Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Stuff from Cthulhu Con

There were quite a few short films shown at Cthulhu Con, and I wanted to note down those that caught my interest (and that I remember a week after the fact). There were also a few books/authors that I took an interest in, from what I saw of them at their readings.

BTW, my apologies in advance if my notes here are sort of sparce. It's mostly just something for me for future reference.

Also, I didn't get to see all of the short films. And I'm not even listing all those here that were interesting...just those that are standing out in my memory as I'm writing this post.

Short films

Nefarious
Director: Brian Guardiola
Cast: Mackenzie Weimer, Shannon Burton

This one simply caught my attention because it has a young woman who may be a little overly cautious about something like out of a horror movie happening. Then, of course, she turns out to be in a short horror film herself.

George Jones & the Giant Squid
Director: Vincenzo Perrella
Cast: Christopher Waldon, Zeke Avila

From its title it seems like it should be a spinoff from James and the Giant Peach, but I don't remember the novel very well so I can't really comment on that.

I can say, though, that it was very interesting commentary on blindly following religion. It may have been borderline anti-religion. Speculating on this may be why it caught my attention.

Grasshopper
Director: Michael Usry
Cast: Jason Thompson, Christine McCarthy

A child goes missing, and a crazy man claims that a giant grasshopper took her. Or...is he crazy?

Authors

Michael Griffin

He read a short story that I cannot possibly hope to describe without giving away spoilers. I will say though that he's an author I may want to watch. He has his own blog, and mentions his reading briefly in this post.

Jim Smiley

This author read a chapter from a novel that will be coming out in October, Girlfiends Past. Dark urban fantasy, and he knows how to tease readers with wanting to know what's coming next.

Amanda Downum

She read a bit from a bit of a novel that is looking for a home. (That is, a publisher who will publish it.) I don't have much more than vague impressions of it in my memory, but it was definitely interesting. (Sorry, I may have been having a tad bit of trouble understanding people over the mics...)

Andrew S. Fuller

This guy read his short story that is in the anthology Fish, which is a book that I now want to read. And...I am too tired to do much more than direct you to read about it here, if you so wish.

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