HorrorHound Weekend – “I Didn’t Know There Were Going to be Books Here!”

I apologize for not having a new Mystery Photo up yesterday but we got back home last night around 2am from the HorrorHound Weekend in Cincinnati and were just dead tired. From Friday to Sunday, I probably got about 15 hours of sleep. But it was well worth it. It was our first con of the year and it was a doozey! It definitely set the bar high for the rest of our 2017 Tour. Not only was it one of the best shows we’ve ever had, but it showed me something that I often doubt at the cons these days.

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2017 Kryptic World Tour Starts Soon!

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In a little over a week, our first stop on the 2017 Kryptic World Tour takes place at the HorrorHound Weekend in Cincinnati, Ohio! It has been a long five months since our last show and we are really looking forward to get back out on the road and meet a ton of other like-minded horror fans. We will be set up in our usual spot (at least I think/hope so) and will have our usual array of horror reference books for sale. In fact, we have been slowing adding to our inventory over the winter and have got a ton of new titles, both older and newer releases, all at our usual great prices. So no matter if you’re looking for a biography, film guide, or maybe one on subjects the classics to Italian horror to Hammer Films, I think we might have something for you. So make sure you stop by and check us out, or even just to say hello. We’re always interested in meeting new fans and talking about the genre we all love.

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The Kryptic World Tour 2017

Yes, 2016 is just a few weeks away from being in the history books. Some might consider it a bad year, some a good one, but it definitely has been an interesting on. So as we all look to 2017, with hopes of a much better world, what better way to do that by announcing the dates for our 2017 Tour! And yes, we can call it our World Tour, even though we are not leaving the states. I mean, they do call it the World Series and they never leave the country, so why can’t we, right? Then again, maybe if that lotto ticket finally hits, maybe we will make it across the pond. Stranger things have happened!

But none the less, we’ve updated our Tour list on the top menu that shows the conventions that we are planning to be at this year, or at least the ones closest to the first part of the year. There might be some additions to that, but we’ll update those as we go. We also have them listed below.

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2016 Tour Continues….

With our time of year starting to show itself, with decorations popping up in the stores, we seem just a little less strange than we normally do. It also gives us the opportunity to pick up plenty of stuff for our home decor that we used all year round! But it also does mean that the weekend’s are getting booked with different conventions, movie events, marathons, and all sorts of stuff to celebrate this genre we love so much. We posted a days ago about the upcoming movie events and marathons coming up, so here is the last 3 actual conventions that we will be attending before this year’s tour is over.

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It Gives Me Hope – HorrorHound Weekend Part 1

show booksIn Cincinnati this last weekend, it was our first stop on the 2016 Kryptic World Tour, and boy, was it a doozy! I’ve been doing this show since the very beginning and am always amazed at the crowds they bring in each and every time. Of course, in this day and age, being a dealer at any convention is always a challenge, since you’re competing not only with other dealers, but more importantly, with the price of autographs and Photo Ops. But I have to say I was thrilled to see so many people stop by our table over the 3-day weekend and purchase a book (or two, or three) from us. It showed me not only that the interests in horror reference books is still out there, but also the desire for fans to learn more about the genre we love. And I have to say, that makes this old man pretty happy.

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Kryptic World Tour 2016…Let It Begin

Now that we’ve made it past the holidays, putting the old year into all but memories, it is time to get ready for this new one and start planning our Kryptic World Tour for 2016. Our first stop in the new tour won’t be until the middle of March, at the HorrorHound Weekend in Cincinnati, but we are counting the days for that. A few weeks after that, we’ll be heading out to Ohio again for the Cinema Wasteland show. We have posted below our full schedule of shows (that we know of so far) that we are planning on attending. There might be one or two more that we’ll add later on in the year, such as maybe a movie marathon or drive-in event, but we’ll let you know when we find out.

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HorrorHound Weekend…Part 1

I know I’ve said it the past that I wasn’t going to do convention reports but a few things happened at this recent show that I wanted to mention. But instead of one long report, I’m going to break it up into a few different postings over the next couple of days.

In the early hours on March 21st, the Kitley Krew headed off to Cincinnati for our first convention of the year, HorrorHound Weekend. The first shows of the year are usually bigger, which could due to the fact that it is around tax time, or that it just the opening of convention season and people are ready after a long winter. Whatever the case was, they did come out in droves. Sure, it might be because Norman Reedus was appearing at the show, and he always draws a huge crowd of Walkers, willing to pay his $80 autograph prices and $110 photo ops. A few years ago, that drove me crazy. But now, I think I’ve finally gotten over it and it really doesn’t bother me anymore. Besides, good for Reedus to make that money while he can, because we all know that once The Walking Dead show is over, the only job he’s is going to get is when Hollywood is looking for a hick with a crossbow. This isn’t anything against Reedus or his acting ability, but just because we all know how Hollywood works and how they pigeon-hole actors. For me personally, autographs have lost any charm or sparkle that they once had. I didn’t get over to the separate room where some of the celebs were at because I didn’t really care. Had I done that, I might have seen this sign that started a recent big discussion on social media, about two of TWD guests charging $10 to talk to them. Yeah…really hope that is quickly nipped in the butt and will be the last we hear of it. But again, even if I did see it, I didn’t care. As long as fans and Walkers want to do that, justifying to themselves that their money is being well spent, then it will never end. So I’m doing my part in that by not supporting and not paying for autographs. If you want it to change, bitching about it isn’t going to do it. Stop paying…then it will change. Then maybe an autograph will actually mean something more than a business transaction.

What I did do at the show was work at my table, see old friends, made some new ones, and had a blast talking to different people about this wonderful genre we all love. During the course of the weekend, there were some great things that happened, and a couple that was pretty discouraging. I’ll get to those later. But first, one of the best things about this weekend was that the people coming up to our table throughout the three days of the show and purchasing. It a time when book stores are closing, it really showed me that there is still a lot of hope for horror fans, and that they are still interested in buying books to learn more about the genre. From buying books on Boris Karloff, Texas Chain Saw Massacre, or even Hammer regular Michael Ripper, it made me proud to be part of this great ensemble of fright fans. I had so many great conversations with so many different people in those three days. So a huge thank you to each and every one of you who came by our table, and either talked to us (or at least listened to my rants!), and especially that those that picked up a book. It shows me that what I’m doing is not in vain or a waste of time and there are still plenty of fans out there that are eager to eat up this information about the genre we love so much.

Also, I had a few people come up to me and comment on my column for HorrorHound, that they’ve checked out some of the movies that I’ve written about and thanked me for that. I have to say, that has to be the biggest reason and payment for writing that column every issue.

Next up….”Fuck Remakes”