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MCCULLOUGH: Hoping for a bloody good time at horror convention

Nate McCullough

Nate McCullough

Looking to have a bloody good time

My plan this weekend is a simple one: Meet a former wrestling star, some zombies, a masked serial killer (and one of his victims), an alien, a mad scientist and Gary Busey.

And I plan to do all this while remaining perfectly safe.

How -- and where -- might I accomplish this, you ask? At Days of the Dead.

Georgia is both the setting and a main shooting location for AMC's popular zombie apocalypse television show, "The Walking Dead." That popularity has translated into the Atlanta area finally landing a horror convention -- a "con" in the parlance of our times.

I've written before about how I love horror movies, the video equivalent of the thrill of riding a roller-coaster. As I am also an autograph collector, meeting the stars of these movies has always been a wish of mine, but alas, Atlanta has never been a destination for the film-scare crowd to gather. It has always hosted DragonCon, the ever-expanding science fiction convention on Labor Day weekend, but horror shows like this are usually in some far away and cost-prohibitive place. Finally, one is in our backyard. Now the city can finally add some creepies and crawlies to the Trekkies.

I have my weekend pass. I have a hotel room. (The con is within driving distance, but it's still a long way from Statham.) I have my "House on Haunted Hill" and "Creepshow" T-shirts laundered and ready to wear. I am fully ready to embrace three days of scary-movie nerd-dom.

Hockey-masked Jason Voorhees from "Friday the 13th," the kid that Chucky doll tried to kill in "Child's Play," a Predator, a demon, three bonified "scream queens," a half-dozen "Walking Dead" zombies, an Elvira impersonator and "Rowdy" Roddy Piper (he killed a bunch of aliens in "They Live") -- all will be hanging out in Peachtree City this weekend, meeting fans and signing autographs.

And allegedly some of these folks will be hanging out in the hotel bar (it even said so on the website.) Which brings me to my other goal: Buy Gary Busey a drink.

Hey, you have your bucket list, and I have mine.

For anyone who has seen Gary Busey on TV the past few years, you'll know it could make my goal of staying safe a little harder to accomplish. But if I'm going to this fright fest, I'm going all in.

And heck, if not Gary Busey, maybe his son, Jake, who'll also be there. And if not a Busey then maybe at least a zombie.

Or maybe I can buy a Busey a Zombie. I've never had one myself, but I understand they're loaded with alcohol, and a horror convention seems the perfect place for Buseys loaded on Zombies.

So if you hear a big bump in the night this weekend, it may just be me and my new celebrity friends falling down.

And having a bloody good time.

Email Nate McCullough at nate.mccullough@gwinnettdailypost.com. His column appears on Fridays. For archived columns, go to www.gwinnettdailypost.com/natemccullough.