Mighty Con in Wheaton to feature gothic chills


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Looking for a flight of gothic horror … the kind that would make Poe or Shelley proud? Look no further than Mighty Con in Wheaton this Saturday and Sunday, where Burial Day Books will have the fifth and latest in their Gothic Blue Book anthology series available, and if you don’t mind a little graffito, I’d be happy to sign it for free right above the title of my contribution, “Knitting Away Eternity”.

I’ll also be personalizing copies of my new ghosts and gangsters novel, THE BLACKENING OF FLESH, my super-hero origin story LOSING TOUCH, and anthologies like the steampunk-inspired THE GHOST IS THE MACHINE and QUALIA NOUS, featuring “The Jaunt” by Stephen King. Who knows what else I might bring with me to the Burial Day Books table? You’ll have to swing by to find out, but Mighty Con will absolutely make it worth your while.

In addition to the vendor area, where you’ll find art, comics, toys, games, figurines, t-shirts, and more, the special guests on hand will really make it … really … special. I’m talking folks like former Disney animator Philo Barnhardt. His work can be seen in THE LITTLE MERMAID, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, and the Saturn Award-winning 1982 feature, THE SECRET OF NIMH. He’ll have some really interesting offerings at his table.

Shel Dorf Award-winning colorist Jeff Balke, creator of URBAN LEGENDS will be there, too, doing a thing he calls Sketch Coloring™. Bring him anything black-and-white, and he’ll custom color it while you wait. It could be a print, something you sketched, or even something you wear. Who knows what he’ll be working on, but one thing’s for sure … when Jeff’s is done with it, it’s guaranteed to be one-of-a-kind.

Darren Marlar who plays Professor Patrick Blake from THE MISKATONIC FILES and the doctor in the ongoing series M3NTAL STATE, will also be on hand sharing stories from his career as an actor and voice-over professional. You may not know it, but you’ve probably heard his work before. Well, Mighty Con in Wheaton is your chance to talk to one of the industry’s true professionals and pick up a few pointers to start your own voice career!

It’s all happening on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. A full day pass is $8 and weekend passes are just $12. Head to the DuPage Fairgrounds at 2015 Manchester Road in Wheaton and look for the big building with the white roof. The fun is inside.

Christian A. Larsen is the author of the novels LOSING TOUCH and THE BLACKENING OF FLESHnow available from Post Mortem Press.

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