" includes a message in the Daily Lurker classifieds section, Lapel Pin, Supporter t-shirt, souvenir badge, official festival poster, a copy of the Daily Lurker program, and the digital download pack. The "Traveler from Beyond the Stars" also includes the Cthulhu Tiki Mug, Deep One Specimen Jar, Captain's Treasures, Magna Mater Maris Woodcut Print, and limited edition artifact box.
All VIP Experience levels include the VIP 3-Day package and Gold Shoggoth Stretch Goal rewards.
DELTA GREEN LARP - "A Night at the Opera" scenario
We’re switching things up this year and doing a LARP that will take you to sites around Portland while uncovering clues, solving puzzles, and tracking down the bad guys!
Leave your sanity behind for this non-traditional live action role playing scenario full of mystery and terror in a world of conspiracy, paranoia, mistrust, and betrayal! This is all about Lovecraftian horrors combined with the shadow reality of Delta Green, a modern-day role-playing game of a secretive government conspiracy fighting the Mythos. If you join us, you will receive a pre-made character and basic training on the character’s skills. Expect to be walking and motoring around Portland to various public and private locations on your investigation. (There will be some stairs, but no strenuous physical activity is required.)
Costuming is encouraged, but not required. If you want to dress like a government agent, go for it! No experience is needed with Delta Green, H.P. Lovecraft, or LARPs—just bring your spirit of adventure and a willingness to role-play in a dark, dangerous, supernatural universe!
THE TAINTED (INK) WELL - FICTION STORY
Cosmic Horror Fiction is the foundation this festival was built upon. H. P. Lovecraft encouraged his colleagues to utilize the worlds and entities he created in their own work, to carry the mythology forward in time. This level immortalizes you in a short story that will be published in the Daily Lurker program. We asked horror author Zandra Renwick (Push of the Sky) to pen this year's customized tale of terror!
ALMOST SQUAMOUS - FRONT PAGE STORY
Here is an opportunity to tell some made up truth! Author and veteran Lurker Adam Scott Glancy will write a news story about you (or your alter ego) and we'll print it on the front page of the Daily Lurker program. Your ten minutes of fame starts now!
HORROR IN THE PLAY - WALK ON ROLE
Have you always wanted to be on stage during the festival, but didn't know what you would say? The H. P. Lovecraft Historical Society can help you with that! Take the Walk on Role of a lifetime in the Saturday afternoon performance of the Dark Adventure Radio Theater presentation of "The Shadow Over Innsmouth"!
THE DARK EIDOLON - SCENARIO CARD AVATAR
Become part of the "Lurker in the Lobby" scenario deck! This 52-card scenario deck is a supplement to the Arkham Horror card game, and has a card reserved for your likeness! The deck was designed by festival founder Andrew Migliore to be played as a supplement to the Arkham Horror card game. With art by John Donald Carlucci, this is a once in a lifetime opportunity to have your likeness on a criminal mastermind, a player ally, or a player objective card in this limited edition deck!
ALL ACCESS VIP: TSATHOGGUA
This is for hard-core festival fans. From deep in N'kai, your voice will be heard! Your VIP treatment includes a Vote for "Best Short Film" in our jury, Green Room access, VIP Reception, Tiki mug, Walakeas CD, the "Lurker in the Lobby" scenario deck, 3-day pass and souvenir badge, limited edition lapel pin, auto upgrade to a zip up hoody, digital download pack, and makes you eligible for all Gold Shoggoth Stretch Goal rewards.
ALL ACCESS VIP: UBBO-SATHLA
You're the H. P. Lovecraft Film Festival SUPERFan. Behold the rewards of fanatacism! In addition to all the core VIP rewards (VIP Party, Tiki Mug, Walakeas CD, 3-day pass and souvenir badge), you'll view the films in your own reserved seat, refresh yourself in the Green Room, play the Delta Green LARP with Aaron Vanek, and get an auto upgrade to a hoody or Camp Shirt, the "Lurker in the Lobby" scenario deck. PLUS you get the Deep One Specimen Jar, Captain's Treasures, Magna Mater Maris woodcut print, and you'll take home a coveted display box sized festival poster signed by this year's guests! On Saturday night, the Festival Directors and Founder will take you out to dinner. Makes you eligible for all Gold Shoggoth Stretch Goal rewards.
EMPEROR OF DREAMS
Attending is fun, but you could also be instrumental in this production! Be the presenter of a Short Film Block and become an integral part of the festival! As a high level VIP you will be taken out to dinner by the Festival Directors on Saturday night. Includes onscreen message, 2 reserved theater seats, a light-box sized festival poster signed by the guests, all the artifacts, plus TWO of everything in the UBBO-SATHLA Level PLUS all GOLD SHOGGOTH rewards at each stretch goal.
Be a vital part of putting on this festival! You will receive presenter credit, thank you's on-screen between program blocks and on our poster, full page representation in the Daily Lurker newspaper program. You may also take part as a presenter in our award ceremony at your discretion (bring a suit!). In addition, you get 2 VIP ticket packages that include the 3-day festival pass and VIP Party, as well as all the other goodies at the Emperor of Dreams level.
You can add additional items to your rewards even if they're already in your level. Want more shirts or a couple more scenario decks? You can have them by increasing your pledge! We'll sort out your Add-ons in PledgeManager after the campaign ends.
Add a supporter t-shirt - increase your pledge by $25.
Add a supporter hoody - increase your pledge by $50.
Add a supporter Camp Shirt - increase your pledge by $55.
Upgrade your t-shirt - If your level already comes with a t-shirt, you can upgrade your t-shirt to a hoody or camp shirt. Increase your pledge by $25 for a hoody, or by $30 for a camp shirt (for each t-shirt you are upgrading).
Add the limited edition Mater Magna Maris woodcut print - increase your pledge by $75.
Add the Walakeas CD - increase your pledge by $10.
Add the Lurker in the Lobby scenario deck - increase your pledge by $20.
Add an Official Poster - increase your pledge by $10.
Add a plain 3-Day pass (normal wristband; does not include anything else) - increase your pledge by $60.
Cthulhu Tiki Mugs, Specimen Jars, Captain's Treasures, and Wood Cut prints are included in limited reward levels. If any are not claimed at the end of the campaign, they will be offered for add on in PledgeManager.
A NOTE ABOUT SHIPPING
This year, in an effort to continue to streamline the survey and reward fulfillment process, we are using PledgeManager again. Why change back? While we have not found a turnkey solution that fits our every Weird whim, we have found PledgeManager to be the best solution available, and has for Local Pickup as a built-in feature! At the end of the campaign, Kickstarter will charge your account for the amount of your pledge. After the campaign ends, we will send you the survey through PledgeManager. If you are having your rewards shipped to you, you will be charged the actual weight-based shipping through the app. This means you will be paying shipping separately, but it also means you'll likely be paying less shipping than what we would have to guess at in Kickstarter. Depending on your reward level, you can expect US shipping to be between $2-$20, and International shipping to be between $7-$45.
Thanks to our Contributors and Cohorts!
- Aaron Vanek
- Adam Scott Glancy
- Andrew Migliore
- Catalyst Studios
- Cody Goodfellow
- Dave Correia
- Dominique Lamssies
- John Donald Carlucci
- Leeman Kessler
- Liv Rainey-Smith
- Nick “The Hat” Gucker
- Zandra Renwick
- The H.P. Lovecraft Historical Society
- The Lovecraft eZine
- Tin Plate Studios
- Arkham Bazaar
- Sigh Co. Graphics
Risks and challenges
If we reach our goal, we'll have the resources needed to complete our programming, take care of our guests, and provide an even more amazing experience for attendees. If we don't reach our goal, we will have to pawn everything and probably make a deal with a crossroads demon to fund the festival. This will be our 10th festival as directors, so we are comfortable with all the processes that make up the festival. Also, this is our 6th Kickstarter for the HPLFF. The first five were very successful so we do not anticipate any problems with fulfillment of rewards, since we're pretty used to the process now.
Once successfully funded, we will need to start the process of printing T-shirts, producing the lapel pins and other physical rewards. Most of these jobs have already been arranged and are just waiting for us to greenlight them at the end of our Kickstarter project. With successful funding, we will also be able to begin confirming special events, 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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