September 19 2022 -It is about this time of year every year so far that I have been spending alot of time in Virginia. I spent one weekend in Norfolk checking out the expanded Tidewater Horror convention and then just this pat weekend I was back at Hampton Roads for the 2022 Haunted Screams Expo. True to form I brought costumes and did a little shopping amongst my merchant friends. I was unable to be part of the Monster On Makeup Wars challenge this year as my makeup artist was away on assignment, but I did manage to bring home second place in the Adult Costume Contest. < Many thanks to Charles A Townsend for the amazing images he captured while at Haunted Screams.>This gives me just a few weeks to get together all the pieces I am making for Culling Innovations Halloween Mini Photo Shoot in Salisbury MD on October15th. But First...I have the distinct honor of having been asked to help with makeups for Farragut Forward a local ongoing Star Trek tribute You Tube Film short being done locally. So Time to clean up my kit and polish up on my beauty skills.
"Oh Look Another Glorious Morning. It Makes Me sick."- Winifred Sanderson Hocus Pocus
August 2022- So fall is finally here. That means I am kicked into high gear once again. Maryland Renaissance festival last weekend. This week I am on the road again to Norfolk VA for TideWater Horrorcon with a quick side trip to check out this years Howl-O-Scream at BuschGardens Williamsburg. Still working on costumes for next weeks Haunted Screams in Hampton VA as well. So busy but things keep squeezing into my jam packed schedule with a new special event I just got asked to help out on in Fredrick MD in October...Shh...mums the word for now..must not Jinx it. I have been getting some amazing conversations with a few local independent film makers and discussing their projects. All this leading up to my first trip to FaerieCon in Baltimore in October and as quick trip to World Oddities..all before Halloween. Then there is the HUGE project I have been working on for my return to Ocean City Comicon once again in December. Never fear dear friends things are very active here @ Nightmares & Dayscreams. Can't forget to mention my true new collaborations with David Insley of Culling Innovations coming up in just a few weeks. Time to get Spooky!! Many thanks to the one and only Father Evil for this stunning photo from our reunion at Scares That Cares Charity Weekend 2022. **I was So Thrilled to see that FatherEvil recieved a special recognition Award at the New Jersey Horror Film Festival on September 17th and I truly wish I could have been there to celebrate his special moment with him. Well done my friend. You deserve it.** -xoxo
I went from one convention to another. I had a weekend with Tidewater Horrorcon in Norfolk VA and then turned around to attend and volunteer at Haunted Screams Expo in Hampton VA. I did not garner any awards at Tidewater Horrorcon but I did manage to bring home second place at Haunted Screams Expo which was not a bad follow up to the first place in the Costume Contest last year. I did not have a makeup artist with me this year nor a model so I dat out the Monsteron Makeup Challenge Saturday which allowed me to rest up after frantically helping build the haunted house all Friday night and super early Saturday. I love seeing all my friends and meeting some of the celebrities as well as working closely with the organizer of Haunted Screams Expo and my besties from Halloween Daily News were there as well and it always makes me happy to see them again. Many thanks to Wendy of Just A Little Hocus Pocus for continually asking me to redo her makeup each year. She is a great model and we work out some great plans. I can not wait to go back.
I have been on the go since early fall and even when the conventions are done for now. I had projects to work on. I hit the Maryland Renaissance Festival and then World Oddities convention in Baltimore. I had the pleasure of being invited to join the crew of Farragut Forward as they started filming and join this dedicated team. That was followed quickly by a Halloween Mini-Photo Shoot for Culling's Innovations where I had fun creating an Elfin Archer and an Ogre ala D&D or World of Warcraft. I built armor and other props as well as set up and did a full makeup application on location the morning of the shoot. But no rest for the wicked with Halloween coming up quickly. I have a consult to help out on Little Women the Musical with The Community Players of Salisbury right after Halloween and I am off to Lancaster PA before joining the Unseelie Court at the triumphant return of Faeriecon to Baltimore MD October 28-30. I can hardly wait to dress and go down for the Bad Fairies Ball. But enough for now. I must get back to work because I was invited back as Mrs. Claus for another Christmas Mini-photo shoot November 5th and then it is onto preparations for the Ocean City Comicon for my 2nd year as a presenter. See you there December10th.Happy Halloween!! Many thanks to my friends at Exalted Boudoir in Norfolk VA for the amazing images captured. We are already planning a return once the very busy season slows and there is time for more captivating images. You need to see the stunning Harley Quinn & Poison Ivy session she shot. I wish I could take credit for them but they are too striking for me to not share them.
Have you met my Infernal Family of Demons of Vice. They seem to appear at Horror conventions. Last year Temptation or Tempy as we like to call her showed up and wowed onlookers on the Atlantic City NJ Boardwalk as she strolled into the Showboat Hotel . Seems she wanted to chat with her dear friend...Father Evil and got a hearty blessing as well as being loudly decried as a Sinner across the NJ Horrorcon and filmfest last fall. She had a blast and we took some truly amazing photos that day. Most Recently Wrath made his debut and decided that there was not quite enough violence for his liking. He was pleased by the 10 car police escort that rode into the parking lot as we drove up. Funny the things that make him smile. A lovely lady and talented horror writer Tammy Vreeland was gracious enough to loan me her set of wonderful red wings to go with my angry demon look. Father Evil and Mr T both seemed happy to take a moment to pose for photos. Though most of the lovely ladies were busy flirting with my cohort in crimes Negan..aka Mr Tony Jones. Together we showed the con how stylish red and black looked. DeadlyGrounds Coffee was there with their newest brew Father Evil's Hells Fury. It was the perfect pick me up after a day of walking the con floor and before the Scaryoke took over the bar that evening.
Even with Covid-19 still rampant me fall got crowded with conventions and makeups. SO I am a bit late here but I thought 2022 would be a good time for me to update things. December was my first ever panel appearance at the Ocean City MD Comicon. After that came the long organization and packing away of everything for the Holidays. Now January is here and February brings new trips to North Carolina for my first Mad Monster Convention followed a week later by a trip to my first FarPoint Convention. So I get to do both horror and Science fiction/Fantasy looks next month. My partner in crime and model Tony Jones will be along with me and we are already discussing what characters to bring to the shows. I think we have a plan and it will be great to get an early start on both Conventions and more Monsters and Makeup. Here is hoping your Winter was Merry and Bright and that your new year is full of promise. Stay safe and well until we meet again.
So this year post Covid-19 brings with it the chance to once more get out and be among my people. I love meeting and mingling with my fellow Horror Convention fans and vendors. I love to network and enjoy the chance to showcase the products from so many great creative folks. Every time I post a character I do my very best to credit all of the folks who helped me create the final look. This persons awesome teeth and that ones wicked horns. I credit the people whose contacts I wear ( when I can recall where I got them) and the people who crafters the amazing prosthetic appliances I use. Heck I even credit the people who design my outfit and take the pictures when I can. Collaboration is key right now. We all support one another and by doing so we open the doors to exposure of our work and how it has been showcased to a greater range of people. This year was special because I am hitting new conventions in new places. August was Scares that Care and Dover DE Comicon. So far I have just returned from NJ Horrorcon& filmfest in Atlantic City New Jersey. Next weekend I will be in Norfolk VA for Tidewater Horrorcon and then in Hampton for the Haunted Screams. I still have Monster Mania the final week this month and October is just as busy. Look for updates and new photos as they become available. Stay Spooky!!