MACABREWEBS STUDIOS - ELLEN GEE
Ellen Gee spends her waking hours in her Nashville studio, alone with bizarre characters crafted by her own gnarled hands. She retired in 2005 from a long and colorful career in publishing and promotions in her native Hollywood. Working mainly with polymer clay, acrylic paints, ink, and digital photography, she loves to also utilize any odds & ends she finds into her art (think: insects, hair, jewelry, chocolate pudding). Her cats seem to understand her, and her beloved husband is very patient. She's the creator of Monsters & Merriment, and hopes you will have a very good time at the show.
IRON HAG - ANNA ROGERS
A freelance artist based out of the Nashville area, Anna Rogers conjures up incredible images based in horror, fantasy, and folklore. Ever wonder what the lovechild of Heironymous Bosch and H.R. Giger would look like? Then look no further than the astonishing work of Iron Hag.
BARBARA ALLEN ART - BARBARA ALLEN
Barbara Allen's passion for natural scenarios is reflected in her exquisite watercolor paintings. Drawing her inspiration from the resplendent autumn countryside of rural Tennessee, her palette of colors weave a rich tapestry that is a true feast for the eyes.
AAGG PRODUCTIONS - MICHAEL E. HRABA
Self-proclaimed "closet film nerd" Michael E. Hraba has had a lifelong fascination with film SFX (special effects) and works primarily creating props, character design, visual effects, miniature and life-sized scale models, film shorts, video production,PSAs, special effects makeup, and so much more. He says, "We are limited only by the imagination!"
We like the way he thinks!
This shocking tale is guaranteed to make your hair stand on end - inspired by real-life events in eastern Tennessee.
The story, set in October 1975, centers around a small town mortician by the name of John Campbell, and his best friend, Sheriff Greg Sanderson. The two are out to track down a notorious serial killer who is hell-bent on terrorizing the peaceful mountain town of Erwin, Tennessee. Nearly two full years of research went into the creation of the retelling of this tale!
ETHAN BLACK ARTS - ETHAN BLACK
Ethan is astoundingly well-versed in all artistic mediums, from acrylic paints to clay to full-sized sculptures to digital art. He is never far from a pen and paper, conjuring up a world where a truly incredible array of horror, folk and surreal imagery exists. His images have been seen around the world, on the Web, in art exhibits, and on The History Channel. Ethan has a BS degree in Digital Media/Animation, and teaches art painting classes called "Create It" at the notable Robin's Gallery in Nashville, TN. He is one of the co-creators of Monsters & Merriment, and is glad you will be joining us!
Music 6pm - 7pm
CREATIONS BY DAVID - DAVID McCULLARS
David McCullars is an award-winning artist in Nashville. He grew up in the family gallery (Robin's Gallery), so his appreciation of art began at a young age. David enjoys working in a variety of media, always adding his personal touch to each. His art is inspired by his love for history and nature.
OLIVIA FRANKENSTEIN - CRYSTAL CHAN
Marc and Crystal are the undisputed Glamour Ghouls of East Nashville!
They met a million years ago, and are dedicated to continue forever creating monstrously delightful duds such as screened tee shirts, wallets, posters, makeup pouches, and more! If you're hankering for horror, come see the spookalicious goodies at their booth ... if you dare!
Storytellers 7pm - 10pm
Movies 10am - 10pm
KSD CRAFTS - CHIP STAPLETON
Luxurious, aromatic hand-made soaps of all varieties, as well as lovely hand-made pottery. All created locally here in the heart of Cheatham County, Tennessee.
MAGDA, THE STORY SPIDER - MAGDA UNDERDOWN-DUBOIS
Nashville's own beloved StorySpider will be onhand to weave her intricate webbery of stories for all ages.
Join Magda out at the campfire. Don't forget to bring your candy!
KIKI DOMBROWSKI - in the Green Room
Life coach, intuitive story teller, writer, workshop facilitator and Tarot card reader are but a few of the helpful services that Kiki offers. Having lived and studied in universities around the globe (including Paris and Nottingham, UK), she earned a Bachelors degree from Southern Connecticut University, and a Masters degree from Nottingham University. Tarot card readings will be done all day - please stop by the Green Room and sign up.
At 1:00pm, Kiki will also be giving an informative talk on the true history about Halloween - you won't want to miss it!
THE GWEN HOLT DUO
Gwen and partner Don will lift your spirits, put a spring in your step, and have you giggling with glee as they take us on a musical Halloween journey. A graduate of the prestigious Berklee School of Music, Gwen's impressive musical pedigree includes jingle writing, commercials, radio, and awards. We are thrilled to have them onboard this year!
THE RECTOR OF THE FIRST CHURCH OF HALLOWEEN - JOHN DAVIS
Come gather 'round the fireside with master storyteller John, who will regale you with a positively rousing and hair-raising narration of spooky Halloween & ghost tales ... some of which are true! Are you brave enough?
Photo: Thoma Parker
COUNTESS MOIRA PRESENTS - in the Theater
What kind of Halloween event would it be without scary movies! We won't let you down, folks - a full day and evening of classic horror movies is in store for you, guaranteed to send shivers down your spine. Won't you please join Countess Moira in the dark?
10am: Horror Hotel - with Christopher Lee
1pm: The History of Halloween - with host, Kiki Dombrowski
2pm: Halloween & horror short films and skits
3pm: White Zombie - classic Bela Lugosi chiller
8pm: House on Haunted Hill - starring Vincent Price
Click on link for full schedule and further information
ABIGAIL YATES PRODUCTIONS - ABIGAIL YATES
Filmmaker, editor, producer, model, animator, actress. Abigail is a highly creative spirit, with an impressive curriculum vitae to show. In addition to her many theatrical accomplishments, she also enjoys a wide spectrum of pursuits, including Public Relations, Aviation, Public Speaking, Environmental issues, and more. She is the co-creator of Monsters & Merriment, and looks forward to meeting you. You can find Abigail as her alter-ego, Countess Moira, hosting the Movie Theater!
FOX STORYTELLING - STEPHEN L. FOX
Stephen has created a spectacular multiverse of worlds in all of his illustrated stories. Having over 17 years of experience, his illustrations have appeared in over a dozen books and publications, and he is frequently a part of the stories he tells!
Visual Arts 10am - 10pm
A PLUSH LIFE - BRITTANY McDONALD
If only our high school anatomy/science class was this cute, we may have gotten a better grade! Brittany sews some of the oddest little hand made plushie dolls - yet all are very sweet and cuddly, in a weirdly unique way that you'll love.
Who wouldn't love a soft, snuggly plush pair of lungs... or a stomach or spleen!?
TarotCardReadings 10am - 10pm
The enigma known simply as Mongus has been an artist his entire life long, embracing horror, his preferred genre. He works in oil paints, watercolor, acrylic, and digital mediums. Mongus is available for shows, conventions, and private commissions.