Danbury’s CT Horrorfest a real scream!

Me and the Grady twins from THE SHINING. Coolest. Costumes. EVER! Check out the real girls here: https://youtu.be/CMbI7DmLCNI Photo by Jason Harris.

Me and the Grady twins from THE SHINING. Coolest. Costumes. EVER! Photo by Jason Harris.

(You can check out the real girls here: https://youtu.be/CMbI7DmLCNI)

I spent yesterday signing books with fellow Connecticut author Stacey Longo Harris at the 2nd annual CT Horrorfest, which was for the first time held in Danbury.

Not only was it a 15 minute drive for me (win!), it was a day full of magic as I saw many old friends and made new ones. I also wasn’t expecting to do so much signing…I even ran out of a couple of titles, and I met readers from not only all over Connecticut, but from New York City, Maine, and even California.

Check out the pix below (and if you want to see just about EVERYTHING, visit their recap page here), and since some of you reading this are con-goers and might be curious, here are my thoughts.

First off, I haven’t been to a horror convention(meaning, one similar to a comic convention, not a writer’s con, which is a different animal) that seemed to run this smoothly. CT Horrorfest is only in its second year, but the folks behind it—The Horror News Network—seemed to do a better job than some I know that have been doing it for a decade. The decorations (which I think may have been provided by Lake Compounce’s The Haunted Graveyard attraction) were spooky fun and lent a feel of cohesion. The programming was broad, well-paced, and evenly scheduled, and the E-ticket panels were at the end of the day, which means the con floor hummed most of the run. I didn’t meet any celebrities, but my husband Nathan visited them, and he noted—as did others—that they spent time with each fan and apparently did not seem rushed. The space in The Matrix (if you grew up here, you knew it as Union Carbide and you might remember one or two of the strange urban legends surrounding it) was gorgeous—well lit by natural sunlight, attractive, and comfortable (I’m going to have a hard time enjoying cavernous, dingy, windowless, concrete-floored venues after this). The variety of menu items and the quality of food (provided by the venue) was outstanding (no plastic burgers here; everything from a full salad bar to sandwiches and chili were just freshfreshfresh). Meals, beer, and wine were available at reasonable prices. The staff was enthusiastic, passionate, and friendly. And those who cosplayed, it was clear, exhibited beyond-the-ubiquitous thinking and had invested heart and soul (and probably more than a few bucks).

All in all, five stars on this one, and I certainly hope it’ll be back here in 2016. It would be nice for us Danbury geeks to finally have something we can brag about! Want to know about the next one? Sign up for their email alerts here (scroll down the page to the bottom):

…and don’t forget, if you’re a horror fan, to keep the Horror News Network on your radar. They are always on top of what’s happening in the genre.

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About kristipetersenschoonover

A ghost story writer who still sleeps with the lights on, Kristi Petersen Schoonover’s fiction has appeared in countless magazines and anthologies. She has received three Norman Mailer Writers Colony Residencies, is a co-editor for Read Short Fiction, and co-hosts the Dark Discussions Podcast. Her work Skeletons in the Swimmin’ Hole is a collection of ghost stories set in Disney Parks; her horror novel, Bad Apple, was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She’s also a member of the New England Horror Writers Association. More info: www.kristipetersenschoonover.com

Posted on July 19, 2015, in Events, News, The Writing Life and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. So nice to have met you, Kristi. Loved talking about the 2001: A Space Odyssey series.

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