Manchester Monster Convention Programme

Saturday 14th – Sunday 15th April 2012
Sachas Hotel
Manchester, United Kingdom

Saturday 14th April, 6pm til late
Monster Movie Triple-Bill
Island of Lost Souls
Lovecraft’s Whisperer in the Darkness
… and Reel Zombies!
Places at the screenings are reserved for people with advance purchase tickets only.
The Monster Movie Triple-Bill is sponsored by Grimm Up North.

Saturday 14th April

11am Before Dawn – a new British horror film set in Yorkshire
Dominic Brunt (Actor/Director) and Neale Myers (Cameraman/Digital Effects Artist) will be showing clips from their new Yorkshire horror movie, Before Dawn, talking about the movie and answering questions.

12.30pm Q&A with Sam Stone and David J Howe
Sam is the author of the Vampire Gene series, and David has written numerous books on Doctor Who. Both authors will be reading from their work, answering questions and generally talking vampires, monsters and Who.

2pm Tales from the Crypt: Two Real-Life Vampire Cases
Talk by Geoff Holder, author of Paranormal Glasgow and Paranormal Cumbria, covering the hunt for the Vampire with Iron Teeth, and the infamous case of the Vampire of Croglin Grange

3.30pm In Search of Real Monsters
Talk by Richard Freeman, Zoological Director of the Centre for Fortean Zoology

Sunday 15th April

11am Watch Out Boy, She’ll Chew You Up
A talk on the sometimes savage, sometimes sexy history of the female werewolf, by Dr. Hannah Priest of the University of Manchester. Hannah is the editor of She-Wolf, a cultural history of female werewolves to be published by Manchester University Press, and (as Hannah Kate) of the Wolf-Girls anthology of new werewolf fiction.

12.30pm Psychopaths, Deviants and Serial Killers, Oh My!
A talk on the psychology of ‘human monsters’ by Jacquelyn Bent, who is currently completing a doctorate in Criminal Psychology at the University of Huddersfield

2pm Q&A with Leah Moore and John Reppion
Graphic novelists, creators of the Wild Girls series, the Albion series (with Alan Moore and Shane Oakley) and the Raise the Dead series (with Hugo Petrus). The duo have also created The Complete Dracula and The Complete Alice in Wonderland, and are currently working on the Thrill Electric, a motion comic set in Victorian Manchester.

3.30pm Writers Panel: Readings and Q&A
With Wayne Simmons (author of Flu and Fever) Simon Bestwick (author of The Faceless, Tide of Souls and Pictures of the Dark) and Scott Stanford (author of Dorothy – The Darker Side of Oz and Abaddon Rising)

Saturday 14th April
Geoff Holder
Sam Stone
David J Howe

Sunday 15th April
Leah Moore and John Reppion
Wayne Simmons
Scott Stanford
Simon Bestwick

Trade stalls and exhibitions

Amanda Norman Photography – Photography gifts and handmade jewellery inspired by classic horror
Cosmic Workshop – Leather armour, costume pieces, props and gifts
Becka’s Insects – Handcrafted wire beasties
Artist Emma Horsfield – The Countess – Alternative Portrait and Dark Artist
Ave Satanas – Satanic Clothing Brand
Wigs Up North – Wigs and Make-Up
Comma Press – Small Press Publisher
Art4walls Limited – Hammer Films Art – Limited Edition Prints
Grimm Up North – Film Festival, Monthly Screenings and Shop