EVERETT — Dan Nettermann brought $300 to the downtown Holiday Inn on Friday afternoon for the first day of Crypticon.
He was ready to spend every cent.
“It’s interesting,” he said. “There are no romantic comedy conventions. Horror and sci-fi just seems to inspire that fanatical response.”
The Seattle resident will be one of the hundreds of horror buffs creeping into Everett this weekend as the three-day convention marks its third year in the Northwest.
The convention’s first day looked like a bloody good time.
A human-sized bat creature was draped from a balcony and screams boomed from speakers in the hotel garage. Tattooed conventioneers wearing white makeup and black T-shirts strolled the halls, buying Gothic jewelry and discussing why clowns are so creepy.
Crypticon began as the brainchild of three horror fans in Minnesota. Since then, Texas and Washington have added their own annual events.
Its first year in the Northwest, the convention was held in SeaTac. It drew about 1,000 people. The next year it moved to Seattle and doubled attendance, said Eric Morgret, director of programming.
Morgret hopes to draw even more people to Everett.
The convention will use about 14,000 square feet of space, haunting the hotel meeting rooms and half its parking garage.
It needs the space for a long list of panel discussions that will cover topics such as zombie makeup and grisly horror flicks. Most vendors set up in the hotel’s dimly lit garage, selling “museum quality skulls,” Ouija boards and indie comics.
No superhero comics here.
“My clientele doesn’t really care for Spandex,” comic vendor Chuck Messinger said.
Visitors to the Everett convention also can collect autographs from movie stars. The bigger names include Ernie Hudson from “Ghostbusters” and Margot Kidder from “Superman” and “The Amityville Horror.”
Horror fanatics may recognize other names, like Kane Hodder. He wore a hockey mask to play Jason Voorhees in several “Friday the 13th” movies.
Matt Antetomaso of Langley was anxious to meet Hodder. He already has a tattoo of Jason on his shin.
“I kind of want to get his signature so I can add it to that,” he said.
Follow the screams
The Crypticon Horror Convention runs through Sunday afternoon at the Holiday Inn, 3105 Pine St., Everett. For more information, go to www.crypticonseattle.com.
Andy Rathbun: 425-339-3455; email@example.com