Events ~ Terror Con ~ Providence

Terror Con
February 24-26, 2017
Rhode Island Convention Center
Providence, Rhode Island

Before I went to Terror Con, I would not have described myself as a fan of the horror genre. But I realized that Terror Con's fandom covers a lot of ground.

There's a good-natured vibe to the show, from the fans, to the staff, the vendors, and the guests. Although there's a lot of the macabre, there's a lot of fun as well.

The Massachusetts Ghostbusters were there, raising funds for the Baystate Children's Hospital. There were snakes and spider petting, and even a kids area.

The panels showed an impressive roster across the genre. I sat in on a talk by Andrea Perron, a member of the Burrillville family whose experiences were the basis for the movie The Conjuring.

She shared some of her experiences, and how she's been able to take the sad and frightening and turn it into a positive learning experience.

There were lots of vendors as well, including authors, artists, and purveyors of toys and collectibles.

There were a lot of celebrities there to give talks or sign autographs. I was so excited to speak briefly with Adrienne Barbeau, and compliment her on her performance in Pippin last year. She told me she had a great time in the role of Berthe, and that the Providence audience was particularly welcoming.

The cosplay scene was pretty good, too. From original creations to old favorites, there was a good selection of players to people watch and appreciate.

And while you're walking around admiring all the art, toys and cosplay, you can get your photo with Baby from Supernatural, Christine, the original self-driving car,  or the Jurassic Park Jeep.

Terror Con was a fun conference, much less crowded than RI Comic Con, and with great celebrities who not only run the gamut of the genre, but have cred in other genres. My boss was very interested in seeing Malcolm McDowell, from his work in Mozart in the Jungle.


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