Another year, means another Summer Fear! This year, us Martime horror fans were treated to the lovely presence of Felissa Rose, from the wonderful cult film, Sleepaway Camp! Besides her signing autographs, we also got to see a bunch of short films, browse through a ton of wonderful vendors and just enjoy the awesome atmosphere. So, let’s see how this year’s Summer Fear was by reading on…
After picking up my friend, Allan, him and I headed on down to Tatamagouche, with a quick stop at Patterson’s in Sackville, New Brunswick (great food!). This year’s drive was a whole lot better, thanks to ignoring the GPS and taking a route that actually provided paved roads! Once we got there, we paid our super cheap $15 admission fee and waited until the event opened up.
Once 1pm rolled around, I went about browsing the vendors, first checking out the talented Crystal Lake Productions Jason Voorhees masks. They are beautifully painted, with a bunch of small details, that only a true fan of the Friday the 13th fans could obtain. They are made from fiberglass and definitely feel worth the money (around $110 to $150 or so). You can see more of his work here: www.crystallakeindustries.com
Next up was Chris Brown Designs, who had some beautiful horror paintings. They had Critters, Exorcist, Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Evil Dead, Michael Myers, Freddy! Pretty much anything that is awesome! His work is phenomenal and I ended up buying a 12″ x 16″ Michael Myers painting, a 12″ x 16″ Freddy Krueger painting and finally a 16″ x 20″ Amityville painting. You can join his Facebook group and see more of his work here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/204479063031/ (FYI, he does commission work!)
I also got to check out the wonderful work by Carmen Mckay, who does some great art. She was selling some postcards and buttons/magnets. If you’re into amazing art and horror, check out her website here: https://www.carmenmckaydesign.com/
People in the East Coast should also know that the nice people that run the new East Coast Comic Con, were there and they will be having another one next year on May 17th, 2014. More information can be found at https://www.facebook.com/groups/eastcoastcomicexpo/
Some other vendors/guests they had was André Myette, who is a talented artist and does all sorts of wonderful horror related drawings. You can check out more of his work here: https://www.andremyette.ca/
Nick Bradshaw and Danica Brine were also present again this year and yes, they are still kicking ass at the Marvel drawings. Beautiful work from very talented artists. Check out https://www.danicabrine.com/ for her art and also search for Nick Bradshaw on www.comicartfans.com for more of his work.
I need to give a shout out to Steve Vernon, an author who has a knack for telling wonderful stories. I picked up his Sudden Death Overtime novel (review coming up tomorrow) and finished it in two sittings. His writing catches you from the first page and he really knows how to weave a wonderful story. You can count on plenty more book reviews from this author on this site. Near the end of the day, he also told us a neat little ghost story. It was a lot of fun. Buy the Kobo versions here: https://store.kobobooks.com/en-ca/Search/Query?query=steve%20vernon&fcmedia=Book and find out more about him here: https://stevevernonstoryteller.wordpress.com/
Another author was also present, Kate Locke and her work consists of the Immortal Empire Series. I have yet to read any, so I can’t comment on how she is, but from what I’ve seen and of the fans that were there, she seems to pretty damn good. More about her and her series, can be seen here: https://www.katelocke.com/
First timers at the show was Hell’s Fairground, which is a haunted fairground, taking place at 249 Wentworth Road, Windsor, Nova Scotia. The event will start the second weekend of October and run every Friday, Saturday and Sunday, until the end of the month. You can be guaranteed that I’ll be going and taking lots of photos for you guys! Lots more information can found on their website here: https://www.hellsfairgrounds.com/
Last and certainly not least is the main event! The number one reason for showing up. Felissa Rose from Sleepaway Camp! What a beautiful, beyond nice woman she is. She was friendly, excited and all around down to Earth. She signed autographs for hours and took photos with anyone that asked. She did a little Q&A near the end of the day and we got some really nice insight on what it was like to shoot Sleepaway Camp and why she didn’t return for the sequels. (Mainly due to her going to University and the series going in a different direction.)
Well, that’s another year down for the awesome Summer Fear! I can’t wait for next year and I can’t wait to see who they get next. I want to thank all the people that run this event. Us, Maritimers really appreciate you guys/gals bringing us the horror! ‘Til next year!