Hello again, friends!
Thanks to all of you who made it to last week’s Esoteric Book Conference in Seattle, Washington. The art show this year was as spectacular as hoped, and I am thrilled to have been able to attend a number of the talks this year. I was particularly entranced by Oksana Marafioti’s presentation on ancestor worship, shamanism, and Christianity in Russia. It was a real pleasure to get a deeper glimpse into practices outside western Europe. I also enjoyed Emily Pothast’s talk on art of the Apocalypse which had some nice informational crossovers with Amy Hale’s Sunday presentation on color and form in sacred art. Jesse Hathaway’s Book-as-Initiator: Exegesis and the Transmission of Thought and Lineage through the Printed Word was particularly lively and has left me with a great deal of food for thought. I’m already looking forward to the 8th annual EBC!
For those of you unable to attend, there are a few events for you to look forward to here in Portland, Oregon, beginning with this year’s H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival. Now in its 20th year, HPLFF is an annual celebration of the influence of Lovecraft on film, TV, fiction, gaming, and other forms of art and entertainment. I’ve had the honor of participating in the festival for years and can’t wait to take part in the fun once again.
The 20th annual H.P Lovecraft Film Festival will open to the public at 7:00 PM on Friday, October 2nd and run through 11:30 PM on Sunday, October 4th. However, on October 1st, prior to the formal start time, there will be an official pre-party at The Lovecraft Bar which all are welcome to attend. (Please note: This event will double as a book release party for Garrett Cook’s A God of Hungry Walls.) Tickets are on sale now and may be purchased through the Hollywood Theatre website and box office. Attendees may choose between individual day passes or full weekend passes that grant you admission to all three days’ festivities. Click here for more information.
Once again, this year’s festival will be held at the historic Hollywood Theatre in Northeast Portland. The fun will commence with a 1920s-style gala screening of that beloved classic film The Call of Cthulhu, as well as live music, dancing, burlesque, and more live entertainment. Guests are encouraged to wear their Prohibition-era best! At this time, the EOD Center will also open for panels, gaming, live readings, and vendors, and the night will be capped off with an after-party at Mazza’s (formerly Tony Starlight’s).
I’m pleased to be returning as a guest alongside fantastic creators including Scott Nicolay, Mike Dubisch, Jeff Burk, Andrew Migliore, Evan J. Peterson, Molly Tanzer, Lee Moyer, Cody Goodfellow, Leeman Kessler, and this year’s guest of honor Charles Stross. Stross, author of the Hugo-award winning novellas The Concrete Jungle and Equoid, will deliver this year’s keynote address. There’s another major treat in store for horror fans this year, too: a screening of Re-Animator followed by a Q&A session with star Jeffrey Combs.
Speaking of Q&As, there will also be a live session of Ask Lovecraft with actor/current brain host Leeman Kessler of the popular web series of the same name. Have a burning question you’ve always wanted to pose to Lovecraft? Well, now’s your chance!
For the unabridged rundown of events, check out the schedule here. Hope to see you there. The stars are right!