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Horrible Imaginings Podcast 169: Dreams in the Witch House, The Rock Opera

Although my tenure as co-director of the HP Lovecraft Film Festival Los Angeles came to an end this year when our franchise license wasn't renewed, I can't say I regret the number of amazing people I got to work with and meet along the way. One such person is Mike Dalager, who has spent the last several years on an ambitious adaptation of Lovecraft's chilling "Dreams in the Witch House" short story, and not just any adaptation--a rock opera!

This started out as a concept double LP, with a music video that played at Horrible Imaginings 2015. Now, Dalager is working on a cinematic adaptation of the concept album, and he has brought along new acting talent to do it. One such talent is actor Courtney Gains, who many of my listeners will know well as Malachi from the 1984 Children of the Corn!

I got the chance to catch up with Mike and Courtney at San Diego Comic Fest this weekend, so I decided to record a conversation about the project, the new scope of the cinema version, Gains's involvement, and the task of adapting Lovecraft to the over-the-top medium of the rock opera. The result is a fun and often hilarious conversation. Just mind the background noise, since we were recording on the vendor floor.

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July 30, 2015 Posted by admin in General

2015 Horrible Imaginings Music Video: NO TURNING BACK (feat. Alaine Kashian) from Dreams in the Witch House!

derams in the witch house

Country of Origin: USA

An adaptation of themes from HP Lovecraft’s Cosmic Horror tale, “The Dreams in the Witch House” (1932), NO TURNING BACK is a Music Video of Track 6 from the acclaimed Concept Album, “Dreams in the Witch House: A Lovecraftian Rock Opera” (2013). In the video’s narrative, young Miskatonic Universty math whiz, Walter Gilman (Jacob Lyle) studies late into the night in his garret room, located in Arkham’s infamous Witch House. As he unlocks secrets of the universe through intense nightly study, he encounters one of his room’s previous tenants. But just who is she, a beautiful seductress who lures his gaze, or an old hag who whispers words of witchcraft into his innocent ears? Through the power of music and film, there’s no turning back from all your sensual discovery.

"NO TURNING BACK (feat. Alaine Kashian) from Dreams in the Witch House" will be featured during the "Creature Feature" Short Film Block, starting at 1:45pm on Saturday, September 12th!

Part of Horrible Imaginings Horror Film Festival of San Diego's full line-up! Get Full Festival Passes or single screening tickets HERE!


Alaine Kashian

Jacob Lyle

Director Bio: Andrew Leman

Andrew Leman is a producer, designer, actor, writer and director, not necessarily in that order. He has appeared on professional stages in Chicago and Los Angeles, and is a member of Theatre Banshee in Burbank, California. He has designed graphics and props for numerous films and TV shows, and a large number of digital fonts that have been used extensively by graphic designers worldwide. With his friend & collaborator of many years, Sean Branney, Andrew has been running The H. P. Lovecraft Historical Society since 1984, and has developed numerous film, audio, and gaming projects, including the award-winning motion pictures The Call of Cthulhu and The Whisperer in Darkness, musical projects including A Shoggoth on the Roof and Dreams in the Witch House: A Lovecraftian Rock Opera, and a dozen 1930s-style audio dramas in the Dark Adventure Radio Theatre series.