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Convention is a real horror show for Lowestoft

PUBLISHED: 17:25 10 November 2013 | UPDATED: 17:25 10 November 2013

The Autumn 2 Horror in the East Convention at the Aspire Centre.
Authors talking at one of the seminars.

Picture: James Bass

The Autumn 2 Horror in the East Convention at the Aspire Centre. Authors talking at one of the seminars. Picture: James Bass

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Dozens of horror fans descended on Lowestoft at the weekend for a convention that celebrated all things scary and macabre.

Autumn 2 Horror in The East was held at the Aspire Centre on Saturday and saw a host of horror authors such as David Moody and Adam Millard give talks about their novels.

And in a coup for organisers, there was a real treat for convention-goers with a rare screening of the controversial BBC programme Ghostwatch from 1992, which was banned by the national broadcaster after it provoked an uproar.

The organisers of the second annual convention, Emma Bunn and Jo Wilde, set up their event after Mr Moody, the author of the Hater series, successfully launched his apocalyptic book, Them and Us, in Lowestoft in November 2011.

The pair then realised there was a strong base of horror fans in the area.

Mr Moody said: “It is brilliant to be back here again as I think there is a great spirit growing at this convention.

“I am really quite proud to be part of it.

“When I launched my book in Lowestoft two years I never thought it would lead to this, but I am very glad it has.

“Each year we keep saying the zombie/horror genre will reach its peak, but it just seems to keep growing and there is a very good fan base out there.”

Ms Wilde said: “It went really well and the authors said they enjoyed themselves.”

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