Horror Conventions, Events, & Film Festivals – 2013

Holy shit, people – it’s January and I’ve already got the 2013 list of Conventions, Events, and Film Festivals for 2013 started.  ALERT THE MEDIA!  #nodont 😉

The MurderHers of Gores Truly love the convention culture – we’re ever-so-slightly entrenched in it.  We try to stay up on the annual Horror conventions, film festivals, and zombie walks – oh my!  We’ve put together a list of the upcoming 2013 Horror Cons, Events, and Film Festivals around the world to torture us.  We can’t possibly make all of these, *pout* but should you be lucky enough to live near one of these events, go check it out! Not only are you supporting the horror community but you’re usually supporting local, independent, and up & coming filmmakers, artists, and crafts-people too.  DO IT!  DO IT NAO!

You may even bump into us.  Consider that a warning.  *evil grin*




  • Underground Monster Carnival
    • OKC Fairgrounds, Oklahoma
    • March 2
    • “This is an old school carnival themed convention with prizes, costume contest, B-movie-style film room, Room with special exhibits, vendors, fun workshops, music and much much more..!”  <—this just sounds like fun.  🙂
    • http://undergroundmonstercarnival.webs.com/
  • Dead Winter Horror Con
  • MegaCon
    • Orlando, FL
    • March 15 – 17
    • Large annual event – primarily comic & anime focused, however horror fans are growing in attendance and more genre guests are added each year.  Plus Gores Truly is always there.
    • http://www.megaconvention.com/
  • HorrorHound Weekend
  • Mad Monster Party
    • Charlotte, NC
    • March 22 – March 24
    • “A retro monster celebration showcasing classic and contemporary creatures of the night (and day).”
    • http://www.themadmonsterparty.com/
  • Full Moon Tattoo & Horror Festival


  • International Horror & Sci-Fi Film Festival
  • Cinema Wasteland Movie and Memorabilia Expo
  • Blood on the Beach III
  • EerieCon 15
    • Niagara Falls, NY
    • April 26 – 28
    • Celebrating fantasy, Sci-Fi, and horror – a smaller con in the Buffalo area.
    • http://www.eeriecon.org/
  • Dead by Dawn
    • Edinburgh, Scotland
    • April 25 – 28
    • Scotland’s 4-day International Horror Festival – featuring full length and short films.
    • http://www.deadbydawn.co.uk
  • C2E2
  • Chiller Theater Expo
  • Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo
    • Calgary, Alberta Canada
    • April 26 – 28
    • Western Canada’s largest Pop-Culture Convention.  Lots of TWD guests planned, including a Boondock Saints reunion.
    • http://www.calgaryexpo.com/
  • Motor City Nightmares Weekend
    • Novi, MI (near Detroit)
    • April 26 – 28
    • Detroit’s only horror convention with a film festival focusing on local filmmakers, in its 5th year.
    • http://www.motorcitynightmares.com
  • A Night of Horror: International Film Festival


  • International Horror Hotel
    • Hudson, OH
    • May 18 – 19
    • A must-see for supporters of independent film-making.
    • http://www.horrorhotel.net/
  • Crypticon Seattle
    • Seattle, Washington
    • May 24 – 26 (Memorial Day Weekend)
    • “The largest horror convention in the Pacific Northwest.”
    • http://crypticonseattle.com/
  • Spooky Empire’s May-Hem
    • Orlando, FL
    • May 24 – 26 (Memorial Day Weekend)
    • Spooky Empire’s events are a MUST.  Demon hounds couldn’t tear us away.  Come play with us.
    • http://www.spookyempire.com/


  • ApolloCon


  • Days of the Dead IV
    • Indianapolis, Indiana
    • July 5 – 7
    • Details haven’t been released yet, however this is an annual not-to-miss event.
    • http://www.daysofthedead.net/

  • San Diego Comic Con
    • San Diego, California
    • July 18 – 21
    • As usual – not a lot of horror guests listed just yet, but Comic-Con does scare up a few each year.
    • http://www.comic-con.org/cci
  • Monster Bash
    • Butler, PA
    • July 19 – 21
    • International Classic Monster Movie-Fest – including a monster movie marathon and more.  The theme this year is Monster Bash goes to Mars!
    • http://www.monsterbashnews.com/bash.html
  • Fandom Fest
    • Louisville, KY
    • July 26-28
    • Large all-genre convention, this year with TWD’s Michael Rooker!
    • http://fandomfest.com/
  • Fright Night Film Fest


  • Calgary Horror Con
    • Calgary, Alberta CAN
    • August 3 – 4
    • The first convention in Western Canada dedicated to Horror returns for their 3rd annual event. Looks like a lot of fun, and supports the local horror community.
    • http://www.horror-con.ca/index.html
  • Flashback Weekend Chicago Horror Convention
  • Monster-Mania Con 25
  • Film4 Frightfest
    • London, England
    • TBA – usually in August
    • Guillermo del Toro has called this film festival “The Woodstock of Gore.” We’re game – someone get us to the UK already!
    • http://www.frightfest.co.uk/
  • Dragon*Con
    • Atlanta, Georgia
    • August 30 – Sept 2
    • Do not make us tell you why you need to experience Dragon*Con – the one event all want to be.  Just go already – we’ll see you there!
    • http://www.dragoncon.org


  • Scare-A-Cuse
    • Verona, NY (near Syracuse)
    • Sept 12 – 15
    • “Northeast’s premier horror, and sci-fi fan convention in Syracuse, NY – featuring celebrities, vendors, parties, film fest and tons of fun!”
    • http://scare-a-cuse.net/
  • KillerCon
  • Fantastic Fest Film Festival
    • Austin, TX
    • September 20 – 27
    • The largest genre film festival in the United States returns for another year, including horror, sci-fi, and other “fantastic” films.  It’s known as the “Geek Telluride.”
    • http://www.fantasticfest.com/
  • Twisted Fears Horror Weekend


  • Shriekfest
    • Los Angeles, CA
    • October 3 – 6
    • Details TBA – International Horror & Sci-Fi film festival, also includes a screenplay competition.
    • http://www.shriekfest.com/
  • Sitges International Film Festival
    • Sitges, Spain (near Barcelona)
    • Date TBA
    • The premiere horror & fantasy film festival of the world.  Of.The.World.  (It’s Cannes for horror fans.)
    • http://sitgesfilmfestival.com/eng
  • Spooky Empire’s Ultimate Horror Weekend and FREAK SHOW Horror Film Festival
  • Telluride Horror Show
    • Telluride, Colorado
    • October 11 – 13
    • Fourth annual independent horror film-fest in Colorado. Named one of the “20 Coolest Festivals in 2011” by Moviemaker Magazine!  More details TBA.
    • http://www.telluridehorrorshow.com
  • Toronto After Dark Film Festival
    • Toronto, Canada
    • Date TBA
    • Eight nights of horror, sci-fi, action, & cult movies.  A can’t-miss Film Festival if you can make it.  Details TBA.
    • http://torontoafterdark.com
  • Screamfest LA
    • Los Angeles, CA
    • Date TBA
    • Details TBA – The biggest horror festival in California.  Always a big industry event as well.
    • http://www.screamfestla.com/


  • Days of the Dead Chicago
  • Tabloid Witch Awards
    • Santa Monica, CA
    • Dates TBA
    • Primarily a No-Fee horror film contest, which screens the winning entries each year in a bit of a festival.  2013 will be their 10th year, so show independent filmmakers your support and go check this contest/festival out!
    • http://www.tabloidwitch.com/
  • Wizard World Austin
    • Austin, TX
    • Nov 22 – 24
    • It’s a Wizard World event – in Austin, TX (one of the greatest cities around).  You can’t go wrong. Especially with Norman Reedus!
    • http://www.wizardworld.com/home-tx.html


  • TBA
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