It’s Halloween in April

Shannon Lark is the reigning Fangoria Spooksmodel. We dare you to vote on anyone who dares to be sexier than her successor!

Shannon Lark is the reigning Fangoria Spooksmodel. We dare you to vote on anyone who could possibly be sexier as her successor!

This weekend the LA Convention Center plays host to the 10th annual Fangoria Convention, where stars from horror and sci-fi film and television projects, among other artists dabbling in the macabre, will converge.

Among the festivities:

  • Panels and signings featuring (among many, many others): Sam Raimi, Thomas Dekker (John Conner from “The Sarah Conner Chronicles”, Sybil Danning (“V”), John Saxon, Shannon Lark (pictured at right), and, oh yes, ladies,  Corey Haim (the blonde Corey).
  • Seminars and workshops including “Writing Horror” with Clive Barker,  “Low Budget Filmmaking” with Herschell Gordon Lewis, and “Filmmaking 101” with Tobe Hooper (“Poltergeist,” arguably).
  • As ridiculed by Sean, on Saturday morning a zombie walk will terrorize the living attending other conventions being held downtown (including a SoCal Home Buyer’s Fair and the NBC/Telemundo Health & Fitness Expo). This zombie walk hopes to break the world number for largest number of participants, but more importantly is a charity event for the Los Angeles food bank. Details here.

  • An insane amount of vendors – last year there was a guy shilling used coffins as couches, a myriad of artists signing limited prints of horror related works, Halloween props, rare horror DVDs, sneak peeks at upcoming films, and plenty of free schwag to fill a tomb.
  • Additional related events include a “True Blood” sponsored Vampires Ball at the Hotel Figueroa on Saturday night, a Treme fashion show Friday night, along with contests for the creepiest costumes and most terrifying tattoos.

If you happen to scream on by,  a day pass will set you back $20, with certain activities having additional costs. Full details here.