H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival: San Pedro 2011: Part 2

By B.A. Campbell

The themes of time displacement and immortality – always pertinent in discussions of Lovecraft’s work – continued into the second day of the festival with Cast A Deadly Spell, a 20-year-old movie shot in the style of 50s noir; La Sombra Prohibida, a heavily Mythos-inspired film concerning a 150-year-old warlock; and the H.P. Lovecraft Historical Society’s brand new adaptation of “The Whisperer in Darkness”, filmed as it might have been, had it been shown in …

B.A. CampbellH.P. Lovecraft Film Festival: San Pedro 2011: Part 2

H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival: San Pedro 2011: Part 1

By B.A. Campbell

Though one of his best stories (“The Shadow out of Time”) hinges on time travel, Lovecraft was never much concerned with the future. He was uncomfortable enough in his own time. So, if he had been given a guest pass and a time machine to visit the H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival, held September 16th and 17th this year in San Pedro, California, there’s a good chance he would have declined. Nevertheless, he was with us in spirit, …

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Column: A Pistol and a Flashlight: Gregory Weir

By B.A. Campbell

 (I Fell In Love With) The Majesty of Colors (2008). Company: Kongregate. Developer: Gregory Weir. Platform: Web.

Silent Conversation (2009). Company: Armor Games. Developer: Gregory Weir. Platform: Web.

Babies Dream of Dead Worlds (2010). Company: Newgrounds. Developer: Gregory Weir. Platform: Web.

Looming (2010). Company: Newgrounds. Developer: Gregory Weir. Platform: Web.

Organising the half-shattered china dolls in the attic of my ancestral home, I came upon yet another antiquated handbill, identical in nearly all particulars to the first

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Review: One Weird Idea

By B.A. Campbell

Mathieu, Roscoe, ed. One Weird Idea, May 2011. Glorious Dawn Press (2011). 69 pp. ISBN: 0983453209.

One Weird Idea is “the first e-format periodical”. No, wait. It’s “the world’s first anthozine” – a hybrid organism marrying the best traits of a magazine with those of an anthology.

I’ll tell you what it is: It’s damn good SF at a damn reasonable value. Its credo – “Take an idea, and write a story around it” – may …

B.A. CampbellReview: One Weird Idea

Column: A Pistol and a Flashlight: Siren

By B.A. Campbell

Siren (2004). Company: Sony Computer Entertainment. Developer: SCE Japan Studio. Platform: Playstation 2. Rating: Mature.

“The Japanese village of Hanuda teeters between two worlds – the world of the living, and a nightmarish world where the buildings have been ruined, the land has been distorted, and the mountains have been replaced by an unending sea.”

In XX prefecture, there are tales of a village lost in time. A village buried by a landslide 27 years ago, yet …

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Column: A Pistol and a Flashlight: Alone in the Dark: Inferno

By B.A. Campbell

Alone in the Dark: Inferno(2008). Company: Atari. Developer: Eden Games/Hydravision. Platform: PC, Xbox 360, Playstation 3, Playstation 2, Wii. Rating: M.

“Magical stones, monsters, prophecies…none of that means shit when you’ve got a bullet in the head.”

It’s a funny thing about Lucifer. For most of my childhood, I thought it was simply another pen name of the Prince of Darkness, interchangeable with “Satan”, “Beelzebub”, and that all-time favourite, “Devil” with a capital D. To …

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Column: A Pistol and a Flashlight: The Lurking Horror (1987)

By B.A. Campbell

The Lurking Horror (1987). Company: Infocom. Developer: Infocom. Platform: PC. Rating: Unrated.

“People’s names for their nodes are getting weird. This one is called ‘Lovecraft’.”

If there were ever an appropriate analogue for the Great Old Ones in the realm of computer entertainment, it would be interactive fiction. For half a decade, starting in the late 70s, before sinking into obscurity under the rising tides of colour graphics and moving animations, IF was the undisputed god-king of …

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Column: A Pistol and a Flashlight: Clock Tower: The First Fear

By B.A. Campbell

Clock Tower: The First Fear (1995). Company: Human Entertainment. Developer: Human Entertainment. Platform: Super Nintendo, Playstation, WonderSwan, PC. Rating: Unrated.

“There are twin children who are a blemish on this world.”

Sibling rivalry is, unfortunately, a common source of familial strife. Things can get particularly strained when one of the siblings is newly adopted, like 14-year-old Jennifer Simpson, and the other is a 9-year-old, half-demon serial killer with an unusual fondness for garden shears.

Sadly for Jennifer, …

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Column: A Pistol And a Flashlight: Silent Hill: Shattered Memories

By B.A. Campbell

Silent Hill: Shattered Memories (2009). Company: Konami. Developer: Climax Studios. Platform: Wii, Playstation 2, Playstation Portable. Rating: Mature.

“I love my daddy!”

It feels like only yesterday that I finally put into words the thoughts that had been cycling through my head for nearly ten years: how the original Silent Hill managed to evade time’s inevitable toll and remain, in 2011, as essential a horror experience as it was in 1999. Today, I return my gaze to …

B.A. CampbellColumn: A Pistol And a Flashlight: Silent Hill: Shattered Memories