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The Night Candyman Came for Me

“They will say that I have shed innocent blood. What’s blood for if not for shedding? With my hook for a hand, I’ll split you from your groin to your gullet. I came for you.”

When I was 9 or 10 years old, my parents decided to rent Candyman from Blockbuster for family movie night at my grandmother’s house. Like every Clive Barker film I watched in my childhood, it scared my young mind to its core.

By the time the credits rolled, my mother was asleep on the couch and my dad decided to be silly. “Watch this,” he said wild-eyed, as he crept into the bathroom behind us. He said my mom’s name into the mirror five times and she abruptly awoke. I was certain the hook was coming for us all as punishment for playing around like that. This began a lifetime of avoiding mirrors at night.

Candyman

Fast forward to 2016. My love and I were beyond excited to party with our horror fiend friends at Texas Frightmare Weekend. We walked into the center doors of the main vendor floor and I froze. At the very first table, in the center aisle, was Tony Todd. I was 10 feet away from the towering terror that fueled my Candyman nightmares.

He was smiling, laughing, and hugging fans in photos, but it made no difference to me. All I saw was the hook, the bees, the blood. For the rest of the convention I tried to remember to walk into that room through other doors, but in the excitement of the event, would forget and have to face him again and again.

This summer I was asked to run the pub trivia for the Greater Austin Comic Con. Just days after confirming my spot with the convention I saw a promo post for Tony Todd pop up on the GACC page and my eyes grew wide. I just couldn’t escape him. Candyman was coming for me… Again.

Candyman, Tony Todd, Greater Austin Comic Con

At the first night’s afterparty, an artist introduced me to Tony Todd…

I had just enough vodka to be convinced this was a good idea. My heart pounded louder and faster with each step as we walked to the deck where he and his friends were seated. A lot of things were hazy, but he said something along the lines of “Nice to meet you, Gemmi” as he shook my hand and smiled. Our artist friend told him that I had been scared of him most of my life and he laughed and wanted to know why. After recounting the family movie night incident he looked me right in the eye and said, “Tell your parents I said they never should have let you watch that movie so young.”

Moments later he decided he wanted to take advantage of being in Austin by seeing some live music. He mentioned C-Boys Heart and Soul and causally turned to us to ask if we were going to join them. Obviously, I went.

Tony Todd was the absolute nicest, most laid back and down to earth guy ever. At the end of the night I worked up the nerve to ask him for a photo, and he kindly obliged. I’m sure I’ll still never recite any names into mirrors, but I will always think back to this fun night as the night I faced my fear and hung out with Candyman.

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Geekgasm Revue

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Geekgasm Revue is Austin’s original dedicated nerdlesque, cosplay, and geek trivia production all in one. Established in 2015 by Professor Argo and Gemmi Galactic, Geekgasm has been exciting Austin audiences with geek-themed shows of rotational casts of cosplaying burlesque, drag, and variety performers.

Next Show- DREAM & DESIRE: A Neil Gaiman Burlesque Tribute!

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“The witch was as old as the mulberry tree
She lived in the house of a hundred clocks
She sold storms and sorrows and calmed the sea
And she kept her life in a box.”
-Neil Gaiman, Trigger Warning: Short Fictions and Disturbances

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Geekgasm Revue presents its first show dedicated to an author, instead of a theme. Join us for a magical night of burlesque, drag, and belly dance inspired by the stories and characters of the one and only fantasy master, Neil Gaiman!

Dream & Desire features the characters of Sandman, Coraline, Good Omens, Stardust, and American Gods in a way you’ve never imagined before.

Get swept away by performances from:
Amelie Ahmose!
Lady Fingers!
Sabor Insanity!
Jack Rabid!
Devin Alfather!
Gemmi Galactic!
Papi Churro!
Titania McGee!
Kitty Von Quim!
Vivienne Vermuth from Dallas!
Remy Dee from New Orleans!

Dream & Desire: A Neil Gaiman Burlesque Tribute
Tuesday, January 28th
8pm show/7pm doors

As always, compete with your team in the Trivia rounds throughout the show to win prizes! Trivia will cover Neil Gaiman’s catalog, and most heavily on the stories represented on our stage.

Dress as your favorite Gaiman character and win prizes in the cosplay contest!

Arrive early to visit the bar and vendor tables, and find your seats before the show starts!

There is limited seating in our intimate venue and most seating options sell out in presale and aren’t available at the door, so get your tickets early! Kick Butt Cafe has a delicious kitchen, specialty cocktails, coffees and teas, and free lot parking away from the hassle of downtown.

Very Important Gods Tables (VIP Table for 2 people, right up front)- $60
The Endless Party Table (shared party booth seats 10 people)- $25 per seat
Dreamy Seating (cushy chair section behind VIG)- $20
Armageddon General Admission (standing room behind seating section)- $10

NO REFUNDS

 

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