A NOTE FROM THE GHOUL CREW
In 2011 a group of friends were just crazy enough to think that they could put together a horror convention in Flint, MI on a shoestring budget. To think that with very little seed money we could dare to create something that should cost several thousand dollars to create showed how naïve we were but it also was that sort of mindset that allowed us to do this thing for five years. If you don’t believe you can do it, you won’t. If you start focusing on how you’ll get nowhere. Sometimes you just have to do it and convince yourself that you’ll make it to where you’re heading.
That was our first of many lessons.
Over the course of six years and five conventions we have learned more than we can tell you about ourselves, about the support of our friends, and about our shared passion. We have met some of the most amazing people over these years and have been blessed by fans we never would have imagined existed to support a show like ours.
From the beginning we were dead set on a few things.
We had to be low cost for fans.
We had to be low cost for vendors.
We had to be fun.
We had to be family friendly.
We had to have movies.
And we had to be one day.
The should had to be in Downtown Flint.
None of those things came easy because the nature of putting a convention together is that it is always on roller skates and ever-evolving but we stuck to our principles. This was a show about the fans and the vendors, not about us, which is why we tended to keep to the shadows when putting things together. We love what we do but too many people make their convention or show about themselves, about their brand and personality and ego and that’s not what we’re about. We all have other things going on and this just something we all work together on doing. When the focus is on you and not the show it says something about the people running things and where their interests lay. It’s that simple.
When we took a year off in 2015 there was a lot of talk about what came next. We were low on funds, we had taken a huge morale hit after a rough 2014 and we weren’t sure that the support was there for the show. We had a meeting and talked it over and decided that we wanted to keep going. We would create a smaller show, a Monster Marketplace that would stick to the same ideals of the Flint Horror Con but with a lower budget. It meant a lot of sacrifices but we believe in this idea and the people who support us and wanted to give it another try. We had a blast this year, despite the usual venue stress that seemed to plague us since the beginning, and are happy that we chose to do another convention. It has always been a pleasure to see the people who have supported and believed in us and we can never thank all of you that have been a part of this enough.
In 2011 there was a dream, $800, and a group of friends with some connections and a lot of guts.
Today we are a bigger group with new faces and a network of connections that we can call friends and co-conspirators and who have been there every step of the way.
After taking a long and hard look at things we have realized that it’s time to move away from conventions. We love doing them and wish we could have really put what we all had in our heads together for all of you but the simple fact is that it’s time to move on.
We have always had trouble with funding and we just don’t make the sort of money as a convention to push forward and it’s irresponsible as individuals to keep putting our money into this. A sad truth has also become clear to us that this area doesn’t have the interest in what we’ve been doing that we had hoped and we’re unwilling to sacrifice our principles to become a different show.
None of us wants to admit it but it’s time to just face that our convention days are over.
We had a wonderful run, we made friends, we helped promote indie filmmakers, we brought celebrities into town that would never have come here otherwise, we helped artists and creators find new fans and meet new contacts, we promoted this area and it’s creatives, and we had a hell of a time during all of it. The time has come to move on though.
BUT…while there will be no more conventions this is not the end of the FHC Ghoul Crew.
We still are doing our Ghoul Cast podcast every two weeks – we just put out episode 48!
We are still looking to do free and low cost horror events.
We are still looking to make an impact and make a difference.
We have no idea what the future looks like for us or what it holds but we can promise you that it’ll be weird and it’ll be fun. We have always been about more than just the convention – we are art shows, music showcases, movies in the park, movies in a bar, workshops, author discussions, and more, and we’ll remain all of that. While the convention was always the big focus, it was not our only focus. We got to where we are through the hard work of people who are no longer with the group, with the friendships and partnerships we cultivated over these years, and finally by the sponsorship of a few folks that stuck with us through it all.
We can never thank any of you enough for your support, your belief, and your championing of what we do and of our little convention. The world needs more small conventions, not less. The scene has been overrun by large, faceless shows with lots of stars but no personality and no community connection. It’s our small hope that we brought a little chaos to the scene and we hope that one of you may someday take the embers of what we created and create something of your own that will raise a little hell.
This is not the end but a hard re-boot and we’ll most definitely see you on the other side.
We are, The Flint Horror Collective Ghoul Crew -
(FORMER MEMBERS of the Ghoul Crew)
THANK YOU FOR A WONDERFUL 2016! WE HAD A BLAST.
THAT'S A WRAP!
New guests added. New vendors added. More details to add, add, add.
Stay tuned for all the details!
Get your tickets HERE!
We are thrilled to be partnering with the Ennis Center for Children Inc. of Flint and Genesee County to help raise money for their arts programs. We will be accepting donations throughout the year at our events and 100% of all donations will go to the Fostering Arts programs at the center.
IT CAME FROM KEARSLEY PARK!
JUNE 25, 2016
Kearsley Park, Flint, MI
Dusk - 11PM
Join us for a FREE celebration of the American Drive-In as we show a film under the stars. Bring a blanket, bring a chair, bring the family for a ghoulishly good evening of watching movies on the grass in the park.
We will be showing Christopher R. Mihm's ATTACK OF THE MOON ZOMBIES!
For more info head to the link below!
Saturday, September 24, 2016 we will return with THE MONSTER MARKETPLACE.
Join us for one day of inexpensive family fun that will put you in the mood for Halloween. Guests, vendors, music, movies, contests and more, and all in Downtown Flint.
We will have vendors, guests, short films, costume contests, two sentence horror story contest, music, and more.
The Marketplace will run from Noon - 9PM with a free after party (21 and over only) just two blocks down the street at Churchill's.
Stay tuned for more announcements!
Scare you soon.
VENDING IS NOW OPEN FOR MONSTER MARKETPLACE!
Interested? Email us for more info!
OCTOBER 22, 2015
Join the Flint Horror Collective on Thursday, October 22 for a one of a kind showing of Dario Argento's classic thriller TENEBRAE. This will be the very first public viewing of the film since being newly remastered by the legendary Synapse Films in anticipation of its release on Blu Ray.
Considered one of the best of Argento's films, this is one of the finest examples of the Italian Giallo subgenre and features a taut mystery, over the top violence, and a score by genre favorites Goblin.
This showing of TENEBRAE is FREE as an early Halloween gift from the ghouls with the Flint Horror Collective and we are thrilled to be able to present it to all of you. This event is also a fundraiser for Mott Community College's Black and Gold Productions film club and they will be accepting donations at the entry. The FHC will also be accepting donations for any of you that want to help support future events like this from the ghoul crew.
This event will be held at Mott Community College in the Mott Memorial Building and will be in the recital hall. Seating is limited so please make plans accordingly for this amazing free show.
Please join the Flint Horror Collective’s Ghoul Crew for this night of Italian terror and let’s celebrate Halloween a little early together.
This event wouldn't be possible without the help of the Media Arts & Entertainment Technology Program at Mott Community College and Black and Gold Productions.
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FRIDAY, JULY 3 - Join Us For A Movie Under The Stars!
This was an AMAZING event. Thanks so much to the staff and crew at KEARSLEY PARK and to
CHRISTOPHER R. MIHM for letting us show his fantastic movie.
On Friday, July 3 we will be showing Christopher R. Mihm's THE GIANT SPIDER at Kearsley Park in Flint.
This is a FREE event for the whole family as we celebrate Halloween in July and bring a little terror to the Great American holiday of July 4th. Bring a chair and have a seat. It's gonna be a fun night!
IT CAME FROM KEARSLEY PARK - Featuring THE GIANT SPIDER
Friday, July 3, 2015
ALL AGES WELCOME!
BEYOND THE BOOK
The Flint Horror Collective Present
BEYOND THE BOOK
Saturday, April 11, 2015
Flint Public Library - 1026 East Kearsley Street, Flint, MI 48503
2PM – 4PM
Join the Ghoul Crew as they welcome some of the area’s best horror authors in for a discussion of the art and craft of writing and specifically writing horror. We’ll welcome authors Paul Counelis, Roxanne Rhoads, MontiLee Stormer, Peggy Christie, and Sean M. Davis for a fun and informal panel about what it’s like to write the stories that send chills down your spine. This will be a moderated discussion about the craft, promotion, and world of writing and publishing with time at the end for questions and an opportunity to meet and speak to all of the authors and learn more about their work.
Join us for an afternoon of chilling tales of the world beyond the book and the inspirations behind the things that go bump in the night.
THE GHOUL CAST
One of our new endeavors will be a podcast we will do periodically. We don't have any intention on being the same thing that others are, we're too weird for that, but we have some fun plans. We just put our first episode up, check it out. Check our links to the Ghoul Cast page on the site to download episodes.
THANK YOU FOR FOUR GREAT YEARS!
Four years ago a handful of friends joined in a dream of doing a horror convention in Flint, Michigan. We knew how much we loved horror movies and all things weird and wonderful and knew that we weren’t alone in our interests. We knew there were others. For four years several of us have worked as hard as we could to bring the best one day horror convention possible to this area and to all of you and I think we have done a pretty damned good job of that. Over four years we have met amazing people, made fantastic friends, have brought international horror films and horror celebrities into town and have helped to keep this area weird and to keep horror fun and affordable for the fans. We never chose the easiest way to do things but we chose the way that we thought and still believe was best. This has never been easy but we wouldn’t trade any of it for the world.
Over time though dreams change or they die and that changing is never a joyful thing but it is a necessary thing to keep it alive.
We are very sorry to announce that there will be no Flint Horror Convention in 2015. We have looked at things and feel it’s time to pull back and change our focus and direction and to put the convention away indefinitely. I won’t say that we’ll never do another convention because we all love doing them, but for now, and for the indefinite future the convention is on hiatus. This has not been an easy decision, and it’s one we are still dealing with but it’s the right one and we hope you’ll understand. This doesn’t mean the end of the Ghoul Crew though. Under the banner of the FLINT HORROR COLLECTIVE we still plan to create diabolical little shows in the Flint area from time to time to keep your blood chilled and the scares alive. We are working on what comes next but believe me as soon as we are ready we’ll let you all know.
We cannot thank all of you enough. Those of you that have been to all four years, who have supported us from afar, those of you that vended with us, those of you that were guests, and those of you who just liked the idea of another convention on the circuit we thank you. We truly could not have done any of it without all of you. We hope that you’ll still hang around to see what we’re up to and if it strikes a chord we hope you’ll still support our future endeavors. For all of us behind the scenes this has never been about money, or ‘fame’, or about hanging out with celebrities. It has always been about the fans and doing something fun and inexpensive for all of you. From the very bottom of our hearts we thank you and ask you to come with us as we continue to create fun and inexpensive horror events and we’ll see where the future leads.
If there is one last thing we have to offer you, it’s that you must, must MUST believe in your dreams and fuel them. This convention began as a dream and has become something none of us could have imagined. If we have done anything over our four years we hope if nothing else we reminded you that you can do anything if you are willing to work for it and have the support of people you love and respect around you.
The Flint Horror Con Ghoul Crew
Chris Ringler Amy Warner
Amanda Ringler Paul Counelis
Glen Birdsall David Stashko
Jennifer Roe Dean Vanderkolk
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We are dedicated to bringing fun to horrific fun to the Mid-Michigan area year 'round so keep up with all of our happenings on the events page!
For information on how to become a sponsor for the 2016 Monster Marketplace please send us an email and we can get you more info.