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As a horror fan, I sometimes find myself feeling alone in regards to my passion for horror. Living in a town where horror is widely disregarded and hard to find, things can get pretty mundane. For me, being without horror feels as if a piece of me is missing. But there’s always that one time of year when I’m able to get out of that rut — and no, it’s not Halloween. It’s (as I like to call it) Days of the Dead season!

For those of you who aren’t familiar, Days of the Dead is semi-year-round horror convention, making its way to four different cities including Indianapolis, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Atlanta. Now, what makes Days of the Dead better than your average horror convention, you ask? First thing’s first: what’s the primary reason that horror fans find themselves flocking to conventions for in the first place? Celebrity guests, of course! There’s nothing better than being able to meet your favorite actor/actress in the flesh and talk to them about how much you loved their performance in that one movie. With Days of the Dead, they certainly do not skimp on the amount of guests they have at each of their shows. You can expect to see an average of 70+ guests, including those big name guests and quite a few “first appearance” guests as well! Personally, when I find myself attending a horror convention, I’m always on the lookout for some cool new things to add to my ever-growing horror collection. At Days of the Dead, you can find a variety of unique vendor booths that are sure to cater to whatever it is you’re looking for. From posters to t-shirts, to hard-to-obtain collectibles and handmade goods, you definitely won’t be leaving empty handed!

I could honestly go on and on about the many things that make Days of the Dead such a top-notch horror convention, because believe me, there’s so much to rave about. But at the end of the day, what matters most is your overall experience. Was it good, or was it not that great? If I could have a moment to reminisce: I remember the summer of ’12, when I was utterly obsessed with the Texas Chainsaw Massacre films. Lo and behold, a horror convention not too far from here (what was it called… Days of the Dead?) was holding a Texas Chainsaw Massacre reunion for the ’74 film, along with all of the actors who played the role of Leatherface in each of the other films of the franchise. Excited beyond belief, I asked my mom for permission to go — fast forward a month later, and there I was, at my very first horror convention, Days of the Dead in Indianapolis. Although I was excited, I was also very nervous. I had no idea what my experience was going to be like. Since this was a horror convention, and horror films have a reputation for not being too friendly, would the con-goers and guests be that way too? Thankfully, that wasn’t the case. It was the exact opposite. Let me sum up my experience for you: I got to fulfill my dream at the time, which was to meet the cast of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. I bought a bunch of horror goodies. I had conversations about horror with people I’d never even met before. But most importantly, I had a really great time. It’s unbelievable the amount of effort that is put in to each and every one of their shows to ensure that fans have a wicked fun convention experience. Not only that, but being at a Days of the Dead show feels a lot like a family reunion. Which to me, says a whole lot about the convention in general. It’s not every day you attend a horror con and feel a special connection with everyone there. That’s something right there. That’s dedication. So when you find yourself asking, “Which horror convention should I go to?”, Days of the Dead is your #1 choice. They won’t disappoint. Believe me, they’re everything you’re looking for and so much more.

Join Days of the Dead this June 27-29 for their 4th annual Indianapolis show! Celebrity guests include director Dario Argento, “The Lost Boys“‘s Corey Feldman, special FX guru Tom Savini, and many more, along with two reunions, “Night of the Demons” (including director Kevin Tenney, “Angela” herself, Amelia Kinkade, and everyone’s favorite scream queen, Linnea Quigley) and “Nightbreed“. But the horror doesn’t stop there! Head on over to Days of the Dead’s Facebook page, where you can stay up to date with all the going-ons leading up to the Indy show. For tickets, hotel information, and a list of guests and events, direct yourselves to Days of the Dead’s official website.

10154908_709600949078261_8805911870072499523_nDays of the Dead opened the door to horror conventions for me, and I will continue to support them until their very last show. I hope that one day I’ll be able to work with them, whether it be as a volunteer, press, or vendor, to help spread the dead. Thank you, Days of the Dead. You rock!