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Festival treat for horror fans in Lowestoft

PUBLISHED: 17:57 08 October 2013 | UPDATED: 17:57 08 October 2013

Lowestoft Horror festival organisers Emma Bunn (red top) and Jo Wilde are getting ready for the festival this year.

Lowestoft Horror festival organisers Emma Bunn (red top) and Jo Wilde are getting ready for the festival this year.

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It is an event in Lowestoft that aspires to get horror fans quaking in their boots with fear.

Next month sees the Autumn 2 Horror in the East convention come to Lowestoft and it promises to provide a rare treat for lovers of all things macabre and terrifying.

As well as top horror authors such as David Moody and Adam Millard, the Lowestoft organisers of the free second annual convention on November 8 and 9 have pulled off a real broadcasting coup.

Emma Bunn and Jo Wilde have persuaded the BBC to let them show the once-banned programme Ghostwatch, which was first shown 21 years ago and sparked a national uproar. Shown in 1992, Ghostwatch starred Michael Parkinson, Sarah Greene, Mike Smith and Craig Charles and was shot as a documentary investigating a haunting that ended up with the stars being possessed by evil spirits.

Many television viewers believed the programme was real and flooded the BBC with complaints, resulting in it being banned by the national broadcaster.

Miss Bunn said: “It took lot of phone calls to the BBC to get permission for us to show Ghostwatch.

“We are really excited about having it as it is something that has not been shown an awful lot since – it is a bit of a scoop for us.”

The free horror convention is being held again at the Aspire Centre on the site of the Ormiston Denes Academy, off Yarmouth Road, and this year’s event has more authors on hand to give talks and meet fans as they sign books.

Miss Bunn and Ms Wilde set up their convention after David Moody, the author of the Hater series, successfully launched his gritty apocalyptic book, Them and Us, in Lowestoft in November 2011 and they realised there was a strong base of horror fans in the area.

Other guest at the convention include Adam Baker, Darren Barker, Joseph Freeman, Andrew Hook, Jenny Jackson and Craig Saunders.

Local historian Ivan Bunn will also be giving a talk on local myths and legends and horror make-up artists will be showcasing their skills. There will also be a question and answer session with Rich Lawden, writer and director of Ghostwatch Behind the Curtains.

Miss Bunn said: “This year’s event is bigger and better. I think people do not realise how many horror fans there are out there. It is a bit of a misunderstood genre.” Ms Wilde added: “It is nice to put on an event for people who love the horror genre. It should be a great convention.”

For full details of Autumn 2 Horror in the East visit www.horrorintheeast.com

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