“Uniting Hearts and Minds in Darkness” reads the slogan for Horror Expo 2016, an intersection between conventions and traditional academic conferences. The 2016 Horror Expo provides the public with a chance to experience, explore and examine the world of horror as academic, fanatic and professional comes together.

Taking place on Halloween Eve in the atmospheric surroundings of the Freemasons Lodge the event will consist of four hour long panels on a range of horror related subjects commencing at 3pm.

These chaired panels will consist of academics and industry professionals such as the Dean of Arts in Trinity College Prof Darryl Jones, horror editor Stephen Jones, the infamous Ghost Watch director and writer Stephen Volk, comic book author Rachel Deering and Hater author David Moody, along with a host of  some of the most intriguing industry professionals in horror who will be discussing themed subjects along with fielding questions from the audience.

Adding to the what is already a riveting evening, Horror Expo 2016 will also welcome a special Q&A session with Paranormal Researchers Ireland where the audience is free to ask questions about one of the most perplexing element of life – the afterlife.

After a short break for refreshments, next on the bill will be the Irish premiere of a horror film Fantastic Films accompanied by a Q&A with the director and producer.

Following another short break the audience will be treated to a midnight screening of Robert Wiene’s 1920 expressionist horror The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari which will be set to a live musical accompaniment with an original score developed especially for the event by Unshaped Form, a Dublin based musical collective.

While the panels and screenings in the Grand Lodge Room are taking place throughout the day, the screening room located within the Prince Mason’s Room will be running a series short films where the public can drop in and spend some time watching some shorts from Ireland and across the globe. In conjunction with these screenings there will readings from various panellists throughout the day in other parts of this most distinctive of buildings.

This year, Horror Expo 2016 are also working in close conjunction with Gallery X, who specialise in horror and the macabre artwork. They will feature an exhibition from a series of Irish and International artists as an extra visual treat to our Horror Expo participants.

Tickets are priced at €42.43 and are available from eventbrite.ie 

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