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Lady Aria Grey's Grey Widow has won the London Horror Festival and Danse Macabre Productions' 2019's playwriting competition and will be performed as a reading on October 25th at the Pleasance Theatre in Islington. Continue reading for more details. Also in today's Horror Highlights: Blood Demon Rising Blu-ray details and an update on AlienCon 2019.

Grey Widow Wins London Horror Festival Playwriting Competition and Performance Details: "‘Grey Widow’ by Lady Aria Grey

25th October, 7.15 pm

Sponsored by Horrify Me Photography

Stage Space

Pleasance Theatre

Carpenters Mews, North Road

London, N7 9EF

Recently widowed and wracked with regret, Lady Aria Grey returns to the church for guidance. But even as she tries to wash away her sins, those very sins come back to haunt her in the form of her dead husband’s ghost. What follows is a crepuscular clash between living, dead, woman, and man, as Lady Aria fights the demons within and without her.

A haunting, hilarious horror performed by the illustrious Lady Grey herself, this is the show to be seen this Halloween!

About Lady Aria Grey:

Lady Aria Grey is an award-winning writer, drag queen, and comedienne. She writes scripts, plays, short erotic stories, and standup comedy, and is willing to write and/or perform any or all of those in exchange for money, or eternal youth. Her hobbies include wine, marriage, vampirism, and wine.

About the Festival:

The UK's original and largest festival of live horror performance will return from 8th - 25th October 2019 at The Pleasance Theatre Islington, and 8th October - 2nd November 2019 at the Old Red Lion Theatre.

Scaring the living daylights out of audiences since its inception in 2011, the London Horror Festival is a celebration of the ghoulish, the thrilling and the downright macabre.

Over the past nine years we have championed horror theatre, proudly presenting programmes featuring new writing, adaptations of literary classics, immersive interactive experiences, LGBTQ+ cabaret, musicals, opera, burlesque, live podcast recordings, comedy, clowning, puppetry, storytelling, magic, midnight mind-reading and Séance shows, film screenings with live choirs, radio and playwriting competitions, lectures ... and much more! Our purpose is to foster new talent as well as nurturing the already burgeoning live horror scene within the UK and we hope you can join us this year!

www.londonhorrorfestival.co.uk

@LndnHorrorFest

About Danse Macabre:

Since the dawn of time, human beings have told scary stories to confront their fears of what may be lurking under the bed. Adding their own unique twist to tales of humour, horror, and fantasy; ‘Les Enfant Terribles’ 2018 Award Nominees, Danse Macabre Productions aim to make the dark that little bit lighter. With their ‘bloody tongue-in-cheek’ style, innovative staging and surreal experimentation with genre, they promise it’ll be a ‘danse’ you’ll never forget. (Note: Please don’t expect dancing. You wouldn’t want to see that. Trust me.)

https://www.facebook.com/dansemacabreproductions/

www.dansemacabreproductions.com

@danseofdeath

TICKETS AVAILABLE HERE:

https://www.pleasance.co.uk/event/london-horror-festival-playwriting-competition-winner 

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Blood Demon Rising Blu-ray Release Details: "SGL Entertainment is pleased to announce that they will be releasing the cult horror film Blood Demon Rising on Blu-ray and DVD in 2020.

SYNOPSIS: Two couples go to a Haunted House Amusement where the two girls are taken by a Demon that has been risen from hell and his henchman. The boys break in and try to risque them but are caught in the attempt. A Jesuit Priest sent by the church to investigate finds himself in the middle and battles the Demon to the death, as Vampires and Zombie robed creatures wander the Haunted Amusement all the while.

Written, Directed and Produced by Harry Tchinski and Starring Stephen Lestat, Logan Littlefield, Ronee Collins, Simone Leorin, Norman Newkirk, Jareth Hixon, and Tiffany Black.

The Blu-ray and DVD will be Loaded with Extras including three Featurettes. The Making of Blood Demon Rising, How we did the Special Effects and the True Meaning of Blood Demon Rising."

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AlienCon 2019 Updated Details: "AlienCon, the world’s first convention dedicated to seeking the truth about extraterrestrial existence and solving the mysteries of the universe, has announced new program details for the October 4-6 event in Dallas, Texas. A+E Networks previously announced celebrity guests at AlienCon Dallas will include HISTORY’s “Ancient Aliens” contributors Giorgio A. Tsoukalos, David Childress, Nick Pope, Caroline Cory, Jason Martell, John Brandenburg, Travis Taylor, and Jonathan Young.

Now adding to the captivating line-up of expert voices are cast members from HISTORY’s upcoming nonfiction series, “The Secret of Skinwalker Ranch” (working title), who will be featured on two panels over the three-day event. “The Secret of Skinwalker Ranch” is executive produced by Kevin Burns, the creator and producer of HISTORY's most popular series, including “Ancient Aliens” and cable’s #1 nonfiction series “The Curse of Oak Island” and will give viewers full, unprecedented access to one of the most infamous and secretive hotspots of paranormal and UFO-related activities on earth. The series will feature a team of scientists and experts who will conduct a thorough search of this infamous 512-acre property located in Utah’s Uinta Basin as they attempt to find out the truth behind more than 200 years of mysteries — involving everything from UFO sightings and paranormal activities to animal mutilations and Native American legends of a shape-shifting creature known simply as “The Skinwalker.” Few have ever gained official access to Skinwalker Ranch, and none have ever been able to bring cameras onto the property for a television series, but now, HISTORY’s exciting new nonfiction series is seeking to uncover the ‘who?’ ‘what?’ and ‘why?’ of an area that (until now) has remained as secretive and as forbidden as some of our nation’s greatest mysteries. “The Secret of Skinwalker Ranch” is slated to air next year on HISTORY.

The entire cast of A&E’s “Ghost Hunters,” one of the most successful paranormal series of all time, also joins AlienCon Dallas for a panel discussion, Inside the World of A&E’s “Ghost Hunters,” on Saturday, October 5 at 2:20 pm. Airing Wednesdays at 9 pm ET/PT, the A&E series follows team leader Grant Wilson and his handpicked group of professional ghost hunters as they use their decades of field experience to investigate hauntings across the country. Engaging forensic experts, historical records and the most innovative technology available, the team helps bring relief to people who are struggling with unexplained supernatural phenomena by following the evidence they uncover, wherever it may lead.

Panel: The Secret of Skinwalker Ranch

Friday 10/4 at 1:40 PM

A notorious 512-acre stretch of land in Utah called “Skinwalker Ranch” has been known as a hotbed for anomalous events, and UFO sightings recorded here as early as the 1700s. Billionaire businessman Robert Bigelow hired top scientists to study the ranch’s phenomena, and reportedly recorded more than 500 “anomalous events,” but was unable to make any definitive findings. The property’s purported origins and activities are prominent in local legend, and some Native Americans in the area today are said to avoid the site. The ranch is under new ownership and a diverse team of scientists and researchers are conducting the most advanced investigation on the property in an attempt to, once and for all, unlock the secret of Skinwalker Ranch.

Panel: The Future of Skinwalker Ranch

Saturday, 10/5 at 11:00 AM

In 1996, billionaire businessman Robert Bigelow purchased a notorious 512-acre stretch of land in Utah called “Skinwalker Ranch” for the stated purpose of using it as a “living laboratory” and studying the UFO phenomenon. Bigelow hired top scientists to study the ranch’s phenomena and reportedly recorded more than 500 “anomalous events” – results that the U.S. government took seriously enough to allocate $20 million to further Bigelow’s research. The records and results of what was found are classified, but in 2016, Bigelow sold the property. Today, this new owner — along with his dedicated team of scientists and researchers -- are determined to finally solve the mystery.

Panel: Inside the World of A&E’s “Ghost Hunters”

Saturday, 10/5 at 2:20 PM

Grant Wilson, team leader/executive producer, and panel moderator

Daryl Marston, co-lead investigator

Kristen Luman, co-lead investigator

Mustafa Gatollari, site analyst/researcher/paranormal investigator

Brandon Alvis, tech manager/paranormal investigator

Richel Stratton, paranormal investigator

Brian Murray, paranormal investigator

Have you ever wondered what it takes to investigate the paranormal? Hear from paranormal expert Grant Wilson and his new team of investigators from A&E’s hit series Ghost Hunters! Fifteen years after introducing the world to the authentic field of paranormal investigation, the series that terrified and captivated fans is back on television Wednesday nights at 9 pm ET/PT on A&E. For the first time ever, this team of seven paranormal investigators – Wilson, Daryl Marston, Kristen Luman, Brandon Alvis, Mustafa Gatollari, Brian Murray and Richel Stratton – are sharing their approach to investigations, the cutting-edge technology they use, and how they research and prepare to go into a hunt. Come explore the unknown and watch exclusive never-before-seen clips as the team discusses their mission to discover the truth and give relief to those plagued by paranormal activity!

Fans can learn more about ticket packages, special celebrity guests, and up-to-the-minute AlienCon Dallas programming information by visiting TheAlienCon.com.

AlienCon, owned by A+E Networks in partnership with Prometheus Entertainment and produced by Mischief Management, LLC, is a three-day fan event inspired by HISTORY’s hit series, Ancient Aliens. AlienCon offers the opportunity for like-minded people to come together to challenge existing beliefs and seek disclosure of all kinds in an environment that inspires discovery and discussion. The event will feature over 150 hours of original programming, sneak peeks and exclusive panels. Attendees can meet and mingle with their favorite celebrity guests.

HISTORY’s hit series “Ancient Aliens” explores the theory that extraterrestrials have been visiting the Earth for millions of years. From the age of the dinosaurs to ancient Egypt, and from visitations by gods and deities in South America to sightings of unexplained objects around the world, each episode of the series gives thought-provoking consideration to the questions, first-hand accounts and grounded theories surrounding the age-old debate: did extra-terrestrial beings really help to shape human history? “Ancient Aliens” is produced by Prometheus Entertainment.

More information can be found on the AlienCon website: www.thealiencon.com/dallas "

Tamika Jones
About the Author - Tamika Jones

Tamika hails from North Beach, Maryland, a tiny town inches from the Chesapeake Bay.She knew she wanted to be an actor after reciting a soliloquy by Sojourner Truth in front of her entire fifth grade class. Since then, she's appeared in over 20 film and television projects. In addition to acting, Tamika is the Indie Spotlight manager for Daily Dead, where she brings readers news on independent horror projects every weekend.

The first horror film Tamika watched was Child's Play. Being eight years old at the time, she remembers being so scared when Chucky came to life that she projectile vomited. It's tough for her to choose only one movie as her favorite horror film, so she picked two: Nosferatu and The Stepford Wives (1975).

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