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.

Malice: Revisited

The Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum in Weston is hosting the Almost Heaven BBQ Bash and will be opening of last year’s special haunted houses, Malice, from Friday June 16th to Saturday June 17th.

The mini tour will on the 1st floor and basement of the asylum.  It will open up on Friday night from 6pm to10pm and Saturday from noon to 4pm and then 6pm to 9pm.

During the weekend, there will be a BBQ competition, some Zombie paintball, Flashlight Tours various vendors, paranormal tours, standard asylum tours, live entertainment and DJ, and plenty of BBQ Bash related activities.

Flashlight Tours go through the historic Kirkbridge building and the medical center, they are around 30 minutes long.  The Zombie Paintball is also every thirty minutes and you travel to a farm to rescue humans from a zombie horde.  You get 100 paintballs to use, but can buy more for $5.

Tickets for the Malice tour, Flashlight Tours, and Zombie Paintball is $10 per person.  They are only sold at the ticket booth on site.  No kids under 13 with an adult.  No drinking. 

This looks like a great chance for fans of horror, of being sacred, and the like to do something in the summer.

In the halls of what once was the area’s most reputable hospital, a demented doctor has brought his patients’ nightmares to life. Society’s undesirable souls have been abandoned in the dark recesses of this safe haven. Their sole purpose is to serve the good doctor and his sadistic experiments. Scratching and clawing their way through their new existence, patients succumb to delirious visions before becoming one of the doctor’s creatures. Pushing the limitations of reality, Doctor Cerebus continues to seek immortality. Can you survive a journey into the Asylum, where the veil between life and death has been lifted?

Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum Opening Day 2017

The Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum in Weston is holding its Opening Day this Saturday April 1st.  Be one of the first to check out the restoration and preservation work that was completed over this past winder while the ghosts were on vacation.

The doors open at 9:30am on Saturday and 11:30am on Sunday.  They will then stay open till 6pm.  Tours will leave hourly from 10am to 5pm.

The first 150 ticket holders will receive a 2017 Souvenir Wine Glass.

Normal tour hours run Tuesday through Friday & Sunday Noon to 6pm and Saturday 10am to 6pm.  The asylum is closed on Mondays.  The main doors open 30 minutes before the first tour.  Tours generally leave on the hour, show up before your time.

There are four daily tours to choose from, all but one are a historical focused.  First Floor Tours are 45 minutes is $10.  Four Floor Tour is 90 minutes for $30.  Criminally Insane Tour is an hour and $15.  A Daytime Paranormal Tour is 90 minutes and $35.

Weekend Tours include Farm and Cemetery Tour, VIP Tour, Photo Tour, Nighttime Paranormal tour, and Overnight Ghost Hunt.

Fans of historical buildings and ghost stories should try to get up this weekend or some other time before it closes for the season on November 5th.

Welcome to the Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum located in Weston, WV. Formerly known as the Weston State Hospital, this West Virginia facility served as a sanctuary for the mentally ill in the mid-1800’s. The history of the building holds fascinating stories of Civil War raids, a gold robbery, the “curative” effects of architecture, and the efforts of determined individuals to help better the lives of the mentally ill. Tour this nationally recognized landmark and see how it left a lasting impression on local and national history. Daily heritage tours are available for both small and large groups.

Rising Star 25th

Rising Star is celebrating their twenty-fifth year at the Othello Harris-Jefferson Student Center of Bluefield State College in Bluefield Friday October 21st 6pm to 11pm and Saturday October 22nd 9am to 11pm.  They are also celebrating the forty anniversary of conventions in the region.

This year’s guests are “Golgotha’ series author R.S. Belcher, comic creator Dan Delby, “Cemetary Dreams” author N.R. Allen, game designers Pure Steam, “Mr. Lazarus and Other Tales” author Paul Dellinger, prop maker & make-up artist Chris DeHart, comic author Chris Ward, filker White Plectrum, “Dragon’s Dove Chronicles” author Kim Headlee, furry artist Ashley Holohan, alt movie music maker Consortium 499, Bluefield State College Robotics Team, and paranormal investigators Black Diamond Paranormal Society.

Events for this year include discussion panels, Costume Call, music concert, electronic and board gaming, Artemis Spaceship Bridge Simulator, art show, vendors, film festival, anime screenings, a LARP with Strange Aeons, robosumo, and collectables auction for the Jonathan D. Miller and Daniel E. Craig Memorial Scholarships.

Admission is only $5 for both days.  BSC students, faculty, and staff get in free with a campus ID.  A snack bar will be available on site.

A small convention with lots of people with stories to tell you.

Ohio River Festival of Books 2016

The Ohio River Festival of Books is a this week-long of free events around Cabell County promoting literacy and learning for all ages.

On Wednesday September 28th the MadCap Puppets will be presenting Aesop’s Fables at the Don Morris Room at the Marshall Student Center at 9:30am.

On Thursday September 29th W. Joseph Wyatt will talk about his carer working as a clinical psychologist and helping law enforcement with cases at the Putnam County Library 5:30pm.  Also Sam Wilson will talk about World War I pilot William C. Lambert of Ironton, Ohio at the West Huntington Public Library at 7pm.

Friday September 30th at the Pullman Plaza Hotel they will have the Friends of the Library book sale, the opening reception, signing authors and vendors.

Saturday October 1st will have various sessions throughout the day at the Pullman Plaza Hotel in Huntington.   Some of those include Bright Star Theatre bringing the characters of Alice in Wonderland to life; Cat Winters talking about what inspired her award-winning YA fiction; creator of the TV series Extant and writer of The Strain Mickey Fisher will speak about writing for TV, film, and theater; a writer’s workshop by Michael Knost with several session throughout the day; and more of the book sale.  The closing program will be at 7:30pm at Marshall University: School of Art and Design Visual Arts Center, where Chip Kidd the award-winning graphic designer of book covers, author, comic creator will speak.

Other authors who will be around for signings including J.D. Byrne author of his new epic fantasy trilogy, Dr. William L. Grimes author of his haunted dentist office, Eugen Johnson writer and editor of many genres, and Laberta Salamacha Lucas author of Ouija about a psychic girl who solves mysteries.

Fans of books and reading should check all this and if you are not really into reading maybe you could find something to pick up and learn to enjoy.

Mothman Festival 2016

The Mothman Festival returns this Saturday September 17th and Sunday 18th in Point Pleasant.  This year is the 15th anniversary of the festival and the 50th of the first sightings of the Mothman.  The festival is a unique blend of street festival and convention.

There are several presentations on various paranormal topics every year at the Historic State Theater on Main Street. Guest speakers for this year are Fred Saluga (Director of WV & Penn. Mutual UFO Network), Sherri Brake (Haunted Heartland Tour owner), Cameron Jones (paranormal researcher and investigator), Bill Brock (host of “Monsters Underground” TV show), Robert Robinson (author of “Legend Tripping), Susan Sheppard (creator of Haunted Parkersburg Ghost Tours), George Dudding (author of The Silver Bridge Tragedy), Rosemary Ellen Guiley (expert in paranormal investigations), Nick Redfern (paranormal researcher), Ken Gerhard (co-star of History Channel’s Missing in Alaska), Loren Coleman (crptozoologist), Stan Gordon (UFO researcher), John Frick (paranormal investigator), Joedy Cook (founder of Cryptid Seekers), and Chad Lambert (Harvey nominated comic writer).

Attraction and events at this year’s festival include: Trapper John and the AIMS team from the Mountain Monsters TV show, an Impala from Supernatural, Tram Ride Tours around Pt. Pleasant, face painting, Hillbilly zip-line, horse & carriage rides, Mothman 5k Run & Walk, meet the Mothman costumer, the WV Ghost Busters, Mothman Hayride, TNT bus tours, Pretty Baby Contest, meet the winners of the 9th Annual Mothman Festival Pageant, the visit The Mothman Museum, see the Mothman Statue, eat Mothman themed food, local artisans, artists, and other vendors including the Mothman Merch Tent, visit the Harris Steak House (the Mothman Diner), live bands, and more.

Nearby sites besides the Mothman sites is the River Front Park with hand painted historic murals and stainless steel statues of historical figures, Tu-Endie-Wei State Park, Silver Bride memorial, the River Museum, and the Lowe Hotel.

With the exception of certain activities this is a free event.

This is an event I recommend that everyone at least come see once in their life.

 

2015 Mothman Festival

The Mothman Festival in Downtown Point Pleasant is back for a 14th year, Saturday September 19th and Sunday September 20th.  It is the cross between a con and a fair.

There will be speakers on all things paranormal at the historic State Theater.  Speakers include Bill Brok (show host of Monsters Underground), Ken Gerhard (History Channel Host, acclaimed author), Neal Parks (Paranormal Award Winning Author), Joedy Cook (Bigfoot investigator and cryptologist), Rosemary Ellen Guiley (paranormal expert and author), Susan Sheppard (executive producer and author), John Frick (paranormal investigator and enthusiastic), Lyle Blackburn (cryptid researcher and acclaimed author), Chad Lambert (comic creator and award-winning editor), and others.  There will be a guest roundtable discussion on Sunday.

Events you can check out are live bands at the Riverfront Park, kid activities and games, a Mothman 5k, a Miss Mothman Pageant Children’s Pageant, check out the Mothman and Men in Black costumers, visit the Mothman Museum, see the Mothman Prophecies at the Historic State Theater on Saturday evening at 8pm, hang with the WV Ghostbusters Division, go down on a 200ft zip line, eat at the Harris Steak House (The Mothman Diner), take a narrated tram ride through downtown Point Pleasant, a narrated tour of the TNT area, hayrides, tour the historic (and maybe haunted) Lowe Hotel, visit the Silver Bridge memorial, check out the Mothman Statue, aerial tour over the TNT area, take a horse-drawn wagon ride down Main Street, check out the river murals and statues, and other historic sites in and around Point Pleasant.

On Friday night September 18th, they will hold the Miss Mothman Pageant Queen Pageant if you want to come up early.  There will also be a showing of the documentary “Eyes of the Mothman” at the State Theater at 8pm with concessions.  Admission is free.

There will be several vendors set up in the streets, selling Mothman merch, food, and more.

If you can go I personally suggest checking out this event at least once.