Tucson is in for a real treat on this upcoming Friday the 13th!
On this day, the 36th Annual TusCon Science-Fiction Convention (TusCon 36) will kick off events with a jam-packed weekend of sci-fi, fantasy and horror. After all, this is “the best little sci-fi, fantasy and horror convention in Arizona.” It is also the longest running sci-fi convention in Arizona. This weekend event, scheduled to take place in less than two weeks at the Inn Suites downtown, has something for everyone.
Of course, I am going to take advantage of the chance to get some ghost hunting tips from Paul Bradford, who is currently the newest team member on Ghost Hunters International (GHI). If the name sounds familar, Paul is the co-founder of Arizona’s own Sonoran Paranormal Investigations (SPI). SPI is a proud member of the “TAPS Family.” If you watch Ghost Hunters or GHI, you know what I am talking about.
Bradford will hold a session on ghost hunting equipment that should prove to be very informative. Paul will also co-host a “Ghost Stories FAQ” session with “Tucson Ghost Girl” Rebecca Petithory-Hayes.
I caught up with Petithory-Hayes this evening. I asked her if she has slowed down since Halloween. She hasn’t slowed down because she’s preparing for the upcoming TusCon event. If you haven’t participated in a “Tucson Ghost Girl” downtown tour, you will have the chance on the evening of Saturday the 14th. A downtown ghost tour led by Petithory-Hayes is on the convention agenda. If you wish to take part in this particular 2.5 hour session, remember to bring your walking shoes.
Petithory-Hayes has been involved with this conference since 1988. She’s even on the conference committee. The Tucson Ghost Girl is always on the go.
If writing sci-fi, fantasy or horror is your thing, published authors will lead writing and publishing sessions. Weston Osche is the Guest of Honor at this year’s event. Osche is a Bram Stoker Award Winning Author (Scarecrow Gods, 2005. Delerium Books).
Baja Arizona Science Fiction Assosciation (BASFA) is the organization behind the convention. You can view the convention agenda on their website. There could be some additions to the agenda as the date approaches. Believe me, this conference has something for everyone: art, literature, videos, anime, ghosts, and computer gaming. You can view the convention agenda on BAFSA’s website.
Oh, and about that computer gaming, TusCon partners with TusLAN. TusLAN is comprised of some serious gamers. The Tucson Citizen’s own Thomas Hruska has mentioned the conference in recent days in his Gamerz blog. There’s space for 50 gamers and you can BYOC (Bring Your Own Computer) with prior registration. Extreme Mobile Gaming will also have their mobile gaming center on-site. There will be some serious tournament action downtown on that weekend.
When: November 13 - 15, 2009 (YEAH! Starts on Friday the 13th!)
Where: Inn Suites Hotel, 475 N. Granada Ave, Tucson, AZ 85701
Cost:Membership is $45 at the door, but discounted rates are available if only attending a portion of the event: $20 (Fri), $35 (Sat) or $15 (Sun)
The Tucson Ghost Girl tour is not included in the membership price. Bring an extra $5 per person for this event, if planning to participate.