Move over Emerald City Comicon, Sakura-Con, and PAX. My new favorite convention is CRYPTICON—"Largest Horror Convention in the Pacific Northwest." Not only did I get to hug Dee Wallace—star of The Howling, the mom in E.T. and Cujo, and soon one of the witches in Rob Zombie's new movie Lords of Salem—I got to shake this guy's gigantic hand, talk to Marilyn Burns (the lady who runs and runs and screams and runs some more in the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre) and I walked up Doug Bradley, "pin-head" from Hellraiser and high-fived him right after meeting Ricou Browning, the guy who played The Creature From The Black Lagoon. There were books, authors, directors, workshops, panels, merch, zombie tag, LARP-ers, film screenings, and last but not least, a panel of a bunch of local ghost-hunters discussing pros and cons of Ouija boards.

My only complaint was there were too many zombies and not enough vampires. Professional wrestler and former WWE star Gangrel had to pretty much hold it down for the fangs.

Thirsty
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  • Thirsty zombie

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This guy chased me around when I arrived—Eeeeeee!
  • This guy chased me around when I arrived—Eeeeeee!

Kids were running around everywhere, and seemingly afraid of nothing
  • Kids were running around everywhere, and seemingly afraid of nothing

Still one of the best-ever scary kids?
  • Still one of the best-ever scary kids?

A real kid, and not a mask
  • A real kid, and not a mask

Also not a mask, and the winner of the make-up contest
  • Also not a mask, and the winner of the make-up contest

These zombies love a Starbucks latte
  • These zombies love a Starbucks latte

She just wants to clean your house
  • She just wants to clean your house

Theres wrestler Gangrel, still fangin and bangin
  • There's wrestler Gangrel, still "fangin' and bangin'"

Fangin, but not bangin
  • Fangin', but not bangin'

Wait, what?
  • Wait, what?

Best pun!
  • Best pun!

Worst complexion
  • Worst complexion

Wait, what?
  • Wait, what?

In a heavy metal opera, coming soon
  • In a heavy metal opera, coming soon

Ok, now Im scared
  • Ok, now I'm scared

The VIP section
  • The VIP section

Live action role player
  • Live action role player

Cute couple!
  • Cute couple!

Headache
  • Headache

Headache, part II
  • Headache, part II

Wanna pet my snake?
  • Wanna pet my snake?

Quoth the raven, nevermore
  • Quoth the raven, nevermore

Have you shown these to The Creature From The Black Lagoon?
  • Have you shown these to The Creature From The Black Lagoon?

Wanna buy a big knife?
  • Wanna buy a big knife?

Shexy knife!
  • Shexy knife!

Beef with... oh, wait, thats Dee Wallace!
  • Beef with... oh, wait, that's Dee Wallace!

She said EVERYBODY cries...
  • She said EVERYBODY cries...

I wanted to ask Marilyn Burns to scream
  • I wanted to ask Marilyn Burns to scream

Dudes over seven feet tall
  • Dude's over seven feet tall

Why the long face?
  • Why the long face?

Dude above needed to meet these girls
  • Dude above needed to meet these girls

Wait, what?
  • Wait, what?

Ok, Im scared
  • Ok, I'm scared

Hey look, its Pinhead!
  • Hey look, it's Pinhead!

See you in Hell!
  • "See you in Hell!"

all photos Kelly O