As part of the countdown to the festival I’ve asked our esteemed guests and contributors three quick questions:
1. What was your first encounter with H.P. Lovecraft?
2. Which one of his stories do you like the best?
3. What will you be doing at SHPLFV?
You will probably find a lot of common ground reading their answers in the days to come. First up is filmmaker Marko Kattilakoski:
1. My first contact with H.P. Lovecraft came through the roleplaying game Call of Cthulhu. I was 14 years old when a friend gave it to me. I became transfixed by the illustrations, the environments and the mood conveyed in the rules. They made me curious about the short stories and the first one I read was the Swedish translation of ”The Outsider” by Sam J. Lundwall. I still remember being profoundly shaken by it.
I still have the box (for Call of Cthulhu 2nd Edition) and really treasure it. Complete down to the original set of dice.
2. That is a tough choice. Call of Cthulhu is the classic when talking about Lovecraft and I really like it. I really appreciate the short story ”The Terrible Old Man”, mostly since it leaves so much up to the reader’s imagination. ”The Outsider” still touches me deeply.
3. On Thursday I will be presenting my film ”The Terrible Typewriter” and take any questions from the audience afterwards. I’m really curious to see the other movies on offer. I have Call of Cthulhu on dvd, but have never seen it on the big screen, which will be awesome! I’m a big fan of the HPLHS productions and had the opportunity to visit their studio in Los Angeles when ”The Terrible Typewriter” was screened at the Lovecraft Festival in May. Met Andrew Leman and Mike Dalager there. Also had the opportunity to exchange a few words with Sean Branney, so I think it’s great that he’s joining us in Stockholm.
I’m really interested in 1000 Ögon, haven’t read any of that, and am counting on bringing a signed copy home with me. I will also listen to the various live readings and shop at Bazaar of the Bizarre.
Thank you Marko! Tomorrow you can read what Einar Baldvin has to say on these subjects.