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HoTS Remembers Steve Dash

HoTS Remembers Steve Dash

Memorial pieces are never easy to write, but this one stings even harder.  We have learned this morning that iconic actor and stuntman, Steve Dash has passed away.  Steve was 74.  Steve, of course gained fame for playing the “Sack Head” version of Jason Voorhees in Friday The 13th Part 2.  And I am not going to get into a Steve vs Warrigton debate with anyone today, so just accept this as fact.  Over the years Steve obtained many acting and stunt roles (with one last film on the way), but to many he was and will always be Jason.

Throughout the last several years, Steve toured the country and made appearances at multiple conventions.  Usually posing with a machete and his trademark black button down shirt, Steve made many friends on the Con scene.  The reason?  Steve Dash was a genuinely nice guy who cared about his fans.  Steve posted on social media about 3 things.  His family, his fans and films.  These things were important to him.  His family always came first, but after that he loved his fans.  He hated missing shows because he never wanted to disappoint anyone.

At the beginning of this month Steve posted on his social media pages that he was undergoing surgery to have one of his legs amputated due to diabetes.  Steve was set to have a prosthetic in the leg’s place.  Steve of course maintained that his goal was to make it to Days of the Dead: Atlanta in January.

Monster Mania ConventionUpon waking up this morning, Monster Mania Convention (a show that Steve made it to a lot) had posted the terrible news that no one wanted to read.  Steve had passed away last night after his battle with diabetes.  Everyone at House of Tortured Souls is saddened by this news and wishes to express our sympathy to the family, friends and fans of Steve.

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CON REVIEW: Monster-Mania Con 39

CON REVIEW: Monster-Mania Con 39

Monster-Mania held its 39th show last week, this one in Cherry Hill, NJ. Their lineup, a dream list of who’s who in horror. Tim Curry, John Carpenter, Richard Dreyfuss, Sean Astin, and 6, yes count them 6 actors (Steve Dash, Ted White, Tom Morga, CJ Graham, Kane Hodder, and Ken Kirzinger) who have all played Jason Voorhees in some fashion were among the mega guest list for this show. Add in Kathleen Turner, Joe Pantoliano, Terry Kiser, Paul Reubens, and 5 of the new IT kids, and you are going to draw a crowd A notable absence was Randy Quaid, but we’ll get to that shortly.

Let’s address the hiccups first and there were a couple. When you bring in a lineup like the one described above, there are going to be a lot of people. If you have been to a convention, you know Friday night can be slow or at peak, steady with the crowds coming. That was not the case for Monster-Mania. The Friday night attendance rivaled a lot of shows’ Saturday crowds. Also, it can be tough and in some cases impossible to know what some guests will draw as far as fans.

A perfect example is the kids from the film IT (2017). In Atlanta for Days of the Dead, two of the young actors were there and had some eager fans wanting to meet them, but it was a good steady pace. In Cherry Hill when 3 more of their co-stars were added, young fans came in by the hundreds at a time.

Also, lets address kind of a big story from Friday night. I was there and heard at least 4 different versions of what happened, so let’s just clear the air on this. Kane Hodder and his co-star from Death House Steve Nappe were sitting next to each other. A fan gave Kane a machete to sign (as is normal with any Jason actor). Kane pretended to cut Steve’s arm. The blade was very real and very sharp and when Steve got distracted he moved, so he was cut in the forearm with it. He got stitches and was back later on. It was a freak accident and nothing more. Case closed.

Saturday, everyone knew the crowd would be massive. I do not believe anyone could have anticipated how massive. The Fire Marshall had to be brought in and did not allow anyone else in the hotel, fans in line for photo ops were lined up outside and ticket sales were cut off before Noon. That is what kind of numbers I am talking about here.

The photo op situation was its own monster. When there are a lot of photo ops all scheduled back to back in the same room and some of the guests have to get into costume, it will cause delays. Tim Curry was the only one (up until Saturday night) that had a specific area for just himself doing photo ops. Everyone else was in one area. The thinking behind this is that many fans buy several photo ops (I bought 4) and this gives them a chance to not miss any due to them being scheduled at the same time. Tim’s went all day because he was only doing photo ops, so you could go when you wanted.

Mix the delays with the fact the IT kids photo ops may have been oversold and delays are inevitable. How do you fix this in the future? Some cons limit the number of photo ops for each guest. The downside to that is you may limit who attends the show. There is no perfect answer for that. Credit the staff when the photo ops were going, they were moving. I did hear some cars in the parking lot were broken into. I don’t have any insight or any facts on this, so I won’t address it further.

What do you do if you are a guest and your scheduled photo op is delayed? If you are Sean Astin, you talk to the group of fans waiting for the op. Astin came into the room where all of the fans were waiting and to his credit, hosted a 7-10 minute impromptu Q & A. He talked about a live show he would be performing in the following night and gave his thoughts on his favorite characters that he has portrayed. First class, Sean…first class all the way.

Let’s talk Randy Quaid. He was scheduled for Friday and Saturday. I have yet to attend a show where no guest has canceled and this is no exception to the rule. On Friday, Monster-Mania posted on their Facebook page, that they had spoken to Randy and he was stuck in New York. Randy then canceled altogether on Saturday. To his credit, he offered to call or send a picture to any fan who was disappointed. All they had to do was send his Twitter a direct message. I can’t speak for every fan that reached out, but he did deliver when I did.

I will not end on any negative marks and so far this show seems like it was a giant disappointment…it really wasn’t. Were the lines insanely long? Yes. Were there way too many people? Yes, I mean the Fire Marshall enforced the rules. Does Monster-Mania have a few things they need to figure out before their 40th show this summer? Of course, they said that themselves. But let’s focus now on a lot (and there was a lot) of good that came from the show.

The guests were friendly and a lot of fun to talk to. There were a LOT of vendors to visit and choose from. There were some very creative fans that took their cosplay seriously and came up with some memorable costumes. They also had TNP – Philly’s Own Rocky Horror Cast, put on a whole performance of The Rocky Horror Picture Show, with prop bags for the viewers and the movie in the background and full partici……..pation from the audience. I will say here and now, that performance by that cast was nothing short of spectacular. It was truly an experience and if you live near Philadelphia, you should catch one of their show.

As a fan, I had no trouble meeting all of the people I wanted to meet and get the photo ops I wanted. I know it was very frustrating for a lot of fans. I know some people were angry, but I didn’t let some delays damper meeting some bucket list celebs. This was a very difficult show to put together, and was the space too small for a show of this magnitude? Probably. But the flip side is, “why don’t you guys get so and so as a guest?” So, let’s credit the organizers of Monster-Mania for bringing in guests that have never been to their show, are huge names and are people some of us will only meet once in a lifetime.

Conclusions. Was this show perfect? Of course not. Did they make people upset? Yes. Did they also gain some new fans? Probably. This was a swing for the fences. There are a lot of shows in New Jersey and 3 of them happen in a 6 week period of time. You have to try new things or the competition will eat you alive. It benefits the fans because we can take advantage of seeing a lot of our favorite horror stars and heroes. A great attempt will often result in speed bumps.

Overall Grade B-

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CON REVIEW: Monster Mania 37

CON REVIEW: Monster Mania 37

Event: Monster Mania 37
Location: Cherry Hill, New Jersey
Date: Saturday, August, 19, 2017

It’s 10:15 am, and I have arrived for what will become my fourth time to Monster Mania horror convention. The guest list was actually pretty decent this time around, and I always look forward to seeing my horror family and friends who attend regularly. As I pull in front of the hotel, I'm automatically routed through the parking lot, past what was a free parking lot of a closed on the weekend business plaza but is now a $15.00 pay to park ripoff. Well, that shit ain't going to fly with me, so I ended up about three blocks away. My choice, but honestly, I think having to pay to park now is a pretty shitty deal. Onward to the CON!!
Aside from honestly wanting to see the faces of old friends, I had an agenda. You see, House of Tortured Souls - after much waiting and pulling of hair - finally has merchandise. T-SHIRTS!!! I had one on (looking awfully dapper, I must add), and the three that I brought with me were spoken for. Two were for the Soska sisters, Jen and Sylvia. How could I present a shirt to only one of them? The final shirt was slotted for ANTHRAX guitarist Scott Ian. I was on a mission from God!
Monster Mania, I am here! The lobby held the usual handful of stragglers and lines already formed for certain celebrities. I made my way through the lobby to the ticket table to pay. Now I understand conventions and also understand a large percentage of the staff is comprised of volunteers. I could only hope the two not so pleasant ladies I encountered were volunteers and not representatives of the convention itself. No eye contact, no verbal greeting of any kind, didn't even ask how many. As a matter of fact, I actually had to get their attention, not that they were busy, but they just didn't care. It was as if I was placing a food order - although at least at a fast food joint, the employees would have acknowledged me. After I got my wrist band from Ms. Happy, off I went.
The layout is always the same, and in my opinion, is done quite nicely. Having to go from one end of the building and through the always crowded lobby to get to the main celebrity room can be a pain if you’re in a hurry - and especially so if the hallway leading to the celebrity rooms is packed with people waiting in lines that have been formed to keep the main room operable. So it works, no one to blame, it's a busy place. And when it's busy, and in the middle of August, it tends to get a bit warm and the air conditioners just can't seem to handle the demand. Again, no one's fault.
After getting my wrist band, I headed over to the main celebrity room to find where the lovely Soska sisters were. To my surprise, they hadn't even shown up yet, and there were only about 10 people in line for them. So I became number 11. They didn't show up for about 45 minutes, but I really didn't mind because I waiting next to Ms. PJ Soles, who was already hard at it, working alone. An autograph and picture combination was only $20.00! I wish more were like that. She had a good, constant line going, and everyone - including her - seemed to be having a good time! For those of you who know me, I've always said that PJ Soles is the nicest lady you would ever want to meet.
At last the Soskas came out and were cheery and loving to everyone there! Of all the celebrities I have been fortunate enough to meet, I've got to say that the Soska sisters are by far the most energetic and appreciative of the people who come to see them. When it was my turn at bat, before I could even say hello, they were literally on the table giving me a hug. Everyone got a hug. I told them of the website and presented EACH of them (lol) with a t-shirt, sticker, and business card for House of Tortured Souls. Jen read off my phone number to me and said, “Halloween will be here and I will be pretty busy, as you can imagine, but don't be surprised if I do call”. She gave me her email address and told me to reach out to her for the interview I had mentioned earlier. The two of them offered to do a video promo with the shirts I gave them, hugged me again, and I was gone. It was a pleasure and honor to have had the opportunity to meet them. So that's one – or two! - down.
I made my way back through the now heavily crowded ticket area and lobby to get to one of other celebrity rooms on my way to meet Scott Ian!! I have been a big fan of Anthrax since....8th grade? I've seen them numerous times in concert but have never actually met any of them, so this was a really big deal to me - especially since Scott is a horror fan himself. I walked straight through the room and right up to his table where, to my surprise, there is not one person there to see him. I smiled, introduced myself, and explained the website and how he was part of my mission. I inquired about trying to set up an interview, and without even looking at me, he said simply, "Contact my label". Nevertheless, I presented him with his shirt, also with card and sticker, and he quickly handed it to the person that was with him and it was out of sight. I had to think quickly as his attention wasn't on me and he didn't seem to even want to be there. I asked if I could grab a picture of him just holding up the t-shirt. Sadly, he gave me this look and said simply, "Yeah, I really don't like to do that". Before I could feel like any more of a loser (since I now felt completely destroyed), I shook his hand and thanked him for his time, turned, and casually walked away. Maybe he had a bad morning, maybe there was no hot water in his shower, or maybe his breakfast was cold. Who knows? There could have been a million different things that might have been wrong with Mr. Ian that morning. After talking to others about him later, they all said how much fun he was the night before. Well, he is a rock star, and they usually don't do mornings. What was I thinking? What I was thinking was that he was there for his fans, and despite what issues may or may not have been, he was supposed to be there for his fans. I am still a fan, but I do wish things had been different. He was just very unreceptive. Oh well...
I then made my way through the now pretty damn crowded venue and skimmed through all the vendors. Sooooo many vendors… I truly wish I had a lot more money to spend on because I wanted it all - from t-shirts to action figures to DVDs and custom, handmade crafts! And yes, although you will find a lot of the same items at some vendor tables, there are still many unique items that you just don't find anywhere other than at cons.
I especially loved these awesome shadowboxes from Curious Goods.Halloween and Trick 'r Treat shadowboxes
I did have the pleasure of running into a good handful of friends, and it was, as always, great to geek out with all of them. Then, I looked past them to see a dark figure in the distance, a man with a certain presence about him. It was the one and only Father Evil. Father is a good friend of mine personally and I always look forward to seeing him at the show. It's a thrill to see just how far he has come and to know how far he's headed! Lou, to you and Sarah, all our love and support!
Now, from the moment I stepped foot in the lobby, there was something not right...something was amiss. It actually took me a while to put my finger on it, but I suddenly realized what it was. There was next to no cosplay. There were, of course, fans dressed as their favorite horror characters, but there was really no cosplay to be found. This was something that always welcomed me to the con as clowns would at the entrance to the circus big top. And that’s what had been missing all day - the circus! If you’ve ever attended a con, you know that attendees take tons and TONS of pictures with those cosplaying. It really kind of warms you up and gets you in the festive spirit of the convention. Through trusting friends, I found out later that day that the promoters of the Monster Mania wanted all cosplay people to pay even if they were just hanging out in the lobby. Many cosplay people attended and staked out in the lobby, just to add to the party, free entertainment if you will. Were they causing issues? Not that I could tell. Now, for whatever reason is was - be it money alone or what, I really don't know, sadly many have since sworn off returning. This was not just a shame; it was a damn shame. It really seemed to have taken away from the spirit of what I knew to be Monster Mania.
As 2:00 pm neared, I had done just about all there was to do. I hadn't planned on staying late, or even till dark, but to be ready to go at 2:00 pm was just wrong. Something was seriously amiss. I made one last round through the building to say my goodbyes. I stopped and thanked the Soskas again and, while doing so, got to shake hands with Sid Haigas he was passing through. So there’s that.
Please, don't get me wrong. I didn't have a bad time at Monster Mania, and I'm not bashing it. I've seen tons of pictures from others who were there, and they all had a good time. I love horror conventions, and yes, I'm a big boy and understand that things are what you make of them. But there was a different feeling this time around. Here’s hoping next year it’s back to abnormal.Trick 'r Treat shadowbox
Keep It Evil.
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Brian Dunn’s ALTER-EGO-DEZINES

Brian Dunn’s ALTER-EGO-DEZINES

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By John Roisland

I first met Brian Dunn last year in 2015 in Richmond, VA, at The Scares That Care Charity Weekend Event. I'm a state rep for STC and was a volunteer at the convention. Upon making rounds, saying hello to the vendors and so forth, I came across a young man with a very serious look on his face who was standing in front of an Lazy Susan and sculpting. I didn't want to break his concentration, so I handed my business card to the gentleman who was with him and just watched in amazement.

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Brian Dunn is creator/artist/sculptor and owner of ALTER-EGO-DEZINES. Brian is a sculptor who creates not only iconic and well known designs but creates amazing objects of art with his own creativity, imagination, and ideas hiding in the back of his mind. Brian started at a very young age and was influenced by horror movies and Halloween masks. Moving forward through the years, he studied many other artists' styles until he mastered his own.

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Brian does do commission pieces as well as his own creative work. I must admit that watching him, or any other artist, reproduce the image of a known work is really cool. But when they offer you their own original work (especially when it's so creative and really brings a life of its own to the world as Brian's does), it's a mind blowing experience. The sculpting alone will sell you on his work, but when he puts his final air-brushing details to a piece it's absolutely amazing!

 

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The young artist hails from the Philadelphia area and can be found vending at many conventions on the East Coast, as well as some in the Midwest. I most recently ran into Brian when he was set up as a live artist /vendor at Monster Mania in New Jersey this past March. Brian and I spoke for a few moments and he said the show was going pretty good for him, and apparently it was as I was quickly pushed out of the way by other onlookers who were all taken by the work of Brian Dunn and ALTER-EGO-DEZINES.

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Be sure to check out Brian on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, Twitter, Pinterest, and at his website.

Keep It Evil

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2016 Convention Dates and Locations

2016 Convention Dates and Locations

By Woofer McWooferson

These are the convention dates and locations we have assembled for the rest of 2016. If we missed anything, please feel free to let us know. If you would like us to include you in our 2017 list, feel free to let us know.

We will update this list if and when changes are made.

MAY

May 26-29, 2016 MegaCon Orlando @ Orange County, FL

May 27-29, 2016 Crypticon Horror Convention @ Seattle, WA

May 28-29, 2016 Walker Stalker Con Chicago @ Chicago, IL

May 30, 2016 Hellraiser II: The Return of Hellraiser @ Minneapolis, MN

JUNE

June 2-5, 2016 Wizard World Philadelphia Comic Con @ Philadelphia, PA

June 3-5, 2016 Scare-A-Con New England @ Springfield, MA

June 4-5, 2016 WonderFest Hobby Expo @ Louisville, KY

June 11-12, 2016 Calgary Horror Con @ Calgary, Alberta, Canada

June 11-12, 2016 Red Deer Comic & Entertainment Expo @ Red Deer, Alberta, Canada

June 17-19, 2016 Contamination @ St. Louis, MO

June 17-19, 2016 Wizard World Sacramento Comic Con @ Sacramento, CA

June 24, 2016 The Love Horror Short Film Festival 3 @ Sacramento, CA

June 24-26, 2016 Days of the Dead @ Indianapolis, IN

June 25, 2016 The Rocky Horror Picture Show @ Sacramento, CA

JULY

July 8-10, 2016 Monster Bash @ Mars, PA

July 9-10, 2016 Rue Morgue Dark Carnival Expo @ Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

July 9-10, 2016 Walker Stalker Con New Jersey @ NJ

July 21-24, 2016 San Diego Comic Con @ San Diego, CA

July 22-24, 2016 Scares That Care Weekend @ Williamsburg, VA

July 29-31, 2016 Wizard World Ohio Comic Con @ Columbus, OH

July 30, 2016 The Cult Classic Double Feature w/Hocus Pocus & The Lost Boys @ Sacramento, CA

July 30-31, 2016 Walker Stalker Con Boston @ Boston, MA

AUGUST

August 5-7, 2016 Flashback Weekend Chicago Horror Con @ Rosemont, IL

August 5-7, 2016 Vancouver Comic & Entertainment Expo @ Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

August 11-13, 2016 Wizard World Orlando Comic Con @ Orlando, FL

August 12-14, 2016 Boston Comic Con @ Boston, MA

August 12-14, 2016 Monster-Mania Con @ Cherry Hill, NJ

August 18-21, 2016 Wizard World Chicago Comic Con @ Chicago, IL

August 22-23, 2016 Bruce Campbell Fest @ Chicago, IL

August 26-28, 2016 Carnival of Parahorror @ Buffalo, NY

August 27, 2016 CT HorrorFest @ Danbury, CT

SEPTEMBER

September 1-4, 2016 Fan Expo Canada @ Toronto, Ontario, Canada

September 2-5, 2016 Dragon Con @ Atlanta, GA

September 8-10, 2016 Wizard World Nashville Comic Con @ Nashville, TN

September 9-11, 2016 HorrorHound Weekend @ Indianapolis, IN

September 9-11, 2016 Wizard World Richmond Comic Con @ Richmond, VA

September 16-18, 2016 Motor City Nightmares Halloween Horror Show Novi, MI

September 16-18, 2016 Son of Monsterpalooza @ Anaheim, CA

September 22-25, 2016 New Orleans Horror Film Fest @ New Orleans, LA

September 23-25, 2016 The Edmonton Comic & Entertainment Expo @ Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

September 23-25, 2016 Wizard World Austin Comic Con @ Austin, TX

September 24-25, 2016 Monster Con @ San Antonio, TX

September 28 – October 2, 2016 Mile High Horror Film Festival @ Denver, CO

September 30 – October 2, 2016 Cinema Wasteland Movie and Memorabilia Expo @ Berea, OH

September 30 – October 2, 2016 Monster Mania @ Hunt Valley, MD

September 30 – October 2, 2016 Scare-A-Con @ Verona, NY

OCTOBER

October TBD, 2016 Fantom Fest @ San Antonio, TX

October 1, 2016 Monster Fest @ Chesapeake, VA

October 1-2, 2016 Walker Stalker Con Philadelphia @ Philadelphia, PA

October 5-9, 2016 Spooky Movie @ Washington, DC

October 6-9, 2016 New York Comic Con @ New York, NY

October 7-9, 2016 The 10th Annual Sacramento Horror Film Festival @ Sacramento, CA

October 7-9, 2016 Monsterama @ Atlanta, GA

October 7-9, 2016 Spooky Empire @ Orlando, FL

October 13-15, 2016 Idaho Horror Film Fest @ Boise, ID

October 13-21, 2016 Toronto After Dark @ Toronto, ON

October 14-16, 2016 Crypticon @ Bloomington, MN

October 14-16, 2016 Fear Fete Horror Convention & Film Festival @ Biloxi, MS

October 14-16, 2016 The Living Dead Weekend @ Evans City, PA

October 14-16, 2016 Scream in the Dark Film Fest @ Omaha, NE

October 14-16, 2016 Telluride Horror Show @ Telluride, CO

October 15-16, 2016 Horror- Rama @ Toronto, Ontario, Canada

October 15-16, 2016 Shock Around the Clock @ Columbus, OH

October 15-16 2016 Sinister Creature Con @ Sacramento, CA

October 16-18, 2016 Rock and Shock @ Worcester, MA

October 17-23, 2016 Vortex Sci-Fi, Fantasy & Horror Film Festival @ Providence, RI

October 18-27, 2016 Screamfest Horror Film Festival @ Hollywood, CA

October 21-23, 2016 Horrific Film Fest @ San Antonio, TX

October 21-23, 2016 Wizard World Tulsa Comic Con @ Tulsa, OK

October 23-25, 2016 Knoxville Horror Film Fest @ Knoxville, TN

October 28-29, 2016 Walker Stalker Con Atlanta @ Atlanta, GA

October 28-30, 2016 Chiller Theatre @ Parsippany, NJ

October 28-30, 2016 Necronomicon @ Tampa, FL

October 29, 2016 The Rocky Horror Picture Show @ Sacramento, CA

NOVEMBER

November TBD, 2016 New York Horror Film Fest @ New York, NY

November 4-6, 2016 Wizard World Pittsburgh Comic Con @ Pittsburgh, PA

November 11-13, 2016 Fan Expo Vancouver @ Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

November 17-20, 2016 Buried Alive Film Fest @ Atlanta, GA

DECEMBER

December 2-5, 2016 Wizard World Cruise Comic Con @ Miami, FL

December 17-18, 2016 Walker Stalker Con Charlotte @ Charlotte, NC

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Interview: Lou Avilleira: The Mind Behind FATHER EVIL

By John Roisland

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Many of you have come to him as Father Evil, the lone evil priest who wanders the conventions in search of sinners. Now we take a few moments to meet the man behind the character , Lou Avilleria.

For years now, people have been going to movie and comic conventions and dressing up as their favorite character. Many of the cosplay (as its called) artists, often enjoy many different characters. That wasn't the case for Lou, he found and created Father Evil, and the world has quickly come to know his name!

I first met Lou online, and we quickly became good friends. I think it was a little over a year later that I then met Father Evil in person at Monster Mania in Cherry Hill, New Jersey. It was a thrill! What a showman! I look forward to see both Lou and Father Evil soon at upcoming events, ...but I must be honest, of all the celebrities that may be in attendance,...Lou is actually more exciting to meet.

Lou is a loving husband and very proud father. He hails from the Garden State of New Jersey, where he balances his family life, and the life he created as Father Evil. Doing many guest appearances in local events, Lou has also be seen doing the tri-state area conventions. Well he has spread those evil wings and has been seen in conventions as far as Texas and most recently Atlanta, GA.

 

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Lou took a few minutes to give me a short interview to catch us up.

 

House of Tortured Souls: First, Lou, thank you so much for taking the time out of what must a very hectic schedule you are growing into to spend a few moments with House of Tortured Souls.

LA: You're most welcome!

 

HoTS: At what point did you realize that you wanted to join in the cosplay world?

LA: It was around 2010. I went to Chiller Theater with a character I made up over 20 years ago through one of my sketches. It was supposed to be a one time thing...a "goof" but as soon as I showed up, people lost their shit and wanted pics. What really floored me was when a featured guest and Italian director (his name escapes me) flipped his shit and wanted pics as well. He actually excused himself from his fans to take pics of me. I figured if I got his attention I may have something here... and the rest is history. (Mind you it was just a $20 costume from Party City when I first appeared.)

 

HoTS: Upon creating what the world is quickly knowing as Father Evil, how long has it taken you to get to the point of his outfit, look at it, and say "Now, its perfect!"?

LA: Two years. To where I was like okay, this is authentic... But I'm never or will never be done "evolving". It will never be "perfect" in my eyes.

 

HoTS: What other, if any, other cosplay characters had you tried before deciding on Father Evil ?

LA: Never tried any other...I was going to do a vampire, but by that time people we're too engrossed with Father Evil. I even mentioned about cosplaying another character, but one guy said, "No dude, you can't be anything else. You are Father Evil & Father Evil is you."

 

HoTS: Father Evil has become what it seems to be an almost over night sensation. I know you've worked hard, put in lots of hours, and done numerous events to support his character. Did you ever think that he would have gotten such a huge following?

LA: No… nowhere near to what he is now, not at least this fast. I mean I knew that, hey, I got something here but never believed it would be this big, this fast. Never.

 

HoTS: From autographs, to fan photos, to celebrity photos - at their request, what is the one thing that a fan has done that has just put you over the top, to where you can't really believe it just happened?

LA: When a fan got a tattoo of Father Evil. I was like, “I don't even have a movie or comic, yet. Did this really just happen?” I was BLOWN away to be at that status.

 

HoTS: On the same note of dealing with fans, at the end of the day, when you're out of costume, do you ever just sit and think, "Is this really happening to me?"

LA: Yes, every other day.

 

HoTS: I've seen people swarm to Father Evil, I've seen them run scared from you, with your outfit being that of an evil priest. My question is have you ever encountered any, let's say, religious fanatics scolding you or, on the flip side, any individuals, from, let's say, the dark church approach you?

LA: No… nothing negative, nasty stares but nothing verbal. Maybe they're too scared. Who knows? I have met three Baptist pastors, and all wanted a pic. One said I was "grotesquely beautiful ".

 

HoTS: So I hear there is really big news in the work for Father Evil. Care to fill us in?

LA: Graphic novel. That's all I'm going to say... for now.

 

HoTS: Lou, you are a hard working man. You have a gorgeous family. How do you balance time between Lou and Father Evil?

LA: When I'm on vacation, Father Evil stays home. When I'm not doing something in the convention scene or hosting, I'm just a dad who loves to play with his kid.

 

HoTS: In closing, Lou, thank you so much for your time. We all wish you the absolute best with Father Evil and hope to see you soon. Is there anything you like to say to the readers of House of Tortured Souls?

LA: If you have an idea for something, do it. No matter how crazy it may sound, do it. I read a quote by Henry Rollins that really spoke to me and basically it speaks for itself here it goes… "There is no such thing as downtime, spare time, or part time all you have is lifetime. GO !!!"

Keep It Evil.

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