Birmingham FearFest: launching May 2017

The dates for our first Birmingham FearFest were today confirmed as 27-28 May 2017. The venue will be the Gunmakers Arms, Bath Street, a short walk from the city centre.

With a programme spread over both days and running late into Saturday evening, the convention will include guest appearances by writers, film-makers and artists, reflecting the full spectrum of the horror genre. In addition, there will be screenings, panels, workshops and dealers’ tables. Further details will be announced shortly, as soon as the event’s website is up and running.

Logo designed by Chrissie Harper

Birmingham Horror Group, 3rd September 2016

September’s meeting coincided with the anniversary of the birth of Albert DeSalvo, prime suspect for the “Boston Strangler” murders. As a result, we focused upon Society’s curious fascination with serial killers, from the factual (Ed Gein, Ted Bundy, Danny Rolling) through the fictional creations they inspired (Norman Bates, Buffalo Bill, Ghostface) to the outright bizarre and supernatural (Dr Phibes, Michael Myers, Freddy Krueger).

Afterwards, there was a short discussion of the Birmingham Horror Group’s developing plans to run a two-day convention next year, the first Birmingham FearFest.

Above: regulars Ray Holloway, Dave Shakes and Steve Green try to look as normal as possible in a (arguably vain) attempt to distance themselves from the evening’s subject matter. [Photograph by Chrissie Harper]

2017 to see launch of new Birmingham horror convention

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Next year will see the debut of the Birmingham Horror Group’s first convention, Birmingham FearFest, organised with the support of Birmingham Cinema Addicts.

Plans are at a really early stage, but we’re aiming for a two-day programme of films, guest appearances and panel discussions at a venue in the city centre.

Watch this space for further updates.