This year is the 4th Annual Scares That Care Horror Convention. This was also my first year attending this convention, but it won't be my last. In fact, I will make it a point to go to this convention. Why? It's simple. Everyone was nice. I was welcomed by everyone. The family friendly environment was another key factor for me. I got to meet some really great people too.
I arrived at the convention early (30 minutes before they opened) and actors were walking around talking to people. How cool is that? The horror icons of my youth were down-to-earth and friendly. It was just an amazing experience!
They had silent auctions, photo ops, signings, meet and greets, a costume contest, author roundtables, writing workshops, and authors and actors everywhere. Something was happening in every room. The place was a packed house!
Brian Keene took the time to show me how to get to the author rooms on the second floor. He took time out of his busy schedule to help me. That means a lot to me as a convention goer and a fan of his work. Brian Keene is a class act and a great guy! He is a horror legend and I got to shake his hand and converse with him!
I got to meet Patrick Lacey!
I got to meet Matt Hayward!
I got to meet Tim Meyer!
Yep! I'm rocking the Dad bod for sure!
I got to meet Stephen Kozeniewski, but I forgot to go back and get a picture with him. I wanted to meet David Berstein and the Sisters of Slaughter (That sounds like a great band name doesn't it?), but I couldn't find them. I couldn't find Jonathan Janz either. I met Adam Cesare, but I forgot to get a picture with him. If you haven't checked out Adam Cesare's Black T-shirt Books, then you really should. I got to meet Edward Lee and Ronald Malfi–two cool guys!
I also found some new authors to read: Scott Cole, J. Peter W., and Matt Manochio!
I will definitely be going back next year! I had a blast!