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EXCL Comments: Voltaire Talks This Weekend’s Wicked NecroComic-Con

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New Jersey is quite the home for horror conventions, with high profile East Coast gatherings such as Chiller Theater, Bizarre AC and Monster-Mania already in residence in the Garden State. However, a new breed of convention aimed at those who prefer a more underground horror experience, moves in this weekend. Voltaire’s Wicked NecroComicon, takes place February 21st – 23rd, at the Hotel Somerset in Bridgewater, NJ.

Offering itself as a haven for worthy, but lesser-known horror talents, this brainchild of gothic performer Aurelio Voltaire works as an affordable gathering that gives horror fans a more interactive experience than one would normally get at a star-studded convention. Featuring independent horror artists, musicians and even lessons in demonology, the event allows horror fans to not only meet some of their favorite horror figures, including frequent actress and Fango contributor Debbie Rochon, as well as participate in multiple macabre events including karaoke, top-tier magic acts, a masquerade ball and more.

“Unlike a lot of other horror cons in New Jersey, NecroComicon is really not about meeting celebrities and standing on line for an autograph,” says Voltaire. “It’s specifically engineered to put the attendee in the center of the action. You can sing in our Late Night Scaryoke, dance at one of our parties, draw in our Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School or contribute to one of the many conversations about monsters, ghouls and the macabre. It’s really geared toward making the attendee the star and our greatest asset.”

For horror fans who prefer to be spectators, never fear: the event also includes live musical performances and film screenings (such as Darren Lynn Bousman’s THE DEVIL’S CARNIVAL.) And while you may not get the autographs and pictures that a normal convention would entail, Voltaire’s intent is on true passion, and for fans of fright to have a place to converse, celebrate and have some freaky fun.

“While this is our first year, our sister con, Wicked Faire, across the street, is in its ninth,” Voltaire continues. “So the budget and attendance was there to bring in some of the usual guests you might see at a Horror Con. But as a conscious reaction to the huge, impersonal conventions that are blatant vehicles for promoting only the biggest licenses and franchises, our con is really about just putting up-and-coming artists, bands, burlesque performers and fans of the macabre in a room together where they can truly interact and share their love of the dark. It’s about having a huge Halloween party in the middle of February.”

For more information, or to purchase tickets to Voltaire’s Wicked NecroComicon, you can visit the convention’s official site. And if you’re planning to go, let them know Fangoria sent you!

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Ken W. Hanley
Ken W. Hanley is the Web Content Manager for FANGORIA, as well as the former Web Editor for Diabolique Magazine and a contributing writer to YouWonCannes.com. He’s a graduate from Montclair State University, where he received an award for Excellence in Screenwriting. He’s currently working on screenplays, a graphic novel and various other projects, and can be followed on Twitter: @movieguyiguess.
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