Thursday, May 22, 2014

Final reminder: CRYPTICON starts tomorrow!

Just one more note before I put this Crypticon even to bed: CRYPTICON starts tomorrow!

Check out the complete schedule at www.crypticonseattle.com. Before I remind you of the panels I will be participating in (again), I thought I'd give you some of the other things I'm looking forward to.

Friday at 5 p.m., you'll have to choose between a panel on Classic monsters and their value today and aliens in horror. Tough call. I'll probably go the classic monster route, but I am just as likely to be off somewhere by myself rehashing what I want to say during my 6 p.m. panel on Reality vs. Fiction.

Between film screenings and other panels, I'd have to say the other Friday night highlight for me is a panel on new technology in horror movies. Because we know how less likely it would be to get caught my a ravaging maniac if your cellphone worked.

Saturday is going to be busy. Yes, you can catch me at noon sitting with the one and only Jeffrey Combs. But there's more!

If I had to choose one film to see this weekend, I'd pick Truth or Dare, directed by Jessica Cameron. Check out the red band trailer below. Unfortunately for me, that screening also starts at noon, so I might only be able to catch the second half. Cameron, however, will take part in another panel at 4 p.m. along with Tristan Risk and the Soska Sisters (American Mary, Dead Hooker in a Trunk, and the upcoming See No Evil 2 for WWE Studios). Risk was illuminating in her role in American Mary, so this is a panel I will not be passing up.

The good news is that I will already be in the room because at 3 p.m., I will be doing an interview session with Reggie Lee (NBC's Grimm, Drag Me to Hell and Frankenfish).

At 7 p.m., Saturday, there will be a panel on witches in horror and that should be a good time, too.

If you have a Saturday pass, you can go to Return of the Prom of the Dead, from 8:30 p.m. until closing. I never went to the prom when I was in high school, so you might catch me there. You can even ask me to dance (I'm a damn good dancer), but remember that I am a happily married man and will be texting my wife all night.

If you are still with us, don't ignore Sunday's offerings. Zach Galligan (Gremlins and -- one of my favorite guilty pleasures-- WaxWork) will have his interview session at 1 p.m. Also at 1 is a group discussion about the future of horror writing, something I care deeply about. If you are a writer (maybe you entered the contest sponsored by Blysster Press), and need some help, there will be a writing class from Blysster editor Charity Becker at 2 p.m. Or you can join me, again, at 2 for an interview session with Naomi Grossman (American Horror Story: Asylum) and Jennifer Lynn Warren (American Horror Story: Coven).

There are many other events and panels taking place over the weekend, so if you don't share my interests, there should be something for you. Don't forget the vendor room, too. All these creative people need your support!

And if you go, remember to use the official hashtag #crypt14 for all your tweets, statuses, and Instagram posts. Add the hashtag #warningsigns so I know you heard about it here.

See you in Seattle!

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