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Scare-A-Con (2019 Review)- House Of Tortured Souls

Scare-A-Con (2019 Review)- House Of Tortured Souls

On Sunday October 20th I took an hour drive to Rochester, NY with my friend and 6 year old niece to our first Scare-A-Con experience.  I have attended many cons in various states, however this was my first time attending one closer to home and my first time attending Scare-A-Con.

Let me start off by saying how simple it was getting there and finding parking. There was no hassle or confusion. Upon arriving, the staff was very friendly with showing us where we had to go to get checked in, there was no confusion in finding anything—- there were schedules on the walls which showed where each panel was to be held at their scheduled times. There were 2 big rooms, one with the vendors and one with the celebrity guests. It was nice and organized.


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pon arriving, we walked around the room where all celebrity guests would be, and I stumbled upon the lovely
Loren Molloy. She’s a super woman who does it all— actor, producer, director and author. Currently worked on the upcoming movie Yield. She has such a radiant personality and was very generous in signing one her children’s books for my niece.

We then made our way over to the one and only Felissa Rose (Sleepaway Camp). It’s always pleasure seeing her at cons. She gained a small fan that day, my niece who charmed her way into sitting with Felissa at her table.

Also had the pleasure of meeting Barbara Crampton (ReAnimator, Puppet Master) and Jonathan Tiersten (Sleepaway Camp). The kindness that they showed their fans is unbelievable, even making it such a pleasant experience for all but mainly how they took on to my niece. I know it’s a day that she will never forget.


Even though it was small and wasn’t a huge turnout on Sunday, everything was well planned and organized and the celebrity line up was pretty good. I will definitely find myself at another Scare-A-Con in the future. 

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CONVENTION REVIEW: Days of the Dead – 2017 Indianapolis, IN

CONVENTION REVIEW: Days of the Dead – 2017 Indianapolis, IN

DotD / Courtesy ZomieGurl-DaysoftheDead Indy 2017.
ZombieGurl (far left) with Eileen Dietz and fellow con-goers Kim (far right) and Maria (back).
Co-founders Adolfo Dorta and Rick Lara used to run a website called From Dusk till Con. In the beginning, DOTD was going to be a Midwest expansion of another well-established horror convention and they had approached From Dusk Till Con about sponsoring an even for that show. However, just a few months after the decision, the original promoter had changed their mind. This caused Mr. Bill Philputt (one of the people putting it together) left without a partner and a hotel space to fill. Adolfo stated, “Rick and I were offered the opportunity to step in as partners in what went on to become Days of the Dead. As huge horror fans who would go to several conventions a year, it was kind of a no brainer.” From there, their first show was held in July 2011 in Indianapolis, IN.
This year’s Indy show was special. It introduced the DOTD Hall of Fame. After years of guests giving their all, the show wanted to give back. The inaugural inductees were Jason Hover (owner of Jabb Pictures), Roddy Piper (RIP), and the legend himself Sid Haig.
Sid Haig, 2017 DoTD Hall of Fame Inductee / Courtesy / ZomieGurl-DaysoftheDead Indy 2017.
Sid Haig - 2017 Days of the Dead Hall of Fame Inductee
Each DOTD con also offers a Chaostume Showdown featuring special guest judges and face off events at times. It can be extreme. They will often pair with tattoo artists to bring you live tattooing. Get your favorite celeb to sign your arm and then get it tattooed. Numerous guest panels, film screenings, vendors/artists, and after parties. In addition to all this, DOTD also collects for local non-profit organizations. The Indy show campaign and food drive, titled DOTD: More Grains, broke their record books. They collected enough nonperishable food to feed approximately 3,000 meals to both people and pets in need in the Indy area.
One regular attraction at these conventions is the sideshow act of Captain and Maybelle - “America's Favorite Sideshow Couple”. They have performed at Ripley’s Believe It or Not, Americas Got Talent season six, Coney Island, and many other events. I had a chance to ask the beautiful Maybelle what they thought of working with Days of the Dead, her response was perfect, “DOTD is a place for like-minded horror fans to come together and enjoy diverse entertainment, panels, shop unique vendors, and meet a broad spectrum of celebrity guests. We enjoy connecting with our fan base and expanding our brand across the country with people who truly appreciate SHOCK!" You can visit their site at Captain & Maybelle: America's Favorite Sideshow Couple!.
Captain and Maybelle / Courtesy https://captainandmaybelle.com.
Captain and Maybelle - seven sword and balloon swallow
Days of the Dead now occupies five cities a year: Louisville, KY; Indianapolis, IN; Atlanta, GA; Charlotte, NC; and Chicago, IL. And, between me and you and all their fans, I wouldn’t expect it to stop there. If you get a chance to check it out, let us know. I will be attending the Louisville show for sure and can’t wait to share my experiences with you all.
Happy Nightmares!
ZombieGurl
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MIKE NASH and CURIOUS GOODS

MIKE NASH and CURIOUS GOODS

By John Roisland 

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I first met Mike Nash (aka Mike Smash), owner of Curious Goods, in 2014 at Monster Mania in Cherry Hill, New Jersey. I'm a convention lover and attend them  as often as the all mighty dollar will let me. My wife Stephanie and I took our daughter for her 16th birthday.

Over the years I've lost a bit of the fanboy feel that I used to carry towards the celebrities, even though there are still some that I do enjoy meeting and even some I enjoy getting to see and speak with repeatedly. More so, I go to run into my horror family and the vendors that I have met with through the years. These days, my convention weakness is the vendors!!! My wife and I try to collect horror merchandise whenever possible. From art work and jewelry to action figures and clothing, there is no place better to find my personal Xmas list of wants than at a convention! Trust me, I could spend my every last penny in the vendor rooms!

Well it happened to have been at Monster Mania when I walked up to a rather large vendor set-up that wasn't just a folding table full of DVDs or a few t-shirts but rather a full walk-in display of a style of artwork like I had never seen in my life! Now, I'm a horror action figure collector, or I try to be, and what I saw took it to entire new level!

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Creating full size posable action figures, Mike makes ANYTHING that comes to mind - from horror to music and sci-fi! I saw the figures from King Diamond,  Star Wars, Ghost, Jaws, The Human Centipede , American Psycho, and tons more! But these aren't like action figures that you can buy off a rack in any store, no sir!

All of these are so exquisitely and precisely made that they will honestly make you do a double take, and you will find yourself staring at them. The attention to detail is what really makes them extraordinary. After you see one and say to yourself, "Holy shit, it's <whoever> !", then you really look closely at the fine details - and this detail level is in each and every piece that you see on display. You'll fall silent as you pan the entire display that you are now engulfed in because you are quite amazed by it all - now in  an entirely new way. It no longer looks like a guy selling action figures, but rather an artist selling his work.

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Since I last saw him, Mike was at Scares That Care Weekend Convention in Virginia last August and, most recently, at Monster Mania this past March. Curious Goods is now making  3D shadow boxes and, like the action figures, are all custom, hand crafted works of art. And, as I mentioned earlier, Mike makes anything you can think of - from Trick or Treat to Faces of Death and Motorhead to Bob's Burgers. Now he is getting into stained glass work, too. While I was looking I saw what I believe was a finished piece of stained glass, and it was gorgeous!

All items are created, produced and or customized by me. I spend a very large portion of my time and energy on this art, and travel the country sharing it with you, the fans, at comic/horror and tattoo conventions. This is my livelihood/job/career. All items are available and for sale, commissions always welcome... I hope you enjoy what I have created... -Mike Smash

Do yourself a giant favor, the next time you're at a convention, look up Curious Goods and check out all that is offered - especially if you're looking for good quality work and something a little different. While gawking at his work, keep an eye out for pieces that Mike may have added his own twist, or sense of humor to! But you don't have to wait for a convention because you can also look at his work online and stay up to date via his Facebook page.

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If you're lucky enough to find Curious Goods at a convention that you're attending, say hello to the artist. Mike is a great guy and awesome to talk to. But keep in mind, he is there for business, and takes it very seriously. More often than not, he is either watching over his booth or working on more projects as you talking to him. The man is non stop!

 

Keep It Evil

Posted by John Roisland in IN THE SPOTLIGHT, PRODUCT REVIEWS, REVIEWS, 0 comments
Gia Nova- Women in Horror

Gia Nova- Women in Horror

By Dixielord

Women are making their mark in horror today. From directing and producing to acting virtually every step of the film making process has notable women representing and pushing the envelope. Not limited to film women are attacking every aspect of the genre, such as fiction, and bringing new elements like burlesque into horror.       So today I am focusing on a woman who has made her own path in horror and has walked it bravely. The House of Tortured Souls proudly salutes Gia Nove for her accomplishments in helping to bring dance and burlesque to horror fans.

Gia Nova is a model, actress, and stage performer, and more than that a wonderful person.

Gia Nova

Gia Nova autographed photo

Gia Nova has graced the pages of Playboy and took her modern horror burlesque act across the nation, from New Orleans to Las Vegas and beyond, as well as all points in between. She is the tattooed showgirl who swallows fire and walks on coals, wearing nothing more than a G-string, pasties and demon horns.

Gia Nova bends over backwards

Gia Nova bends over backwards for you
Copyright Corinne Barrios used with permission

She has also brought her horror burlesque act to the realm of horror conventions, appearing regularly at the Mad Monster Party show based out of Charlotte, North Carolina. She also was a guest at the Scares That Care II convention in Williamsburg, Virginia. At Scares That Care she performed her act to a packed audience, and brought the house down. Since the convention she has become an official celebrity representative of the charity.

Gia Nova at Mad Monster Party

Gia Nova at Mad Monster Party Copyright Corrine Barrios, used with permisssion

Her charity work shows that Gia is just as beautiful on the inside as the out. Besides her work with Scares That Care she has also worked to distribute warm clothing to the needy in Atlanta during the insane winter storm in 2014. And now she is adding actress to her resume as she stars in the upcoming independent film Frankenstein Created Bikers. The film shot in Atlanta also stars actress and permanence Tristan Risk, best known from American Mary.

Frankenstein Created Bikers with Gia Nova

See Gia Nova and Tristan Risk in Frankenstein Created Bikers

She is also costarring with adult superstar Christy Canyon on Vivid Radio, and has been featured in Heavy Metal Magazine (whew shes busy!). She was voted 2012 entertainer of the year at the Exotic Dancers Award Show in Las Vegas, Nevada. All this and she still takes her stage show on the road. I met Gia back in 2013 in New Orleans at a convention. Of course I went to meet her because she was a beautiful playboy model, I didn’t know what a big heart she had, but I found out quickly. I love this girl and an honored to call her friend. I could write a thousand words about how wonderful she is, and not scratch the surface. You need to get out and see her, and see for yourself. Follow the lady on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and other social media. Find out where she is performing and get yourself there.

Posted by Allen Alberson in FEATURED ARTISTS, HORROR HEROES, IN THE SPOTLIGHT, 0 comments
Gia Nova Announced for Rock and Shock

Gia Nova Announced for Rock and Shock

Gia Nova Returns to Rock and Shock

By Dixielord

Gia Nova to perform at Rock and Shock

Gia Nova sings and performs at Rock and Shock

The Rock and Shock horror convention in Worchester, Mass has announced that multi-talented dancer and performer Gia Nova will be appearing at their October show. Just in time for Halloween Gia brings her horror burlesque show to Rock and Shock on October 16, 17, and 18, 2015. Gia Nova will be signing all weekend and will be doing her stage act at the VIP party.

Gia Nova has graced the pages of Playboy on numerous occasion and won numerous awards for her performances. In 2012 she won exotic dancer entertainer of the year. Since then she has made various appearances at horror conventions to sign autographs, perform on stage, and give burlesque lessons. She also has had a small role in Rob Zombie's Halloween 2 and a role in the upcoming Frankenstein Created Bikers.

Her stage act incorporates burlesque with horror and side-show elements. Everything from playing with fire to walking on glass, all with a horror bent. If that isn't enough to sell you, then check out her YouTube videos. Holy flaming pasties folks! Along with all that Gia is just as sweet as she is beautiful, and is a pleasure to meet and chat with. She truly loves her fans and it shows.

George Romero will be there too!

Gia joins a guest line up that is already beyond awesome, including the King of the modern zombie film George Romero. Other guests appearing at Rock and Shock include Adam Green (Hatchet, Holliston), Tobin Bell (Saw franchise), Traci Lords, Samantha Mathis (The Strain), William Sanderson (Blade Runner), Doug Bradley (Hellraiser), and many more. The convention also features a Monster Squad reunion with Stephen Mact, Duncan Regehr, and Michael Mckay as well as a reunion of American Horror Story: Freakshow with Naomi Grossman, Erika Ervin, and Rose Siggins. There will also be a gathering of Leatherface(s) with Dan Yeager and Bill Johnson. Gunnar Hansen was originally scheduled to appear but has had to cancel. And there are even more guests than I have listed.

Gia Nova plays with fire

Gia Nova plays with fire.

There are plenty of reasons to attend Rock and Shock, but if you have ever seen Gia on stage you know she is reason enough. Just always remember, don't go to any show for just one guest, as cancellations DO happen, and are beyond the ability of the convention to control. Besides the celebrities there is always something to do and see at a horror convention, so go for the stars, but look around make new friends and have a great time! If you are anywhere near, get to Rock and Shock on October 16-17, 2015, I don’t think you will regret it.

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