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It’s the end of the world as we know it at necronomicon 2012

Halloween is coming, and according to the Mayans, so is the end of the world. Celebrate both at Necronomicon 2012’s End of the World as We Know It Festival, the latest, greatest (and last?) edition of Tampa Bay’s premiere science fiction, fantasy, and horror convention.

IT’S THE END OF THE WORLD AS WE KNOW IT AT NECRONOMICON 2012

October 26-28, 2012

St. Petersburg, Florida

Halloween is coming, and according to the Mayans, so is the end of the world. Celebrate both at Necronomicon 2012’s End of the World as We Know It Festival, the latest, greatest (and last?) edition of Tampa Bay’s premiere science fiction, fantasy, and horror convention.

The fun begins at one p.m. Friday, October 26 and goes until four p.m. Sunday, October 28 at the Hilton Bayfront in St. Petersburg, Florida.  Events include a costume contest, steampunk invasion, sing-alongs, trivia quizzes, the Ygor/Igor Party, a Time Lord rock concert by the Ken Spivey Band, the Necronomi-Prom, the Third Annual Cthulhu Eye Scream Social, and countless other delights to distract SF fans from the looming specter of Universal Doom. Attendees can explore a science fiction, fantasy, and horror art show and purchase collectibles, costumes, and books in a well-stocked dealer’s room.

On Saturday, costumers can have their photos taken at a professional-quality photo booth. All who participate receive one free image in digital format, with more images available for purchase on CD. All profits go to benefit Necronomicon’s official charity the Tampa Bay-based Kids and Canines, a program that helps youth at risk of dropping out of school.

Linnea Sinclair, acclaimed science fiction romance author, is this year’s guest of honor. She appears on panel discussions throughout the weekend as well as autograph sessions all three days.

Other author guests include Timothy Zahn, Debbie Viguie, Pamela Labud, Richard Lee Byers, Rick Wilber, Nancy J. Cohen, Lucienne Diver, E. Rose Sabin, Glenda C. Finkelstein, Brenda Cothern, K.L. Nappier, Tracy Akers, MCA Hogarth, Lakisha Spletzer, R.M. Garcia, David Berger, Betty Cross, Vince Courtney, Chris Berman, T.S. Robinson, and Michael L. Joy.

Artist guests Rubey Shea, Stanley Morrison, Tracy Cornett, Rebecca Nipper, and Thomas Macheski discuss topics ranging from trying new art forms to self-promotion.

Science experts Kendall F. Morris, Kendall D. Morris, Marina Sergeyeva, Jeff Mitchell, David Dickenson, Gerald Driggers, Scott Viguie, Ane Kloetzer, Amber Hollingsworth and Craig MacDougal discuss innumeracy, space science, archaeology, fear of science, and colonizing Mars.

Actors Jeffrey Breslauer, Michelle Young, Christian Scwier, and Tony Finkelstein, and Michael Hinman, owner of the science fiction news and review website Airlock Alpha, represent the world of science fiction movies and TV. Additionally, the convention hosts a special showing of the Florida-based film production “Jules Dongu Saves the World” on Sunday morning.

A special track of Getting Started programming addresses topics of special interest to those just starting out as writers, artists, poets, astronomers, etc.

Necronomicon is a nonprofit, all volunteer convention. Now in its 31st year, it is Florida’s longest running science fiction, fantasy, and horror general interest convention and has given nearly $100,000 to local charities.

Membership for the weekend is $35 till October 16 and can be purchased through the Necronomicon website at http://stonehill.org. Membership at the door is $50 for all three days. Friday or Saturday only is $25 at the door. Sunday only is $20.

Convention hours are:

Friday—one p.m. till 2 a.m. Saturday morning

Saturday—ten a.m. till 2 a.m. Sunday morning

Sunday—ten a.m. till four p.m.

For more information, please contact Ann Morris by phone at 813-982-9616 or by email at annmorris1@yahoo.com

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