CHARLESTON — ShockaCon Horror/Sci-Fi Convention, sponsored by Suddenlink Communications, will hold its fourth annual event the weekend of September 18 to 20 at Beni Kedem Shrine Center on Quarrier Street in downtown Charleston. The convention draws fans from the tri-state area to meet celebrity guests, authors, artists, filmmakers and FX professionals. Guests include but are not limited to the following:
— Rose Siggins made her acting debut as Legless Susie in “American Horror Story: Freak Show.” Due to a rare spinal disorder, Rose’s legs were amputated when she was just a girl, but she never let that hold her back from anything. Rose has two children and is a car racing enthusiast.
— Bai Ling is an international actress best known in the United States for roles in “The Crow,” “Wild Wild West,” “Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow” and “Anna and the King.”
— Drew Rin Varick, a character in “American Horror Story: Freak Show,” Drew has also played in “Cirque Du Freak,” “Napoleonic,” and “Journey to Promethea.”
— Adam Minarovich, recently noted as Carol’s abusive husband, Ed, in “The Walking Dead,” Adam is also a writer and actor for “Pawn Shop Chronicles,” “Ankle Biters” and “Remnants.”
— Jeryl Prescott, also a notable “Walking Dead” character, as Jacqui she met her end willingly in an explosion at the CDC. Jeryl played Mama Cecille in “The Skeleton Key,” and is currently involved in several upcoming productions.
— Ari Lehman played the original Jason Voorhees in the first “Friday the 13th.”
— John “Trapper” Tice, leads the Appalachian Investigators of Mysterious Sightings team. (AIMS). The team’s Appalachian explorations are documented on Destination America’s “Mountain Monsters.”
Organizer Mike Winland has expanded the evening stage shows in 2015, with a long lineup of exciting performance guests, including “Argyle Goolsby,” “The Renfields,” “The Big Bad,” “The Cryptoids,” “Professor Sinister,” “Hurl Brickbat,” “The Riveting Roses” (burlesque), Bint il Nahar (belly-dancers) and comedian Sam Canterbury. Celebrity guests will be featured in panel discussions , and speakers and demonstration workshops will also be featured on topics such as haunting, special effects make-up, embalming, UFOs, alternative art, film production and more.
Attendees of all ages are invited to participate in a Costume Parade which will begin at the Beni Kedem Center and continue through the first level of the Charleston Town Center Mall on Saturday, September 19, stopping at center court for a photo opportunity. Parade participants are encouraged to gather at the entrance of Beni Kedem Center at 11:45am and the parade will commence at noon.
On Friday, September 18, convention floor show hours will be 4pm to 8pm, and the Monster Costume Bash with live entertainment will be from 8pm to midnight. On Saturday, September 19, convention floor show hours will be 10am to 8pm, with an adult costume contest at 5:15pm, and the Monster Costume Bash will be held from 8pm to midnight. On Sunday, September 20, convention floor show hours will be 11am to 5pm, with a kids’ costume contest at 3:30pm. Prizes will be awarded for best costumes. Most events are family-friendly, but parents and guardians should use discretion at live entertainment scheduled during evening hours.
Purchased in advance, a weekend badge for the event is $45 for adults and $40 for children ages 7 to 15. Friday and Saturday full day passes are $20 for adults and $15 for children ages 7 to 15, and evening entertainment is included with day passes. Sunday badges are $15 for adults and $10 for children. Children ages 6 and under get in free. Advance purchase tickets are discounted; tickets at the door are an additional $5. Advance tickets can be purchased at https://store.mstbgaming.com/login.aspx.
More information and specific times for individual workshops and demos can be found at www.wvshockacon.com and www.facebook.com/wvshockacon. Please contact Mike Winland with any questions or to request an advance interview with any of ShockaCon’s guests.