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Live Events!

From time to time the HPLHS hosts live events at its global headquarters in Glendale, California. Click THIS LINK or the image above to see the current list of upcoming events.

StarFest Denver

StarFest Denver

  • April 16, 2019

Join Andrew Leman at StarFest Denver, the multi-genre fan convention celebrating horror, science fiction, fantasy, wizardry, gaming, comics, science and art. Held April 26-28 at the Marriott DTC in Denver, Colorado, the original stomping grounds of the HPLHS. Andrew will be screening The Call of Cthulhu on Friday night and The Whisperer in Darkness on Saturday night, and reading HPL stories out loud on Saturday afternoon. He might even play a game of Call of Cthulhu! If you're a card-carrying member, say hello and earn a bonus stamp! To get all the details, visit the StarFest website.

The Fall of Titans

  • April 2, 2019

The past several months have seen the passing of some beloved and illustrious figures in the Lovecraft community. We wanted to take a moment to celebrate our fallen friends and their varied contributions to the world we all cherish.

Greg Stafford

Greg Stafford

In October of 2018, Greg passed away in the sweat lodge of his home in Arcata, California. Greg is best known for being the founder of the game company Chaosium and the creator of the gaming world of Glorantha. His creations have been recognized with countless awards in the gaming industry and more importantly, countless players who enjoyed his creations. While we’d been in touch with Greg via email for many years, he submitted one of our favorite (and briefest) reviews of our Angell Box: “this is so f***ing cool!”. We had the pleasure and good fortune to be able to chat with him in person last summer at Gen Con. He was a lovely man, brimming with positivity and enthusiasm. While he created a world which will live on after him, he will be sorely missed by those who knew him.

Larry DiTillio

Larry DiTillio with his wife Marjory Goldman

Larry was best known in the Lovecraftian community for writing (with Lynn Willis) the famed Call of Cthulhu™ campaign Masks of Nyarlathotep. By the time Larry wrote it back in 1985, he was already well established as a screenwriter. He wrote for Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids, He-Man and the Masters of the Universe and its spin-off She-Ra: Princess of Power. He was also an executive story editor for the television series Babylon 5. While we had admired Larry’s work since playing Masks of Nyarlathotep back in the '80s, we had the chance to meet him and his wife Marjory late last year. The DiTillios graciously donated Larry’s substantial collection of Call of Cthulhu™ gaming books to the HPLHS library. With Chaosium’s recent release of a 5th edition of the Masks campaign, RPG gamers will continue to enjoy his creation for many years to come.

Wilum Pugmire

Wilum Pugmire

We also mourn the recent passing of Wilum Hopfrog Pugmire. As an author, Wilum is among the most significant writers contributing to modern Lovecraft-inspired fiction. His tales of the Sesqua Valley and other mythos-inspired stories have appeared in numerous anthologies of horror fiction. Wilum has long been a friend of the Society and was among our earliest members to join back in the 1980s. He was an enthusiastic supporter of the Society and went out of his way to encourage authors working in the realm of weird tales. We would often have the opportunity to visit with him at the H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival in Portland, OR. While some may have found his fashion tastes out of the ordinary, anyone who took the time to get to know Wilum would find a kind, gentle, and thoughtful artist lurking behind his avant garde outfits.

Visiting Dignitaries

Visiting Dignitaries

  • April 3, 2019

Global headquarters was graced today by a visit from Bryan Moore, filmmaker and sculptor who created the art deco "Alert Idol" for the HPLHS motion picture The Call of Cthulhu, and Brian Callahan, one of the directors of the H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival in Portland, Oregon. Callahan was in southern California attending WonderCon in Anaheim, and Moore has recently returned to Los Angeles after time in Iowa. It was a delight to see both of them!

Featured Member

  • April 3, 2019

Our Member of the Month for April 2019 is Colin Christenson of Minneapolis, Minn.

Colin says: "I think my first experience with Lovecraft was when my big brother got the Call of Cthulhu roleplaying book from Chaosium. I read "The Call of Cthulhu" short story that was at the front of the RPG book and got hooked on it. After that I "borrowed" (and am still borrowing to this day) a couple books of collected stories from my brother, and then I bought all the Del Rey paperbacks I could find at the used book store. I think I found the HPLHS looking for some props and finding their free prop sets. I ended up putting Miskatonic Library stickers on everything.

Since then I've been collecting all manner of Lovecraftian props and artifacts, but my favorite ones are usually the Historical Society ones. They have a very realistic feel to them and always look beautiful on a bookshelf or display.

It's hard to choose a favorite story but I think I like "The Shadow over Innsmouth" the best. Just the pervasive creepiness of the town and the people gives you that sense of dread before anything even happens. It's also an awesome setting for games or other stories."

CarcosaCon

  • April 2, 2019

Sean and Andrew had a truly delightful time at CarcosaCon, held at Czocha Castle near the village of Lesna, Poland. Our very great thanks to Michal Lisowski of Black Monk and his team for putting together a wonderful event. They have already started plans for next year, and we look forward to our return to Lower Silesia!

In addition to meeting lots of very friendly European gamers, we also had the very great pleasure of spending some quality time with the gang from Chaosium. You could not ask for a nicer group of talented, enthusiastic people.

Super Deluxes shipping

Masks Super Deluxe!

  • April 2, 2019

The Masks of Nyarlathotep Super Deluxe Limited Edition is now being shipped! We have shipped about half of the pre-orders, and are continuing to manufacture all the components as quickly as we can. Many of them are entirely hand made and they do take some time. We thank all of you who have been patiently waiting.

Featured Member

  • March 4, 2019

Our Member of the Month for March 2019 is Shane Truesdale of Eugene, Oregon.

Shane says: "Hello fellow Cultist. As a young boy growing up in various small towns in the Pacific North West I grew up with somewhat of a fascination with the Occult and all things related. From Books, to Movies and Music. My mind was eager to the point of being over anxious for the next thing to spark my interest in the genre. Now an Adult, I’m a collector and constantly looking for the next thing that will ignite that spark in me, while still a serious fan of the older gems in Scientific Fiction and Horror. I’m proud to be a Member of the H.P. Lovecraft Historical Society, and be given the opportunity to meet others with like interests. Keeping Lovecraft’s works alive and well for Future generations."