1. Items for the Live and Silent auctions. When you entered the hotel from the back entrance you walked into an expansive lobby. In the center of this lobby was a large area that was cordoned off. Inside that cordon were several of the items being auctioned off. There was a very impressive display of artifacts from the world of horror, from yesterday and today. You can check it out by clicking the link above.
Unfortunately I didn't take pictures of the display, the closet I have is a shot of the cute guy from Saw, who allowed me to take a picture with him. The auction items can be seen behind us. The line you see was the line for Elivra aka Cassandra Peterson. Her hours were more limited than others so when she arrived she had a lot of people cued up to meet her.
2. The Film Fest. There was an extensive, all weekend film fest that included short films and full lenght films that ran the gamut from gross out horror to comedic horror.
3. Seminars and Demos. There were some really cool seminars and other interactive events as well offered throughout the weekend.
4. After hour events. Scarey-oke, the Not So Newleywed game, etc. So if you were stilled wired after the day wound up, you could attend these events at the hotel, it was like the Scares That Care after party.
So on Saturday we were up early and darted out for breakfast at Hardees. A southern staple that we wish would venture up north to NJ because it is better than any of our other fast food chains. After breakfast my wife was tired and wanted to nap. Trying to be a good husband I said all right eventhough we wouldnt be getting to the conference until near eleven. While she napped I finished reading Diabolical Conspiracy, by Bryan Smith, an author I was dying to see later that day.
We got there around 11 and I wanted to get over to see Wrath James White first. That was my goal. I have been a fan since sometime in 2008, when I stood by my door and ripped open my package for Dorchester and two books dropped out. I am not sure of the other one in that package, but Succulent Prey caught my eye, and I have been a fan ever since. At his reading on Friday, I asked about a particular book, which he said he had at his table. I never got around to seeing him Friday and wanted to grab that book if he still had a copy left. So we went directly to the celebrity room. What followed was like something out of a Benny Hill skit. We made a quick round through the room, I did not see him, and it isnt as though Wrath is easy to miss. he was not around. We then asked a staff member, and let me tell you, they were all easy to find, and very easy to offer assistance. While this particular person did not know the author by name they suggested the vendor room. So we dashed off there, again, nowhere to be found. Then another staffer said there are many rooms upstairs, perhaps he could be there.
We dashed off upstairs and searched some rooms, becoming sidetracked by some ofthe venor, when a staffer in black Scares That Care outfit told me no, he was indeed in the Celebrity room, and we went off again. Along the way I did run into the man himself, Joe Ripple. I asked him, he pointed to the celebrity room, and was off to answer more questions and help other people in the blink of an eye.
It was at that time I checked the program and realized that Monica O Rourke was doing her reading. Damn, Wrath wrote Poisioning Eros with her and she edits, and well, damn he probably was at her reading. I darted over to the rooms where the Author readings were. I knew the location well, after all I spent a lonely hour there the night before. i got there and it was empty. Damn, I wanted to attend her reading and forgot, and now it was over and knew that now, Wrath would be able to be located and he was. Finally.
Low and behold there he was, behind his spot talking with Monica O Rourke. I felt like a knob having missed her reading looking for him specifically, and now there they were. I spoke with him about his books, his movie, Come Back To Me, based on Resurrectionist coming out the end of July, and asked to take a picture.
I made my rounds now, stopping at Author tables, my wife harassing Kane Hodder again. At a previous con she had him sign her arm and it was tattooed on. He was very giving of his time, as usual, and took pictures choking her again. Its a thing, trust me. Sid Haig was very approachable as were all the celebrities or so it seemed from my wanderings. I did not actually go up to everyone though it was a very open and friendly atmosphere. We stopped by the Christine display and decided to come back, she was a popular guest and definely wanted to come back.
After lunch I went to the Jack Ketchum, Thomas Monteleone reading. Mr. Monteleone read a story that is currently being published and Mr. Ketchum read from Triage. The reading was fantastic, both captured the audience and kept us riveted. The Q and A that followed was great as well. I wish there was a way to have an actual DVD of all the readings and Q and A sessions, or panel discussions. I would love to watch some of the things again, and relive them. I did mention this on facebook as I am writing this and was informed that a lot of celebrities have it in their contract not to have these things recorded. It was a nice idea while I had it.
That being said, I went around the vendor rooms with my wife a little more and saw some cool things for sale and spent some more money, One of the vendors had some really cool animatronic items that scared people who activated them. Like my wife, and the spider who leapt up at her. It was really fun. Trust me on that one. She found a creepy looking doll that talks when you squeeze its belly. And it says things that creep people out. My wife and I love it and she named her Annabelle Lee.
It was now time for another panel that I was waiting for. Beyond Extreme: The Making of Sixty-Five Iron Stirrup Road. The panel was made of of Brian Keene, Jack Ketchum, Wrath James White, Monica O' Rourke, and Bryan Smith. The panel told the story of the making of the extreme piece of horror literature, that was a means to raise money for Tom Piccirilli who was befallen with medical issues. They managed to raise a nice amount of money for a fellow writer and friend, and produce a pretty kick ass book. The panel let us in on the secrets of the process of the massive collaboration, how it went off the rails on time, and what happened in between all of the madness. It was a great hour and time extremely well spent.
The best picture I have of the panel. It was difficult to get a shot of everyone at one time. Sorry Bryan Smith.
Afterward, we decided to go have dinner and make sure we were up early for the last day. Sadly the weekend was almost over and we still had a lot more to see and do at Scares That Care!