One of the most exciting genre celebrations in recent years, the Salem Horror Fest celebrated another successful gathering of horror lovers this past October, and Daily Dead was thrilled to be a media sponsor of the 10-day event. While we'll have to wait and see what movies grace the big screen at this year's festival, the call for submissions for feature-length and short films has been announced.

Salem Horror Fest 2019 will begin on Thursday, October 3rd and run through Sunday, October 13th. If you're looking to book a hotel or secure an Airbnb, then you'll want to do it here sooner rather than later, as space is limited.

The Daily Dead team had an amazing time at this year's Salem Horror Fest, with Jonathan James hosting a conversation with George A. Romero's son, George C. Romero, and Bryan Christopher hosting witch-themed trivia at the Daily Dead Trivia Tweetup during the festival's "Weekend of the Witch."

Events for next year's Salem Horror Fest have yet to be announced, but we'll be sure to keep Daily Dead readers updated on the festival, and you can read on for the full call for entries announcement, and keep an eye on their official website for more information!

Press Release: Salem, MA - Salem Horror Fest has announced its 2019 call for entries that will now include feature length films to be considered for big screen premieres in the Halloween capital of the world - Salem, Massachusetts.

After receiving 667 short horror film submissions from 64 countries in 2018, The Orlok Audience Award was presented to director Kevin T. Landry for Sang Papier (Night Crosser) in which a strange Romanian trying to enter Canada is confronted by an overzealous custom officer and his curiously cooperative colleague.

Salem Horror Fest has quickly become one of the biggest horror fan experiences in the world as 500,000 people descend upon the small Massachusetts city in the month of October alone. Last year, the festival hosted Cassandra Peterson for the 30th anniversary celebration of Elvira, Mistress of the Dark with premiers of the Blumhouse revival of Halloween, Sony’s Goosebumps 2, and horror docs Wolfman’s Got Nards, and Scary Stories.

Salem Horror Fest will return on October 3rd and run through October 14th, 2019. For more information please visit

Derek Anderson
About the Author - Derek Anderson

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.

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