H. P. Lovecraft’s Birthday Party in Vancouver BC

Come to H. P. Lovecraft’s Birthday Party! By foot or by wheel or by stilt! Join the swelling throngs. It is useless to resist. Saturday and Sunday, Aug 18-19. So much fun it hurts. OH GOD THE PAIN!


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H. P. Lovecraft’s Birthday Party!

Saturday August 18th & Sunday August 19th Vancouver BC

Happy 111th Birthday to the Olde Gentleman Howard Phillips Lovecraft, purveyor of weird tales of unspeakable horror and eldritch star-spawn.

Celebrate the “successor to Poe” by attending the HPL Birthday Party series of events. On Saturday August 18th we’ll be showing a number of independent Lovecraft film adaptations at the Blinding Light!!! Cinema, followed by a performance by the premier Lovecraft-inspired rock band, Vancouver’s own The Darkest of the Hillside Thickets, at the Cobalt. On Sunday August 19th, break out your dice for an all-day role-playing game convention at the Polish Combatants Hall 1134 Kingsway, with a focus on Lovecraft-oriented games like Call of Cthulhu, Mythos, Spaceship Zero, and even the staple Dungeons & Dragons

Saturday, August 18th from 1pm to 6pm at The Blinding Light!!! Cinema we present

some of the finest independent H. P. Lovecraft cinematic adaptations.

There will be two lineups, the first show is at 1:30pm and the second is at 4pm.

Cost is $5 for one show or $8 for both.

Some of these films were featured at the 1999 H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival North (also at Blinding Light!!!) but we have quite a few new offerings this year. Here is the schedule (see below for individual film descriptions):

Lineup #1 – 1:30pm

My Necronomicon

The Outsider

From Beyond

Cool Air

Lineup #2 – 4:00 pm

The Canal

H.P. Lovecraft’s Nyarlathotep

The Hound

Return to Innsmouth

Out of Mind

Cool Air (1999 B.Moore)

Much-anticipated adaptation of the short story of the same name that was scheduled to air at the HPLFilm Festival North in 1999, this 50 minute short film didn’t make it across the border from California in time. Don’t miss it this time.

H.P. Lovecraft’s Nyarlathotep (2001 C.Matzke)

Adapted from the short story of the same name. Canadian premiere. 15 minutes.

The Canal (2000 R.Corben)

Heavy Metal comic book artist Richard Corben’s second foray into Lovecraft animated films. Based on an excerpt from the sonnet cycle The Fungi From Yuggoth. 4 minutes..

From Beyond (1999 R.Fugger)

Based on the short story of the same name, this 22 minute short was also filmed in Chilliwack and stars Jordan Pratt from The Darkest of the Hillside Thickets. Make sure you see his performance at the Cobalt after the movies.

Return to Innsmouth (1999 A.Vanek)

Based on the story The Shadow Over Innsmouth. Creature designed and performed by Toren Atkinson of The Darkest of the Hillside Thickets. 30 minutes

My Necronomicon (A Vanek)

Fan favourite. 3 minutes.

The Hound (1997 A.Reed)

Adapted from the story of the same name. 22 minutes

The Outsider (1994 A.Vanek)

Based on the short story of the same name. 8 minutes.

Out of Mind: The Stories of H.P. Lovecraft (1998 R. Saint-Jean)

An excellent Canadian production, half-documentary, half fiction. With an outstanding performance by Christopher Heyerdahl as HPL himself. 45 minutes

read a review of Vancouver’s last Lovecraft film festival

T H E B L I N D I N G L I G H T ! !

36 Powell Street Vancouver, BC CANADA V6A 1E7

office/cafe: 604.684.8288 infoline: 604.878.3366

web: >www.blindinglight.com email: [email protected]

Saturday, August 18th at 9 pm (time subject to change) The Nerve Magazine presents

Cthulhu’s good-time boys…

The Darkest of the Hillside Thickets





at The Cobalt

917 Main St. Vancouver BC

Eldritch prizes! Squamous fun! Insidious rites!

$5 at the door.

Doors at 8:30 pm, first band at 10:00

Sunday, August 19th from 11am to 11pm we present

An H.P. Lovecraft Gaming Convention!

at the Polish Combatants Hall

1134 Kingsway, Vancouver BC

Admission: A measly $5

…Schedule is here!!…


How the schedule works: There are four blocks each consisting of 3 hours. (11am-2pm/2pm-5pm/5pm-8pm/8pm-11pm). The different tables are named after Lovecraft locations (Innsmouth, Dunwich, Arkham etc)

with Call of Cthulhu, Mythos, Dungeons & Dragons, Spaceship Zero, Creatures & Cultists, Cults Across America, Games Workshop demos

plus a special advance preview of the d20 Call of Cthulhu system.

Pre-Register to play or GM

How registration works: Registration is done through the linked web page (click on link above to open in new window)). Once you do that, enter a username, password and phone number. You will need to send us your measly $5 before you can schedule yourself to run or play in any games, unless other arrangements are made with us. This is so folks don’t register to run games and then fail to show. You can pay by check (send to Toren Atkinson 302-1015 West 13th Ave Van BC V6H 1N1) or by PayPal (user: [email protected]). Once paid you can login and register for the games, otherwise show up with a Finn at the door and take your chances getting in the games you want to play. GM’s will be reimbursed in gaming product donated by our sponsors.

Questions? Email Us! We are at your disposal.


Snack bar will be well stocked.

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