With its ghosts, vampires, and scary things that go bump in the night, is there a better place for a horror convention than San Antonio? Terror Expo was held Friday January 22 – Sunday January 24 at the Henry B Gonzalez Convention Center. In attendance at the convention center were many of horror’s heavyweights, including guests Robert Englund, Cassandra Peterson (Elvira), Tobin Bell, Sid Haig, and Naomi Grossman, cast members of the Walking Dead; and a host of others. Friday morning, promptly at 3 PM, the convention kicked into high gear with panels, photo ops, and a dealers room.
This was the first year for this type of convention in San Antonio and was supposed to draw a decent amount of people, but Friday was very slow but later in the evening but the crowd picked up. There were quite a few vendors at the show, from everything horror related, anime and Scentsy? Personally, since this was a horror con, should have been strictly horror type vendors, not people selling insurance, or face cream.
The Saturday was a bit more jam-packed, as most conventions always get busier on Saturdays. I got to explore more of the convention, get charmed by Elvira, sit through an awesome Walking Dead Panel and how professional the photo ops were. In an area in the back of the convention center was an area solely for the celebrity guests to mingle with their fans (and take their money for photos). That’s where I saw her… Cassandra Peterson, a.k.a. – “Elvira”. She had a long line, very long line. All clamoring for a chance to pay her money to talk with them. I got in the line too! She was very pleasant to chat with and really loves her fans.
After standing in line for an hour and got a good seat in The Walking Dead panel with Michael Cudlitz, Chad Coleman, Seth Gilliam, Emily Kinney, Major Dodson, Jose Cantillo, and Scott Wilson. The room was overflowing with people who exploded in applause at every bit of news (including me), and a few hints were given for the next season.
Anyways, I stuck around and attended a few more panels and talked to horror authors and artists before heading home for the weekend. All in all, it was a great time and it felt like an event for everyone. Not only that, but it was refreshing to see couples together enjoying horror together. Too often horror gets pushed off as more of a male thing, but Terror Expo says otherwise.
There is one thing about some of the conventions that I have been to over the years is the lack of things to do at a show. Bigger shows like Dragon Con, SDCC, Comicpalooza, San Japan, and Alamo City Comic Con, there are quite a few activities to do that make you stay all day or all three or four days of the show. Smaller shows, you can go for one day, maybe a few hours and that’s it. Being its first year, maybe Terror Expo will have more things to do in the future i.e. haunted house, bands, screenings, horror video games and board games, make up panels, and so much more. Since it is its first year, you will have growing pains, hopefully they will listen to the fans, vendors, artists, and insiders to make this a great convention for horror fans in San Antonio, TX.
*photos from mysa.com