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Terror Con,

1 Sabin St, Providence, RI   (view map)

At the Editors’ Picks desk, we’ve embraced a sprawling range of fandom — becoming singularly obsessed with music (the Strokes) and movies (Pulp Fiction) and books (Nicholson Baker’s The Mezzanine) and TV (do you have an hour or 15 to hear about Orphan Black?). Our favorite line about fandom is in one of our favorite movies, Almost Famous, when Sapphire dismisses the new wave of groupies with these words: “They don’t even know what it is to be a fan. Y’know? To truly love some silly little piece of music, or some band, so much that it hurts.” Most of the people headed to the Rhode Island Convention Center for the oddly titled Terror Con certainly know what it’s like to feel that silly little hurt so good. The range of mostly-not-terrrifying (though some genuinely unsettling; it’s hugely subjective) celebrities includes movie stars Linda Blair, Michael Biehn, and John Dugan (from serial Texas chainsaw massacres); Walking Dead-ers Irone Singleton, Lew Temple, and Vincent M. Ward; rockers Stephen Pearcy and Richie Scarlett and “rock goddesses” Lita Ford and Cherie Currie; TV guys recent (David Guintoli and Russell Hornsby from Grimm — first East Coast appearance!) and vintage (Butch Patrick, aka Eddie Munster). Oh yeah, and two Dees — Wallace (E.T.’s mom!) and Snider (still Twisted). Plus wrestlers (Kane, Charles Wright, Shelly Martinez) and world-famous cosplayers (Lee Anna Vamp, Destiny Nickelsen) and artists (John Febonio, Roger Kastel) and paranormalists and mediums and props from Jaws and a Dale Earnhardt Sr. NASCAR and . . . and we’ve kinda barely scratched the surface of this deep dish geekout. There are photo ops, panel discussions, film fests, costume contests . . . . OKOKOK, we’re going! Sessions run today from 10 am-9 pm and on Sunday from 10 am-5 pm | $25 per day, $35 both days |

featuring celebrity guests [David Giuntoli, Russell Hornsby, Linda Blair, Michael Biehn, Dee Snider, Stephen Pearcy, Lita Ford, Cherie Currie, Richie Scarlett, John Dugan, Nicholas Brendon, John Altamura, Naomi Grossman, Michhael Jai-White, Dee Wallace, Fred Williamson, Butch Patrick, Sal Lizard, many more], comic book artists [Roger Kastel, Ian Nichols, Dan Gorman, Rusty Gilligan, Jason Casey, Bob Eggleton, more], professional wrestlers [Kane, Charles Wright, Scott Garland, Martin Wright, Shelly Martinez, and more], paranormalists [Amy Bruni, Adam Berry, Joe Chin, Tim Weisberg, John Brightman, and more], horror cars, props from Jaws, and more | June 7 10 am-9 pm + June 8 10 am-5 pm

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