The 2012 Necronomicon End of the World as We Know It Festival is quickly approaching. The 31st annual horror, science-fiction, and fantasy convention will kick-off on Friday, October 26th and run through Sunday, October 28th at the Hilton Bayfront in St. Petersburg.
This year’s guest of honor is Linnea Sinclair, the award-winning author of Gabriel’s Ghost. She will be hosting autograph sessions all weekend long as well as appearing in panel discussions. Other author guests include Timothy Zahn, Debbie Viguie, Pamela Labud, Richard Lee Byers, Rick Wilber, Nancy J. Cohen, Lucienne Diver, E. Rose Sabin, Glenda C. Finkelstein, Brenda Cothern, K.L. Nappier, Tracy Akers, MCA Hogarth, Lakisha Spletzer, R.M. Garcia, David Berger, Betty Cross, Vince Courtney, Chris Berman, T.S. Robinson, and Michael L. Joy.
However, this convention is not just for book worms. Fans of art, anime, science, music, movies, and gaming will all find plenty of events to interest them.
Artist guests will be Rubey Shea, Stanley Morrison, Tracy Cornett, Rebecca Nipper, and Thomas Machesk. They will be discussing topics ranging from trying new art forms to self-promotion.
Science experts Kendall F. Morris, Kendall D. Morris, Marina Sergeyeva, Jeff Mitchell, David Dickenson, Gerald Driggers, Scott Viguie, Ane Kloetzer, Amber Hollingsworth and Craig MacDougal discuss innumeracy, space science, archaeology, fear of science, and colonizing Mars.
Actors Jeffrey Breslauer, Michelle Young, Christian Scwier, and Tony Finkelstein, and Michael Hinman, owner of the science fiction news and review website Airlock Alpha, represent the world of science fiction movies and TV. Additionally, the convention hosts a special showing of the Florida-based film production “Jules Dongu Saves the World” on Sunday morning.
Some other events will include a costume contest, steampunk invasion, sing-alongs, trivia quizzes, the Ygor/Igor Party, a rock concert by the Ken Spivey Band, the Necronomi-Prom, and the Third Annual Cthulhu Eye Scream Social. Attendees can explore a science fiction, fantasy, and horror art show and purchase collectibles, costumes, and books in the dealer’s room.
Despite all of the awesome events, the best part on Necronomicon is that it’s non-profit. The convention is run by volunteers and some of the proceeds go out to local charities. In the past money has been gone to the Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary, Wildlife Rescue, and Francis House. The amount raised over the past 31 years of the convention is nearly $100,000. This year’s charity is Kids & Canines. The primary goal of the organization is to teach at risk kids in Hillsborough how to train assistance dogs for the disabled. All of the money from the charity auction will be donated to this great cause. You can purchase your charity auction ticket on Friday and the winner will be announced Saturday during the masquerade.
Membership for the weekend (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday) is $50 and can be purchased online or at the door. Friday or Saturday only is $25 at the door and Sunday only is $20.
Convention hours are as follows:
Friday—1 p.m. till 2 a.m. Saturday morning.
Saturday—10 a.m. till 2 a.m. Sunday morning
Sunday—10 a.m. till 4 p.m.
For tickets, a detailed schedule, and more information about the event please visit http://www.stonehill.org/necro.htm. I hope to see you all at the convention.