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Crypticon creepy and fun

by Rajkhet Dirzhud-Rashid - SGN A&E Writer

From the time I was a little bitty in Houston, Texas, I loved the feeling of excitement and fear that I got watching old TV series like Thriller and Tales From The Crypt (that was in my later years, after Houston), so it was with the same anticipation and little thrills of nervousness that I entered the Northwest Rooms at Seattle Center last weekend for Crypticon, Seattle's first horror convention.

I wasn't disappointed, I'm happy to say. From the more than life-size sculptures of old movie monsters like Frankenstein and many, many zombie and demon sculptures that graced both sides of the dealers' room/guest and star room to the hordes of fans dressed in similar gear, it was a banquet for me, a devoted horror fan.

But the true highlights, of course, were meeting people like Ken Foree, star of classics like the original Dawn of the Dead and The Devil's Rejects, as well as many others. His comment to a gushing female fan of "what have you done for me lately?" when she asked for an autograph set off a virtual bat swarm of laughter from nearby fans, but Ms. Fan stepped up and gave a reason he should give her the autograph and got it.

Other high points were stepping into a demo on "what to do when you meet a bear," illustrated with hilariously "gory" effects by a man dressed in an announcer's suit and someone in a bear suit, all of which was richly enjoyed by a crowd of fans and myself.

And of course, there were things to buy in the dealers' room, including comics, graphic novels - often with the inkers and artists on hand to sign the purchased comics and graphic novels or posters - and photos from movies the plethora of stars had been in, with some autographs available for free from these megastars themselves.

Getting to chat it up with The Hills Have Eyes star Michale Berryman (yes, he does look like his character in person), and find out about an upcoming project called Outrage (go to outragemovie.com to see the trailer) and one called Beg was just gravy in a delightful Sunday afternoon at this marvelous adventure that was Crypticon. And getting to meet stars Doug Jones (Pan's Labyrinth, Hellboy I & II) and have him go gaga over my dreads and pronounce me "gorgeous" in front of a bunch of impressed fans was the cake, pie and everything else, as we took a photo together, as well as Eileen Dietz (The Exorcist - she did all of the horrible things that happened to poor Linda Blair after she was possessed by the devil) and Tom Atkins (The Fog, Halloween IIII: Season Of the Witch) made it all worthwhile. By the end of it all, I'd posed in a mock attack by his Hills character with Michael Berryman, posed with a Desert Eagle gun at one of the many horror vendor booths, and gotten my picture snapped in a coffin by another vendor, as well as purchased a new blade in the shape of a dragon, so I left with a big smile on my face, a happy fan completely satisfied.

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