"They've just been amazing," Marc said. "They just opened the doors and said, 'Tell us what you need, and we'll help you out.' "
As the Mound hosts a variety of events, vendors and live music from acts like The Dead Ringers, the LaBelle Theater will host locally made films with Q&A sessions following. Stollings is quick to say that this provides an "opportunity for the community to know that these people are in this area doing amazing things." "SEIN," "Flesh Rot" and "Porkchop 3D" are among the films offered.
Parents should not be scared off by the mature ratings - organizers thought of that, too.
The public library will be hosting events for teenagers and children. If a parent wants to take in a gory cinematic experience, their children can have their own fun at the library. For adults, the library also will be offering makeup classes, sculpting demonstrations and even a "green Halloween workshop" to learn environment-friendly methods to decorate for the upcoming holiday.
Varying demographics is part of the event's aim, Adams said. As they've attempted to take a measure of interest from the community, organizers have gotten a few surprises, like a remarkable amount of interest from elderly residents.
The core of the event, Stollings says, is for attendees to have fun.
"When we talk to people, it's almost like you're one way or the other," Stollings said. "You're either really, really into this, or you have no clue what we're talking about. So we felt by opening it up, having a free event, having it family friendly, it gives everyone an opportunity."
Although the event is free, donations are encouraged and can be given at the LaBelle Theater and other venues that are hosting ShockaCon. Those interested in more information about the event schedule, vendors and guests can visit www.wvshockacon.com.
Contact writer Andy Smith at Andrew.sm...@dailymail.com or 304-348-4834.