I Survived HorrorHound Weekend

A friend of mine asked if I wanted to help him vend HorrorHound Weekend in Indianapolis, Indiana and I said I was onboard.

(RoboCop with Chuck)

This year, the event was held at the Indiana Convention Center. We hit the road early Friday morning and arrived in time for the load in. After setting up his table, we checked into the hotel and then made it back in time for the early bird attendees. We tried the special HorrorHound Craft Beer as we spoke to those perusing his wares. After the show closed, we met up with a friend who was helping Henry Thomas. I shook Mr. Thomas’ hand and told him it was a pleasure to meet him. After a late-night snack and beers with other fellow vendors, I laid my weary head down and slept.

The convention center was jam packed on Saturday. The attendees were in costume for the Horrors of Cosplay Contest that would be held later that night. Out of all the costumes I saw that day, my favorites were a couple dressed up like the townspeople from Midsommar, a man dressed up as Black Phillip and his girlfriend, the Devil, and my personal favorite: a Pennywise/Ronald McDonald costume complete with burger balloons accompanied by a greaser Hamburglar. After the convention ended that evening, my friend and I went to see John 5 play a free concert with special guest Scott Ian of Anthrax.

By Sunday morning, two days of booze and burning the candle at both ends finally caught up to me. The final day of the convention was a quiet one. After eating a greasy slice of pizza to quiet my tummy and cure my ills, I took some time to walk around the convention to spy on celebrities and wander around Maskfest. After a quick load up, we said goodbye to our friends and hit the road back to Pennsylvania. We arrived back to the Burgh just before midnight, our bellies full of Popeye’s Chicken and our ears buzzing from listening to Ozzy’s Boneyard on satellite radio.

(Mister S with the_lady_glamorstein and her greaser Hamburglar accomplice)

This was my first time at a major horror convention and the first time I was on the other side of the table. This was a good experience because not only did it help me be able to converse with strangers and work on my social skills, but I was able to learn how to make a pitch to help sell some prints and stickers on behalf of my friend. I told my friend that if he ever needs help at a convention, I would be happy to help.

If HorrorHound is any indication of what Halloween may be like this year, I can tell you that the Scoops Ahoy costume from Stranger Things will be the most popular, as I saw numerous people wearing it. A close second was Pennywise the Clown from It: Chapter Two.

Thanks for taking time to read about my crazy adventure. I’ll end this report by shamelessly plugging my friends, so you can follow them online. Take the time to check out horrorprints, The Oubliette Shop, and Pallbearer Press.