This October something scary is coming to Carbonear — Newfoundland’s first ever horror-based convention.
“I’m a big horror buff, and I can’t be the only horror buff in Newfoundland, I refuse to believe that,” says Carl Penney (organizer and founder) as he started putting pen to paper to create the first ever N.L. Horror Convention.
Penney, a Salmon Cove native, is a horror fanatic, from tattoos to a huge collection of horror DVD’s.
“I have a giant Pinhead from “Hellraiser” tattoo on my back so that explains it,” he laughs.
Penney admits his idea didn’t get a lot of support at first. Now he says interest is building.
“In the beginning had a hundred different people telling me I was crazy, to people telling me this is going somewhere,” he said.
The convention will have vendors selling horror themed merchandise, short film horror guru’s Grind Mind as well as other short film screenings, the horror news series Fright Hype, Engine Books will be there with two authors promoting local horror themed novels such as Paul Carberry’s “Zombies on the Rock”. Stage and Studio Supply will be doing a special effects makeup panel, and there will be photo ops with Michael Myers and Jason Voorhees.
The event will be held at the Stone Jug located on 232 Water Street in Carbonear Oct. 19-20, running 2-10 p.m. each day. The location itself has quite a history being one of the oldest buildings in Canada.
“If you ask any of the older people in the area, they will tell you that it (The Stone Jug) is haunted,” says Penney.
Penney has promoted the event over the past year at local bars and in surrounding areas. A Facebook event page created to promote the upcoming convention indicates over 300 people plan to go, with a further 1,600 interested in doing so.
“Every year I want to make this (N.L. Horror Con) bigger, to get horror film guests that I would love to see come here myself,” says a determined Penney, who is also hoping to have mini cons throughout the year as well to promote and raise money for future conventions.
Tickets can be purchased at Von Stytch Studios, Victoria Irving, the Stone Jug, and at the door. Penney encourages everyone attending to wear a costume of your favourite horror icon. A full event schedule can be found on the NL Horror Con Facebook page.
This article has been edited to correct information about ticket sales and the organizer's home community.