We are a little more than a month away from the time when horror invades the Beni Kedem Shrine Center…it’s nearly time for ShockaCon!
ShockaCon, WV’s premiere horror and sci-fi convention, returns to Charleston for its sixth year September 8-10 at the Beni Kedem Shrine Center. Fans of horror and science fiction will gather to meet celebrity guests, take part in workshops, see interactive panels and demonstrations and buy stuff from the eeriest collection of vendors you’ll ever see. Plus there will be tons of live performance and music.
On September 9 ShockaCon welcomes the iconic actor Tony Todd, best known as the eponymous star of Candyman. On his one-day appearance, Mr. Todd meet fans, sign autographs and talk about his career in movies and television spanning over three decades/ Todd has appeared in fan favorites Candyman, Final Destination 1-5, The Crow, The X-Files, The Rock, Platoon, Star Trek: The Next Generation and Deep Space Nine, and countless others.
Appearing on all three days of ShockaCon will be fan favorite celebrity guest Ari Lehman, the first Jason Voorhees, who returns to ShockaCon this year with his band First Jason, who will perform on Saturday night. Actor/wrestler Joshua Turner, currently one of Negan’s “Saviors” on The Walking Dead will be on hand all three days.
Attendees will also get to meet American Horror Story alum Naomi Grossman, who portrayed Pepper in seasons 2 and 4. ShockaCon is also honored to announce actress, model, musician, and pro-wrestler Monique Dupree, the first Black Scream Queen. Another returning guest is actress, writer, and producer, Geretta Geretta of Lamberto Bava’s Demons.
You can find the event schedule online. ShockaCon is three days filled with panels, demos, and workshops led by experts and artisans. Anyone interested in painting, film making, writing, cosplay, collectibles or podcasting will find a panel to their liking. With at least three events running every hour, attendees’ biggest problem will be deciding which one to attend.
Sunday’s Family Day programming is specifically and lovingly tailored to young interests and families, but all three days have fun events anyone can enjoy. There will be many chances to win awesome prizes, like the adult and 12 and under costume contests.
Friday and Saturday nights the Shock & Roll party offers hours of entertainment once the vendor floor closes. Taking stage will be Naughty Samadhi dance troupe, Po Folks Cabaret sideshow, Professor Sinister’s feats of illusion, and a roster of regional musicians including The Renfields, The Jasons, Black Hole Zion, Ghost Road and Captain Catfeesh, in addition to Ari Lehman and First Jason, are all included with admission to the show.
Tickets available at the door or online ,
We will tell you more about ShockaCon as it draws near, and there will also be a special ShockaCon preview show that will be broadcast exclusively on The AIR.
That’s this week’s PopCulteer. Check back for our regular features and if all goes according to plan, a special video on Sunday.