When was the last time you remember a Friday the 13th falling on the calendar in October? Creator of 13X Studios Rick Styczynski, iHorror, and Orlando’s comic book store Gods & Monsters believes this is cause for celebration! If you’re local to central Florida, on October Friday the 13th come out to Orlando’s Gods & Monsters for the first, and hopefully annual, Camp Blood Horror Celebration!
What began as a Jason Voorhees themed event has morphed into an all-encompassing horror party for fans to come out and appreciate all aspects of the genre, but still with an emphasis on the hockey mask wearing psycho himself. It is his day, after all.
On October 13 there will be nearly two dozen vendors in the lobby of the Gods & Monsters at their new location at 5421 International Drive after they were abruptly removed from their previous home at the Artegon when the mall decided to close its doors for good.
In the months leading up to the event organizer Rick, Gods & Monsters owner Todd Fischer, and iHorror writer Piper have sat down on the podcast ‘Spitting Blood’ to cover updates and expectations for the event. The beautiful Nicki Voorhees has been a re-occrung guest along with Walking Dead star Jeremy Palko, who will be signing autographs at the event from 6-9pm.
A taste of the vendors and artists lined up for the evening include artist Vaughn Balek, Eerie Florida, Luna Moon Gothic Jewelry, Deviant Dollz, Bear Cat Creations, Coffee Shop of Horrors, GenkiGoth Studios, Razor Glove Productions, and Sideshow Sauces which will be featuring a limited release of a sauce named after your favorite hockey mask killer; Hodder than Hell!
If the horror themed artists and vendors don’t pull you into this event, then come for the world premiere of Never Hike Alone by Womp Stomp Films, a Friday the 13th fan film! Never Hike Alone will be debuting in Vault 5421’s 18+ bar where you can sip on a specially designed horror themed cocktails while enjoying the gore on screen. I hear the iHorror cocktail as well as the 13X Studios Camp Blood Ale are to die for!
Other events held throughout the evening will be a raffle for Give Kids the World. If you buy a raffle ticket but are not present when your number is called it is still yours and you will be notified of your prize. Some of the prizes included memorabilia from The Houses October Built, singed DVDs and Blu Rays, horror artwork, as well as an assortment of autographed items including posters from Kane Hodder films signed by the man himself!
Later in the evening photo ops will be available with the sexy Mrs. Voorhees and Mrs. Krueger in a setting that is both eerie and beautiful, right next door at Eminence Tattoo! Their Victorian furniture, chandeliers, and snake skin wallpaper makes this the perfect setting for such a darkly influenced cosplay experience.
There are other goodies in store for the evening as well, but to see them all please check out the official Camp Blood Facebook page here! It’s going to be a bloody good time, not just for Friday the 13th fans but for all horror fans alike! See you there!