LET'S TRY THIS AGAIN...
We had the cast of Stranger Things ready to greet fans. Staple horror movie villains were represented in full force, with Robert Englund, Kane Hodder, Doug Bradley, Tony Moran, and Bill Johnson making appearances. Topping it all off, a jam packed film festival covering every facet of the horror genre you could think of, hosted by the always delightful Blair Bathory (of "Fear Haus" fame). Taking place at the largest venue for the convention yet at the Orange County Convention Center, we were all set for an absolutely historic "Spooky Empire".
Then hurricane Matthew showed up, crashing the party before it even began, forcing the highly anticipated convention to cancel all plans for the weekend. And with the somberly delivered news, hearts across the community were broken.
But much like horror's classic movie monster, the zombie, the spirit of horror refuses to stay dead; and fans quickly flew in to the rescue to not only salvage what was left of the event, but put together something truly special, something intimate. Specifically, the fine folk at "Coffee Shop of Horrors" have teamed up with the ultra-hip pop culture and memorabilia shop "Gods and Monsters" and are giving those who were expecting to participate in the Spooky Empire madness, a second chance to do so (just on a smaller scale) with the appropriately titled, "Spooky Empire Refugees"
While many (most) of the celebrities who were expected to attend won't be making it to this particular iteration, many of the vendors, cosplayers, films (and hosts) will be. The fans of this amazingly loyal community will certainly be the glue that brings everything together, and we certainly don't expect the spirit of horror to be any less energizing regardless the size of the room we celebrate it in.
To everyone involved in putting this together, thank you sincerely, from the bottom of our hearts. Fans, see you all this weekend!