JUST ANNOUNCED: TRACI LORDS, JACK KETCHUM, JOE KNETTER & SARAH FRENCH ADDED TO ROCK AND SHOCK 2015

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Ladies and gentlemen, are you ready for more guest announcements? First up is a first time Rock and Shock attendee, Traci Lords. Traci first gained notice as a serious actor with 1988’s sci-fi/horror hybrid Not Of This Earth, but it was the 1990 John Waters classic Cry Baby that cemented her place in the field. She would work with Waters again for Serial Mom as well as appearing in popular films such as Blade and Kevin Smith’s Zack and Miri Make A Porno. Horror fans may also remember her from The Tommyknockers and HBO’s Tales From The Crypt series, and she gained the biggest critical acclaim of her career in 2012 with her role in Excision.

We’re very happy to report that author Jack Ketchum is making his return to the show this year. Jack has been terrifying fans since his debut in 1980 with Off Season, and in the meantime has won numerous Bram Stoker awards for his novels as well as short fiction. Grounded in reality, Ketchum’s work such as Right To Life, Hide And Seek and Joyride will have you looking over your shoulder, knowing that what you’re reading could actually happen. Many of his books have been adapted to film, such as The Lost, The Girl Next Door and Red. When director Lucky McKee worked with Ketchum to adapt The Woman it began a partnership between the two that led to them cowriting the 2012 book I’m Not Sam.

Speaking of authors, Rock and Shock favorite Joe Knetter will be with us this October. Those of you that have met Joe know that he is without filter and without compare, providing a fun and hilarious experience to those that stop at his table or see him on a panel. As for his books, well, there’s no filter there either. Titles like Twisted Loneliness, Room and Grave Mistake contain tales of the most gruesome and disgusting horror you can find, often with a twinge of demented humor as well. Joe will soon be releasing a new collection, Inspired Nightmares, which he should have in time for the show.

Sarah French will be back with us this year as well! A look at Sarah’s body of work reveals a powerful combination of beauty and intelligence, with her modeling photos as well as her articles for the magazine Shock Horror, but it is the art of acting that has proven to be her passion. Breaking out in 2007 with the short You’re Next 3, Sarah quickly learned her craft and gained respect for roles in Terror Overload, Shriek Of The Sasquatch and Zombie Pirates. She recently finished Insectula and Chainsaw Maidens, and is about to star in the next film in the Lazarus series, Lazarus Apocalypse. Fans of fellow Rock and Shock guests Twiztid will also recognize Sarah from her appearance in their video for Boogieman.

Please help us welcome all four of our new guests to Rock and Shock 2015, and keep your eyes open for even more announcements soon!


JUST ANNOUNCED: SNEEK PEEK OF MUSICAL ACTS APPEARING AT ROCK AND SHOCK

 

SPOILER ALERT! After providing you with a handful of the talented acts that will be appearing at the convention at the DCU Center, we are giving YOU a sneak peak of our music lineup for the Rock and Shock concerts at the Worcester Palladium! Some of the bands that will be performing this year include: Hatebreed (playing their 20th anniversary set), Soulfly, Sanctuary, Soil Work, Decapitated, Shattered Sun, Brick By Brick, Crumbsuckers, Get Scared, Eyes Set To Kill, The Rocking Dead, New Volume, Twiztid, Blaze, Boondox, Prozak, Wolfpac, Scum, Kissing Candice, and many more to be announced!! Stay tuned for more exciting news coming your way!

 

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JUST ANNOUNCED: GEORGE ROMERO TO APPEAR AT ROCK AND SHOCK 2015

We are beyond thrilled to announce our next guest for this October’s Rock & Shock, the incomparable George A. Romero! From 1968’s Night of the Living Dead right up through his ongoing Marvel comic series Empire of the Dead (which he is currently looking to write, direct and produce as a feature film), George has worked endlessly to bring us tales that terrify, horrify and nauseate. What sets him apart from many of his peers, though, and has kept him beloved in the hearts of horror fans for so many years, is his ability to give each of his films social relevance and a deeper level of relatability. It is the story as well as the blood and guts that gives his movies that something extra and lifts them to legendary status, and the list of classics is long indeed. There’s the “Of The Dead” series (Night, Dawn, Day, Land, Diary and Survival). Martin. Knightriders. The Crazies. Creepshow. And don’t forget about Monkey Shines, The Dark Half, Season of the Witch, Two Evil Eyes, There’s Always Vanilla and Bruiser. Look at that body of work, friends. George Romero has earned his iconic status several times over, yet he is humble enough to shrug off that crown and will tell you he’s just doing what he loves. If you have never met him, he is one of the kindest people you could know. If you have, hopefully you’re excited to come say hello to him again. This is George’s first time back to Rock and Shock since 2010, and we are honored that he is returning!

 

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JUST ANNOUNCED: BILL JOHNSON AND DAN YEAGER TO ROCK AND SHOCK 2015!

Are you ready for the next Rock and Shock guest announcement? Since we already announced the original Leatherface, Gunnar Hansen, we figured we should get a couple more! First up is Bill Johnson. Filling the shoes of such a memorable character can’t be easy, but for Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 Bill brought his own subtle nuances to the character, forever leaving his mark on the Leatherface legacy. We also have Dan Yeager, who is joining us for his first Rock and Shock. Dan played Leatherface in the most recent film in the saga of the Sawyer family, Texas Chainsaw 3D, a film that revisited the history of the original yet forged new ground for the future. As you can see, this year at Rock and Shock the saw is indeed family, and we are excited to bring the men behind the flesh mask wearing maniac to you this October 16-18!

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JUST ANNOUNCED: DOUG BRADLEY and RACHEL TRUE TO ROCK AND SHOCK 2015!

BREAKING NEWS! We have two new guests to announce for Rock and Shock this October 16-18!

First we have returning favorite Doug Bradley. Most well known for his role as Pinhead, lead Cenobite in the Hellraiser series, Doug also played prominent roles in Nightbreed, Wrong Turn 5, Book of Blood and The Prophecy: Uprising among others. Aside from the screen, Mr. Bradley has also voiced characters in the Star Wars: The Old Republic video game series and even launched his own multi-volume series of audio books entitled Spine Chillers.

Rachel True is joining us for the first time, and we’re very happy she can be with us to meet her fans. Rachel, of course, played Rochelle in The Craft, but her horror credits also include Embrace of the Vampire and Sharknado 2. Beyond that, she is memorable for comedic turns in Half Baked and CB4 as well her extensive television work on shows such as Beverly Hills, 90210 and The Drew Carey Show.

Please join us in welcoming Doug and Rachel to the 2015 Rock and Shock family! Stay focused on this page, because we’ll be having more announcements very soon!

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