International Guest of Honour
International Special Guests
Sean Branney was born in Englewood, Colorado. He received a BFA degree in Theatre from the University of Colorado at Boulder. He then moved to Southern California to attend the California Institute of the Arts where he earned his MFA in Acting. He founded Theatre Banshee in Burbank, California with his wife, Leslie Baldwin, and produced and directed many theatrical productions, winning awards for Acting, Directing and Producing from the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle.With his colleague, Andrew Leman, he founded and continues to run the H.P. Lovecraft Historical Society in Glendale, California. With the HPLHS, Sean has co-produced the films The Call of Cthulhu and The Whisperer in Darkness. Sean adapted The Call of Cthulhu for the screen and directed The Whisperer in Darkness.
He’s been a writer, performer and producer of twenty feature-length 1930s-style radio dramas for the acclaimed series Dark Adventure Radio Theatre. He’s also co-written and co-produced a variety of Lovecraftian musical projects, including A Shoggoth on the Roof, A Very Scary Solstice, An Even Scarier Solstice and The Curious Sea Shanties of Innsmouth, Mass. He continues to explore new ways to share Lovecraft’s cosmic horror with new audiences.
In addition to his Lovecraftian pursuits, Sean regularly plays ice hockey and plays with his three chinchillas. He’s delighted to be Leslie’s husband and Aidan’s dad.
Andrew Leman grew up in the suburbs of Denver, Colorado, in a large family that owned a publishing company. He was surrounded by books, graphic design, and handcrafting from an early age. Fascinated by the 1920s/'30s, he is one of the founding members of the H. P. Lovecraft Historical Society, and has produced a number of literary, film, theatrical, music, prop and gaming projects there with his longtime friend and collaborator Sean Branney.
He wrote and directed the first HPLHS student film, The Testimony of Randolph Carter, directed The Call of Cthulhu, and co-wrote and co-produced The Whisperer in Darkness. He co-writes, produces, and performs in the Dark Adventure Radio Theatreseries. He co-created the HPLHS musical sensations A Shoggoth on the Roof, two albums of Lovecraftian holiday music, the jazz vocal album Ogham Waite: Live at the Gilman House, and The Curious Sea Shanties of Innsmouth, Mass.
Leman earned his MFA in acting from the University of Illinois, and has been seen on professional stages in Chicago and Los Angeles. He greatly enjoys reading for The H. P. Lovecraft Literary Podcast and being an occasional guest host. When not pursuing any of these many other occupations, Leman is a graphic and type designer, and his typographical work has been seen in books and on movie screens, Trader Joe’s products, and billboards nationwide.
Andrew is devoted to his husband Glenn Alfonso and their rescue dogs. He rides his bike as often as he can, which is never often enough.
Australian Special Guests
Penelope Love is a writer who lives in Melbourne, Australia, with fellow writer and editor Mark Morrison. Together they have edited, written, or otherwise contributed to many Chaosium publications for Call of Cthulhu, including the sourcebook Terror Australis and the campaign, Horror on the Orient Express. Penny has also written a fair swag of short stories for both Chaosium and Golden Goblin Press, and contributed to numerous Australian fantasy and horror short story collections. A recent story, Turn Out the Light appeared in She Walks in Shadows from Innsmouth Free Press (republished in the US as Cthulhu's Daughters). She Walks in Shadows won the 2017 World Fantasy Award, Anthology category, and was a finalist in the Locus Poll, Best Anthology 2017.
Mark Morrison has been writing scenarios for the Call of Cthulhu roleplaying game for 30 years, almost as long as Cthulhu has been asleep. His work includes editing the massive Horror on the Orient Express boxed campaign, as well as scenarios in H.P. Lovecraft’s Dreamlands, Mansions of Madness, Arkham Unveiled, Escape from Innsmouth and other books from Chaosium, including editing books for the Stormbringer and Elric roleplaying games. His latest Call of Cthulhu publications are Reign of Terror, set during the French Revolution, and a scenario in the new Call of Cthulhu Starter Set. Mark has also worked on computer games for Atari, THQ and other publishers, including Transformers (PS2) and De Blob (Wii). He recently wrote dialogue for the science fiction tactics game Ticket to Earth (Robot Circus), and he worked on the storyline for the official Call of Cthulhu computer game being developed by Cyanide Studio for Focus Home Interactive. He is a co-owner of Campaign Coins, producing metal coins and tokens for tabletop games, including licensed products for Call of Cthulhu, Pathfinder, Starfinder, Shadow of the Demon Lord and other RPGs.