Halloween Fest 2001
Horror Authors Extravaganza

presented by

Owl Goingback
Borders Books


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 author signing.

Halloween Fest proved to be one of the biggest horror events ever to be take place in the southeast.

Guests included:

Also on hand were representatives of

Photos from the Festival

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Rommel, Lonardo, Warren

Keith Rommel, Paul Lonardo and Dean Warren

Dougherty,  Barron, McNeel, Henderson

Bill Dougherty, Diana Barron, Patty G. Henderson and Becki McNeel, Ph.D, publisher of Barclay Books (standing)

Lapham, Byers, Harvey, Alten, Cave

Authors of all things scary. (left to right) Dave Lapham, Richard Lee Byers, Karen Harvey, Steve Alten, and Hugh B. Cave

Courtney, Lapham, Byers, Harvey, Alten, Cave

Holding court at Halloween Fest. (left to right) Vince Courtney, Dave Lapham, Richard Lee Byers, Karen Harvey, Steve Alten, and Hugh B. Cave

Urbancik and Dougherty

John Urbancik and Bill Dougherty listen closely as a fan explains the true meaning of horror.

Orlando Ghost Tours

The friendly people from Orlando Ghost Tours know how to party.

Thomas, Alten, Cave

Milt Thomas (back to camera), Steve Alten, Hugh B. Cave


Matt Costello proves that horror writers know how to count.

Lapham and Byers

Dave Lapham and Richard Lee Byers silently ponder the future of The Spice Girls.

Castro and sidekick.

Adam-Troy Castro and his inflatable sidekick.

Barclay Books

John Urbancik chats with H. Brantly McNeel, M.D., CEO of Barclay Books.

Author Panel

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 Courtney.


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 in Apopka.

The Sci Fi Files

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.

Evening Festivities

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.
Moore and Conrad

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

Ghost hunting, or seeing whose is bigger?


Is John Urbancik looking for ghosts, or looking at the ladies?


Jim Moore was a bad boy during the ghost tour, so we made him stand in the corner.

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Updated Monday, 13-Mar-2017 16:03:50 PDT