First Annual Sleepy Hollow Scarefest

Four Horsemen Comics and Gaming of Clarksburg is bringing the first Sleepy Hollow Scarefest a free horror convention this Saturday June 17th at Meadowbrook Mall in Bridgeport.  It goes from 10am to 8pm.

Special guests for the event are Addy Miller, the teddy bear girl zombie from Walking Dead; Steve Dash, Jason from Friday the 13th Part 2; Trapper, Wild Bill, Huckleberry, and Willy from Mountain Monsters; WVU Football Hall of Famer Major Harris; Jeremy Ambler from Walking Dead; Daniel Boyd, writer and director; Eliska Hahn from Invasion of the Space Preachers; authors P. Mark DeBryan, Josh Kent, and Dustin Coffman; Diana Curry from FallForward Entertainment and her film Creature of the Night; Razor Sharp Studios; plus the cast of local films The Barn and Axe Man of Henderson County (including Major Harris and Jeremy Ambler). You can pre-order autographs for Addy Miller, Steve Dash, and Major Harris on the website for the show.

They have a Film Fest starting at noon and going into the evening.  The movies are local horror films Creature of The Night, The Crawling Dead, The Axe Man of Henderson County, and The Barn.  Tickets are $2 per movie.

They will also have a photo booth set up by TapSnap.

There will be local and regional vendors selling a variety of arts, crafts, foods, toys, costumes, t-shirts, and creepy dolls.

Fans of horror and paranormal, especially of local indie films, should try to swing by.  It is free after all.


Press Release: Rising Star Science Fiction Convention 2015

West Virginia State University Artist-in-Residence Daniel Boyd will be the featured presenter at the Rising Star Science Fiction Convention, October 23 and 24 at the Harris – Jefferson Student Center of Bluefield State College. Boyd will be discussing “Next–to–No-Budget Filmmaking in West Virginia” on Friday night. The talk will be a discussion of how he produced three low-budget films during the 1980s in a state not well known for its film industry. This will be followed by a twenty-fifth anniversary showing of his SF adventure, “Strangest Dreams: Invasion of the Space Preachers.”
On Saturday afternoon, he will be taking part in a discussion of independent comics. His third graphic novel, “Carbon” was released earlier this year. It’s sequel, “Salt” is currently in the planning stages.

Other creative talents from web and print comics include local artist/writer Dan Delby, Jason Pell, Glen Richardson, Chris Impink and Barb Fischer. Author guests include Kim Headlee, S. C. Houff, and Paul Dellinger. Artists attending include Jenn DePaola and Ashley Holohan.

A tentpole of the event is the annual appearance of the award-winning Bluefield State College Robotics Team. Well known and well-respected in the college robotics field, the team demonstrate their latest projects and innovations in the field of autonomous mechanisms.

Other items of interest include tradition tabletop, card and electronic games, anime, workshops, a vendors area and much more. The centerpiece of the event is a collectibles auction which raises funds toward the endowment of scholarships in the names of Jonathan David Miller and David Eugene Craig, founding members of the Bluefield State College Science Fiction Club. All proceeds from the auction go toward the goal of raising $10,000.00 to endow a $500.00 annual scholarship in the name of the honorees. A portion of any net profits from the convention itself will also be applied to this goal.

Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Friday evening, with programming starting at 7:00 p.m. and going on until roughly midnight. The doors reopen Saturday morning at 9:00 a.m. and are open until the end of the Saturday evening entertainment, which includes a concert by musical comedy group White Plectrum. Admission at the door for attendees six and up is $5.00 to the public. Students of Bluefield State College, as well as faculty and staff get in free.


Flashback Fright Fest

Fountain Place Cinema 8 in Logan is holding a Flashback Fright Fest throughout October.  Every Sunday at 4pm and Monday at 4pm and 7pm come see a different horror related movie.

October 5th and 6th will be The Mothman Prophecies.  The Mothman Prophecies is a 2002 psychological thriller based in Point Pleasant. The movie is based on the 1975 book of the same name, written by John Keel. The film stars actor Richard Gere, a reporter that investigated sights of “Mothman,” a legendary moth-like creature reportedly seen in Point Pleasant in the late sixties.  Author and Bram Stoker Award Winner Editor Michael Knost will be signing copies of his book Return of the Mothman before and after each showing.

October 12th and 13th will be The Shining.  1980 psychological horror film produced and directed by Stanley Kubrick, starring Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Danny Lloyd, and Scatman Crothers.  The film is based on Stephen King’s 1977 novel of the same name.

October 19th and 20th will be Beetlejuice.  1988 comedy horror film directed by Tim Burton, starring Alec Baldwin, Geena Davis, Michael Keaton (as Beetlejuice), Jeffrey Jones, and Winona Ryder.

October 26th and 27th will be Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors.  The 1987 slasher film and third Nightmare on Elm Street movie.  Written by Wes Craven starring Robert Englund and Patricia Arquette in her first role.

Tickets are only $5 for each showing.  They have unlimited popcorn and soda at the concession stand.

The theater has stadium seating in all screens.  Fully handicap accessible seating, hight back loveseat chair with cup holders, state of the art Dolby Digital Sound, and DLP Digital screens. 

Good chance to see some great horror movies on the big screen and meet a great author.

Shockacon 2014

Shockacon the horror/sci-fi convention returns to the Beni Kedem Shrine Center (next to the Civic Center) in Charleston on Friday September 26-28.

Guests for this year’s con are actors Tyler Mane (X-Men, Halloween), Fred Williamson (football player, Dusk till Dawn), Vernon Wells (Road Warrior, Power Rangers), Jennifer Lynn Warren (American Horror Story), John Carl Buechler (special effects artist), Erika Eleniak (Playboy, Dracula 3000), Moses J. Moseley & Theshay West (Walking Dead), Taso Stavrakis (stuntman, makeup artist), David Crawford (Dawn of the Dead), and cosplayer Santana. Local guests Missy Dawn (Porkchop, Pig Girl), Eamon Hardiman (Porkchop, Zombie Babies), Ron Smith (Doctor Who: The Classic Years Regenerated), Jeremy Ambler (Walking Dead), writers Daniel Boyd (Chillers, Carbon), Edward A. Holsclaw II, Rich Bottles Jr (Hellhole West Virginia), K. Michael Gibson (Dead Pulse Rising), cosplayer Elsa Littlepage, several stand up comedians, guest speakers Rudy Panucci (PopCult Blog), Mel Larch (Zombie Research Society), Tiffany Steele (costume FX), Lee Harrah (evolution of the zombie), Chris Woodall (artist), Alaina Damewood (exorcist), and Adam Edwards (prop builder).

Rock bands Renfields, the Big Bad, and the Jasons.  Costume groups WV Ghostbusters, 501st Legion Squad Corella, and Mandalorian Mercs. Get some photo ops with Dalek Gan, a TARDIS, Zombie Killer Motorcycle, Zombie Response Vehicle, and custom hearses by the group Cemetery Knights.

There will be panels, Q&As with guests, music performances, movie showings, workshops, stand up comedy, Wayward girls School of Burlesque performance Friday night, Professor Sinister Savage Sideshow on Saturday night, and more.  On Saturday there will be a Costume Parade that starts at noon and will proceed through the first level of the Charleston Town Center and back to Shockacon.  There are two costume contests, one for 13 and up on Saturday at 4pm and one for 13 and under on Sunday 2pm.  There will be Scream Contests twice each day, each one limited to first 15 entries.

Also an after party at the Blue Parrot on Friday and Saturday night .

Tickets at the door are $50 for the weekend, $22 for Friday, $25 for Saturday, and $16 for Sunday.  Kids 6 and under get in free with an adult.  Show Hours are Friday 3:30pm-11:30pm, Saturday 10:30am-11:30pm, and Sunday 10:30am-4pm.  The vendor area closes at 8pm each day.

The place to go for horror fans.

WV Reads 150 Celebration THIS SATURDAY

Last year the Kanawha County Library system ran a program called WV Reads 150 Challenge.  The idea was for groups or individuals to read at least 150 books over the year. The number comes the fact last year was West Virginia’s 150th anniversary.

Tomorrow at the West Virginia Center for the Book is holding a reception in honor of everyone’s reading accomplishments.

The event goes from 1-3PM at the West Virginia Library Commission J. D. Waggoner Reading Room at the Culture Center in Charleston.

You can get a tour of the West Virginia State Museum while at the center.  Several West Virginia authors will be in the Great Hall of the Cultural Center as well.  Attending authors include: Sarah Title (romance author), Marc Harshman (WV Poet Laureate), Patricia Harman (The Blue Cotton Gown:  A Midwife’s Memoir,), Marie Manilla (Still Life with Plums: Short Stories), Betty Rivard (New Deal Photographs of West Virginia), Daniel Boyd (Chillers and Death Falcon Zero vs. The Zombie Slug Lords), Bill Bitner (M is for Monster, T is for Thing, and Gone Where The Goblins Go), Mack Samples (The Devil’s Tea Tables: West Virginia Ghost Stories and Other Tales), and more.  There will also be books and other local handcrafts available for purchase at the Gift Shop.  Prize drawings will be held throughout the event.

I will be at the event since apparently I read the most books last year, 450.  Granted they were almost all volumes of manga though, so there is that.

If you wish to take part in this year reading challenge you can solo or with a group.  This year the challenge ins West Virginia Reads 150+.  My goal is 600 volumes this year.

Jedi Jamboree

As part of FestivALL Fall the Kanawha County Public Library’s Jedi Jamboree is a week of Star Wars themed events and activities from October 21st-26st at eight different libraries.

Saint Albans will be doing Make and Take Craft events for kids each day throughout the week.  On Monday at 6pm they have a special Princess Leia hair and Yoda ears craft for kids.  Thursday at 6pm is the Star Wars party for kids and costumes.

At Cross Lanes from Wednesday 1pm to 5pm it is Make Your Own Lightsaber and Games for Teens at 4pm.

On Thursday at Dunbar is Jedi Knight training at 4pm, Elk View Star Wars show and tell at 6pm, Nitro’s Star Wars party at 6pm, and Riverside Star Wars celebration with costumes at 6pm.

Sissonville on Saturday from noon to 3pm is more Jedi Knight training

The big event is at the Main Library on Saturday from 10am to 3pm.  There will be Jedi Knight training, an Asteroid Field obstacle course, a Garbage Masher scavenger hunt and a Wormhole crawl for older kids; games and other activities for teens and adults, a costume contest for all ages, a photo booth, crafts, and movies.  Plus get to meet Star Wars author John Jackson Miller at 1pm

Wisconsin author John Jackson Miller has spent a lifetime immersed in the worlds of fantasy and science fiction. He is the author of three Star Wars novels from Del Rey including the national bestseller Star Wars: Knight Errant, Star Wars: Lost Tribe of the Sith, and his just-released hardcover novel Star Wars: Kenobi, which focuses on the early days of Obi-Wan’s exile on Tatooine.

Lots of great events to get to if you can.  Makes me want to borrow a little kid to got to some.