I usually mark the arrival of Spring with a number of annual rituals -- the first official lawn mowing, blowing the soot off the grill, and making the trek up to my old stomping grounds in Strongsville, Ohio, for the Cinema Wasteland expo.
I only made a quick trip this year, just long enough to snag an autograph from Day of the Dead's Bub the Zombie, buy some stills for the book, and wolf down a pulled pork sandwich in the Holiday Inn restaurant with some of my friends over at The Extreme Society Show.
I did make time to snag a flyer for the October event, and as is often the case, regional horror fans have plenty of reasons to make the journey to Cleveland.
Topping the guest list, and back by popular demand, is the Godfather of Gore himself, H.G. Lewis, along with the star of the Connecticut-spawned I Spit on Your Grave, Camille Keaton.
Also on the bill will be Austin Stoker, veteran of both Horror High (Texas) as well as William Girdler's Abby and The Zebra Killer (Kentucky), along with his Abby co-star, Carol Speed. Evil Dead alums Josh Becker and Tom Sullivan will also be on hand.
On a completely unrelated note, we were stoked to learn that Don May and the folks at Synapse Films will be releasing three long out-of-print Hammer horror films on DVD -- Vampire Circus, Twins of Evil and Hands of the Ripper, along with all 13 episodes of the "Hammer House of Horror" TV series. That has nothing to do with regional horror films at all, except our friend Daniel Griffith -- the busy documentarian behind the upcoming K. Gordon Murray biopic, as well as the William Grefe doc They Came from the Swamp -- will be handling the extras for the highly anticipated discs. Synapse hopes to have the DVDs available by this fall.