Category: Stories From Conventionland

  • Ch. 7: The Elm Street Trilogy, Part 2

    While the previous year had seen Rock and Shock grow but also incur the trouble of several cancellations, 2012 was able to become accustomed to the expansion. Granted, I was still a volunteer and was spared most of the stresses that Gina and everyone in the office were handling, but as a worker and observer…

  • Ch. 6: The Elm Street Trilogy, Part 1

    A couple weeks after Rock and Shock 2010 The Walking Dead arrived on AMC and was an instant, massive hit. I had a chance to meet Norman Reedus at a local convention about three weeks after the premiere (he was there for a Boondock Saints reunion), where his autograph was still a reasonable twenty dollars,…

  • Ch.5: Not Standing For It

    After having very positive experiences working the King and Queen tables the previous year, there was no doubt that Tim and I would be back for our third year of volunteering in 2010. My hopes to be at the headliner booth again were huge after my favorite director, George Romero (RIP), was announced, and I…

  • Ch. 4: The King Table

    In 2009 Tim and I went back for our second go ‘round as Rock and Shock volunteers. Getting to that point, for me, was physically difficult, as two weeks prior I had severely wrenched my knee helping friends move. The next day I started my promotion at work as store manager, meeting the employees of…

  • Ch. 3: I’m A Volunteer?

    In July of 2007 my friend Tim and I went to our first horror convention that wasn’t Rock and Shock. We flew to Indiana for the Horrorhound convention, and it was there that I met Gina, the woman that ran Rock and Shock and would vastly change my life for the better from then on.…

  • Ch. 2: Diving In, Pt. 2

    There I was, standing between Sid Haig and Bill Moseley’s booths, putting my autographed 8x10s in my new Devil’s Rejects messenger bag, which was much needed but almost caused a tin-scraping symphony with a concrete percussion finale. My near disaster with Sid’s lunchbox display was the capper on what had been a series of awkward…

  • Ch. 1: Diving In, Pt. 1

    I’ve been going to horror conventions for fourteen years. Rock and Shock in Worcester, Massachusetts is my home base, and in that time I’ve gone from fan to volunteer to volunteer coordinator to volunteer and vendor coordinator. It’s been an incredible ride that began with love of the genre and continued through love of the…