You get to meet people that are not only horror fans but people who have been able to translate their horror fandom into a creative force. A lot of the celebrity guests at horror-cons are not just actors putting in their time on the behest of a PR firm; they are dyed-in-the-wool horror maniacs just like you. And we can't talk about Canadian horror maniacs without talking about author and filmmaker Jovanka Vuckovic.
Jovanka Vuckovic will be appearing this weekend at Horror-Rama: Toronto's only all-horror fan convention. Jovanka was kind enough to talk a bit with Horror in Hammer about her upcoming appearence, her new projects, and her unabiding love for all things horror and the fans who love it.
Jovanka Vuckovic: I've been going to conventions for many years both as a fan and a guest and I'll tell you the absolute best shows are the ones where you get to actually spend real time with the other horror fans there. They come from all walks of life so it's interesting to connect, geek out over common interests and have a few laughs. I met a forensic anthropologist at a zombie convention once and I could have talked to him all day, he was so fascinating. Here's a man whose job is to identify human remains in criminal cases and he uses zombie films for escapism. Another was an ER doctor who said she loves vampires because the idea of everlasting life is so unappealing it helps her conquer her fear of death! People like them are the reason why I love meeting horror fans. They remind me that reading horror stories and watching horror films is actually a completely normal and natural thing to do.
HITH: What do you love about Canadian horror fans?
JV: There are no dedicated horror conventions here [in Toronto], so I'm grateful that Luis [Ceriz of Supect Video] and Chris [Alexander of Fangoria] have decided to finally fill that void with Horror-Rama. They promise a fun, relaxed atmosphere that reminds me of conventions past, where you could chat with people at your booth all day and then mingle with the same folks over a beer after the show as well. Everyone is just hanging out, celebrating the genre they love.
JV: I'll be promoting my next two film projects: XX, the first-ever all female horror anthology and the feature film adaptation of Clive Barker's Jacqueline Ess, starring Lena Headey of Game of Thrones. I'll also have copies of both of my books [Zombies!: An Illustrated History of the Undead & Vuckovic's Horror Miscellany], DVDs, 8x10s, posters and t-shirts and plenty of free hugs
Meet Jovanka and other exciting horror guests such as Barbara Magnolfi (Suspiria), Nivek Ogre (Repo! The Genetic Opera), Lisa Marie (Ed Wood), George Mihalka (My Bloody Valentine) and so many more this weekend in Toronto at HORROR-RAMA: November 1 & 2.