Wow, it’s been a hot minute since I’ve posted here, huh? It might be time to brush the dust off this bad boy. Kick the tires and light the fires, as it were.
Please note that this isn’t so much a review as it is me telling you what an awesome time I had and sharing so pics with you. I’m not a writer, I’m just a fangirl with a blog who loves this con a lot.
The 11th Texas Frightmare Weekend happened April 29 – May 1 and I was fortunate enough to get to attend. This was my fifth year there (woo!) and it was GLORIOUS! It’s really the only vacation I get to take, so it means making the absolute most of my time there.
First and foremost, it is vacation for me, so getting to spend time with beloved friends is top priority. Mission accomplished! I even made a couple of new friends this go ’round. (I’m shy… stop laughing!) so yay that!
I love the hotel that the con is held at! The Hyatt Regency is an awesome location, and I love that the hotel staff are so nice and welcoming to us! They’re not phased one bit by guests coming around with innards trailing. They even play along – they dress up in makeup and horror t-shirts. It’s fabulous!
Meeting the guests of the con is one of the things that I’m there to do – we always have a list of at least 2 or 3 that we want to meet, and then we end up meeting a surprise “darling”, a guest that wasn’t on our lists to start out but was so damn cool they became a favorite. For me, that was Kenny Johnson this year. I missed The Shield (yeah, I know, it’s on my queue as we speak) but I did not miss Sons of Anarchy and Kozik was one of my absolute favorites. I had no idea Kenny was going to be there (how I missed that announcement I have no idea), so that was such a fantastic surprise. He was great – gracious, friendly, funny, charming, ridiculously sweet, and I’m pretty sure he has steel bands masquerading as muscles. You have not been hugged until Kenny’s hugged you. I gush, but I also speak the truth – the man is awesome and I’ll be a fan forever. Thanks, Kenny!
Other highlights from my list were Kane Hodder (I’ve had him on my bucket list to meet for YEARS and finally freaking did it!!), Nora Hewitt (winner of season 9 of Face Off and a hell of a cool person to chat with!), Sarah Wayne Callies (lately of The Colony), and Bex Taylor-Klaus (of MTV’s Scream which is a hell of a lot better than any MTV show has a right to be! Seriously, if you have not seen it, do watch it because it’s kinda awesome!).
I didn’t get autographs with them but Lance Henriksen and Mitch Pileggi were also awesome. George Romero was also in the house, selling the most adorable plushie mini-Georges I’ve ever seen! I did not get one but a friend did and graciously let me hold him for a photo:
Another highlight of TFW is always the cosplayers. They turn out in full force every year and there are some amazing cosplays to be seen! Deadpool was in the house, as was a fantastic Negan (that I sadly do not have a picture of), a Predator, a Xenomorph, multiple clowns (always clowns, why clowns?), Gomez and Morticia, Edgar Allan Poe (complete with The Raven on his shoulder), and this guy who wasjust freaking hilarious:
The stunningly beautiful Kitty Korvette was in attendance, dazzling us with her gorgeous wardrobe and her amazing Purrfumes. They are amazing! Even I love them and I’m very sensitive to scents. The wrong scent and boom! Instant headache. I’ve never had a single problem with Kitty’s wares, though!
I don’t even know what the hell this guy is from but he gave me a hug so we’re cool
I’m super-grateful that Peter Clines was there again this year. I needed to pick up the rest of the Ex-Heroes series that is available but I’m greedy and wanted them autographed. Peter is a fantastic author and a hell of a cool guy:
We only took advantage of one screening this year (I really wanted to see Daylight’s End but it was at 3 on Sunday and I was out of energy at that point) and that was the super-secret screening. It turned out to be Holidays, and it wasn’t half bad. I really liked 4 of the shorts, but I felt like the others were a bit too out there for me. Half a yay but I don’t at all feel like that was time wasted. The short before the film was worth all the money-dollars – it was hilarious! Cupids are freaking scary as hell, man. Worse than clowns.
If you do decide to attend Texas Frightmare in the future (and I encourage you to because it is the best con I’ve ever attended), definitely talk to the con staff when you can. They’re great people, all volunteer and mostly people who have been with the con for years. They’re friendly and always able to help out when you have questions. They run a tight ship and it shows. Kudos to you, guys and gals!
A great time was had by me at least, if not by all. TFW, see you next year!