One of the most exciting genre celebrations in recent years, the Salem Horror Fest kicks off again this October and Daily Dead is thrilled to be a media sponsor of the 10-day event. Editor-in-Chief Jonathan James will be on hand to host a conversation with George C. Romero (son of legendary filmmaker George A. Romero), Cassandra Peterson will be in attendance for a 30th anniversary screening of Elvira, Mistress of the Dark, and it's now been revealed that Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween will also screen at the festival.

Tickets are up for the Goosebumps 2 screening can be ordered now at Salem Horror Fest's official website. Stay tuned to Daily Dead for more updates on the Salem Horror Fest, catch up on our previous coverage of the festival, and read the latest press release below for more information:

Press Release: SALEM, MA - Salem Horror Fest returns with the 30th anniversary screening of Elvira, Mistress of the Dark with Cassandra Peterson, the premiere of Sony’s Goosebumps 2, and an opening night showcase of the new Halloween film from Blumhouse Productions and Universal Studios on Thursday, October 4th 2018.

For two weeks, Salem Horror Fest will host a series of screenings, lectures, podcasts, parties, premieres and celebrity appearances that focus on themes of social fear and cultural anxiety throughout the haunted and historic downtown district.

EARTHDOOM centers around a weekend of eco-horror with films that include The Return of the Living Dead, The Toxic Avenger, Day of the Dead, and Creature From the Black Lagoon with appearances by George C. Romero, son of legendary zombie director George A. Romero, scream queen and horror workout star Linnea Quigley, and the last surviving member of the Universal Monsters, Ricou Browning.

Weekend of the Witch explores mystical feminist themes in Suspiria, The House of the Devil, Death Becomes Her, The Witches of Eastwick and Rosemary’s Baby with a live podcast by The Faculty of Horror, and academic lectures about Hell, lady killers, and social resistance.

The program will also feature a lineup of premieres that include Blood Fest, Sex Madness Revealed, Scary Stories, Wolfman’s Got Nards, St. Agatha and The House of the Seven Gables with introductions and Q&A sessions from those involved.

The festival runs Thursday, October 4 through Monday, October 15 at CinemaSalem, Peabody Essex Museum, Opus, BitBar and Count Orlok’s Nightmare Gallery. Salem Horror Fest is sponsored by TJ Lynch Realtor, Rue Morgue Magazine and Daily Dead. Single tickets and weekend passes are now available. For the complete schedule of events, please visit

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    Raised on a steady diet of R.L. Stine’s Goosebumps books and Are You Afraid of the Dark?, Derek has been fascinated with fear since he first saw ForeverWare being used on an episode of Eerie, Indiana.

    When he’s not writing about horror as the Senior News Reporter for Daily Dead, Derek can be found daydreaming about the Santa Carla Boardwalk from The Lost Boys or reading Stephen King and Brian Keene novels.