How do I know summer is over? No, not when the CNE opens, or when my local dollar store puts out its first Halloween toys. (Although that did happen today.) It’s the arrival of Festival of Fear, the annual horror convention that Rue Morgue Magazine presents as part of FanExpo, Canada’s geek central. This weekend, August 23 to 26, will signal the end of beach parties (um, OK, I only did that once) and the countdown to dead leaves and autumnal treats. As always, besides the FOF’s horror junkies, the Fan Expo will sure to be jammed with anime loving cosplayers, stormtroopers and streampunks. But for me this year, it’s all about the vampires!
I’ll be appearing at the Festival of Fear all day Saturday doing panels and a book signing. I must have been a very good goth this year because I’ve been asked to moderate Q&As with stars of True Blood and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. And of course, it’s a great pleasure to be promoting Encyclopedia Gothica with Gary and ECW Press. Please come say hello. I won’t bite. (Well, maybe a little.)
Liisa’s bloodsuckingly awesome Saturday FOF schedule:
12 noon What is Goth? panel with Voltaire and Nancy Kilpatrick, moderated by Tomb Dragomir (Room 703)
1pm True Blood celebrity Q&A with Nelsan Ellis, moderated by me! (Room 701)
3pm Buffy’s Spike and Dru Q&A, James Marsters and Juliet Landau, moderated by me! (Room 701)
4pm Encyclopedia Gothica book signing, with Gary Pullin (ECW Press, Booth 556)
5pm Life After Twilight panel on vampire fiction, with Nancy Kilpatrick, Crissy Calhoun, moderated by Monica S. Kuebler (Room 703)
Download the complete Festival of Fear horror schedule here.
And while you’re shopping, keep your eyes out for some of my favourite artist friends selling beautiful things on the convention floor: Ghoulish Gary Pullin, Bird Behind the Mask, My Pet Skeleton and Phantom City Creative.