What kind of fan are you? Do you like science? Science fiction? Fantasy? Comic books? Anime? Live role playing? Are you into cosplay or interested in Tennessee's Bell Witch or terrifying ghost stories about haunted dolls? The 34-year-old MidSouthCon offers fanboys and girls of all kinds more than 200 hours of diverse programming.
Stephen Guenther excitedly describes the convention as being, "All over the place, with people dressed up as all kinds of characters." Guenther's both a fan and a lead investigator for the Midsouth Paranormal Society. He and fellow investigator Tanya Vandesteeg organize the con's paranormal track.
This year, Guenther's special guests include New Orleans author and psychic Kalila Smith and Pat Fitzhugh, who's been described as the definitive expert on the Bell Witch of Adams, Tennessee. Atlanta-based author and investigator Kevin Cain is bringing his collection of haunted dolls. "He does sessions where he talks to the dolls," Guenther says. "Then he records it and you can hear these little voices talking in the background."
Of course, paranormal investigations are just a small part of what MidSouthCon has to offer. Comic book fans will have an opportunity to meet Bob McLeod, a co-creator of Marvel's New Mutants, who's worked on titles ranging from Spider-Man and Star Wars to Superman and Wonder Woman. Other special guests include author Christie Golden, fantasy artist Anne Stokes, and Tor books editors Patrick and Teresa Nielsen Hayden.