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11052002 We have lots of news today, folks.

First of all, it's official. Cthulhu Coffee will be part of a two-room party at CONvergence 2003. That's right -- twice the size, twice the fun! The other half of our swank accommodations will be home to the Room with a Moose, the unofficial CONvergence lair of Invader Zim (and all other doom-like things). The Doom Room will be run by the Chicago branch of Cthulhu Coffee. We thought the two room parties could easily unite and conquer the planet, so we are combining forces for maximum doom and party goodness.

Secondly, Melissa and Christopher have both received tickets to Harry Knowles' Butt-Numb-a-Thon in mid-December. You can bet your boots that the 24-hour movie marathon will be thoroughly covered in our Convention Reports section.

Third, check out Cthulhu Lives right now! I mean it! These guys are great! Check out their first-class CD of A Shoggoth on the Roof... Take a look at the mother lode of Mythos fonts... Dig into Myth-Os cereal... It's all there. Complete and total Lovecraftian goodness! Yum!

Fourth, an interesting news bite from the horror DVD shelves. From Don:

I picked up the Sleepaway Camp Survival Kit from Anchor Bay today.  I did it for several reasons.  The first of which is that it has all three Sleepaway Camp films as well as a bonus DVD containing production footage from the uncompleted Sleepaway 4.  It also is going to be pulled from the shelves.  Why, you ask?  Because it has a big red cross on the front, which violates the Geneva Convention.  Heh.  So if you want it, grab it because Anchor Bay got a Cease and Desist order from the American Red Cross.  You can't display the red cross unless you are in fact the Red Cross.  Funny stuff.

So, if you're wondering why the Sleepaway box set was suddenly pulled from the shelves, there's your answer.

09302002 I have many things to relay to my fellow minions today.

First up, Omegacon. That's right! November 8th is coming up fast. Make sure you pre-register and grab a hotel room for this posh little convention. Come hang around a rustic Wisconsin lodge with an ultra-condensed crowd of fans! You know you want to! This place is only a stone's throw from the Twin Cities, and it's going to be an uber-fun weekend. Go register now! There are only a few rooms left!

Secondly, I just have to gush over this little tidbit, found in the pages of the latest Fangoria. Lord of the Rings and Dead Alive director Peter Jackson (ALL HAIL PETER JACKSON!) may be looking at directing another gore n' guts fest on a shoestring budget. Yes, my preciousssss! More zombie goodness! Mr. Jackson says, "I am seriously thinking about the idea of another zombie film. Part of the fun of doing low-budget horror films is the freedom you have. I'm kind of thinking that it would be fun to shoot something over a long period of time. Whatever we might do after Lord of the Rings, I'm seriously thinking of filming on the weekends... It'll be another year before I can actually do anything, but certainly now is the time to start planning."

08202002 Happy birthday, Mr. Lovecraft! You would have been 112 years young today. In honor of his birthday, I urge you to check out this tale of madness: Plush Cthulhu!

In the news today, you zombie fans will be pleased to discover that Return of the Living Dead will be hitting DVD next Tuesday. That's right folks! All the brain-eating you can handle on August the 27th! This fine digital offering will not only include the film, but also audio commentary with O'Bannon and Stout, as well as a featurette. The sound will be mono, but the disc will offer both P&S and widescreen, which should please both cinephiles and full-screen acolytes alike. Click here for a great deal on the DVD.

08152002 I have a few news tidbits for you fine folks today.

First of all, we located a video of the Hellboy panel at the San Deigo Comic Con a few weeks ago. If you recall, this was the panel where Guillermo Del Toro began talking about some of his other projects, including his adaptation of Lovecraft's "At the Mountains of Madness".

Secondly, news for all you Kolchak fans out there. Remember Kolchak? The Night Stalker? Well, Moonstone Books is releasing an all-new Kolchak story in comic form, and it will land on your local bookshelf in December. Spiders, snakes, and werewolves... oh my! Click here to find out more. (Note that the pencils for the comic were done by our very own Christopher.)

Third, something silly for you Lord of the Rings fans... a rather disturbing set of secret diaries. Sample, from Legolas' journal: "Day one. Went to Council of Elrond. Was prettiest person there. Agreed to follow some tiny little man to Mordor to throw ring into volcano. Very important mission -- gold ring so tacky."

08062002 More updates have been made to the site. There are new links on the Links [links page now defunct: 112406] page, including one to Zombie Alert! and one to KPLA Radio, who we hung out with at CONvergence this year. The Convention Calendar [calendar page now defunct: 112406] has also been updated. (On a sad note, Defkon 1 has been canceled due to lack of interest.)

Minion Christopher also has a couple of news scoops for us today. First of all, it looks like a couple of Romero films will be getting the deluxe DVD treatment soon. From Anchor Bay:

DAWN OF THE DEAD - Summer 2003 George Romero's masterpiece is coming back to DVD in a big way. Featuring newly re-mastered widescreen transfers (16x9 enhanced), new DTS & Dolby EX Surround Sound, all-new cast & crew interviews, all-new audio commentary tracks, trailers, poster & still galleries and more! Available separately will be the original Theatrical Version and the Extended (Director's Cut) Version. Also available will be a special multi-disc box set including an exclusive presentation of the ZOMBI version of the film from Europe. Expect more announcements in the coming months, and please note all features at this point are tentative and subject to change. Closed Captioned for the Hearing Impaired.

DAY OF THE DEAD - Summer 2003 The third film in George Romero's Living Dead saga is getting the special edition treatment with all-new special features including interviews, audio commentary, and behind-the-scenes footage. Expect more announcements in the coming months, all please note and features at this point are tentative and subject to change. Closed Captioned For The Hearing Impaired.

More information can be found at the Dawn of the Dead web site.

Christopher also comes bearing news of the proposed At the Mountains of Madness film project, which Guillermo del Toro (Blade II) has been kicking around. Since I knew Christopher was going to be at the San Diego Comic Con last weekend, I made him promise to bring me good tidings of the project. Indeed, he sat in on the Hellboy panel, and came back with a lot to say. Exciting news indeed, from Christopher:

Many an adventure was to be found at the 2002 Comic Con International in San Diego, and many a fascinating tidbit to be learned on upcoming comic book and film projects. But the subject most relevant to readers of this site would be the news on Guillermo Del Toro's upcoming film version of H.P. Lovecraft's AT THE MOUNTAINS OF MADNESS.

Guillermo spoke of the project during a panel on his film of MIKE MIGNOLA'S HELLBOY (currently in preproduction). The panel featured Guillermo Del Toro, Mike Mignola, and actor Ron Pearlman, who will play Hellboy in the film.

I will steal a few quotes from Quint of AINT IT COOL NEWS who attended the panel and wrote an article on it for AICN, capturing more detail than I was capable of. The subject of AT THE MOUNTAINS OF MADNESS came up when someone asked Guillermo about his other upcoming projects:

GUILLERMO DEL TORO: "Hellboy is what is in my mind from now until 2004, but I'm developing some story lines and some screenplays that I'm not writing myself. The only one I'm writing with my partner Matthew Robbins is AT THE MOUNTAINS OF MADNESS, from the Lovecraft novel. What is great about that one is no one has done that side of Lovecraft right. No one has really tried to make the cosmic monsters and cities and the dimension of existing in a world that basically is the bread crumbs of a cosmic picnic. We're here because someone made us as a joke. That's the whole credo of Lovecraft. Some creatures created life on earth as a joke. It's really just a perspective that has never really been seen on film. We're fighting very hard to get that one, but it will take a while."

Later in the panel, Guillermo mentioned that both Mike Mignola and cartoonist Gahan Wilson would be contributing conceptual art for the film. Those unable to wait for Guillermo's take on the Lovecraft mythos will get a sneak peak of sorts, as the HELLBOY film will be an adaptation of the SEED OF DESTRUCTION Hellboy miniseries, which features many Lovecraftian elements, including a massive tentacled beastie that should make any Cthulhu fan squeal in delight.

If you would like to read Quint's entire article on the HELLBOY panel, check it out here. There is also a word-for-word transcript of the panel here.

08042002 We have a new feature! That's right... we finally got so many movie reviews clogging up the News section that we moved them all to their own place. Check out our Flickering Opinions.

Speaking of new things, we also have a new minion! Yes, that's right... Guy has joined the ranks.

Finally, we have uploaded even more photos to the CONvergence 2002 Convention Report. Since I couldn't possibly squeeze in anything else into the text, all of the new items are thumbnails at the bottom of the report. See American Maid on her knees! See Mark with blue hair! Oggle even more photos of Rick in a pink boa!

07102002 Yeah, yeah, yeah. I hear you. "What the hell have you been up to? This site hasn't been updated in over a month!"

Well... we've been busy.

CONvergence hit in a BIG way. Read about it! It's a weekend that features a mind-boggling scope of adventures at the most amazing fan-run convention on the planet. Meet the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse! Find out why the concom will be seeking revenge upon me! Have a gander at The American Maid!

Which, of course, brings me to my second addition to the site, the long-awaited 2002 slogans! Nip by this page to view and print our 200 new posters in .pdf format.

Next up, we have new minions! Welcome, Jim, Christopher J., and Benji!

And speaking of Benji, find out how he earned his minionhood!

And finally, something on a more serious note...

The venerable has crafted a petition to halt Carroll and Graf Publishers from publishing August Derleth's work as H. P. Lovecraft's writings. Click here to learn more, and to sign the petition.

05302002 Only one month (or so) until CONvergence!

I just put a couple new entries on the Links page [links page now defunct: 112406]:

First of all, we stumbled across this rather nifty site: The House of Horrors! Mmm mmm, good and good for you!

And secondly, here's something that will really make your brain reel. You know the actor Lance Henriksen? Yeah, Bishop in Aliens. Frank Black on Millenium. That guy in Pumpkinhead. Get that image in your mind. Now go look at this.

On a different note, Hogshead Publishing just sent me a lovely copy of their new H. P. Lovecraft game, De Profundis. I am anxious to have a look at it, and I will get back to you as soon as I do.

Bruce Campbell at the Oak Street Cinema05102002 Lots of updates today!

First of all, we welcome both Don and Kyle to their own minion pages.

Next, have a look to the left. That's right, that's Bruce Campbell. Sharon finally had her photos from January developed, so we now have further documentation that we were actually in the same room with the great Bruce Campbell when he toted the new Evil Dead print through our town. Nifty, eh?

Further news on the movie font: the latest Stuart Gordon/Brian Yuzna opus, Dagon, will finally turn up in the USA. It is being released on video on July 23rd. I've heard it's rather corny, and probably has very little to do with the original H. P. Lovecraft tale, but hey... it's the Re-Animator guys, okay?

Now, site news.

I've managed to add a few more links to the links page. Check out the web sites for both director David Lynch and author Neil Gaiman.

And last, but not least, read the second convention report of the month! That's right folks... the Demicon report is here! Alien paratroopers! Body painting! Invasion of the Iron Chefs! And lots of web slingin'!

05032002 Yes, you can all say, "IT"S ABOUT DAMN TIME!"

Yes, I am glad to announce that the World Horror Convention report has finally been posted! Learn to draw cartoons from Gahan Wilson! Find out why John Wayne Gacy's first wife was never called as a witness! Have a gander at Neil Gaiman's purple bunny! Yes, it's all there!

Now that that's done, it's time for me to depart for Iowa. Why?!? I hear you cry. Why, Demicon begins today! Look for a second report next week!

04272002 As several of you already know, my computer has been defunct for the last two weeks because of a faulty power converter. I am still waiting for the proper part from Apple to arrive, but since I was getting the shakes from not being able to update the site, I finally talked my dad out of the power cord for his G3, so for a while, we're back up and running.

There are a lot of things in the blender that I have been working on offline:

  • The World Horror Convention took place two weeks ago in Chicago, IL, and it was a damn fine time. Paul and I went to check it out, and it hopefully will be only a matter of hours before you are able to read the convention report here.
  • I'm currently working on a new bulletin board system for the Cafe. I'm tired of the banner ads and it's limited usability, so I'm putting something together that will run natively on
  • Demicon is coming up next weekend. Thus, you will also be reading the report from that within about a week and a half. Two reports in two weeks! Yikes! My brain will be fried, but I will be a happy fangirl.
  • We have a new minion, Don. One of my coworkers at one of my night jobs sat down at 4:00 AM and began thinking of slogans. There are almost 250 slogans for this year, as opposed to the 80 we had last year. Am I happy about this? As the person who has to design 250 unique posters before the 4th of July, I'm really not sure... But the more the merrier, and Don will have his creds up in the Who section before the weekend is over.

So that's the scoop for now. I'm off to finish the WHC convention report. So far, I'm midway through the last day of the convention, so I'm on the homestretch...

04022002 I have seen the news, and the news is good!

First of all, Harry Knowles of Ain't It Cool News has caught rumblings of a possible movie production of H. P. Lovecraft's wonderful "At the Mountains of Madness". Apparently, Guillermo del Toro, director of Blade II and the upcoming Hellboy, is seeking rights to the tale. More info here.

Secondly, Rick, Sharon, and I were at a Rob Zombie concert on Saturday in St. Paul, MN, and caught some of our own rumblings. Yes, Rob Zombie himself announced to a mass of Zombie fans that his own feature, House of 1000 Corpses, will finally hit the silver screens at Halloween this year, after years of distribution hell.

Third, everyone congratulate Rick (aka Hellbob) on his first Ain't It Cool News report, about our Rob Zombie buzz. See it here.

03232002 Hallelujah! The MarsCon report is finished! (Yes, you may cue up Handel's Messiah now.) You all have permission to flog me for taking so long. But before you do that, read the report! The Drooling Fanboy returns! The CONvergence concom dresses entirely in khaki! And the Closing Ceremonies that Never End!

03162002 The MarsCon report still isn't done, but I have completed documentation of the first of the three days. (Have a glance.)

03132002 Ugh, I still can't manage to get that MarsCon report finished. It should be here in a couple of days. Until then, I shall try to placate you with only the introduction and the photos. (Have a look.)

I have also updated all of the information on the Convention Calendar [calendar page now defunct: 112406] and added a few new conventions, such as DefKon.

03092002 Mea culpa... it has been over a week since MarsCon, and I still haven't uploaded a report. But do not despair... it is on its way.

For now, humor yourself with this: Toast! (Requires sound.)

Bruce Campbell at the Oak Street Cinema02212002 Mucho mega massive site redesign. Brain hurt. Web minion tired.

Lots of things have been going on, and many goodies have been updated within the site.

The Convention Calendar [calendar page now defunct: 112406] has been updated again, showing corrected WisCon dates, as well as the info for Capricon, Omegacon and Midwest FurFest. More updates will be forthcoming over the next few days as I scour for the latest information.

I have made many of the new Lovecraft Short Story Summaries live, complete with historical esoterica, trivia, and images. Some of the new items include information for The Colour Out of Space, The Dunwich Horror, The Picture in the House, Pickman's Model, The Horror at Red Hook, Cool Air and The Hound.

There's also a new link on the Links page: The Scrimshaw Brothers are a Minneapolis comedy team/troupe that performs on the first weekend of every month at the Loring Playhouse. They specialize in geek humor and frequent CONvergence under the moniker "Soylent Theater". Highly recommended for anyone in our area. The next show, the annual Offense-O-Rama, will be playing on the 1st and 2nd of March.

Here's something on the gaming horizon. James Wallis, the director of Hogshead Publishing, contacted me the other day about perhaps reviewing his new game, De Profundis. I had a glance at the game book at The Source a few months ago, and it looked like it could be quite the definitive Lovecraft-based RPG. Wallis has offered to send me a copy for us to review, so hopefully we will be able to send you a full report soon!

Now for movie dirt. Bruce Campbell visited Minneapolis a couple weeks ago and graced us (and a movie theater packed with people) with both a copy of his fandom documentary, Fanalysis, and with the brand-new print of The Evil Dead. Here's the dirt:

  • The new version of the film will be released on DVD within a couple weeks, complete with packaging fashioned like The Book of the Dead. The DVD will contain Fanalysis, as well as Within the Woods, the demo Sam Raimi made to get funding for The Evil Dead.
  • The new print of the film is gorgeous. Well, as gorgous as a film taken from a 16mm master can look. I'm just thrilled that the print didn't break every 15 minutes, like the old prints I've seen.
  • Fanalysis is fun, but not great.
  • Bruce Campbell is a down-to-earth, good-humored fellow who revels in the fact that he's a B-movie actor. His looks also improve with age. And he looks better in real life than he does on screen. Mmmmm...
  • If you haven't yet read his witty-and-wicked book, If Chins Could Kill..., buy it and read it.

Finally, on the homefront, Cthulhu Coffee has two new minions! A fine bloke named Jay sent me a note out of the blue, containing a wealth of Cthulhu Coffee slogans and suggestions on coffee brewing. What a guy! Definitely minion material. In addition to Jay, we are also honoring/cursing Tadao with minionhood. Tadao gets minionhood for sitting in LAX with me for several hours, suggesting a million different bizarre things to do with calamari.

02062002 Unbelievable. I finally have the Supercon convention report done!

01272002 I just returned from Supercon. Quite the weekend! Alien diving at 4:30 AM! Drunken jigsaw puzzle assembly! Star Trek origami! You will hear all the dirt within a few days, when I complete the convention report.

For right now, I'm going off to find some real food...

01092002 Those of you with cable might want to check this out. Insomniac, the late-night show on Comedy Central, filmed part of their Chicago episode at WindyCon 2001. The show will air on January 23rd, at 9:30 PM CST (in theory).

It should be interesting to see Mr. Attell run around a hotel full of fandom!

01082002 Good... er, 'scuse me... Nefarious things are afoot!

Tonight, Rick and I went to The Source, and Rick finally picked up a copy of GURPS Cthulhupunk. Hopefully, we'll have a chance to dig up some friends and try it out within a few weeks, and we will of course report our results directly to you like the good minions that we are.

I managed to stumble across a very entertaining web site today that combines ample geekism with fine satire: You will find that, indeed, Bill Gates did negotiate to buy Evil directly from The Prince of Darkness, and that Gateway proposes to make a steak dinner out of its trademark cow. Yum!

Jason has also been on the lookout for Cthulhu goodness... er, vileness. First of all, he pointed out a new User Friendly comic that features the Ancient One, and then, he sent me the following elegant quote, which I will close upon today:

    "Most people aren't aware of the fact that UNIX actually dates back to the Cthulhuvian epoch, and was widely used in R'lyeh. The R'lyehish word fhtagn is actually a technical term, and literally means "sleeps on an event". Thus, Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn literally means "in his house at R'lyeh dead Cthulhu waits blocked on I/O".

-- Andrew C. Bulhak

01042002 Eek! Lego Cthulhu!

(Many thanks to Tadao for the above link.)

01042002 Another year has passed and left us basking in its mixture of glorious successes and heartbreaking tragedies. It has also left us with a clean news page for the upcoming wonders of 2002 -- and we're hitting the ground running. I have a slew of goodies for you folks today.

First of all, a member of the Chicago Anthropomorphism Crew brought to my attention the existence of Deluxe Cocktail Squids -- little plastic squids that hang onto the lip of a drinking glass. He bemoaned the fact that there seemed to be no such thing as a Standard Cocktail Squid, but I liked the Deluxe verisions just fine. I ordered a gaggle of them (is there a proper collective noun for squids?) from the delicious Archie McPhee. So, if you're at CONvergence and you ask nice, I just might give you a cocktail squid for your very own.

Next up, Chaosium has released the 20th Anniversary Edition of Call of Cthulhu. It's absolutely lovely -- have a look.

Third, I found an amusing thing on The Brunching Shuttlecocks site today -- The Geek Hierarchy. Where do you fall?

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