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Diary of a Horror Nerd: ScareFest 8

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Convention season, a horror nerds dream; it’s the time of year when we can all get together and share in our love of gore, slashers and everything creepy. My husband and I recently traveled to Lexington, Kentucky for ScareFest 8. For those of you that are unaware of what ScareFest is, it is a convention that blends together the worlds of the horror and the paranormal, you can learn more at scarefestcon.com. This entry is about our experience.

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Guests

We were only able to spend two days in Lexington, but those two days were absolutely fantastic. Who was on the guest list? Legendary Sid Haig (House of 1000 Corpses), Ari Lehman (Friday the 13th), Robert Mukes (House of 1000 Corpses), numerous cast members from American Horror Story, a Phantasm reunion, Tim Shockey with the Green Goblin Head from Maximum Overdrive, the father of zombies himself George Romero and many more.

You know how they say “you shouldn’t meet your heroes ” because most of the time they turn out to be huge jerks? Well, that isn’t always true. With the small amount of time we had at the con, we met Sid Haig, Robert Mukes and Ari Lehman, Romero’s line was insane both days we were there, like approaching Norman Reedus level of crazy. All three of them were fantastic.

Sid Haig is one of the sweetest, most down to earth, genuine people you will ever meet. If you ever get the opportunity, take it. He makes time for each person that comes to see him. He cracks jokes and makes you feel important, like he actually gives a shit that you came to meet him. It didn’t matter if you traveled 5 minutes or 5 hours, he was all about his fans. For those wondering, if you brought your own item, it was $10 and if you had him sign something from his table, it was $20, pictures with him were of course FREE.

Ari Lehman, there is so much to be said about him. I have heard every kind of story, but you can’t always believe what you read on the internet. Meeting him was a fantastic experience, he was funny and charming and more than enthusiastic about meeting his fans. It was more like meeting an old friend than meeting a celebrity that had no idea you even existed. His autograph prices were pretty much the same as Sid’s, $10 for a flat item (poster, picture), $20 for action figures and things like that, he was selling various collectibles including signed machetes all priced reasonably and pictures with him were also, FREE.

Robert Mukes truly is a gentle giant, I am 5’3 and he made me look like a child, but he is one of the kindest people you will meet. We had him sign an original DVD copy (the one with the cardboard case) of House of 1000 Corpses, and he shared stories from set and cracked a few jokes all while showing genuine appreciation that we came to see him. When you meet him, you can tell he has a passion for his craft and is thankful to his fans. His prices were the same as Sid’s $10 for your item and $20 for an item from his table. 


Vendors

The vendor area is always a highlight at every convention. There was a little bit of everything from POP vinyls to artwork to Halloween decorations, pretty much anything your ghoulish little heart could possibly desire. The vendor area at many of he conventions I have been to have been cramped and disorganized, but ScareFest had it together. Everything was easy to see and you could navigate the area without bumping into the person next to you. Unlike other situations that have felt more like an awkward drunken bump and grind, we had a very pleasant experience navigating through.

Our favorite vendor was also there as an artist and is ScareFest’s artist, Joel Robinson. Not only is his artwork fantastic, but he is so nice and has a real passion for his work, his fans and the genre. If you haven’t seen his work, give his facebook page (artpusher.net- The Art of Joel Robinson) a like and check out artpusher.net where you can purchase his prints and t-shirts. If you ever see him at a convention, be sure to stop by and say hello and pick up some awesome prints and shirts.


“Staph”

Yes, you read that correctly, Staph. ScareFest gives their volunteers and staff a unique nickname. The Staph was friendly and knew what they were doing. We have been to many conventions where the staff had no clue what was going on or where things were, but everyone was helpful and organized.  


Final Verdict

ScareFest is quickly becoming our favorite convention. It is a bit smaller than some of the other cons out there, but in a way that makes it even better. If you have never been to a con before or you suffer from crowd anxiety like myself, ScareFest is perfect. Everyone is friendly and excited to see one another. Every time we go, we leave anticipating next year’s show. We have met so many great people and made new friends every time we visit.  

We really cannot recommend ScareFest enough, neither one of us has had a bad experience. The guest list is always amazing, the staph is friendly and we will be making that 4 1/2 hour drive next year. Hope to see you there!


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For more information on ScareFest and to stay updated on nest year’s show, like the official ScareFest Facebook page, follow @TheScarefest on twitter and visit scarefestcon.com.


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ScareFest Film Festival Wants You

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Attention all filmmakers, the annual ScareFest Film Festival is currently taking submissions. If you have created a film, feature length or short, you are welcome to apply. This year’s festival host is Izzy’s Little Creepers (Haunted Attractions and Events). 

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Film formats must be DVD or Blu-ray. You must have your submission in by July 25th. What does your entry fee cover? Well, obviously your film’s entry, but it also includes 2 weekend passes. Simply print out the submission form, fill it out, and mail it to Izzy’s Little Creepers (901 N. Miles Street, Elizabethtown, KY 42701), be sure to include your entry fee. You can find the form HERE.

Your film could be seen by talent from Phantasm, American Horror Story, Ari Lehman (Friday the 13th), Robert Mukes (House of 1000 Corpses), horror legend Sid Haig and many others from the horror and paranormal communities. 

For more information on the ScareFest Film Festival, be sure to visit scarefestcon.com.

Be Sure to like the ScareFest Facebook page and follow @TheScarefest on twitter. Also, be sure to like Izzy’s Little Creepers on Facebook for some haunting good times.

I hope to see you and your film this September! 

ScareFest 8: Phantasm Reunion, American Horror Story & More

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ScareFest is by far my favorite convention, but why you ask? It is simple really, not only do you get the best of horror, but you get the best of the paranormal world too. ScareFest 8 is no exception, it is reunions galore, Phantasm, American Horror Story, Fright Night and The Munsters.

The center of ScareFest 8 is the massive Phantasm reunion. Who will you be able to meet? Angus Scrimm, A.Michael Baldwin, Bill Thornbury, Reggie Bannister, Kathy Lester, Gigi Fast Elk and Don Coscarelli.

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The FX hit series American Horror Story and the stars of its numerous sub-stories have been the focus of many horror conventions for the last couple of years, this year in particular. ScareFest 8 has some pretty impressive names on hand for their American Horror Story reunion, it is heavily based around this past season, American Horror Story: Freak Show. The list includes Naomi Grossman (Pepper), Jamie Brewer (Adelaide Langdon), Jyoti Amge (Ma Petite), Erika Ervin (Amazon Eve) and Rose Siggins (Legless Suzi). Ben Woolf (Meep) was also scheduled to appear before his tragic death earlier this year.

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Other names in horror that will be on hand include, Ari Lehman (the first Jason Voorhees), Butch Patrick (The Munsters), Robert Mukes (House of 1000 Corpses) and many more. For a full list of the guests that have been announced thus far, visit the ScareFestCon.com/Horror. More names will be announced soon.

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ScareFest puts as much care into finding the perfect paranormal guests as they do finding their horror guests. This year’s paranormal lineup includes Josh Gates (Expedition Unknown), Ben Hansen (Fact or Faked), Chip Coffey (Psychic Kids), Michelle Belanger (Paranormal State), Amy Allan (Dead Files) and more. For a full list of this year’s paranormal guests, visit ScareFestCon.com/Paranormal. More guests to be announced soon.

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ScareFest 8 is proudly sponsored by paranormal icon Patti Starr. Join the fun Friday, September 11-Sunday, September 13 at the Lexington Convention Center in Lexington Kentucky. The convention is all ages, tickets range from $15-$595. Reserve your tickets now at showclix.com/event/TheScareFest.

For more information and to stay up to date on new guest announcements and other news, like the ScareFest Facebook page, follow @TheScareFest on twitter and visit ScareFestCon.com.

*All photos are from ScareFestCon.com*

Diary of a Horror Nerd: That Time I Met Victor Crowley

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Conventions give horror fans like myself a chance to meet some of our horror idols. The worst thing that can happen to a fan is meeting their idols and finding out that they are a complete asshole, but Kane Hodder aka Victor Crowley is a 100% genuinely awesome person.

I met him at Scarefest 7 in Lexington Kentucky back in 2013, right after the release of Hatchet III. It is no secret that I am a huge fan of the Hatchet series, so I got the crossed hatchet symbol that commonly accompanies the Hatchet film titles a couple of months before Scarefest. 

Anyone that has ever seen Kane in person knows he’s a really big guy, and myself only being 5’3, I looked like a child next to him. Despite his large appearance, he gives off such a friendly vibe. He is one of the easiest people to talk to. 

Some “celebrities” pretend to be interested in what you have to say and the artwork you show them whether it be on paper or your skin, but when I told Kane about my tattoo, his eyes lit up. He came around the table and wanted to see it right away. When I showed him, he talked about how awesome it is and how much he loves to see pieces of his work immortalized. He asked ME for a picture with it, Kane fucking Hodder wanted a picture with me and my tattoo! I’m not a typical “fangirl”, but that moment was probably the highlight of my horror nerd experiences. I must insert a disclaimer here, Kane does choke, FOR REAL, male or female. He grabbed my hair (the tattoo is on the back of my neck) and yanked me around, but how can you be mad? I got tossed around by Victor Crowley!

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After the picture, he spun me around and put me in a choke hold for another picture, again, he asked for another with ME. After the second picture, he put his arm around me and said thank you, he thanked me!? 

My husband and I got married on Friday, June 13, 2008 (Jason Voorhees’ birthday is Friday, June 13). We told him about it and he thought it was awesome. He is so genuine and you can feel the passion he has for his work and the love he has for his fans when he speaks. He doesn’t try to rush you along, he gives his undivided attention to his fans and does not like to be interrupted. A wrestling announcer broke over the PA in quite a loud, obnoxious manner while Kane was talking to a fan. Needless to say, Kane was not very happy about that. He slammed his pen down, came out from behind the table with that “I’m going to rip your head off and shove it up your ass” look in his eyes and demanded to know who was doing it. Yeah, they stopped after that.

If you ever get the opportunity to meet Kane Hodder, seize that opportunity. He is such a great guy and would never stomp on your horror nerd dreams. For those curious, he is $30 for an autograph, but pictures and genuine awesomeness is FREE. 

That was my experience meeting Victor Crowley, and I would not change a second of it for anything. Enough babbling and nerding out from me for now.

Until next time.

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ScareFest 7 Updates: Guest Announcements, Featured Vendors and More

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ScareFest 7 is roughly only two months away now. Since the last article, there have been some changes, new additions and more announced for this year.  This year’s convention is shaping up to be the best one yet.

To kick off the exciting new announcements, I will start with the new guest additions. Joining the already impressive guest list are: Alex Vincent (Child’s Play 1 & 2), Gary Busey (Silver Bullet & Predator 2), Jake Busey (The Frighteners & Stoned Age), Amy Allan (The Dead Files), Santiago Cirilo (The Walking Dead), Catherine Hicks (Child’s Play 1 & 3), Patrick Burns (Paranormal Investigator/speaker), Wickedbeard (one of the country’s top cosplayers), Circus Envy and The Deadly Sins, and Sebastian Murphy and Kay Kutta (season 2 of Spike TV’s INK MASTERS). Joining the celebrity guest will also be a few impersonators. Derek White (Louis De Pointe Du Lac impersonator) and a full show (which will be FREE) by Michael Jackson impersonator, Bobby Miller. There has also been an addition to the list of fantastic seminars, a seminar by Cold Case Investigator Todd Matthews. For full guest list, CLICK HERE .

One of my favorite parts of a conventions has to be the vendors and the awesome one of a kind finds. Some of this years featured/top vendors are: Wicked Fairytale, The Booth Brothers, The Original Pumpkin Teeth, Nora Custer Designs, Erik Stitt, Michael Kulick, Lunatick Cosmetics, Layla Cherrie and GhostStop.com. For full vendor list, CLICK HERE.

The SacreFest Film Festival is now accepting submissions. If you have a piece that you would like to enter, you can request a submission form from John Thompsett via email at jthompsett@msn.com.

New for this year is the “Bill Me Later” option. If you are using paypal to purchase your tickets, the awesome folks at ScareFest are now allowing you to choose “Bill Me Later”, so now you can reserve your passes and pay later. For more information on this new feature and to purchase passes, CLICK HERE.

For more information regarding guest announcements, new vendors, schedule changes and more, be sure to visit TheScareFest.com, like ScareFest on Facebook and follow them on twitter (you can do so by clicking the links).

Living Dead Magazine: A New Horror Magazine For A Horror Lifestyle

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Every once in a while a great opportunity presents itself. I have been blessed with the opportunity to contribute to an amazing new horror magazine called Living Dead Magazine.

A little about Living Dead Magazine:

Here at Living Dead Magazine we believe horror is a way of life, not just a movie genre.We have taken our years of experience writing, reading, working and living horror, and put it into a 60 page full color photo quality nationwide magazine that is available quarterly in digital and print. Covering everything from horror decor, monster makers, films from the past to present, fashion, products, art, comic books, paranormal activity, horror entertainment, exclusive photoshoots with alt horror models, and interviews with the best horror celebs, Living Dead Magazine is a one-of-a-kind experience that brings beauty, gore, monsters, businesses, and actors together in one beautiful package that LLOYD KAUFMAN called “Stunning!” and ROBERT ENGLUND called “Fantastic!” before he asked to keep the magazine for his collection.

One of the best things about Living Dead Magazine is that it really is for the entire horror lifestyle including the best places to 1477516_10202780093076910_9057217532916664470_nfind the most unique horror decor and clothing. If you are an Elvira fan, Living Dead is the magazine for you. The writing style is fun and sexy with a pinch of camp.

If you are a fan of gorgeous horror pinups, Living Dead Magazine also has something for you. The Living Dead Girls are beautiful, tattooed and love horror.

There are currently 2 issues available for immediate purchase and the May Supernatural issue is currently available for pre-order. The Supernatural issue will include interviews with cast members from the hit show as well as other supernatural/paranormal topics. I will have a debut article in this issue about this year’s ScareFest Horror and Paranormal Convention. To pick up the back issues of Living Dead Magazine, pre-order the May issue or pick up a subscription to ensure you never miss an issue, CLICK HERE.

Be sure to like Living Dead Magazine on Facebook for more updates and to show your support.

~Melissa

 

Guest Are Being Announced For ScareFest 7

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Convention season is now in full swing, and ScareFest Horror and Paranormal Convention has begun to release their impressive guest list announcements for ScareFest 7. Last year’s Scarefest 6 was phenomenal, and this year’s show is shaping up to be even better.

ScareFest 7 will be held September 12-14 at the Lexington Convention Center. The convention will begin Friday, September 12 from 5pm-10pm (4pm for platinum and gold ticket holders). Saturday’s hour will be 11am-9pm and Sunday’s hours will be 11am-4pm. Platinum and gold ticket holders will be allowed in an hour early each day of the convention. For ticket information or to purchase tickets, click here.

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As of right now, the impressive list of guests include names like Kane Hodder (Friday the 13th pt 7-Jason X, Hatchet 1, 2 &3), Corey Feldman (The Lost Boys, The Goonies, Stand By Me, Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter), Jamison Newlander (The Lost Boys, The Blob), Sean Whalen (The People Under the Stairs, Hatchet III) and many more to be announced.

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One of my personal favorite things about ScareFest is that not only is it a horror convention, but also a paranormal convention. There are a lot of familiar names on the paranormal guest list. Appearing will be Patti Starr (paranormal investigator and lecturer),  Grant Wilson (Ghost Hunters), Dave Tango (Ghost Hunters), Steve Gonzalves (Ghost Hunters), Chip Coffey (Paranormal State, Psychic Kids), John Zaffis (Haunted Collector) and Jonathan Hodges and Benny Reed (Deep South Paranormal). 

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There will be many more names announced in both the horror and paranormal categories. There will also be bands and plenty of vendors.

To help with any of your convention concerns, check out the “Before You Go” and FAQs sections. If those do not answer your questions, send an email to info@thescarefest.com. The staff is always friendly and very helpful, and responses are always prompt.

If you are interested in going and do not want to get stuck in a hotel far away from the convention center, check out the “hotels” section for a list of the closest hotels (many of which honor a discount for going to the convention).

ScareFest is also doing their own version of the March Madness brackets called “Tournament of Terror”. Head on over and cast your votes.

As I mentioned before, I attended last year’s convention and absolutely loved it. Everyone was polite and helpful. The event was very well organized. My overall experience was positive. It was like hanging out with a huge group of friends that I’ve known forever. I hope to see you all there this year for ScareFest 7!

Be sure to like ScareFest on Facebook and follow them on twitter for more updates. I will be posting update articles here a well as I see changes.

 

 

Interview with Jennifer Kirkland, Administrator of ScareFest Horror and Paranormal Convention

sf6-logo-300x145This year is ScareFest 6.  It begins on Friday, September 13, 2013 in Lexington, Kentucky.  ScareFest is a 3 day horror and paranormal convention that features some of the most elite names in the horror and paranormal scenes.  This years roster of horror and paranormal icons is quite impressive.  It boasts names such as Kane Hodder, Danielle Harris, Tony Todd, Sean Cunningham, Malcolm McDowell, Zak Bagans, Aaron Goodwin, Josh Gates and many more.

I have recently been granted the opportunity to interview Jennifer Kirkland, the Administrator for ScareFest Horror and Paranormal Convention.

Interview:

LBoH: How did ScareFest get its start?

JK: Sometime around 2005-2006, Owner Patti Starr was approached by a former ghost hunting student, Jeff Waldridge (now the ScareFest Event Manager), with the idea of creating a horror convention for Kentucky. After some thought, Patti agreed ON ONE CONDITION. The event had to incorporate both HORROR and PARANORMAL. At the time, there was no other event mixing the two genres. ScareFest was born!

LBoH:What makes ScareFest so unique in my opinion is the mash up of horror and paranormal.  Where did that idea come from?

JK: Event Manager, Jeff Waldridge is an avid horror fan from way back. He met Patti Starr when taking her ghost hunting course. Patti has many years experience in the paranormal. She has taught college courses on the subject, teaches her own ghost hunting certification class, as well as regularly conducting paranormal investigations.

LBoH: The next ScareFest begins on Friday the 13th.  Was that planed or a total coincidence?

JK: We tend to choose our dates a couple of years in advance, based on what dates the Lexington Convention Center has available around this time of year. When choosing dates for 2013, there were a couple weekends available. Of course, we wanted Friday the 13th! What better day to kick off the event?

LBoH: How do you choose what celebrity guests you invite to each year’s convention?

JK: We get a lot of suggestions from fans, but unfortunately we can’t always accomodate ALL of them. However, we try our best to keep people happy. We like to look at celebrities that typically don’t do conventions, or haven’t done one in the area in quite a while. We also like to book guests that have co-starred together in movies or TV shows. It’s always a bonus for fans when they get to meet an entire cast at our event. We also try to get a wide variety, from old movies, new movies, horror, pop culture, etc.

LBoH: How many vendors will fans see at this year’s ScareFest?

JK: We have approximately 130 DIFFERENT vendors this year. We have a ton of new ones, in addition to many that have been return vendors for several years. There will be no shortage of unique items to check out!

LBoH: Many fans that have not been to a convention are not sure about convention timing.  How long would you say fans should prepare to be in line (to get in/autograph lines)?

JK: It’s hard to pin down an “average” wait time. There’s a variety of factors that contribute to line waits. The best option is to get in on the Golden or Platinum ticket packages. These ticket holders get into the convention one hour before the general public, so their line waits are usually extremely short. In addition, Platinum Ticket Holders are given a Line Skip Pass, which allows them to skip to the front of the line on 3-4 pre-determined stars. (One skip per listed star) Also, line length can depend on what day you’re at the show and what stars you are wanting to see. Sunday, of course tends to have the shortest wait time. Saturday is the busiest. Friday is typically fairly busy, too. Our STAPH does an excellent job of keeping the lines moving fairly quickly.

LBoH: Are volunteers still needed?  If so, what help is still needed?

JK: At this time, our volunteer staff is full. We require all volunteers to attend regular monthly meetings throughout the year in order to prep them for the event. That’s why it’s crucial for volunteers to live near the Lexington area. Year after year, our STAPH gets more compliments than any other aspect of our event, from stars, fans and vendors alike. Training of volunteers is an absolute MUST to make the show run smoothly.

LBoH: Who are some guests you would like to get for future conventions?

JK: We want to get stars that fans want to see. Some of our most requested guests are Robert Englund, Bruce Campbell and Norman Reedus. These are all guests we’re hoping to pull in for future shows.

LBoH: Some conventions have 1-2 events a year.

JK: Any plans for ScareFest to add another event during convention seasons in the future? We get this question a lot. We’ve been approached by convention centers all over the country asking us to bring our event there. For now, we’ll be staying in Lexington. For us, it’s best to focus on one show per year and make it as near to perfect as possible. Once your focus starts to drift, it easy to get  pulled away from the key aspect of any show: “MAKE FANS HAPPY”.

LBoH: Can we expect to see ScareFest outside of Kentucky any time?

JK: Lexington, Kentucky is our home. But, who knows what we’ll see several years down the road!

A huge thank you to Jennifer Kirkland for taking the time out of her busy schedule to do this interview!  Let’s keep our fingers crossed for guests like Bruce Campbell,Robert Englund and Norman Reedus!  Who also wouldn’t love to see more than one ScareFest a year in more than one location?

To keep up with all things SacreFest, like them on Facebook, follow them on twitter and visit the official ScareFest site.  Be sure to follow Jennifer on twitter as well!

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