The Whisperer in Darkness Hits the Festival Circuit

Fresh new about the H. P. Lovecraft Historical Society’s second film, The Whisperer in Darkness, has come to light. When last we looked in on Whisperer, set in the low, green mountains of southern Vermont, the crew was wrapping up post-production. Now the film is complete and making the rounds of film festivals all over the world.

Locally, it screened recently at the Berkshire International Film Festival in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. The next regional screening is at the Fantasia film festival in Montreal on July 26th.

Work on the home video version continues as well, with standard DVD and Blu-ray versions in the offing. Features include lots of language tracks — 25 at last count — interviews, behind the scenes footage and more. Drop date is estimated somewhere within October 2011. Here’s to a Halloween treat!

Nightmare Vermont : Halloween in July!

We’ve heard about Nightmare Vermont before, but we were reminded via e-mail (Thanks, Douglas!) that they’ve got an upcoming event at the Higher Ground later this month, on the 16th:

Drag out your best costumes, even the ones that are too skimpy to wear in October, because Halloween now comes twice a year. Nightmare Vermont invites you to boogie down at their Halloween themed dance party, featuring music by DJ Llu, clips from Nightmares past, costume contests, performances by the Nightmare troupe and a host of wicked guests.

The show will be at 8pm, with tickets going for $10 in advance and $12 at the door. As Halloween is GeekMtnState’s favorite holiday, we wholeheartedly approve and wish that we could make it!

Here’s the scoop on Nightmare Vermont from their website:

Nightmare Vermont is a thrilling, interactive haunted house that has run in underground spaces, and as part of other events since 2004. It has garnered a reputation for cinema-level visual effects, engaging characters, and wild Halloween fun. Come see scrappy evil geniuses team up with community leaders to bring you Vermont’s most exciting and unique event.

Nightmare Vermont works very closely with the South Burlington Rotary, a collection of business leaders who come together for the good of the community. The Rotary has helped fulfill Nightmare Vermont’s purpose of being a creative outlet for the weird and unusual in our community since our 2009 show. Proceeds from Nightmare Vermont go directly back towards helping our community through the Rotary Charities.

Back by popular demand is the Dark Arts Gallery! This gallery space not only provides patrons of our event with a place to mingle indoors while waiting to enter the show, but enables local artists to show off their wonderfully gruesome and dark artwork to the community. So really, everyone wins!

To find out more about specific events going on before the show, or ways you can get involved look us up on Facebook or Twitter! There are always things going on in preparation for the new season!

Visit their website:

Joe Citro’s Soul Keeper

Seven Days has a great little piece on the adaptation of a Joe Citro story, Soul Keeper. It’s to become a short film, directed by Tim Joy out of Middlebury, with local actors and crew bringing Citro’s words to life:

On a recent Sunday, snow drifts made it hard to open the back door of the Coach Barn at Shelburne Farms. Maybe that was for the best, since the Victorian stable’s interior, always a little gothic, had been transformed into something very gothic. Crucifixes dangled from hooks on a blood-red wall. A golden door bore arcane lettering. In a room equipped with shackles on the floor, dramatic lighting pierced the gloom.

Citro has chronicled some thoughts on his own blog:

Yesterday I went to Shelburne to see my story Soul Keeper become a movie. It was an amazing process to watch. When I wrote the tale, it took, maybe, a week — two at the most — working in solitude. The story is ink on paper; the movie is magnificent. It has involved months of planning and a crew of a couple dozen very talented people, working around a single idea: the screenplay.


You can watch a teaser here:


The Whisperer in Darkness

Photo by Luptor.

“Bear in mind closely that I did not see any actual visual horror at the end.”
— H. P. Lovecraft, The Whisperer in Darkness

Following up their initial silent film The Call of Cthulhu, the H. P. Lovecraft Historical Society nears the end of post-production on their adaptation of The Whisperer in Darkness, a pulp horror story by H. P. Lovecraft first published in Weird Tales in 1931.

Set among the “green and cryptical hills” of southern Vermont, particularly around Townshend, Newfane and Brattleboro, The Whisperer in Darkness blends horror and science fiction in a tale of otherworldly creatures hidden in those hills and the lengths they go to protect themselves from inquisitive souls.

During production, the crew made the trip out to New England from Los Angeles to shoot on location in Vermont, New Hampshire and Massachusetts, including some of the actual locations on which Lovecraft based elements of the original short story. The film’s blog mentions how pleasant shooting in New England was: “Overall, we were delighted by how friendly and cooperative everyone we met was. We would come up to people and ask if we could film their house. Most people said, ‘Sure! Would you like to film our barn too?'” It’s nice to know Vermonters can be so hospitable to a band of Lovecraft geeks making a movie.

You can read more about the production of The Whisperer in Darkness production at the film’s official blog, including premiere and screening dates as they are set. The trailer is available on Youtube. Like many of Lovecraft’s works which have passed out of copyright, the original text of The Whisperer in Darkness is available online for free — similarity to the film adaptation not guaranteed.

Building a Science Fiction / Fantasy Section

I used to work for Walden Books, the branch in the Berlin Mall, where we had a pretty decent Science Fiction and Fantasy section. Walden Books went out, and has since been replaced with a new branch of Rivendell Books. They’re doing well, so I hear, but their science fiction / fantasy / horror section is small: a single shelf or two. There’s not a whole lot there. Two of my friends who work there have asked for recommendations on what to stock up the sections with, and while I have my own ideas, there’s other people in the world with vastly different tastes in the speculative fiction genress.

So, there’s a request here. I want this store to do well: we need bookstores, and for me personally (and others that I know of), speculative fiction has enough barriers to get through to sell. What, in your opinion, are books that the store should stock? (Keep in mind that there’s the requirement that they need to move them off the shelves and into people’s hands.) When walking into a bookstore, what books would you pull off the shelf and press into the hands of a friend or stranger for them to read?

Blood Lodge Director in Stowe Tonight

Kevin Orosz of Graffiti Playhouse Productions will meet with actors, zombie actors, local residents seeking to provide support and any business owners looking to sponsor the production of his zombie film at the Ten Acres Lodge in Stowe today, February 18th from 5:00pm to 10:00pm.

Principal photography of the film, Blood Lodge, takes place in Vermont March 14th to 20th of this year, both at the Ten Acres Lodge and surrounding environs of Stowe.

[via Craigslist, blog @ Ten Acres Lodge]