‘Lycan’ Trailer

Lycan, a horror movie directed by Bev Land and starring Dania Ramirez, Parker Croft, Vanessa Angel, and Gail O’Grady is set to release this summer. The plot:

When six college kids in a sleepy Southern town are assigned a group project to rediscover a moment in history, one of them sets in motion a horrific fate when he proposes they head into the Georgia backwoods to tackle the legend of Emily Burt, the Talbot County werewolf. “Talbot County” is a Hitchcockian tale of horror set in 1986 that delves into a hundred year old fable where our students are met with very real consequences that go beyond any classroom lessons.

The trailer offers a gruesome glimpse of the terror in the typical horror-thriller fashion. It also offers a glimpse of the so-called werewolf that appears to look more like a mad dog than anything of a werewolf. Will we see a decent transformation scene in Lycan?  I will find out when the movie comes out in August, 2017.

Upcoming: West Coast Haunters Convention 2017

West Coast Haunters Convention is coming up May 12-14, 2017 in Portland, Oregon. WCHC is a convention featuring ideas, products, and panels on Halloween haunt displays for professionals, enthusiasts, or for those just stepping into the crypt. Saturday night features the costume ball.

I will be attending WCHC 2017 for Saturday and Sunday only, including the costume ball. Look me up and come say awoo!

WCHC is a non-profit 501 (c) 3 organization supporting children with hearing impairment and/or autism.

Photo: WCHC 2012 by Bryan J. Dorr.

‘The End’

“The End,” the two simple words in white appeared on a black background on the Grimm series finale tonight. I quietly clicked off the television and the receiver. Tears dripped from my eyes as I uttered from under my breath, “Wow, I’ll miss this series,”

Since the “Pilot” on October 28,2011, to “The End,” I sat through every Grimm episode and enjoyed every single one. I never found myself in boredom. The characters were strong and the stories were amusing.

The pilot episode lured me in right away. Grimm and Portland Police detective Nick Burkhardt meeting Monroe, a Wesen of a wolf-like creature called a blutbad, immediately hooked me into the series. That seems werewolf related, as actor Silas Weir Mitchell who plays Monroe made a guest appearance at HowlCon 2012 in Portland. As a bonus, Dee Wallace from The Howling played Monroe’s mother in a few episodes.

The way the stories were presented in Grimm was fascinating. Each episode story was based on a Brother Grimm fairytale with the series plot streaming seamlessly through each episode. Every episode had a great surprise or twist to the story. That is what makes it difficult to watch Grimm series starting from anywhere but the beginning.

The characters were strong, fitting, and with diverse personalities. Hank, Rosalee, Sergeant Wu, Sean Renard, Adalind, Juliet/Eve, and Trubel were excellent characters. I will never get over Monroe’s way of speaking with precise knowledge (he spoke the same way at HowlCon 2012). Sgt. Wu’s sarcasm and jokes. Hank and Nick working together. Renard’s shadiness and authority.

Grimm will not be forgotten, at least for me where I will have many reminders. The Portland Police, prominently portrayed respectfully in the series, are still around. Several landmarks and locations used for the Grimm set are some that I frequent. At one point, a KGW newsbreak inside the episode once had me mixed up with the real newscast from KGW, the station that aired the show.

I rarely watch television, because many shows on today are not that great. Grimm was one of the few shows I would watch. It was entertaining. It was excellent. I loved Grimm and I will miss it.

You Can Own a Piece if ‘Grimm’

As the fantasy police drama television series Grimm wraps up it’s final season this month, you can take home a piece of Grimm.

This weekend, the show is liquidating all its props at a warehouse in Portland, Oregon, on Friday, March 11, according to the liquidation event page on EstateSales.net. A variety of props, large and small, fill the warehouse, ranging from clothing to signs, from antiques to electronics, and set equipment.

The liquidation sale accepts cash and major credit cards (no checks). For safety reasons, children 10 and under are not allowed.

The liquidation sale is Saturday, March 11 and Sunday, March 12 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Monday, March 13 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Location to be announced after 7:00 p.m. on Friday, March 10.

For more information or details, please visit the event page on EstateSales.net.

(Image via EstateSales.net.)

Howlandia Reminds You: Werewolves

HowlCon is dead. I guess that is safe to say now after four cancellations and seeing the poster by “The Ugly Werewolf” Nodnash with “Here Lies HowlCon – Rest In Pizza” in the art. A dead con didn’t stop werewolf enthusiasts from convening for pizza, beer, and a howl about werewolves. Both WerewolfNews and Nodnash hosted a sudden werewolf meetups in Vancouver, B. C., and Portland, Oregon, respectively in lieu of HowlCon.

On Sunday, I attended the meet at Sizzle Pie West Pizza. We were served great pizza in a small pizza restaurant that had no television (thankfully, no television meant no Super Bowl Sunday crowd), but a ton of heavy metal selection in the jukebox . Like being at a convention, there’s networking with other werewolf fans and discussing werewolf art, movies, comics, books, and games.  Sizzle Pie West was a good venue for our purpose. Of course, if we start going into bringing props, costumes, art, or what have you, we might need a little bit more space.

Howlandia has given me a little push—no—shove to be more active in the werewolf fandom. There are not enough werewolves and there needs to be more werewolves. It was fun and I would do it again.

Want to Werewolf in Portland (Ore.) or Vancouver (B.C.)?

Our fellow werewolf fans who are bummed out about a defunct werewolf convention, if you still had plans for the weekend of February 4 and 5, there are two meetups planned.

Werewolf fans in Portland, Oregon, are welcome to join Nodnash of The Ugly Werewolf at Sizzle Pie West in Portland on both February 4th and 5th. Go to the Howlandia Facebook page for more details and mark yourself as going.

Werewolf fans in the Vancouver, British Columbia (not Washington), area are welcome to join A. Q. of Werewolf News is hosting a werewolf meetup and art jam  at the Lelem Arts & Cultural Cafe in Fort Langley, B.C. Go to the Werewolves of the North Art Jam & Meetup Facebook page.

Both events are subject to change. Stay posted by visiting their event pages or following @Nodnash for Portland and @WerewolfNews for Vancouver.

Final Word on HOWL CON

As you may already know, HOWL CON 2017 cancelled. I have already withdrawn my attendance and support for future HOWL CON events. HOWL CON posted an official statement on January 22, 2017, regarding the convention’s cancellation. This is HOWL CON’s fourth cancellation, 2013, 2014, 2016, and 2017. Only HOWL CON 2012 and 2015 were successful events.

HOWL CON chairman Steve Couchman’s statement seems to place the blame for the convention cancellation on the supporters. In some way, he is right. It may be that his supporters were left in the dark and had a sense of abandonment since there was no updates from HOWL CON in the month and a half leading up to the convention and bailed.

HOWL CON 2017 Officially Cancelled

HOWL CON 2017 is officially cancelled.

A cancellation statement from the chairman Stephen Couchman was released on January 22, 2017, on the convention’s website, HOWLCON.com.

Couchman states the reason being the hotel “exercised their option to nullify our event contract” followed by a “bandwagon effect of withdrawals by guests/panelists.”

The statement also explains the convention’s financial situation and funding tied in with Couchman’s other conventions.

Refund details and options are explained in the statement.

HOWL CON Statement

‘Werewolf: The Apocalypse’ Video Game In Works for PC, Consoles

Apparently, “Werewolf: The Apocalypse” is likely to become a video game.

In a press release on Thursday, White Wolf announced on Paradox Interactive, “White Wolf is pleased to announce its partnership with Paris-based video game publisher Focus Home Interactive for a licensed PC and console game set in the World of Darkness.”

The presser also noted, “More information about this adaptation will come at this year’s Focus Home Interactive event, ‘le What’s Next de Focus’, taking place in Paris on February 1st and 2nd.”

Read the full press release on Paradox Interactive.


PDXWerewolf Backing Out, Withdrawing Support for HowlCon

To all my werewolf fans, I am deeply disappointed to announce that I am canceling my attendance at HowlCon 2017. In addition, I will no longer sponsor or support future HowlCon events under the management.

While HowlCon has not officially announced its cancellation, I find it very difficult to attend a convention blind, with no information on program and panels, vendors, and special guests. HowlCon’s Twitter and Facebook updates have went silent since mid-December. My emails to HowlCon’s chairman Steve Couchman inquiring on the convention programming last week and this past Wednesday have not been answered.

Also supporting my reason to cancel, I have learned tonight after a phone call with Ramada Inn Portland Airport that the hotel cancelled the convention. The reason for the cancellation, according to the hotel, is the hotel has not received the deposit funds from the convention organizer.

Keeping attendees, vendors, and guests in the dark and in suspense is unacceptable. Attendees have to plan for time off, travel, lodging, and convention expenses. I saw hope for the convention and very optimistic after the successes of HowlCon 2012 and 2015. As far as I am concerned, HowlCon has let me down. HowlCon has driven the last nail into the coffin. HowlCon has lost my trust.

It is sad, disappointing, and frustrating that this cancellation has once again happened. It has also taught me a lesson about sponsoring and attending future “start up” conventions.