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Below is a list of some of our 2018 guests.*2019 guests TBA
*All guests subject to availability

Gary Jones
Director / Visual Effects

A seasoned director with over twenty five years of experience in the industry. With a strong artistic background in special effects, he brings his unique visual style to every film. Known primarily for directing films in the Sci-Fi/Action/Horror genres, including Boogeyman 3, Mosquito, Xena: The Warrior Princess, Crocodile 2 and more. Most recently completed AXE GIANT: The Wrath of Paul Bunyan.


"Queen of the Dark"
Host of the nationally syndicated TV show "Horror Hotel" and the Host of the International Horror Hotel Film Festival & Convention

Ray Szuch

Founder of The International Indie Gathering and The REEL TV Network. Executive producer of "Horror Hotel"& four time Emmy nominated, three time Emmy winning producer. Three time Telly Award winner.

Sara Dobie Bauer
(Sat., Jun 2nd only)

Sara Dobie Bauer is a bestselling author, model, and mental health advocate with a creative writing degree from Ohio University. Her short story, "Don't Ball the Boss," inspired by her shameless crush on Benedict Cumberbatch, was nominated for the Pushcart Prize. She is author of the vampire rom-com "BITE SOMEBODY", among other ridiculously entertaining things.


Host of Saturday Fright Theater

Erik "Easy E" William is the Co-Producer of Saturday Fright Theater. He has been featured in several films, stage, and television productions. He is currently the host of Saturday Fright Theater, and Indie Films Backstage.

Peter John Ross
Horrors of War (2006). A cross genre, WWII action sci fi horror movie with drama and comedy

Linda Robertson

Author of The Immanence Series and the Persephone Alcmedi Series.

Linda is an internationally published author. In 2006, she won first place in the OSU/Mansfield Florence B. Allen writing competition and soon after earned a cum laude Associate of the Art’s Degree in English. She is a proud member of Broad Universe, a nonprofit international organization of women and men dedicated to celebrating and promoting the work of women writers of science fiction, fantasy and horror. Linda composes dramatic orchestral music for her dark fantasy novels and produces those musical scores to digital formats and Compact disc. She is also a trained graphic artist who enjoys drawing, painting, and digital rendering, as well as interior design and upcycling furniture.

Rev. Rose St. John
Psychic Medium
Paranormal Investigator

Emily Szalkowski

Artist / MyAsylum

Emily has been displaying and selling her work at Northeast Ohio shows since 2014. Her book "The Footstool Kid and Other Misfits" is an homage to Tim Burton. At Cleveland area cons, she has drawn Sam Jones-Flash Gordon from the 1980 movie, Santiago Cirilo from The Walking Dead and Hall of Fame wrestlers Jake The Snake Roberts and Hacksaw Jim Duggan.

Vernard Adams
Actor Vernard Adams has worked on dozens film and television projects. He is currently working on the horror film "Estella's Revenge" and the action film "In Guns We Trust". He is also attached to the upcoming horror film "Twincarnation". Vern is also a long-running judge of the Scream Queen/King competition at Horror Hotel and will be speaking on the acting panel.

Artist Bob Elardo
"From the Mind of Bob"

Johnny Wu

"Superman" fan film

"Dr. Who" fan film

Johnny Wu
Award winning producer and director. Director of multiple fan movies, including "Superman" and  "Dr. Who" Wu has successfully marketed all his short and feature films, winning awards, guaranteed, to be screened at festivals/conventions and getting positive reviews from critics. Not only with independent films, Wu has also organized back in Los Angeles events where talents such as Eve, Will Smith, Kevin Bacon, Stevel Seagal and many attended.

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