Upon entering The Center for Rural Development’s parking lot Saturday, one instantly noticed unusual vehicles in the spots. Trucks emblazoned with the words “Paranormal Investigation.” A tricked-out hearse.
It’s clear that something truly otherwordly must be going on inside The Center’s walls.
That’s where the Dead Winter Horror Convention took place this weekend, on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. In its second year, the festival of all things frightening moved from London, Ky., to neighboring Somerset this year to help accommodate a bigger crowd. It was a good decision on the organizers’ part.
“We’ve surpassed our numbers this morning,” said Brian Sizemore “Anything after that time frame up through tomorrow is just extra. We’re definitely well into the thousands.”
The first year in London, the convention dedicated to horror movies and memorabilia (as well as other fan-centric areas of pop culture) drew about 7,000 people. So to top that this year is the blood-red cherry on top of an already positive experience.
“Somerset has been better to us than we could have asked for,” said Sizemore. “The Center has been fantastic. Everyone has just opened arms to us and we’ve had an excellent time so far.”
The weekend would get better: Sizemore and co-organizer Samantha Smith planned on getting married Sunday as part of the final day of the convention.
With approximately 60 celebrities and 60 vendors on hand, fans could pick up signed photos, DVDs, comic books, action figures, and all number of other items. They could also chat with real-life ghost hunters and mediums, horror movie stars — from such classics as “Texas Chainsaw Massacre” and the hit TV show “The Walking Dead” — and even take a turn getting “sliced” by an impersonator of the television antihero from “Dexter.” (The latter’s money raised even went to a good cause, to help pay for treatment for an ill relative.)