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FANTASM - A HAUNT AND HORROR CONVENTION - ORLANDO, FL - OCTOBER 1 - 3, 2021
FANTASM GUESTS 2021
Christopher Nelson
Industry Guest:  (SPFX Artist / Writer / Actor)

Academy Award winner and 2 time Emmy winner Christopher Nelson is one of the top make-up FX artists and personalities in the film and television industry. His career spans almost 3 decades, earning him one of the most versatile, well rounded, and respected artist reputations today. Christopher has worked on and created some of the most iconic characters throughout film... from Marvel and DC to horror and sci-fi. His credits include Sin City, Kill Bill, American Horror Story, The Walking Dead, Suicide Squad, Deadpool, BrightAvengers: Infinity War as well as the new Halloween (2018), Halloween Kills and Halloween Ends from Blumhouse and director David Gordon Green in which he designed and created the FX and was thrilled to create the return of Michael Myers (The Shape). 

Christopher is also known for his acting roles in Kill Bill as the Groom, Criminal Minds, Vacancy 2, The Tripper, Inherent Vice, and as Officer Francis inHalloween (2018). 

Kat Cressida
Actress:  (Black Widow Bride - The Haunted Mansion, Dee Dee - Dexter's Laboratory)

KAT CRESSIDA is a favorite with ANIME and ANIMATION fans for: "Dee Dee" (DEXTER’S LABORATORY), villain “Uta" (ARCHER Seasons 1 + 2), “Jessie The Cowgirl” (PIXAR’s TOY STORY attractions, shows, ancillary products), ‘Elektra’ (all MARVEL GAMES), and PHINEAS and FERB.  She just voiced “SIGOURNEY WEAVER” for SOLAR OPPOSITES (hit NETFLIX Series by creators of RICK AND MORTY).

KAT's a fan favorite with GAMERS for several AAA Game leads; most notably 2 of Gaming's most TERRIFYING leads: “Agatha” and “The Matron (DARK DECEPTION); and “Bloody Mary(TELLTALE GAMES' FABLES: THE WOLF AMONG US).  Kat voices leads in: FALLOUT 4, FALOUT 76, WASTELAND 3, MARVEL ULTIMATE ALLIANCE: AVENGERS and MARVEL HEROES, WORLD of WARCRAFT, MASS EFFECT: ANDROMEDA, ELDER SCROLLS… (see IMDB for most recent / full list)

KAT is THE HAUNTED MANSION's “BLACK WIDOW BRIDE” (Constance Hatchaway)- the ONLY Lead Character added to a Classic DISNEY ATTRACTION in history (AND- as all original voices were recorded in 1969- she is also the only Talent in this Classic Attraction alive!) 

She is the voice of “LITTLE GIRL LOST” in DISNEY PARKSTWILIGHT ZONE: TOWER OF TERROR"

Having been honored to officially work with DISNEY IMAGINEERING and DISNEY ARCHIVES in prep for THE HAUNTED MANSION, KAT offers conventions an EXCLUSIVE PANEL going BEHIND-THE-SCENES of the HISTORY and HIDDEN SECRETS of THE HAUNTED MANSION.  

Adrienne Barbeau
Actress:  (The Fog, Creepshow, Swamp Thing, Escape From New York)

Adrienne began her career in 1963 with the San Jose Civic Light Opera. After graduating high school, she traveled with a musical comedy revue, entertaining our servicemen on Army bases throughout Southeast Asia. In 1965, she moved to New York where she made her Broadway debut as Tevye’s second daughter, Hodel, in Fiddler on the Roof. A Tony nomination and a Theatre World Award for her creation of Rizzo in the original Broadway production of Grease led her back to California and the role of Bea Arthur’s daughter, Carol, in the hit series Maude.

Since then she has become a best selling author, a recording artist, and the star of numerous features, films for television, concert performances, musicals and plays.

Movie fans know her best for her performances in The Fog, Escape From New York, Creepshow, Swamp Thing, Back to School, and Cannonball Run. Her recent films include the Academy Award winning ARGO, Tales of Halloween, Divine Access and the soon to be released Death House, In Extremis, and The Hoax.

Adrienne has a Golden Globe nomination and over 450 screen performances to her credit. She starred as Ruthie, the Snake Dancer, on HBO’s fascinating series, Carnivale. She was Oswald’s mom on Drew Carey, Victoria Grayson’s mom on Revenge, and Suzanne Stanwyck on General Hospital. Her recent appearances include Criminal Minds, Sons of Anarchy, and the upcoming Hulu series Dimension 404.

Having appeared in over 25 musicals and plays throughout the country, in 2006 she returned to New York and standing ovations for her performance in the Off-Broadway premiere of The Property Known as Garland. Summer of 2012 found her returning to her favorite musical Fiddler on the Roof, playing Golde this time, not Hodel.

Off camera, Adrienne is the voice of Catwoman in Batman, The Animated Series, Ms. Simone in Scooby-Do on Zombie Island, and Scooter’s Mom in the 3-D animated film Fly Me To The Moon. She can be heard in a myriad of video games: God of War and Halo 4 among them.

In 2019 The Walking Dead producer Greg Nicotero brought George A. Romero’s film Creepshow to the small screen and launched a new Creepshow TV series for Shudder and Adrienne Barbeau starred in the premier episode. 

Adrienne is the author of four books: the best-selling memoir There Are Worse Things I Could Do; the comedic thriller Vampyres of Hollywood and its sequels Love Bites and Make Me Dead (which takes place at a horror convention, by the way).  Plans are underway to bring Love Bites to the big screen.

Nick Castle
Industry Guest:  (Actor: Halloween (1978), Halloween (2019), Halloween Kills, Halloween Ends; Director: The Last Starfighter, Major Payne, Amazing Stories)

Nick Castle's film credits include Dark Star where he played the beach ball alien, Major PayneDennis the MenaceThe Last Starfighter, and Connors' War as a director. He wrote the screenplays Escape from New York and Hook. He was the writer and director of the film Tap.

He played Michael Myers in the 1978 horror classic Halloween, directed by former USC classmate John Carpenter, being paid $25 a day. Castle's subsequent collaborations with Carpenter included his name being used as one of the main characters' names in The Fog, co-writing the script of Escape From New York, and performing the title song of Big Trouble in Little China as part of the band Coup de Villes, alongside Carpenter and another friend, Tommy Lee Wallace.

Castle's most recent project is the screenplay for August Rush, a musical-drama directed by Kirsten Sheridan and starring Freddie Highmore, Jonathan Rhys-Meyers, Robin Williams, and Keri Russell, released in 2007. He also stars as himself in the 2010 documentary Halloween: The Inside Story by Filipino filmmaker Nick Noble.

Castle won a Saturn Award for Best Writing for The Boy Who Could Fly, a Silver Raven (for Delivering Milo), a Grand Prize (for The Last Starfighter), a Bronze Gryphon, and a Gold Medal of the Regional Council.

In 2018 he reprised his iconic role of Michael Myers in the 2018 reboot of the film HalloweenHe will also be reprising the role in the 2020 Halloween: Kills and the 2020 Halloween: End.

James Jude Courtney
Actor:  (Halloween (2018), Halloween Kills, Halloween Ends, Buffy the Vampire Slayer)

James  Jude Courtney, also known as James Courtney, is a US film actor and stuntman. He was 'Der Kindestod' in the popular television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Other credits include Firearm and Babylon 5. Most 2018 he acquired the role of Michael Myers in the 2018 reboot of the film Halloween. He will also be reprising the role in the 2020 Halloween: Kills and the 2020 Halloween: End.

Courtney was also known as film producer and co-founder of the Melliti Brothers Productions.

P. J. Soles
Actress:  (Carrie, Halloween (1978), Halloween (2018), The Devils Rejects)

Pamela Jayne Soles is a German-born American actress. She made her film debut in 1976 as Norma Watson in Brian De Palma's Carrie (1976) before portraying Lynda van der Klok in John Carpenter's Halloween (1978) and Riff Randell in Allan Arkush's Rock 'n' Roll High School (1979).

She has since appeared in a variety of films including Breaking Away (1979), Private Benjamin (1980), Stripes (1981), Sweet Dreams (1985), Jawbreaker (1999) and The Devil's Rejects (2005).

In 2018 P.J. had a cameo as a teacher in the reboot of her classic film Halloween.

In 2019 she appeared in the film Candy Corn and in 2020 appeared in Sid Haig’s final film Hanukkah.

John Michael Graham
Actor:  (Halloween (1978))

John Michael Graham is an actor known for his role in the 1978 classic John Carpenter horror movie Halloween as Bob Simms, the boyfriend of P.J. Soles's character. Graham also appeared as an extra in the film Grease and several commercials in the 1970s, including Dr. Pepper.

Graham has worked for Disney since 1989.In 2001, Graham wrote, produced and acted in the well received cult play "Murder's a Drag!". A kitschy homage to Hollywood film noir and "women's pictures" of the 1940s and 1950s. It was remounted in 2011, in Orlando, FL, with the original cast and received a rave review from The Orlando Sentinel. Quote: "The clever script...plays like a sketch from the old Carol Burnett Show in which Harvey Korman and Tim Conway just happen to be playing women."

Tom Atkins
Actor:  (Halloween III, Night of the Creeps, Creepshow, The Fog, Escape From New York)

Atkins began his career in stage plays both on-and-off Broadway, before moving to Los Angeles to pursue a career in film and television. His first movie role was in The Detective, which starred Frank Sinatra.

After many appearances in TV series and movies - often playing police detectives - Atkins began working within the horror and science fiction genres. He starred in two films directed by John Carpenter: he appeared as Nick Castle in the 1980 ghost story The Fog and as Rehme in the 1981 science fiction thriller Escape from New York. He then took a leading role as Dr. Dan Challis in the sequel Halloween III: Season of the Witch directed by Tommy Lee Wallace and produced by John Carpenter. He did further work with George A. Romero, appearing in three of the latter's projects: in the Romero-Stephen King project, Creepshow (1982), in which he plays the overbearing father of a young Joe Hill (King's son) in the wraparound segment; then in another anthology, Two Evil Eyes (1990), based upon tales by Edgar Allan Poe; and Bruiser (2000). He portrayed Detective Ray Cameron in the 1986 cult horror film Night of the Creeps, a role Atkins calls his very favorite. 

He has nevertheless continued to act in both the thriller and police procedural genre. He is well known to movie goers for his role as Michael Hunsaker in the Richard Donner hit film Lethal Weapon (1987), with Mel Gibson, Danny Glover, and Gary Busey; the film was produced by Donner and Joel Silver, written by Shane Black. He also took a role in the action-thriller, Striking Distance (1993), alongside Bruce Willis, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Tom Sizemore. In television, Atkins played Lt. Alex Diehl in the 1970s television series The Rockford Files with James Garner. He reprised his role of Commander Diehl for a series of Rockford Files movies in the 1990s.[5]

Atkins has made numerous guest appearances on many popular television shows, including M*A*S*H, Baretta, Harry O, The Fall Guy, Xena: Warrior Princess, Walker, Texas Ranger, Oz, and Law & Order: Criminal Intent.

In 2009, he had a supporting role as a retired sheriff in the remake My Bloody Valentine 3D and co-starred with Nicolas Cage in Todd Farmer's Drive Angry, in 2011. 

In 2019 Tom starred in the horror film Trick and the sci-fi Encounter.

Stacey Nelkin
Actress:  (Halloween III, The Twilight Zone)

Nelkin starred as Bonnie Sue Chisholm in four episodes of the CBS western miniseries The Chisholms (1979). 

She became well known for her role in the horror film Halloween III: Season of the Witch (1982) as Ellie Grimbridge. Around the same time, Nelkin was scheduled to appear in the film Blade Runner as Mary, a sixth Nexus-6 replicant that escapes from "off-world" and comes to Earth, but budget cuts resulted in her part being cut from the film early in the period of principal photography. She had done a screen test for the role of Pris in Blade Runner as well. Nelkin's screen test appears on Disc 4 of the collector's edition DVD set. Nelkin has made guest appearances in several TV series, including CHiPs, The A-Team, Eight Is Enough, 1st & Ten and Hunter. She has also had significant roles in Serial and Up the Academy.

Her best-known TV role was on the soap opera Generations (1990) as Christy Russell.

Tommy Lee Wallace
Actor:  (Director: Halloween III, Fright Night 2, IT, The Twilight Zone (1985) - Actor: The Fog)

Tommy Lee Wallace is an American director, writer, producer, and actor. He got his start working with good friend John Carpenter starting on John's first two films Dark Star & Assault on Precinct 13. It wasn't until Halloween (1978) where Tommy really began to show his talent. Tommy wore many hats on Halloween including Production Designer and Editor. He was also responsible for the iconic look of Michael Myers aka The Shape by converting an old Don Post Studios Captain Kirk/William Shatner mask into the iconic mask we all know today. Working on such a tight budget Tommy stepped into the role of Michael Myers for various key scenes because as Production Designer he would know exactly how to break certain props that they didn't have the budget to do it more than once. Most notably are the closet attack, stairway attack and breaking through the kitchen door. 

Although having worked in diverse genres, Tommy is probably best known for his contribution to horror films, most notably its many sequels. Early on he scripted Amityville II: The Possession (1982) and quickly moved on to both write and direct the John Carpenter produced Halloween III: Season of the Witch (1982) that starred cult horror icon Tom Atkins. He directed Fright Night Part 2 (1988) based on a screenplay by Tom Holland and Stephen King's  It (1990), a coming-of-age horror tale adapted from the bestselling novel by Stephen King.

Over the years Tommy has worked on over 25 feature films and TV projects including Big Trouble in Little China (1986), The Boy Who Could Fly (1986), Aloha Summer (1988), Far From Home (1989),  John Carpenter's Vampires: Los Muertos (2002) and 3 segments of Rod Serling's The Twilight Zone (1985).

Marli Renfro
Actress:  (Psycho - Janet Leigh's Stunt Double, 78/52: Hitchcock's Shower Scene)

Marli Renfro is a professional model and actress best known for her performance in Alfred Hitchcock’s 1960 classic, Psycho. Cast as Janet Leigh’s body double in Psycho’s iconic shower scene, Marli will forever be celebrated for her contribution to one of the most famous scenes in film history. Marli also appeared in Francis Ford Coppola’s 1962 comedy Tonight For Sure. Having appeared in over 55 magazines including the cover of Playboy in September 1960, Marli has had a very successful modeling career. In 2010, she was the subject of author Robert Graysmith’s biography The Girl In Hitchcock’s Shower, and in 2017, appeared in the highly acclaimed documentary 78/52: Hitchcock’s Shower Scene which explores the 78 shots and 52 cuts that so greatly impacted modern cinema. Today, Marli loves the opportunity to attend conventions and meet her fans and brings an array of photos, magazines, posters and even artistically “bloodied” shower curtains for those who want to take home a souvenir. She’s excited to meet you all at Fantasm in Orlando! 

Sean Clark
Industry Guest:  (Producer, Director, Host)

In 2003 Sean was one of three principles that put on the Halloween Returns to Haddonfield 25th Anniversary Convention in Pasadena, California. Soon after he began working on the documentary "Halloween: 25 Years of Terror", which he was co-creator and writer of. The documentary was released on DVD in July of 2006 from Anchor Bay Entertainment. This began a tradition to follow every five years in Pasadena, California with 30, 35 & 40 Years of Terror: The Official Halloween Conventions.
 
Sean has worked as a s a journalist for the following on-line publications, Creature-Corner.com, The Horror Channel, Dread Central.com and Bloody-Disgusting.com
 
Since issue #4 he has written for HorrorHound Magazine. He contributes a feature article called Horror’s Hallowed Grounds that takes a look at the filming locations of famous horror and cult films. It was also developed into a television show that has been featured on several DVD & Blu-ray releases for companies like Scream Factory, Dark Skies Films, Synapse Films and Anchor Bay Entertainment.
 
In 2005 he started Convention All-Stars LLC. The company has grown to become one of the leaders in personal appearance representation, so much so that in 2012 the reputation of CAS captured actress Jamie Lee Curtis’ attention when she decided to do her one and only convention appearance. The event was filmed by her brother-in-law and sister for the documentary, "The Night She Came Home", released as a bonus feature on the 35th Anniversary edition of the film Halloween.  Together they raised over $175,000 for the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles
 
In 2007 he wrote and produced his first feature film The Black Waters of Echo’s Pond. The film stars Robert Patrick, Danielle Harris and James Duval. The film was released theatrically in 2010 and was later released on DVD & Blu-Ray from Anchor Bay Entertainment.
 
Sean also started a production company called Viddy Well Films where he produces bonus content for DVD & Blu-Ray. In 2014 he won a Saturn Award for his work on Halloween: The Complete Collection Box Set.
 
Most recently Sean has been featured on shows such as Collection Complete spotlighting his extensive horror collection and on the Shudder series The Core and Cursed

Diane Franklin
Actress:  (Amityville II: The Possession, Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure, Better off Dead, Terrorvision)

Born on February 11, 1962, and raised in Long Island, New York, Diane Franklin started her professional acting career with modeling and commercials at the young age of 10. While pursuing her college education at NYU, Diane landed her first film role, starring in THE LAST AMERICAN VIRGIN (1982) - And little known fact, Diane kick-started the curly hair trend of the 80s with her appearance in this film. In 1985 Diane won the part, of her most beloved, female role-model, chararacter, French-Exchange student, Monique Junot, in the comedy BETTER OFF DEAD. But Diane’s biggest commercial success came from her role as a Medieval babe princess in BILL & TED'S EXCELLENT ADVENTURE

Today, Diane makes a dramatic return to cinema in the horror genre. In 1982 Diane played the daughter, Patricia Montelli, in AMITYVILLE II: THE POSSESSION, and now returns as mother, Louise Defeo in docu-drama, AMITYVILLE MURDERS. Diane also sang the National Anthem in 2004, and has self-published 2 books about her acting career. Diane is married to comedy writer, Ray DeLaurentis, and has two children; actress and comedy filmmaker, Olivia DeLaurentis and composer, and double-bass, musician, Nick DeLaurentis.

Mimi Craven
Actress:  (Swamp Thing, Chiller, A Nightmare on Elm Street)

Mimi Craven was born and raised in Indianapolis, Indiana, and graduated from Indiana University with a major in dance (ballet). She began her career in the arts as a dance teacher in Indiana and Texas, before moving to Los Angeles, where she became an actress. She co-starred in the original "A Nightmare On Elm Street". Having studied with the renowned Roy London, she worked in movies and television, as well as commercials during her career as an actress. She had notable parts in such films as "Last Dance", which starred Sharon Stone, "Dogwatch", which starred Sam Elliot, and "Just Write", which starred Sherilyn Fenn and Jeremy Piven, and was cast in guest roles on television in "Seinfeld", "Star Trek Voyager", and many other shows.

As an actress, Mimi observed photographers in their work constantly. It was not until 1996, however, that she picked up a camera herself and began taking pictures with a deliberate eye. She immediately started formal study of the new art at UCLA, and quickly received her first professional assignments. In the period since then, she has photographed celebrities, artists and other public figures, including Quincy Jones, Sharon Stone, the painter Balthus, and the Dalai Lama. Her photographs have appeared in the magazines "In Style", "Paris Match", "US", "Movieline" and the "San Francisco Examiner Sunday Magazine". She has shot movie posters for a number of prominent films from major studios, including "Gloria" and "What Planet Are You From?" for Sony Pictures, and "Bless This Child" for Paramount. In addition, her commercial photography has included assignments for such clients as Seinger Advertising Group, Wisdom Channel, and the designer Elizabeth Galindo.

While developing her career as a commercial photographer, Mimi has privately photographed subjects of personal interest. Over the last two and a half years, she traveled around the world to photograph graveyards and cemeteries.

Catherine Parks
Actress:  (Vera Sanchez - Friday the 13th Part 3-D, Jan - Looker)

Catherine Parks was born Tampa, FL. She is best known for her roles in Friday the 13th Part 3-D as Jason Voorhees victim Vera Sanchez, Weekend at Bernie’s as Tina the girlfriend to Bernie Lomax portrayed by Terry Kiser, and in Looker her film debut starring opposite Albert Finney. Catherine started acting in the early 1980’s and encompassed a film and TV career that would take her into the early 1990’s while co-starring as a regular on several prime-time network TV series. Catherine also has the distinction of being Miss Florida 1977 and was 3rd runner up for Miss America that same year. Currently, Catherine is an entrepreneur getting ready to launch her own jewelry bracelet line of products that should be made available online in the near future.  

Camille Keaton
Actress:  (Jennifer - “I Spit On Your Grave”, Jane - “Tragic Ceremony”)

Award winning actress Camille Keaton was born in Pine Bluff, Arkansas. Camille started her acting career in the early 1970s and is still currently in the acting profession today. Camille is best noted for her film roles as Jennifer Hills in "I Spit On Your Grave", Jane in "Tragic Ceremony", Olga in "The Butterfly Room", Rita in "The Concrete Jungle", and Solange Beauregard in "What Have You Done To Solange?" Camille is the first actress to portray the role of Jennifer Hills in the original iconic award-winning film "I Spit On Your Grave" which has become a 5 film franchise. Camille is related to legendary silent-film comedian Buster Keaton. Camille was previously married to famed film director Meir Zarchi and famed film producer Sidney Luft.

Mike Christopher
Actor:  (Hare Krishna Zombie - Dawn of the Dead (1978))

Mike Christopher is best known for his portrayal of the Hare Krishna Zombie in the 1978 classic horror movie “Dawn of the Dead” directed by George Romero.

Originally, a synthesizer/keyboardist performing with a bald, space themed theatrical band named FLUID, he already had the look when Romero cast him for the role of a Krishna devotee turned by the zombie outbreak. His pivotal role caused Fran, the female lead, to reassess her situation and decide to learn how to shoot weapons and fly the chopper.

Shortly following the release fo Dawn, he moved to Los Angeles to work within a variety of media types. He performed laser light shows with Laserium and Laser Media, became lead audio tech for Oberheim and Kurzweil Synthesizers, worked as a session musician, colorized  black and white movies then helped to expand quality control operations for 35 mm film to digital videotape mastering. 

In 2008, he was surprised to learn “Dawn of the Dead“ had become wildly popular and began appearing at Horror Conventions while making cameo appearances in Herschel Gordon Lewis’ “The Uh-Oh” Show” as a ticket scalper, a truck mechanic in the remake of “Plan 9 From Outer Space” and as a director of a Psychiatric institute in the yet to be released prequel “Night of the Living Dead: Genesis”. Michael’s only lead role to date is “Joe Vampire”, an ultra low budget movie filmed in the Tampa Bay Area.

Currently living in East Central Florida, he has returned to his musical roots, composing music in his home studio and providing occasional music for motion pictures. 

Bob Michelucci
Industry Guest:  (Scope Zombie - Dawn of the Dead; Publisher, Producer)

In 1970, Bob was hired as a “Creative Apprentice” at Mel Richman Creative Marketing Services in Pittsburgh. In 1974, he moved on as a graphic production artist with Dick Z Associates, again in downtown Pittsburgh. Bob is one of the “pioneers” of the independent horror publishing field. His first book was THE COLLECTORS GUIDE TO MONSTER MAGAZINES in 1977, self-published along with Dick Zdinak, it was considered the “bible” for film-monster magazine collecting. Bob published an updated second COLLECTORS GUIDE in 1988 complete with Jack Davis cover art. In 1978, he partnered with Bill Wilson to design and co-publish a slick sci-fi magazine called QUESTAR under the business name of MW Communications and that magazine reached 100,000 circulation at its peak in 1981. In 1979, The Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films presented him with their Lifetime Achievement Saturn Award.

In 1981 he formed IMAGINE, INC. and began a long career publishing and designing now classic trade paperback titles including Tom Savini’s GRANDE ILLUSIONS & GRANDE ILLUSIONS BOOK 2, Dick Smith’s MONSTER MAKE-UP HANDBOOK, THE COMPLETE NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD FILMBOOK, EROTICISM IN THE FANTASY CINEMA (introduction by Chris Lee), FORREST J ACKERMAN, FAMOUS MONSTER OF FILMLAND (Introduction by Vincent Price) and BRUNO SAMMARTINO, AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF WRESTLING’S LIVING LEGEND.

Bob also began working a full-time job as a production artist in the WQED Design Center in the early eighties and worked his way up to Print Production Manager until he left in 1993. In 1993, Bob acted as Chairman for the ZOMBIE JAMBOREE…The 25th Anniversary Convention for the film NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD in Pittsburgh, PA that brought together the original cast for the first time in twenty-five years. He had previously chaired two other conventions in Pittsburgh: FANTASY FILM CELEBRITY CON in 1978 & CON 2 in 1979. The ’79 show was British actress Caroline Munro’s first US convention appearance.

Other publishing projects include another magazine titled SCREAM QUEENS ILLUSTRATED with over twenty Playboy style issues published (Edited by John Russo and Art Directed and Designed by Bob), SCREAM BEAT, DRIVE-IN CINEMA and MAKING MOVIES and several trading card sets including five series of SCREAM QUEENS, two editions of NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD (with FANTACO), TOM SAVINI GRANDE ILLUSIONS (with FANTACO), WRESTLING LEGENDS, FANTASY GIRLS series 1 & 2, YOU SLAY ME, two series of DARK SHADOWS cards and three DARK SHADOWS limited edition 18X24 illustrated prints by John Graziano.

In 1978, Bob played the “SCOPE ZOMBIE” in George Romero’s DAWN OF THE DEAD, he also played a priest in CHILDREN OF THE LIVING DEAD and a cop in John Russo’s SANTA CLAWS. Bob’s wife Dee and daughter Dawn acted in John Russo’s SANTA CLAWS and Dee was the ZOMBIE MOM and Dawn was the ZOMBIE DAUGHTER in the NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD 30th Anniversary Edition produced in 1998.

In 2000, Bob reunited with former partner, Jim Aiello, Sr. and worked on a restaurant project called SORRISO PIZZA PERFECT, PASTA PERFECT located in Greenville, PA and in 2001, he managed a full-service Italian Restaurant called LOCANTE’S PIZZA & PASTA CAFE located in Mt. Lebanon, PA until late 2004. In 2004 he began and managed, Rossi’s Pop-Up Marketplace in North Versailles, PA, a converted twenty screen theater into a discount shopping mall and flea market. As of 2018, he continues as General Manager. Bob’s current projects include compiling and publishing his most recent three books titled MEMORIES OF THE LIVING DEAD and “Bob Michelucci’s MONSTERous Portfolio” and his most recent title “THE COMPLETE HISTORY OF THE GREATER PITTSBURGH ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY”. Another project is he is currently working on is to open THE GREATER PITTSBURGH ENTERTAINMENT MUSEUM in the Pittsburgh area. His hobby is photography.

Dee Michelucci
Actress:  (Zombie Mom - NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD 30th Anniversary Edition)

Dee Michelucci is the wife of publisher and actor Bob Michelucci. She was actively involved with Imagine, Inc. publishing and was the inspiration for the Deelyte character in the Questar magazine comic strip Just Imagine Jeanie. She also appeared in John Russo’s SANTA CLAWS and as the Zombie Mom in NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD 30th Anniversary Edition. She was also made up for a role of a zombie in DAWN OF THE DEAD but ended up as a “cutting room floor “ zombie”!

Austin Janowsky
Industry Guest:  (Actor/Screenwriter/Director, Professional Comic Book Artist)

Austin Janowsky is celebrating working as a professional comic book artist, inker, writer, creator for 27 years and a professional actor, director, producer for the past 5 years.

He has been lucky to be published with Marvel Comics  (Iron Man, Xmen), IDW (Satellite Falling), Image (Invincible), Top Cow (Tomb Raider), Dynamite (Red Sonja), Space Goat (Evil Dead 2 Tales of the Ex-Mortis), Alias (10th Muse/Shi), Devil's Due/First Comics (Nightmare World) plus a bunch of indie books!

Presently Austin's comic "Stanley the Snowman" is coming out with Scout Comics, Divine Retribution is coming out with Second Sight Publishing and Zombie's We're Human Too with Tin Sky Comics

Austin has worked with Feature films, TV and commercials. 

  • cast in Black Veil created by (Blair Witch Project) Dan Myrick, (Final Destination) Jeffery Reddick
  • cast in 45 Seconds coming to NETFLIX
  • cast in Painkiller with Michael Pare
  • cast in Fan series "Sleepwalker
  • cast in South of Central with (Stranger Things) Joe Davison
  • cast in Share or Die as Rob, father to the lead.

Mortem happens trailer: https://vimeo.com/351848786

Zombies We're Human Too FB page: https://www.facebook.com/ZombiesWereHumanToo/

Austin will be doing limited commissions during the show. Email him at: tinskymedia@gmail.com for pricing.

J. Michael Roddy
Industry Guest:  (Author / Documentary Filmmaker: "MonsterKids", "The Shark Is Still Working")

A member of the Entertainment industry for more than 25 years, J. Michael Roddy has contributed to some of the most successful entertainment experiences that have become unforgettable memories for millions around the world.

His successes include the award-winning documentaries The Shark Is Still Working, and Monsterkids, for which he won The Rondo Hattan Award. Some of his other work includes Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Marvel Day at Sea, Halloween on the High Seas, Disney Movie Magic, and the Frozen Sing-Along Celebration

With so much passion for the entertainment industry coupled with the development of numerous award-winning entertainment experiences, it’s no surprise Roddy lives by the motto: “The more you do…the more you get to do!”

Owl Goingback
Author:  (Crota, Darker Than Night, Evil Whispers, Breed, Shaman Moon, Coyote Rage, Eagle Feathers, and The Gift)

Owl Goingback has been writing professionally for over thirty years, and is the author of numerous novels, children’s book, screenplays, magazine articles, and short stories. He is a Bram Stoker Award Lifetime Achievement Recipient, a Bram Stoker Award Winner for Best Novel and Best First Novel, a Nebula Award Nominee, and a Storytelling World Awards Honor Recipient. His books include Crota, Darker Than Night, Evil Whispers, Breed, Shaman Moon, Coyote Rage, Eagle Feathers, and The Gift. Owl’s short story collection, Tribal Screams, was published in 2018. The Coffee Shop of Horrors created an Owl Goingback’s Tribal Screams roasted chestnut flavored coffee to tie-in with the collection.

In addition to writing under his own name, Owl has ghostwritten several books for Hollywood celebrities. He has also lectured across the country on the customs and folklore of the American Indians, served in the military, owned a restaurant/lounge, and worked as a cemetery caretaker. He is a member of the Authors Guild, Horror Writers Association, and the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America.

Jackie Sonnenberg
Author:  (The Lamb Was Sure To Go, My Soul to Keep, 13, 13: Deja Vu, 13: Night Terrors, Carnival of Fear, The Mirror Tales)

Jackie Sonnenberg is an author and actor living in Orlando, known for "cosplaying" her original characters and interacting with people to tell them their stories in a fun way. She creates the whole look and costume and dons them to conventions and events....believing she can best introduce people to her books by first introducing them to the characters. She currently has a collection of novels retelling Nursery Rhymes as horror stories, with rough drafts and outlines for more in the works. The series collection is called yresruN semhyR, or nursery rhymes backwards and the first two novels are MY SOUL TO KEEP and THE LAMB WAS SURE TO GO. She also has short stories in anthologies 13, 13: DEJA VU, 13: NIGHT TERRORS, and CARNIVAL OF FEAR, with a new one coming out this spring called THE MIRROR TALES.

Jackie also has a background in the Horror industry as a veteran haunted house actor and was in the local attractions The Shallow Grave and Zombie Outbreak, has currently joined the cast of the new haunt Dark Horizon and has won costume contests and gained recognition in various media outlets for her unique approach. An avid Horror enthusiast, she is always creatively bringing the scares to life in some form or another.

Tyson Hanks
Author:  (Invasive Species, Greetings from Barker Marsh, Kneeling in the Silver Light, The Dark and Stormy Night, Sanitarium Magazine, Ghosts, Goblins, Murder & Madness: Twenty Tales of Halloween)

APPEARING FRIDAY AND SATURDAY ONLY!

Tyson Hanks is the author of multiple short stories that have been published in numerous collections, including the World War 1 horror anthology Kneeling in the Silver Light, The Dark and Stormy Night, Sanitarium Magazine and Ghosts, Goblins, Murder & Madness: Twenty Tales of Halloween, published by Dark Ink Books. His debut novel, Greetings from Barker Marsh, was published in 2016, and his new novel, Invasive Species, which he coauthored with horror writer John Catapano, is scheduled for release by Halloween, 2019.  He was a semi-finalist in a Seattle-based horror screenwriting contest and also serves as a judge with the Florida Writers Association. Tyson is an Army veteran and currently lives in Florida, where he works as a freelance writer. 

Ken Barr
Author:  (Award winning Indie Filmmaker and Author)

After touring the world for over twenty years with KISS, Alice Cooper, Stone Temple Pilots, The Bangles, Rainbow, Debbie Gibson, Air Supply and many other music artists, Ken Barr made a life change and left the road. Now he is an award winning Indie Filmmaker and Author of books that have sold around the world.

John Catapano
Author:  (Invasive Species, Genre trivia books and short stories)

John Catapano is an author, an artist, and an engineer. He had his first paranormal experience at age 6. While in college he met Ed and Lorraine Warren and helped them investigate two cases. He has written books, independent comics, and graphic novels  on diverse topics such as a genre movie trivia book to one founded in the Cthulhu mythos. Invasive Species is the latest novel written by himself and Tyson Hanks that is set in Central Florida. His genre trivia book and short stories are available at smashwords.com. He currently is working on two novels, both with Central Florida locales.

Adam-Troy Castro
Author:  (Award winning novelist)

Adam-Troy Castro made his first non-fiction sale to Spy magazine in 1987. His twenty-six books to date include four Spider-Man novels, three novels about his profoundly damaged far-future murder investigator Andrea Cort, and six middle-grade novels about the dimension-spanning adventures of young Gustav Gloom. Adam’s works have won the Philip K. Dick Award and the Seiun (Japan), and have been nominated for eight Nebulas, three Stokers, two Hugos, one World Fantasy Award, and, internationally, the Ignotus (Spain), the Grand Prix de l’Imaginaire (France), and the Kurd-Laßwitz Preis (Germany). His latest release was the audio collection My Wife Hates Time Travel And Other Stories (Skyboat Media), which features thirteen hours of his fiction, including the new stories “The Hour In Between” and “Big Stupe and the Buried Big Glowing Booger.” Adam lives in Florida with his wife Judi and a trio of chaotic paladin cats.

Maureen Orkwis
Author:  (The Vadam Nore Murder Mystery Series, The Ghosts of Tiger Trail)

Originally from Flushing, New York, Maureen Catherine Orkwis and her family moved to Florida when she was six. That makes her a semi-native or a damn Yankee, depending on who you ask.

Maureen currently lives in a small town in North Central Florida, featured in her book, The Ghosts of Tiger Trail. She is most known for penning Murder Con, which was inspired when she wandered into an abandoned area during a Star Wars Celebration. Though the original story was to feature two cosplayers, Maureen, like many of her fans, became smitten with the fish-out-of-water detective, Sergeant Vadam Nore, who is now the main character of the Vadam Nore Murder Mystery Series. “He’s just too fun not to keep telling his stories.” Vadam’s only flaw (well, that we’ll count at least); he, like the rest of the characters in her head, keeps Maureen from cosplaying, which is her favorite hobby.

Eerie Florida
Author:  (Eerie Florida, Freaky Florida)

APPEARING SUNDAY ONLY!

Mark Muncy is the creator of Hellview Cemetery, a charity haunted house in Central Florida that was so infamous it was banned by the City of St. Petersburg. An author of horror and science fiction, he has spent more than three decades collecting ghostly tales and reports of legendary beasts. His third book for The History Press after the best sellers Eerie Florida and Freaky Florida releases in fall 2019. A frequent guest on Coast to Coast AM and Into the Fray Radio as well as numerous other TV and radio shows. He lives in St. Petersburg, Florida, on the remains of an ancient midden with his wife, Kari Schultz. Occasionally, he is visited by his daughters when they remember he is still there. 

Kari Schultz is a varied illustrator at Fox Dream Studio who enjoys fantasy and horror. She has been working on art as long as she can remember and reading folklore and horror almost as long. She has illustrated several books of legends and monsters for The History Press including Eerie Florida, Eerie Alabama, and Freaky Florida. She has a thing for foxes. When not drawing she is the caretaker of her baby dragon named Clawdius and her python Missy. She can be lured forth from her home with sushi or pasta. 

Scott Fensterer
Industry Guest:  (Owner, Scott Fensterer Sculpture Studio; Creator and Host of Monster Manor.)

Scott’s love for classic monsters began after seeing an old Castle Films 8mm home movie of Universal’s Frankenstein. It inspired his life-long fascination with art in cinema… From design to makeup, this passion continued to grow through his childhood. While other kids were busy watching movies, Scott was busy making them with neighborhood friends. This lifelong affection for his “lovable monsters” spreads into every corner of his world!

Since that time, Scott has been in the commercial arts field for over 25 years, working in film (Madea’s BOO – Special Makeup Effects Department), television (Robot Chicken, Season 5, Face Off/Game Face), toy prototype production (Mego, Proto-Hype Studios, Scott Fensterer Sculpture Studio), theme parks (Universal Studios, Walt Disney Corp), haunts, and more, but is best known for his appearances on the hit SYFY series FACE OFF and its spin-off, GAME FACE. He has won numerous awards, and was a 2019 nominee for the coveted Rondo award for “best event” for Gill-A-Bration, the 65th anniversary celebration the Creature from the Black Lagoon, an event held at Silver Springs, one of the filming locations of the series and attended by Ricou Browning, David J. Skal, and James-Michael Roddy.

Scott and Monster Manor co-creator, Michael Kinald conceptualized Monster Manor following a comment comparing his home to that of Gomez and Morticia Addams… A Monster Manor. With that, Monster Manor was born. By November of 2020, the show page was launched… and by January 2, 2021, the premier episode aired. Scott interviews each guest with respect and appreciation for the work they bring us.

Studio Page: https://www.facebook.com/scfstudio
Monster Manor Pagehttps://www.facebook.com/monstermanor1313
Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/monstermanor1313?fan_landing=true

Boris Vyoryetski
Actor:  (Boris of Monster Manor and Host of Boris's Spooky Fun-Time Movie Show)

Mike Kinald’s love of performing goes back to his childhood. One of his high school English teachers introduced him to improv as a means to channel his class-clown status to a more constructive end. Later he took classes to expand on his basic knowledge of improv, and was soon writing and appearing in college productions.

He was later involved with an improv and sketch group in the New York Renaissance Faire and became a staff writer for the Stockwood Renaissance Faire for their 2001 and 2002 seasons.

After moving to Texas in 2003, he continued to hone his art through improv classes. His first class in Austin was level 1 at The Hideout Theater. There, he met his future troupe mates attending “Tuesday Night Jams”. In 2007, he was asked to join the troupe “Improv for Evil” which debuted in May of that year at The Hideout. Highlights of his improv work include “Grim Noir”(created & directed), “Improv for Evil”, “Blue Maestro”, “Holy 1960’s Batman”, “Splatter Theater”, “Uncle Edgar” (co-creator) and “Late Night Time Machine with Teddy Hancox” (just to name a few).

He, like many kids of the seventies, grew up watching the old television horror hosts like Zacherly and the Chiller Theater television show, so it was natural for him to couple his love and respect for these great hosts with his love of improv… and "Boris Vyoryetski" was born! He is the co-creator of Monster Manor and writes/performs the sketch segments of the show.

Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/monstermanor1313?fan_landing=true

Kilted Creature
Performers:  (Bagpipe Swamp Metal Tribute Band)

“There have been reported sightings of the Bagpipe playing Kilted Creature dating back to the Devonian Age. “KC”, along with his brother, “The Creature from the Black Lagoon”, shared the same pond as tadpoles. Well before his brothers’ run into much unexpected and mostly unwelcomed visitors, the Kilted Creature left the pool at an early age and travelled up to the northern hemisphere where he ended up moving in with his 2nd cousin, 4 times removed, in Loch Ness, Scotland, where he also got his first set of bagpipes. In their underwater lair they formed a rockin blues band and they travelled and performed throughout the entire region, but, alas, no one ever got to actually see them because when it came to promoting shows, Nessy was really, really bad at giving directions. 

Fast forward to the 21st century and modern technology. On a more recent journey, KC happened into the “Claws and Dragons” Pub in Isle of Man, where he met a beautiful bar wench he calls “The Keeper”. They immediately had an animal attraction for each other and haven’t left each other since. The Kilted Creature has been seen and photographed and he has, much unlike his brother, finally given in to not being such a recluse anymore. Making his home in the mountains of North Carolina, the Kilted Creature can be seen, along with his cute little keeper, and their love-child “Sgt. Tadpole at Arms”, playing his bagpipes well beyond the Black Lagoon.”

Cap’n D. Lucas is the twin brother of Captain Lucas, who we all know had many dealings with the Creature from the Black Lagoon. 
After hearing many stories about the Creature from his brother, Cap’n D. Lucas decided he would venture into the Black Lagoon to see if he could find the creature. When he arrived at the lagoon he spent many days searching and searching, soon he discovered a hidden river running out of the Black Lagoon. He sailed into it and almost immediately the river turned to raging waters and then opened up into a gigantic whirlpool. Cap’n D. Lucas and his boat “ATIR”, were pulled into the whirlpool, spinning them round and round until suddenly they were dragged upwards in a freak hurricane and landed smack dab into a lake where Kilted Creature and The Keeper were performing at a concert.

Quite startled at first, then very curious, Cap’n D. Lucas approached the duo and told them his adventurous tale in seeking out KC’s brother. They all made fast friends and when the Cap’n showed them he was a very good musician and all around good guy the rockin’ and rollin’ was on!

The Savior Impala
Vehicle:  (Replica Supernatural Vehicle)

THE SAVIOR IMPALA PHOTO EXPERIENCE!

With A Name Like Savior, It Has To Be Good.

Step inside the 1967 Chevrolet Impala Supernatural Tribute Car and imagine Sam in the passenger seat or Dean driving beside you. We love Baby, and we know you do too, so why not grab a once in a lifetime shot of this incredible moment...of YOU, as a bona fide Winchester for the day, hunting monsters in the Savior Impala.

We take and print professional photographs, on site, to capture this moment, for less than the price of your soul. Every photo purchase includes a daily raffle ticket for Supernatural Swag you can ONLY get here, plus our mobile shop sells collectibles, merchandise, jewelry and more!

So, before the Apocalypse really hits, get proof that you were a Winchester for the day, with your favorite home on wheels, the Supernatural Tribute Car: The Savior Impala. Come sit in the same Drivers seat that 'Jensen' aka DEAN has ACTUALLY sat inside! Ask me about the experience because stories are always free!

Select Show Props are also available from my weapons box in the trunk, to make your Photo-op that more as Dean would say "Awesome!"

[ Click here for The Savior Impala Photo Experience Landing Page for a SUPERNATURAL amount of information ]

Hangin With Web Show
Internet Content Creators:  (Internet-based interview talk show)

Who Are You Hangin' With?

The Hangin With Web Show is the internet's fastest growing and best web- based talk show series. Independent creative artists, authors, filmmakers, artists and web content creators have done something extraordinary. They have all worked to create the media that an increasing number of web consumers demand on a daily basis. They write the books, make the films, create original and fan art and play thematic that people have come to love. They have earned a seat in the popular eye.

As a former newspaper reporter, award winning author and journalist G.W. Pomichter has conducted hundreds of professional interviews and now we have a chance to interview these terrific, talented but underappreciated creators.  

Now in our fifth (5th) season, we have traveled the United States to events, conferences, and conventions seeking out creative minds, artists, filmmakers, authors and providing professional yet comfortable interviews that we can share with a growing audience, and you have been so supportive.  We love what we do, and we love sharing what you do.  

The Grimm-Life Collective
Internet Content Creators:  (Youtube Traveling Horror Show)

Michael and Jessica Kolence are a married couple known as The Grimm Life Collective, a traveling Horror Show on YouTube.  They travel the country visiting Real-Life Horror Locations, Famous Graves, Filming Locations, Murder and Death Sites, Weird Roadside Attractions...and everything else they can find along the way.

Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/grimmlifecollective

Phantasmagoria
Performers:  (Victorian Horror Troupe)

With its own unique and spectacular blend of storytelling, dance, ensemble work, large scale puppetry, aerial work, fire performance, side show entertainments and stage combat, Phantasmagoria has been wowing critics and audiences alike since its premier. Now in its 11th year of production Phantasmagoria’s main stage and touring productions offer stories taken from century’s old literature of horror and the macabre, folklore, and legend, while their appearances and special events (which number in the 100’s each year) charm with a professional variety of circus, sideshow and theatrical flair!

Phantasmagoria’s “Dark Carnival”

Join with the critically acclaimed Victorian Horror Troupe “Phantasmagoria” – called “One of the most unique theater troupes in the country” by Good Day Atlanta - as they draw you into the world of their “Dark Carnival”. Tales of terror mix with haunted poetry, Phantastical dance and much, MUCH more! Journey with them as they weave their tapestry of dark and whimsically macabre entertainments in this special event entertainment occurring throughout the Fantasm Orlando Weekend (stay tuned for times and additional information.)

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(Phantasmagoria Disclaimer: With the utmost of responsibility and caution Phantasmagoria will go above and beyond any social distancing, health, and safety protocols present in October of 2020 to keep the performers, the patrons/audience, and all staff in the safest of conditions. Event information will be updated as we come closer to October)

Darjuxena's B.R.E.W.S.
Performers:  (Dance Troupe)

Lady Darjuxena (aka DJ Palumbo) is an award winning belly dancer and fire performer who leads a cosplay belly dance troupe and for the last 4 years the B.R.E.W.S , a dance coven of witches. The group adds a new dance to the show every year, including a little bit of Harry Potter, Disney's Hocus Pocus, Wizard of OZ, and Darjuxena's own version to the YouYube witch dance by Wolfshäger Hexenbrut.The group is open to anyone who can learn the dances. They perform all throughout October. Come dance with us!

Purple Nightshade Productions
Entertainers:  (Burlesque Troop)

Mixing horror style burlesque and drag and side show talent, Purple Nightshade Productions enters its 4th year of production bringing the brand of horror, sideshow, gross and glamour to stages around Florida and the Southeast. Featured on Burlesque Backstage, The Venue Orlando, and Iberian Rooster St. Pete as well as Raindogs, Jacksonville and The Hardback Cafe in Gainesville and with acts ranging from classic movie monsters to slashers to ghouls and even some campy characters from TV and movies, Purple Nightshade is sure to tease, titillate and terrorize the stage. 

SUMMER OF SLAUGHTER - Interactive Burlesque Adventure (18+ ONLY) Show Information: http://www.fantasmorlando.net/index.cfm?ID=80

Monster Manor
Internet Content Creators:  (Horror Podcast)

Monster Manor is a video podcast series that interviews classic and neo-classic horror actors, documentarians, historians, musicians, artists of all types, authors, and creators in the genre combined with a review segment that covers retro and current offerings within the field.

Why are our interviews different? We are just as interested in the person as their product! What made them who they are? What are their passions? What influences their career choices? Think “Inside the Actor’s Studio” for Monsterkids!

We also offer a little “shtick” in the form of Boris, our visiting horror host who fills our listeners’ eyes and ears with his own brand of acerbic reviews, gripes, coming attractions, and more… all with his signature sarcasm fans have come to love!

Speakeasy Sirens
Entertainers:  (Burlesque Troop)

The Speakeasy Sirens is a cosplay performance troupe based in Orlando, Florida. Founded in 2016 they've performed at multiple comic book shops, private events, a convention or two and even a haunted house! Having an array of performers skilled in poi, fan work, lyra, silks, gymnastics and more, they incorporate these skills into making their burlesque shows unique and something fresh.

You can find information on upcoming and past shows, auditions and booking on Facebook.com/speakeasysirens

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