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Sinister Creature Con 2024 in Review

Published 7/3/2024

Location - Scottish Rites Masonic Center, Sacramento

This past weekend the Grim and Bloody Podcast honored to attend Sinister Creature Con in Sacramento California as members of the press. The weather was unseasonably warm which prompted convention officials to usher in the waiting crowd a sooner rather than later. Sinister Creature Con is the most popular horror convention in Northern California so it has a knack for drawing crowds from all corners of the state. It doesn't take long for lines to form outside.

The convention has long outgrown the Scottish Rites Center. It's a topic of conversation for those who operate the convention, but this year shed a unique light on the center's weakness. Despite the preparation of fans strategically placed throughout the rooms guests and convention goers alike felt the warmth. Free water was handed out to goers, but wasn't enough to save one person from heat exhaustion. Much credit should be given to the folks behind SCC for distributing water bottles, as they were much appreciated.

The exhibitor hall was bustling as usual. If you've attended SCC before you may recognize some familiar names like Dreams for Dead Cats, Trick or Treat Studios, Alaric Barca Art and others. A new haunt is making its way to the greater Bay Area by the name of Dark Skull Manor. They created a mini-haunt on location that was frightfully splendid!

The guest list at SCC was impressive. Names such as Casper Van Dien (Starship Troopers), Fairuza Black (The Craft), Bonnie Aarons (The Nun, The Nun II), Alex Vincent (Child's Play, Child's Play 2), Felissa Rose (Sleepaway Camp, pictured above) and Lee Waddell (Scream) were in attendance. Industry veterans like Fred Wiehe and John Stanley sold books and chatted up their latest works.

We noticed guests were open to photos with convention goers, which was an excellent change. Whether by choice or not this restored the feeling of togetherness without payment up front that has been sorely missed for some time. We hope this trend continues.

Check out some of the cosplay below!

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