On October 20th, 2001, over thirty authors, artists, publishers, and media
guests joined together at the Borders Books in Winter Park, Florida to
celebrate Halloween and horror. The one day event featured a costume
contest, author panels, readings, ghostly storytelling, and a multiple
Halloween Fest proved to be one of the biggest horror events ever to be
take place in the southeast.
Also on hand
were representatives of
Photos from the Festival
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Keith Rommel, Paul Lonardo and Dean Warren
Bill Dougherty, Diana Barron, Patty G. Henderson and
Becki McNeel, Ph.D, publisher of Barclay Books (standing)
Authors of all things scary. (left to right) Dave
Lapham, Richard Lee Byers, Karen Harvey, Steve Alten, and Hugh B. Cave
Holding court at Halloween Fest. (left to right) Vince
Courtney, Dave Lapham, Richard Lee Byers, Karen Harvey, Steve Alten, and
Hugh B. Cave
John Urbancik and Bill Dougherty listen closely as a
fan explains the true meaning of horror.
The friendly people from Orlando Ghost Tours know how
Milt Thomas (back to camera), Steve Alten, Hugh B.
Matt Costello proves that horror writers know how to
Dave Lapham and Richard Lee Byers silently ponder the
future of The Spice Girls.
Adam-Troy Castro and his inflatable sidekick.
John Urbancik chats with H. Brantly McNeel, M.D., CEO
of Barclay Books.
One of the lively authors panels that was held during
Halloween Fest 2001. (Left to Right) Drew Williams (standing), Jeff
VanderMeer, Garrett Peck, James A. Moore, Steve Alten, and Vince
Actor, stuntman, and author Jeff Moldovan arrived late
for the festivities on Saturday, but was on hand Friday evening to help
lead a group of early arrivals through the haunted Townsend's Plantation
The crew from the hit radio show The Sci-Fi Files were
on hand to party and interview authors. (L-R) Frank, Meredith, and Joey.
John Stavely (Ghost Tours of St. Augustine) entertained
the crowd with some spooky storytelling.
Friday Night--Guests arriving early for Halloween Fest 2001 gathered
together for dinner, and were then treated to a special candlelight tour
of Townsend's Plantation in Apopka. The historic plantation house is
reputed to be haunted, and is closed to the public, so the horror authors
had the ghosts, spiders, and cobwebs all to themselves.
Saturday--After the festivities at the bookstore, the guests enjoyed
dinner at P.F. Chang's China Bistro. Many of the guests then headed to
downtown Orlando to take part in an interactive walking tour hosted by
ORLANDO GHOST TOURS. Not only did they learn about the history and
hauntings of old Orlando, they were given the opportunity to search for
ghosts in the old courthouse using modern scientific equipment.
Jim Moore and Mike Conrad hunt for ghosts using
scientific equipment while the others in the group look on.
Another reason why the old courthouse in Orlando is
spooky at night: Ted Bundy carved his name in this desk while standing
trial for murder.
Ghost hunting, or seeing whose is bigger?
Is John Urbancik looking for ghosts, or looking at the
Jim Moore was a bad boy during the ghost tour, so we
made him stand in the corner.
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Updated Wednesday May 28 2008