All posts tagged: Bryan Thao Worra

Lao Horror Poetry at H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival

It’s been a big month for fans of Lao American horror. Film director Mattie Do had the US premiere of her ghost story Chanthaly at Fantastic Fest in Texas to rave reviews. Playwright Saymoukda Vongsay is days away from the world premiere of her play Kung Fu Zombies vs. Cannibals at the Southern Theater. And Little Laos on the Prairie’s Bryan Thao Worra was a featured guest at the H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival in Los Angeles. At the famous Whale and Ale restaurant, he gave a stunning presentation from his new book DEMONSTRA, which is entering the final stages of editing with Innsmouth Free Press.  He gave the audience in attendance a reading of three of his poems, “To an Old Tune,” “The Deep Ones,” and “The Terror in Teak,” an experimental poem that combines the tropes of horror writer H.P. Lovecraft with Lao culture. The reading was organized by Cody Goodfellow, author of books such as All-Out Monster Action. This is the fourth year the festival has been convened in Los Angeles, but it is part of an 18-year old tradition …

On Poetry and Sci-Fi: Lao American writer Bryan Thao Worra at San Diego’s Comic-Con

“Not a lot of folks expected a Lao American poet on stage,” said Lao American award-winning writer, Bryan Thao Worra, who sat on a panel among some sci-fi greats at San Diego Comic-Con this past weekend. The panel was on “H.P. Lovecraft and the Necronomicon: 75 years of mingling fact and fiction”, marks the 75th anniversary of the “History of the Necronomicon,” a short essay written by iconic horror author H.P. Lovecraft and published a year after his death. Since then, the dread book written by the mad poet Abdul Alhazred has appeared in movies, books, comics, cartoons, art, music, and games. Although originally a literary hoax, there are hundreds of products that bear its name today. Audience members were invited to come explore the truth and legend behind the greatest creation of the 20th century’s greatest weird fiction writer, and “learn how and why the book and its creator continue to influence all aspects of culture”. The other panelists included Brian Yuzna (director/producer of Re-Animator, From Beyond, Dagon, Necronomicon, and more), Mark Kinsey Stephenson …