Horrors, Day One

Yesterday was the first day of the World Horror Convention here in Toronto.  It was kind of low key because a lot of the attendees will not be arriving until today.  Still, I saw writer Joe Lansdale (Bubba Ho-Tep) and cartoonist Gahan Wilson almost immediately when I walked in the door.

I spent most of the evening hanging out in the dealer’s room catching up on the rising stars in the field.  Had dinner with my friend and Guest of Honor, Don Hutchison over at Greenjeans in the Eaton Centre.  I hadn’t been there in years, however, it was just as underwhelming as always.  Mediocre food, served by zombies, perfect for the tourist trade.

If Greenjeans was anywhere else but in the biggest tourist trap in town, it would be out of business.

The early arrivals party was great except that the press of bodies heated the suite up like a sauna.  Hey, I’m Canadian and all that heat is hard on my system.  However, it was a great place to meet horror fans from all over the world.

There are some interesting film previews including a new NFB short by Ray Harryhausen based on Poe’s “The Pit and the Pendulum” which I am currently dashing out the door to catch.

That’s it for now. 

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