My Salty Horror Experience!

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Megan Golden cosplays Billy alongside Ash Sweetring cosplaying Hannibal Lecter. Photo credit: Colby Dumas.

Megan Golden cosplays Billy alongside Ash Sweetring cosplaying Hannibal Lecter.
Photo credit: Colby Dumas.

This year held so many awesome opportunities for my cosplay adventures, one of my favorites involving Salty Horror. This organization, run by Mario DeAngelis, is responsible for cool events like the Salty Horror International Film Festival, Salty Horror Productions, and the new Salty Horror Convention which just completed it’s first annual event!

I was brought on to help represent this convention as a cosplayer, beginning with advertising at their official booth at Fantasy-Con this summer in Salt Lake City and attending a Salty Horror movie event at Brewvies, a local cinema pub. I had the opportunity to appear in a promo video series with Sketch Cabaret, filmed by DeAngelis– SUPER FUN. Our location was none other than Fear Factory, an extremely popular haunted attraction! And let me tell you, walking around it dressed as Leatherface just felt RIGHT!

Megan Golden as Lady Leatherface.

Megan Golden as Lady Leatherface.

When the event rolled around, I was BEYOND excited to see what spooky, awesome things the event would hold. It took place at the Utah State Fair Park, partnered with Best Friends Animal Society. I had a booth set up next to some amazing artists, one of which being Colunga Art (which you can find here– Among some other venders were Fear Factory and Creature Encounters. I stared at the snakes and spiders from a distance, because well– spiders. I cosplayed two of my greatest fears as far as horror movie icons go: Leatherface and Billy (otherwise known as “that one puppet from SAW”). I had Leatherface prints available, thanks to Trevor! Those photos were taken in a lovely surprise snowstorm, and they turned out unbelievably well (go team)! The feedback was pretty cool. I enjoyed meeting (or reuniting with!) every single person who came up to say hi, browse the images on the table, and take photos.

I really enjoyed the setup of this particular convention, as the panels were the centerpiece. It’s a setup I’ve never seen before, and it was very cool. As this was not a heavily populated event, they could get away with having panel discussions on the same floor as the vendors, amongst the chatter of bustling attendees. And it worked really well for them. I got to sit in on ALL of the panels from my booth, and I thoroughly enjoyed that. We got to participate with the guests and speakers, where we typically wouldn’t have the option at any other convention. My personal favorites were the one and only Patricia Quinn and Aurelio Voltaire– they both had the audience totally engaged and entertained.

Megan Golden with a Fear Factory creature at the Salty Horror booth at Fantasy-Con 2014.

Megan Golden with a Fear Factory Creature at the Salty Horror booth at Fantasy-Con 2014.

I’d like to point out all of the hard work the organizer and staff put into this. Although smaller than the major conventions in our area, the dedication and passion could not be overlooked. I’d like to thank the whole team that brought something so unique to our community, and Mario DeAngelis for such a cool opportunity. I love scary movies, video games, and their characters, so this is something I was really happy to be involved with. This convention has so much potential, and it’ll only grow from here. I can’t wait to see what next year brings!

For more information about the Salty Horror Convention, visit

Don’t forget to check out Salty Horror Productions ( and the Salty Horror International Film Festival (

Megan Golden
Captain of Cosplay & Writer at
Megan Golden is the droid you’re looking for. She’s a lvl 100 Netflix wizard and a firm believer in second breakfast. She likes movie marathons and long walks to the refrigerator. Her initial journey into the nerd realm began at a very young age. Collecting action figures is among her favorite side quests, along with gaming (specifically retro games, zombie slashers, and titles like Tomb Raider), and exploring the great outdoors in the sunshine. Whether she’s acting, cosplaying, or amusing a room full of fellow nerds, she loves to entertain, motivate, and inspire others. You can find Megan at comic book conventions, on our website’s podcasts and articles, on her official cosplay page, or whenever she has the One Ring of Power on– seriously, she should stop doing that.