Launch of Liverpool Horror Festival

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Liverpool Horror Festival © Twitter Ilanimator
Liverpool Horror Festival © Twitter Ilanimator

Liverpool will be embracing its horror heritage and will host its first ever Horror Festival, running from Halloween to November 2nd.

The festival will include a number of events, such as films, talks, music, psychics, and live theatre.

The two masterminds behind the event are music publicist, Lisa Southern and Liverpool-based illustrator, Ilan Sheady.

They met just over a year ago and discovered their common ground of passion for horror. Lisa said of Ilan: “His passion and knowledge really was something else. I couldn’t believe there wasn’t anything out there bringing all the different aspects of the horror genre together. By the end of his first coffee I planted the seed about starting Liverpool’s own horror festival.”

One of the highlights of this festival will be the presence of film director and special effects artist, Shaune Harrison. Shaune is best known for his work on the Harry Potter films, contributing to some of the main characters such as Lord Voldemort and Mad Eye Moody.

Not only that, he has also worked on sets of films such as Capitan America, Star Wars, Sleepy Hollow, Stardust, The Mummy, The Fifth Element , the DaVinci Code and recently World War Z.

He will be running a workshop at Eric’s on the afternoon of 1st November as part of the Liverpool Horror Festival.

Regarding Liverpool’s horror heritage, Ilan Sheady, the creator of the artwork and posters for the event, said: “Liverpool has been screaming for a festival like this for a long time. In the same way artists like the Beatles lay the groundworks for the music industry, Liverpool’s horror icons like Clive Barker, Doug Bradley and Ramsey Campbell will influence millions of artists, writers and directors for years to come.

“They should be praised in the best way horror fans know how.”

Although being relatively low-key this year, and being confined to Mathew Street, the festival is to be a yearly event and it is hoped that it will expand and gain popularity overtime.

Tickets for the festival are on sale for £10 a day or £20 for a three-day pass.

About Laura Ryder, JMU Journalism