As part of our Women in Horror Month coverage, we caught up with our very own Christine Caprilozzi. Christine is not just a Senior Editor here at Horror News Network, but also the co-founder and Lead Organizer of CT HorrorFest. For readers outside of New England, CT HorrorFest is a Connecticut-based horror convention that began in 2014 and has continued to grow each year both in attendance and in events offered. What began with celebrities and vendors now includes panels, a costume contest, and screenings. Read on to hear Christine’s thoughts on being a horror fan as well as a horror entrepreneur.
Stephanie Shamblin Gray: Have you always been a fan of horror?
Christine Caprilozzi: As a kid I was always into the “darker side” of pretty much everything. I was a goth kid for sure, heavy and dark music too. I pretty much grew into horror. I was always fascinated by the wicked witch in The Wizard of Oz. I’m not sure what part of my brain was less Barbie doll and more the Wicked Witch, but that’s me.
Stephanie Shamblin Gray: What inspired you to start a horror fan-convention?
Christine Caprilozzi: I had covered many conventions, both horror and comic, for years. People would ask us to throw one in Connecticut since there wasn’t one here. It’s a huge undertaking, so we obviously hesitated. However, when it felt right for us, we just thought we’d try it to build and support the horror community in the state.
Stephanie Shamblin Gray: Fan conventions are hugely popular right now. What is your vision of the future for not just your convention, but the convention industry as a whole?
Christine Caprilozzi: It’s interesting! Comic Conventions and Walking Dead conventions have become so mainstream, it’s almost trendy. However, I think with the horror conventions, especially the ones that have been around for many years, there is still their core group of fans who want to come out and support the horror community.
I know many fans want to meet celebrities. However, at some point with the autograph/photo op prices rising through the roof, the bubble is going to burst. The convention scene will get back to being a “fan fest” and full-on nerdy community.
Stephanie Shamblin Gray: How does your experience with conventions compare to your experience as a horror journalist?
Christine Caprilozzi: Different but the same. Different responsibilities, but the same amount of pressure to get everything right. Actually, CT HorrorFest is more pressure since we don’t have corporate backing! *laughs*
Another interesting piece, that I know you will understanding from the many years you have been covering horror comics, is that ten to twelve years ago, there weren’t that many women covering or involved in horror comics specifically. I would be met at comic conventions and during interviews with some skepticism. With CT HorrorFest, I’ve had people in the last five years just assume that I am not the Lead Organizer or contact for talent. I’ve actually heard the words “Who’s the man in charge?” To which I have replied “ME.”
We women definitely have come a long way since I started, but there is still plenty of mileage on the road ahead for us.
Stephanie Shamblin Gray: What is your favorite medium for experiencing horror (comics, film, tv, audio, etc.)?
Christine Caprilozzi: I would say comics and now TV. With some of the exceptional shows that have been on in the last few years like Stranger Things, Bates Motel, and The Strain, you can’t deny the impact of bringing those types of shows into people’s homes.
Stephanie Shamblin Gray: Any advice you would like to give to women entering horror?
Christine Caprilozzi: Love what you do and always be genuinely you.
Stephanie Shamblin Gray: Thank you for your time, Christine, and good luck with CT HorrorFest!