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Spooky Empire Convention Orlando, Florida- House Of Tortured Souls

Spooky Empire Convention Orlando, Florida- House Of Tortured Souls

Over Halloween weekend I had the priveledge to travel to my first Spooky Empire convention in Orlando, FL and after my experience, it will be my last. Normally I do my best to let small quirks of a convention be swept under the rug since all conventions can’t be perfect, but this time I feel like it could of been handled better. 

Lets start with day 1. To park, it was over a man built ramp and parking directly at a lake, I wish I was exaggerating. To get into the building, I personally ordered my tickets back in July, and to have to wait in a will call line for 2 hours (some convention goers waited longer than that) to get my wristband only to walk back out of the doors to wait in another line to get in, was pure ridiculous in my opinion. The convention had a start time of 12 for VIP attendees and 1pm for general admission. In the main room it had every vendor and every guest, to which you can cover the vendors in an hour and unfortunately could not meet any of the guests until 5pm (which on a Friday is exceptional since most start at 5pm).

While walking in the building, there was already a line full of attendees waiting on the exclusive Elvira funko pop which was a disaster in itself (as told in Crypt Keeper Clint’s article). The funko line ran into Cassandra Peterson’s (Elvira’s) photo op line which resulted in an over crowded hallway making it unsafe and unbearable to get through. My first night I spent almost 4 hours waiting on a photo op which usually runs smooth and takes about 5-10 mins per person. The staff members were no where to be seen and the ones we could find did not seem to know much on what was happening. Communication was not on point all weekend long. 

Now comes Day 2. Parking was still the same situation, parking long distances and being carted by a golf cart only to have to wait in a very long line to get into the building. The only thing that they did correctly, was allow the ones who had a photo op and signing at 11 (which is when it opened for general admission) for The X Files cast go to the front of the line. Having autograph tickets and photo ops for Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny sell prior to the show was very smart on their behalf, however it was still very crowded in the halls and in the main room with waits still last for hours, which means they over sold it. The Q&A panels were more organized by having those wanting to attend wait in a taped line and then had us go as soon as each panel cleared out. 

Day 3, the final day, I wish to say that it was finally organized with it coming to an end but it was not. The only thing that finally had order to it was the Elvira funko pop line. They kept it hush hush and limited to how many each person were to have (2 a person) and there were a few volunteers in place to keep the line from getting out of hand, a system which actually went smoothly. Upon leaving early, there was nothing else that could be covered on Sunday.

The highlight of the con for me personally would consist of  The Sleepaway Camp girls photo op and seeing The Soska Twins and their never-ending hugs and passionate outpour of their gratitude to their fans. Usually at conventions I never have a chance to attend many panels, so attending Kathy Najimy’s (Hocus Pocus, Sister Act) and The Sleepaway Camp girls panel really was a highlight for me. It was also amazing to see how the chemistry between the Sleepaway Camp girls were for not seeing each other in 35 years. Katherine Kamhi(Meg) made her first con appearance and hopefully this will not be her last. The guests were great and were very grateful to each of their fans who were local and not local.

I have heard from various Spooky attendees that this is not how every con has been in the years, while that maybe true, this will be a last for me. 

Overall Grade: D-

 

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HoTS Exclusive On The Elvira Funko Pop Mess

HoTS Exclusive On The Elvira Funko Pop Mess

Spooky EmpireFor those who attended Spooky Empire Con this past weekend (review of the show itself is coming tomorrow), there are two words that will make your blood curl. Elvira Pop.  By now, there are thousands of versions of what happened.  So what really did happen?  As strange as this sounds from an eye witness, I don’t think any one really knows.  Here is what we do know.  On October 15th, eleven days before the show, Spooky Empire and Elvira made an announcement that there would be an exclusive Halloween variant of her Funko Pop exclusively at the show.

Spooky Empre

I arrived at Noon on Friday and got in to the building at 2:30.  When I got inside, the line for the Elvira Pop looked like the outside of a Best Buy at 3 AM on a Black Friday.  There were fans who had allegedly camped out the night before to ensure their place in line.  The staff and volunteers announced they would begin selling the Pop at 4 PM.  This didn’t make a lot of sense because Elvira was scheduled for a costume photo op at 5:30 and I was told she would not be signing on Friday.  On a side note, the Pop line and the photo op line for Elvira nearly blended into each other and made for a giant mass of people in the hallway.  What happened next is where this gets really strange.

A little after 6 PM (maybe it was closer to 7, the day ran together on me and you will understand why), there was an announcement made by the staff that the Pops had not arrived in the building.  They “might” be there by 11 PM.  The Saturday allotment would also be delayed because they were stuck in Chicago.  From what I gathered from several people in line, they announced they would be selling the pop in the form of a ticket and the ticket would get you the pop.

Please note, this is hearsay, as I was in the photo op line for 80% of Friday night (not kidding).  They also announced that they were only selling X amount for Friday.  That meant several hundred people who had been spending hours (8 plus from several sources) in line would not be able to buy their pop.  This of course angered a LOT of people.   Things got physical allegedly and a mob mentality formed.  Apparently some Pops did arrive and be collected on Friday.  The whole issue was such a mess, Elvira herself (as her alter ego, Cassandra Peterson) addressed the issue on her social media.

Elvira, Mistress of the Dark

I did confirm that there are/were several of the Pops signed and unsigned going on eBay for several hundreds.  Is that illegal?  No, not exactly.  These re-sellers were able to find a loophole by buying the limit and then having their children wait in line too so they could buy the limit.  Do I agree with them?  I don’t, but it will happen no matter what.  This is what will always happen when an exclusive anything goes on sale somewhere.

Clint NarramoreQuietly, a final shipment did arrive on Sunday and the fans who were at the show were able to buy them and were limited to two until the shipment ran out.  Elvira did sign these (as included in the price).  The signed pop did not include her personalizing each one (and that is OK, because there were 400 people with one).  It was a giant mess all the way around for this exclusive Pop, limited to 1500.

So, who’s to blame?  That list is longer than the suspect list in 1963 of who killed President Kennedy.  There is so much blame here, I think almost all parties involved can share equal parts.  To her credit, Elvira/Cassandra is the ONLY one who addressed the issue.  To date, Spooky Empire, Funko or the company that failed to get the delivery on time have all been silent and I do not think that will change.

On social media, more than one person put out that Spooky Empire staff members were rude about the incident and told fans, they knew the risk when they came to the show.  Assuming this was in fact said, is there truth to there being a risk?  Of course.  Was that the most diplomatic way to handle this situation?  No.  A lot of people look bad.  There were memes and jokes over the weekend making fun of the situation.

This makes Elvira look bad as well.  But voicing my opinion from what I saw, I think she is the only one who does not need to take blame on this.  Elvira was not in charge of delivery or distribution.  Elvira agreed to have her likeness used and agreed to sign each on as a part of the price tag.  She could not pre-sign what did not arrive.  She was also the only one in this mess to address it instead of waiting for it to go away.

Now I know it is easy for me to sit here and write this after the fact.  Someone asked me how I would have handled this.  Spooky Empire HAD to know that this was going to get ugly.  If not, someone is asleep at the wheel.  I walked in on Friday, saw the line and immediately decided I was not going to wait in it.  I knew there were hundreds of people and most of them were going to take the max.  Here is what I think SHOULD have happened.

Spooky Empire and Funko knew how many Pops were allotted for Friday.  They should have had tickets and given that many tickets when the line formed.  There should have been 1-3 people who’s job it was to hand out tickets.  When the tickets were gone, CAP THE LINE!  That hall was a fire hazard ready to happen.  That line would have not only been capped, but they could have told ticket holders when they could pick up the Pops.  How do I know this would have worked?  Ask any con who has a major celeb come in for signing.

HorrorHound is a perfect example.  They had tickets with times on them for Robert Englund and Bruce Campbell autograph sessions.  When they were out of tickets, the line was capped.  The fan is then responsible for holding his/her ticket(s).  When they get to the front, they turn in their ticket and money for the (in this case) Pop.  Would people have been upset?  Of course.    Would they have avoided the cops being called?  Yes.  Would they have had people stand in line for 8 plus hours, only to receive grief?  No.  Funko could have communicated better with Spooky on the delivery and the delivery could have been made on time.  BUT, had those last two things have happened, you still have a giant mess.  Two fans took to YouTube to explain what they experienced.

All in all, this was a failed experiment.  It was easy for people to blame Elvira, when in the end the blame goes much further.  Her only involvement other than putting her signature on the Pop was using her likeness.  People will argue that she made her money.  Sure, she probably did, but at the same time had nothing to do with the mess that ensued.  The delivery company dropped the ball on making a timely delivery.  But at the end of the day, the execution of getting the Pops to the fans falls on Spooky Empire and for that they have to take their lumps.

Overall Grade on the Elvira Funko Situation: F

Posted by Crypt Keeper Clint in EDITORIALS, STAFF PICKS, 1 comment
Remebering Kristin Marie Kology At Spooky Empire

Remebering Kristin Marie Kology At Spooky Empire

    Stickers available at Spooky Empire

Kristin Marie Kology was a wonderful woman, who’s life was tragically cut short on Wednesday May 30th, 2018.  At 4:13pm that day, Kristin drew her last breath and departed this world. She knew she was loved and adored by all who knew her. She was in the presence

Kristin Marie Kology And William Forsythe

of those nearest and dearest to her.  Finally, she was at peace.  Kristin was a pillar of the horror community. Many knew her devotion to independent filmmakers. She had a passion for promoting independent filmmaking, that would be screening at festivals each year. For some time Kristin was often be seen at conventions and gigs, making new friends, and being the amazingly beautiful soul that everyone gravitated towards. Kristin was diagnosed with stage four Adrenal Cortical Carcinoma in   May,2017. Adrenal Cortical Carcinoma affects only one in a million, and is a rare and aggressive form of cancer. It has very little treatment

Kristin Marie Kology

and affects mainly people under the age of five years old, or between the ages of thirty and forty years old. The survival rate for most with Adrenal Cortical Carcinoma extremely low, with a very dismal survival rate being for approximately five years. When diagnosed Kristin had a 16cm tumor on her adrenal gland, as well as a 6cm tumor on her liver and small nodules on her lungs. Despite the gruelling treatments she faced, Kristin was always in good spirits. She was a devoted friend and always available to those who loved her Violence And even a traumatic

brain injury. None of this however dimmed her drive to always help

Kristin Marie Kology with her Mother Susan Milam and stepfather George Milam

others. Kristin even became an advocate against domestic violence, offering support to any others who survived it. This weekend Kristin’s life will be celebrated and people will be given an opportunity to help fund research for Adrenal Cancer.  At SPOOKY EMPIRE in Orlando,Florida, this weekend Susan Milam (Kristin’s mother) and others, will be there to celebrate Kristin’s life. They will have their own stall, to raise much needed funds to help research more medical solutions to help sufferers diagnosed with Adrenal Cancer.  The stall will include donated items for sale, from  Kristin’s friends and those she even herself helped. It will include movie posters and dvds provided by a film producer, artworks from a Seattle artist, and specially designed bat stickers (pictured) in memory of Kristin and her fight.  If you are there from this weekend from October 26th until 28th, please drop in and

Kristin Marie Kology And William Forsythe

support this worthy cause and an amazing woman who was such an inspiration in our horror community. If you cannot make the event you can also donate in two ways.  Either online via :For Donations. Please click here  Or by sending donations to (address them to Michigan Medicine- in memory of Kristin Marie Kology).  

Michigan Medicine Office Of Development,

1000 Oak  Suite 100,

Ann Arbor,

MICHIGAN,

48104.

 

 

 

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FREAKSHOW DESIGNS & SIDESHOW SAUCES

FREAKSHOW DESIGNS & SIDESHOW SAUCES

FREAKSHOW DESIGNS out of Orlando Florida. Take note. Why do I bring this name to your attention? Because you need to know and remember this name!


FREAKSHOW DESIGNS is the collaboration of the husband and wife team of Matt Allen and Angie Calabrese. About three years ago, I first met these two horror-loving love birds online, and we instantly hit off. I soon found out of their own contributions to the horror world and, as a matter of fact, discovered that I had been admiring their work online before I even knew it was theirs. The items I’m talking about are incredible hand-crafted lamps. Each lamp is unique, and they even make them to order. At first, Angie was known among friends of mine “The Lamp Lady”. Everyone knew who you meant when you said it.


I asked Angie Calabrese for a bit of background on FREAKSHOW DESIGNS, and this is what she had to say:

Freakshow Designs was born 3 years ago. Our first show was Spooky Empire in the spring of 2014. Starting out with 22 skull lamps, we really didn't know if people would be interested in our stuff. We ended up selling out, which prompted us to vend that following October. One week before our horror-themed wedding. Products include skull lamps, hand painted Xmas ornaments, replicas of Freddy gloves and the Audrey II. New ideas are constantly on the horizon and I'm sure we'll be doing more. Cons we've vended [at] include Walker Stalker and Spooky Empire. In the future, we plan on Bay of Blood in Tampa, and once we get our hearse on the road, any con that will have us! Our lamps are on display at Artegon mall inside Gods and Monsters Orlando as well as Coffee Shop of Horrors. Our website is now open! We can also be found on Facebook. It's our pleasure to do custom jobs as well. Inspiration comes from our love of horror. But mostly we feel there's not enough year-round decor for horror fans available in stores. We love our friends in the horror community and hope to branch out as far as we can.

Most recently, Matt “The Mad Scientist” Allen, has brought to life a new creature – or, to be exact, several new creatures: SIDESHOW SAUCES! That's right, Matt loaded his laboratory with the freshest of vegetables, spices, and a lot of HOT STUFF to bring his specialty horror-themed hot sauce flavors to the world.

As of now, they offer the following flavors:


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Blended with fresh, organic, Georgia peaches, tangy and fresh grated ginger, and blazing hot Habanero peppers.



Sideshow Sauces - Bubba the Redneck Werewolf-500x500

Straight out of Cracker County! Bubba likes his wings HOT with a touch of the ole Bourbon. This sauce gives you all the flavor a fun loving werewolf could ever need! Check out everything Bubba at
www.bubbatheredneckwerewolf.com.



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Infused with Coffee Shop of Horror’s “My Little Cuban Friend”. This mix of Chipotle, Habanero, and Coffee gives you the heat you want with a KICK! Say HELLO to my little friend!!! Check out www.coffeeshopofhorrors.com or some AWESOME COFFEE!!!



Sideshow Sauces - Key Lime-500x500

Her song will bring your taste buds to the depths of HELL! Fresh, organic Key Lime juice, blended with Serrano peppers and a couple Scotch Bonnets thrown in for a little extra HEAT. Give your taste buds some heat with the one of a kind tang of Key Lime.



Sideshow Sauces - Tom's Slaughterhouse-500x500

A secret family recipe available in hot, medium, and mild.



Sideshow Sauces - Vamp Slayer-500x500

A recipe from Van Helsing himself, used to defend
against vampires. Fresh Roasted Organic Garlic blended with Organic Red Chili Peppers. The perfect combination to keep those blood suckers away from your neck!


Last, but certainly no less delicious than the others, is Tortured Souls Jalapeno Hot Sauce. Yes, you read that right: Tortured Souls, a sauce named after your favorite horror website, House of Tortured Souls. And is it made with actual tortured souls? Only Matt knows for sure.

A blend of fresh, organic Jalapenos and organic Tomatillos. Just enough heat to torture any soul to its core. Visit our friends at www.houseoftorturedsouls.com for everything HORROR!

It was just a few short months ago Matt and Angie approached me about using House of Tortured Souls on one of their sauces, and last week I received the finished product – complete with killer label artwork – in the mail! It actually brought a small tear to this old man’s eyes. When they first asked if I’d care to join in, “HELL YEAH” was my response. I was honored. Then I found out that two weeks ago at their sauce-tasting event at Coffee Shop of Horror, the reviews were incredible! The favorite? Why House of Tortured Souls, the jalapeño and tomatillo sauce, of course! In case it’s not obvious, this is a huge personal source of pride for me – and for HOUSE OF TORTURED SOULS – and we thank FREAKSHOW DESIGNS for allowing us to be a part of something this special!

As I mentioned before, I have now known FREAKSHOW DESIGNS personally for three years, but what I didn’t mention is that we have never even met in person! We have tried making plans, but often times life gets in the way. Still, we have assured each other that one day it will happen! Perhaps we may even combine House of Tortured Souls and FREAKSHOW DESIGN somewhere on the road and vend together. Who knows what the future holds?

Matt and Angie bust their asses to bring us new and creative products to the horror world, and whatever is next, I assure you, will be more than worth the wait!


Now, get on over to WWW.FREAKSHOW-DESIGN.COM, order some hot sauces, feel the burn, and tell them I sent ya!!

Matt Allen, the Devil, and Angie Calabrese

Congratulations, Matt and Angie, we love you both!

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HoTS LIVE welcomes Jason Vail

HoTS LIVE welcomes Jason Vail

What’s up? House of Tortured Souls LIVE is back with a new episode. This week HoTS live has a special pre-recorded interview with actor Jason Vail. Jason is one of the stars of the new award winning indie horror film Family Possessions. Jason will also be starring in the upcoming Hunting Grounds (formerly Valley of the Sasquatch), as well as Dollface (formerly Dorchester’s Revenge: The Return of Crinoline Head) by Family Possessions director Tommy Faircloth. He can currently also be seen in Boo! A Madea Halloween.

Jason will talk about his films roles past, present and upcoming. He will also talk about what it’s like to work with director Tommy Faircloth, being a full time actor and more. The interview was recorded two weeks ago, but due to unforeseen circumstances we were just able to get the whole show published. Thus this was before Family Possessions won best overall feature at Nightmares Film Festival. Congrats to Jason, Tommy and Leah Wiseman and everyone else involved.

Jason Vail in Valley of the Sasquatch aka Hunting Grounds

Jason Vail in Valley of the Sasquatch aka Hunting Grounds

But before we get to Jason, your hosts Lord Dixie (Allen) and John discuss their own take on horror. Included talk about the Walking Dead Season premiere, was it a home run or foul ball? They also talk a little about the Madea Halloween special, Chinese finger traps, Spooky Empire, Cher and other insanity

 

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ELVIRA EVERYWHERE!

ELVIRA EVERYWHERE!

By John Roisland

Cassandra Peterson as Elvira / Fair use doctrine.

It's hard to believe it has been 35 years since a lovely redheaded woman entered the entertainment world and changed everything as we knew it - especially the horror industry - by introducing to us her character better known as Elvira Mistress of the Dark!
Elvira has been loved, seen, and adored by millions for over three decades now. From low-budget horror flicks to starring in her own films, Elvira's character brings to the world a bubbly bombshell whose quirky one liners and curvaceous body sky rocketed her to instant notoriety in the horror realm and later in the entertainment industry as a whole. She been photographed more times than anyone probably even knows. Day and night, 12 months a year, blood sweat and tears Cassandra worked her character to the point where she became an icon. I think it is safe to say she has graced us with a character who has become the Queen of Horror.

And with that being said, I can't think of any better time of year than the autumn or Halloween season for Funko Pop to announce their Elvira doll. The doll will stand 3-3/4 inches tall and will be displayed in a window box that matches the other Funko Pop vinyl dolls. This is a must for any serious collector of either Elvira or the horror genre. I, for one, am a collector, and I'll definitely be adding this one whether it goes on my shelf, my desk, or even glued to the dashboard of my car... I will have it!!

Funko Pop Elvira / Fair use doctrine.

And the fun doesn't stop there, Elvira is also releasing a photo album containing over 300 pictures, many of which have never even been seen by the public eye yet. Having seen some images that are included in the book, I was very pleased to say that there was actually a picture of Cassandra. A very lovely, beautifully smiled ,sparkling blue eyed Cassandra Peterson. I thought there was a nice touch to include her in Elvira's world... after all, without one where would the other one be. The book, entitled Elvira Mistress of the Dark, was released October 5th. I would definitely say grab it quickly as I have a feeling this one's going to be moving fast.

Cassandra and Elvira, you’ve earned it!

Cassandra Peterson as Elvira / Fair use doctrine.

Having had the opportunity to have met both Cassandra Peterson and Elvira at Spooky Empire Horror Convention in Orlando, FL, some few years ago, I can honestly say that yes, i would be happy to give her my money. Both ladies were a true pleasure to meet, some have said opposite. I say when the lady has worked so hard for so long (and has dealt with certain types because of her appearance), she has the right to a bad day.

Keep It Evil...

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DEADLIEST BREW:  The Coffee Shop of Horrors

DEADLIEST BREW: The Coffee Shop of Horrors

By John Roisland

So you're doing the family thing. You've packed your bermuda shorts and your newest Harley Davidson t-shirt, threw the kids into the family truckster, and headed down I-95 to Disney and or Universal Studios. You've made it into Orlando, O-town, the wife is nagging, the kids are already screaming they're bored, and all you want to do is wake up or kill someone cause you just spent the last 11-13 hours behind the wheel for a family vacation! Well, last I checked, murdering someone IS still illegal, but there is a way to wake you up!

Head on over to The Coffee Shop of Horrors. If you're looking for a good cup of joe to start your day or even just calm you down from the road, this is the place! Located at 16937 Lakeside Dr, in Montverde, Florida, since 2007, The Coffee Shop of Horrors offers you nothing but the best and freshest coffees - always ground fresh per order - and a wide variety of flavors. But why shouldn't you just go to "FourBucks", uh, Starbucks? That's easy to answer: The Coffee Shop of Horrors isn't corporate, they're an independent business, locally owned and putting their all into their dream! They make the kind of coffee they would want to buy. Shop local applies to food and COFFEE, too!

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Not only do these fine baristas offer you a wide variety of only the freshest flavors, they also offer you delicious pastries and other snacks to enjoy with your coffee. Still not sold on why to go here? Hmmm... Did I mention The Coffee Shop of Horrors is also a horror-based establishment? The name, taken from The Little Shop of Horrors, does not lie - the establishment is a horror fan's dream.

From horror-themed decor to t-shirts, they also bag and sell their own brand of flavored coffees and all with horror related names, such as Burial Grounds, a dark roast named in honor of Cemetery Prints, a horror-themed photographer (Sid Graves) from Fort Lauderdale. At certain times of the year, even their pastries are horror-themed, and who wouldn't like a dozen little wolfman cupcakes?

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The atmosphere is comfortable, and there is plenty of space to unwind and relax. They even have a coffee table that looks like something out of a GWAR video. (I must have that table!) While you're there, be sure to check out the hand-crafted work from local artists/horror fans Freakshow Designs. Trust me when I say that you will be sorry if you miss out on their work!

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Matt Allen of FREAKSHOW DESIGN

The Coffee Shop of Horrors can also be found at charity events as well as a vendor at Spooky Empire, Florida's largest horror convention.

Now, don't worry if you live in BFE, and this is to much of a travel for you. This is the age of technology, so The Coffee Shop of Horrors is online and ready to ship their products to your door! After you place your order, head on over to their Facebook page and give 'em a like.

So the next time you're in family vacation hell... or just looking for a great cup of coffee, with fellow horror family, be sure stop in at The Coffee Shop of Horrors.

Keep It Evil.

Posted by John Roisland in PRODUCT REVIEWS, REVIEWS, 2 comments
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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WOMEN IN HORROR MONTH: P.J. SOLES

WOMEN IN HORROR MONTH: P.J. SOLES

P.J. Soles

P.J. Soles

By John Roisland

Before the month gets away from us, I must take a moment to cast my vote for Women  in Horror Month: the lovely P.J. Soles. This hasn't been an easy choice with so much great talent in the industry!

From Scream Queen legends Jamie Lee Curtis and Danielle Harris to academy award winning make up  artist Vee Neill to the twisted minds behind the camera -Sylvia and Jen Soska, there are legions of talented women in horror. In fact, there are too many names to list here, but P.J., for me, comes with a personal reason.

P.J. Soles, born in 1950 in Frankfurt, Germany, got her first major part in the 1976 Brian De Palma film Carrie, an adaptation of the Stephen King novel of the same name. As Norma, the ballcap wearing and wisecracking pigtailed cutie, P.J. won the hearts of many...I was 4. Since then, P.J. went on to many other roles, such as John Carpenter's Halloween and Stripes, and all with her trademark pigtails. She was at the convention supporting her role in Rob Zombie's The Devils Rejects, and as I mentioned, mine comes with a story.

P.J. as Lynda van der Klok in the 1978 classic John Carpenter's Halloween.

P.J. as Lynda van der Klok in the 1978 classic John Carpenter's Halloween.

A few years ago, my wife Stephanie and I were living in Florida and attended Spooky Empire, an incredible horror convention in Orlando. P.J. was on the celebrity guest list. After wandering around and taking everything in, we headed into the celebrity room on a mission to meet P.J. Just as we got thru the threshold of the ballroom door, I literally bump into her, look at her, and say "Oh hi. You're leaving?" She gave me a worried, almost brokenhearted look, like a mom whose kid wanted to hang out with her as she was leaving for work, and said, "Honey, I'm just running out to grab a sandwich for lunch. Come see me in an hour...PROMISE ME?!" She laughed, gave me a hug, and off she went, disappearing in the ocean of fans that filled the halls.

P.J. as Susan with Sid Haig as Captain Spaulding in Rob Zombie's The Devil's Rejects.

P.J. as Susan with Sid Haig as Captain Spaulding in Rob Zombie's The Devil's Rejects.

We wander around for a while, and about an hour or so later we made our way back to P.J.'s table. As we did, she saw us, stood up and said "IT'S ABOUT TIME!!" With a big smile on her face, she came around the table and gave us huge hugs. We talked for a good 40 minutes, the room at this time wasn't busy, or I wouldn't have taken up so much time. But since we were the only ones there at the moment, and we were all really enjoying ourselves, why not?!

She talked with excitement in her eyes. We talked about her family, John Carpenter, Bill Murray, Rob Zombie and sandwiches...she likes a good sandwich. We took a few pictures, hugged, shook hands, thanked her for her time, and asked kindly how much we owed her for her time. She smiled and simply said, "Go enjoy the show, and stop by or wave if you come back through." And that we did. Every time we were in the area, and she just smiled and waved as if we were family.

Not charging us is not the reason that I put P.J Soles at the top of my list. I put her there because of her heart, how she treated us, and how she made us feel. She took the time to make a difference with the fans.

I've met a good number of celebrities, some nicer than others, but none have ever treated me quite like this - like a person, not rushing through with a fake smile and quick to collect your money. P.J. was genuinely appreciative. Let me just add that John Carpenter was the headlining guest at this show and his table was also next to P.J.'s table. Those of you who know me know that Carpenter is my favorite. He was a bucket list for me.

We went and met with the legendary John Carpenter, but we went back to the always lovely, P.J. Soles.

Congratulations P.J. Soles, on this well deserved recognition for Women In Horror Month.

Keep it Evil.

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EDITORIAL: Remembering Mr. Hansen

By John Roisland

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Early this morning, my wife Stephanie woke me up to tell me of the heart breaking news of the passing of Mr. Hansen. As most or many of you know, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre is my personal favorite horror film, and at that, Leatherface is my favorite horror character. Mr. Hansen, to me, IS Leatherface. There are others who have played the role, but, I'm sorry, none compare to Mr. Hansen's portrayal.

Now, I, as many of you have, had the chance to meet him. Mine was at Spooky Empire in Orlando in 2007. I was there with a group of friends from Florida, and this was my very first convention. It's kind of funny. It was about six on a Friday evening, and the convention was rapidly filling up. I was getting tattooed by my good friend Kelly Rogers, who owns and works at Gearhead Tattoo out of Cape Coral and we were all taking a smoke break outside. While out in the hallway, here comes Mr. Hansen, a mountain of a man, headed my way. I can still remember yelling OH SHIIIIT!!!! as I ran back into the the tattoo room, literally diving over the vending table, knocking all kinds of shit over, digging through my backpack to get my camera. I made it back to the corridor just in time as he had just got to where I was.

Out of breath I said said his name, he stopped, turned and looked down at me, "Yes?" was all he said. I kindly explained what I had just done, and asked if I could trouble him for a moment of his time . He agreed, the photo was taken, I said, “Thank you, and it was an honor to meet you, sir”. He looked down and stared at me for a second with that deep look of his, and disappeared into the crowd.
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Was I a bit star struck? Yeah I guess I was, but also know that Mr. Hansen was the first celebrity that I had met at the convention...I also know that I could have honestly gone home after that. It couldn't have gotten any better. And yes, I did go and actually visit Mr.Hansen at his table later during the convention, spoke with him, and had apologized if I had made a spectacle of myself earlier. He just smiled and we shook hands. I don't think I will ever forget meeting him, nor will I ever forget Mr. Hansen.

Feeling broken by this news...

You are deeply missed, sir.

Stay Evil

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