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Adalbert is a forum for me, to post ephemera, photography, poetry, occasional travel notes, and various spontaneous motions. Cover photo: Parsonage where my great-grandfather spent his early years. Taken near Liegnitz, Silesia, ca. 1870.


Tuesday, May 7, 2013

H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival 2013

Saturday 4 May 2013 transpired in part at the H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival at the Hollywood Theatre in Portland, Oregon.  Previously held in October with its lengthening crypic nights, the 83 degree heat outside wasn't the most suitable weather for the event.  I procured the depicted Ramsey Campbell edition of Whispers from 1982 (cover art by John Stewart).  S.T. Joshi and some other faces from previous fests attended were absent, but still found the wares and cinematic and other offerings congenial.  Saw the restored version of Clive Barker's Nightbreed: The Cabal Cut, with a Q & A session and some remarks afterward by the director, Russell Cherrington.   Well-constructed netherworld sequences, and a coldly detached performance by David Cronenberg in big round glasses,  but some of the rough cut scenes a little hard to appreciate, like watching a movie shot through a security camera or a night vision scope.    Really appreciated the work and dramatic flourishes of the live production by Dark Adventure Radio Theatre of At the Mountains of Madness, done like an old time radio show, with sound effects and some archival footage.


  1. I see that Gresham is very close to Portland.
    This makes the Lovecraft Festival easy to get
    to. Sounds like you had a great night. I like
    the Whispers cover art.

  2. Yes Ray, the HPL fest is well within range. It's heartening that the festival has lasted as long as it has (under different operators), nearly twenty years. I've managed to attend a number of the events over the years.