HorrorCon Hits Sheffield

Zombie Nation: HorrorCon takes over Magna this summer in a convention like no other.

Expect dirt, sweat, blood and zombie-like characters dragging their groaning selves around Sheffield come this July. And no, we’re not talking about the Sunday of Tramlines.

HorrorCon makes its inaugural appearance at Magna on July 11 and 12 as a pantheon of special ghoulish guests will appear and a number of acrimonious activities will take place in the iconic ex-steelworks venue.

Wendy Bell, who along with sister Gill set up the event, said: “It’s a first – a big American-style horror convention right here in Yorkshire.  When you’re a real horror enthusiast, horror isn’t just for Halloween, and we’ve got something for every fan of the genre.”

The event will see appearances from actor Gunnar Hansen who played Leatherface in The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, star of the original Dawn Of The Dead Ken Foree, and special effects master Mike Peel (V for Vendetta, Casino Royale, The Descent), for signings and talks. Horror stars Tom Savini and Bill Moseley will also be in attendance.

If that’s not enough to sink your teeth into, there’ll also be comedy lectures from the Zombie Institute for Theoretical Studies, paranormal investigations with Project Reveal and a scare attraction from PUP Events. Several short films will be screening over the weekend, and there will also be an after party at the Showroom Cinema on the Saturday night.

Wendy added: ““I was looking for a horror convention to attend in the UK, and I couldn’t find anything like this – only horror film festivals – so Gill and I decided to start our own! We’re really excited and we’re hoping to make it an annual event.”

Ticket prices start at £15 for a day ticket. For more details, see horrorconventions.co.uk.

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