As World Fantasy Con approaches some authors are suffering paroxysms of disgust at the prospect of winning an award in the likeness of notorious racist H.P. Lovecraft.
Meanwhile, others are planning to spend the September 26 weekend celebrating HPL’s impact on the horror genre at the H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival & ChthulhuCon in Los Angeles.
The fifth annual festival takes place at the Warner Grand Theatre in San Pedro, CA. This year’s theme is “The Shadow Over Innsmouth.” Writers Anthony Parker, Cody Goodfellow, Gary Myers, John Shirley, Joshua Hoffine, Leslie S. Klinger, Michael Tice and Nancy Holder will be on hand.
The LA event is an offshoot of a festival that started almost 20 years ago in Portland, Oregon. It’s locally sponsored by the San Pedro Historic Waterfront Business Improvement District (PBID), the Grand Vision Foundation, and Crafted at the Port of Los Angeles.
Besides films, on Sunday there will be a “sanity-blasting Cthulhu Prayer Breakfast” led by the High Priest of the Esoteric Order of Dagon. Those who survive will spend the balance of the day playing Lovecraft-themed games.