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Salem Horror Fest Teaming Up With Horror Queers Podcast For Virtual Pride Celebration

Wednesday, May 12, 2021 | Events

Salem Horror Fest, always dedicated to inclusion and prioritizing marginalized voices, has just announced a collaboration with the Horror Queers podcast to launch FRIGHTGOWN, a weekend-long celebration of queer horror! Check out the full details below!
Salem Horror Fest and the Horror Queers podcast have teamed up to present FRIGHTGOWN, a new 3-day virtual Pride festival celebrating Queer voices in a series of features, shorts, panels, virtual hangouts, exclusive content and so much more in support of the Transgender Law Center.
“After more than a year of being kept apart, isolated and disconnected from our community, the need for a communal experience has never been more vital. Queer people deserve a celebratory event – an opportunity to reconnect, and to engage with the films, people and discussions that contribute to our experience as fans and contributors to the horror genre,” said Joe Lipsett, organizer and co-host of the Horror Queers podcast.
The event will be hosted in a virtual Killer Prom Portal designed to look like an 8-Bit video game that allows for real-time video interactions and live screenings. Guests will be able to explore the high school horror prom setting to meet new people, unlock exclusive content and discover easter eggs throughout the weekend.
The program is headlined by a duo of Grindhouse features: Bad Girls directed by Christopher Bickel and Salem Horror Fest 2020 Audience Winner Death Drop Gorgeous directed by Michael J. Ahern, Christopher Dalpe, and Brandon Perras. Frightgown will also feature over two hours of shorts, panel tributes to the 1990 Clive Barker film Nightbreed, a special issue of Grim magazine, and a virtual drag show. Queer creators are invited to donate a program to the event by submitting through the website.
VIP members will be able to access the program and additional content on demand, and will receive a limited edition Pride Day the 13th hockey mask designed by Uncle Boogieman.
For more info, tickets and program details, visit
Rocco T. Thompson
Rue Morgue's Online Managing Editor, Rocco is a Rondo-nominated film journalist and avid devotee of all things weird and outrageous. He penned the cover story for Rue Morgue's landmark July/Aug 2019 "Queer Fear" Special Issue, and is an associate producer on In Search of Darkness: Part III, the latest installment in CreatorVC's popular 1980s horror documentary series.