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Sat, Sep 30


Benfield Sportscenter

Fright Reads Book Festival 3

FrightReads Book Festival is an all-ages horror and Halloween event featuring authors, crafters, celebrities, activities, and more!

Fright Reads Book Festival 3
Fright Reads Book Festival 3

Time & Location

Sep 30, 12:00 PM – Oct 01, 6:00 PM

Benfield Sportscenter, 1031 Benfield Blvd, Millersville, MD 21108, USA

About the event

FrightReads is back! This time, it's bigger than ever! Two whole event days packed full of stage shows, authors, artists, crafts, and more! There's truly something for everyone under one roof!

FrightReads Book Festival is an indoor event, rain or shine, it doesn't matter!

Saturday, September 30th, 12 - 6 PM!


Sunday, October 1st, 12 - 6 PM!

*Sponsored by our friends at Caprichos Books, Curmudgeon Books, Irina's Crepes Cafe, Third Eye Comics & Games, Joe Ruggerio State Farm Agency, Law Champion Mitchell Greenberg*

  • Free Creepy Craft Corner. Our friendly Ghoul Next Door, Nicki, is on deck to help your kids (or you kids at heart) create some fun crafts! From masks to coloring pages, you'll be sure to walk away with something fun!
  • Free Creepy Photo booth! You don't have to wait Seven Days for this one! Step right up and snap all of the photos of you and Samara! Cosplayer BeckyTaka will be taking photos with you and your family as she crawls out of the television! If your kids are feeling adventurous, they can become an evil spirit and crawl out of the television themselves for a photo, with some assistance from Samara herself!
  • In addition to The Ring's Samara, we'll have a Camp Crystal Lake experience! Take your photo with the Lord of the Lake himself, Jason Voorhees! Tomkatt Cosplay will be your machete wielding mama's boy for the weekend!
  • Please tip your friendly evil entities, please!
  • Magic Show! Niox Mayhem will be performing his shock and sideshow spectacular! Tricks ranging from sleight of hand illusions, down to daredevil stunts involving glass, razors, and more, he's got a show for everyone! *Disclaimer: There is no blood involved in this performance. Niox will have tricks/props involving glass, swords, cards, and the aforementioned razors. May possibly be shocking to some viewers, but it's all just magic!
  • Photo Backdrop for the event! Take a photo to remember your attendance at FrightReads! Just grab your cell phones and snap away!
  • Art Way Alliance will be teaching and demonstrating comic book skills, inking, drawing, and a slew of activities YOU can participate in! They work to increase awareness and funding for art programs in public school systems! Be sure to support them and sit in on a panel!
  • BARCS Animal Rescue! While it's not free per se, you can meet and greet a possible new family member! They'll be on site with their critter wagon and a few canine companions! Dogs and Cats! Mass Hysteria!

Authors! Dozens of them!

We'll have authors from all over ready to talk to you about their books. From murder to mystery, to dystopian and fantasy, it's all here! Our authors will range in age group targets from children, YA to adult novels, so be sure to take a look around and see who's who!


Ronald Malfi, presented by Caprichos Books!

Adam Cesare, presented by Curmudgeon Books!

VISIT: for the entire list of authors!

What are you waiting for? More? Ok, fine, you got us.

In addition to the gaggle of authors, the slew of artists, and herds of crafters...

From the depths of Camp Crystal Lake, the First Jason himself...

ARI LEHMAN!!!!! (Friday the 13th pt1, Clown Motel, First Jason the Band)

Appearing for his first-ever FrightReads Book Festival appearance, Ari Lehman will be on site to chat, take photos, and sign autographs! *Please see website or social media for pricing*

Additionally, Ari and his band, First Jason, will be playing a killer private show on Saturday night at the Sportscenter! Those that purchase the concert add-on will be able to gain access to a private performance of their songs! It'll be a performance to die for! See tickets for details and pricing! Ari and the band will be on hand to sign merchandise after the performance, so grab one of the super wicked shirts and support the band!

Legendary Scream Queen, Linnea Quigley, will be joining us as well! She's most known for her role as "Trash" from RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD, as well as her final girl "Denise" from SILENT NIGHT, DEADLY NIGHT!

Linnea has also been in THE BARN and THE BARN 2 with rockstar ARI LEHMAN! Don't miss out on getting your BARN Posters signed by TWO OF THE CAST!

Joining Ari and Linnea in our lineup of fantastic guests is actor BRIAN O'HALLORAN! He's supposed to be here today! Known for his leading role in the Clerks series, Brian is a fantastic actor with a list of credits, such as Mallrats and Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back!

Brian will be joining us for signing on BOTH DAYS! Be sure to stop by, and bring your Clerks DVDs, Action Figures, or Chewlie's Gum!

Brian will also be joined by CLERKS actor TREVOR FEHRMAN, who played ELIAS! Also on deck, is the "Chewlie's Gum Rep" SCOTT SCHIAFFO!

If that's not enough, COMIC BOOK MEN'S own MING CHEN!!!!


We're being joined by not only the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man actor Billy Bryan, but the Scoleri Brother/Statue of liberty/Jogger Ghost himself, Jim Fye! Come get some photos with some of the the most iconic ghosts you've ever known!

We are also featuring more artists, actors and celebs! We're also hosting:



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