AMERICAN HAUNTINGS' 20TH ANNUAL
"DEAD OF WINTER" FESTIVAL
FEBRUARY 10, 2017 FROM 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
AT THE HAUNTED MINERAL SPRINGS HOTEL IN ALTON, ILLINOIS
Admission to the Daytime Event is FREE, with a canned or non-perishable item to benefit local food banks in the area. There are nearly 20,000 people in need in the region, and more than 7,000 of them are children. We'll be donating all of the items collected to a local charity, so bring a canned good or non-perishable food item with you for entry to this eerie event!
Join American Hauntings for the 20th anniversary of the Dead of Winter event! Celebrate winter ghosts, hauntings, and the macabre at the mysterious Mineral Springs Hotel in Alton, Illinois -- one of the most haunted locations in the state -- and be chilled by presentations on ghosts, hauntings, spirited locations, and much more! Meet authors and speakers on strange phenomena, network with other ghost enthusiasts from all over the Midwest, join us for an after-hours ghost hunt, sign up to win raffle prizes -- including books; unusual prizes and collectibles, tickets to the 2018 Haunted America Conference; and more!
Make this a haunted weekend you won't soon forget!
The 2018 Festival will be held at the Mineral Springs Hotel in downtown Alton, Illinois, located at 301 East Broadway St.. From 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM, we'll be offering a roster of speakers on the supernatural. You'll also be able to check out the vendor's tables, see the building, sign up for raffle prizes and -- if you're one of the lucky one who signed up in advance -- pick up your tickets for the After Hours
"Dinner with the Dead" hosted by Troy Taylor or the late-night ghost hunt of the famously haunted old hotel!
SPEAKERS AND PRESENTERS FOR DEAD OF WINTER
Phantasmagoria at Dead of Winter 2018
Despite having a career as a photojournalist, Corey wanted to express himself more freely and realize his own artistic vision. Corey wanted to combine his love of horror, the paranormal and photography. He wanted to convey feelings of dread and sense of mysterious atmosphere into his photography just like the scenes he has watched in so many classic horror films. He wanted the subject matter to be diverse from Victorian mansions, old cemeteries, gothic castles, forsaken roads, bizarre effigies and items associated with hauntings and death. He wanted to photograph only the most evocative places that offer interesting architecture and history.
After many experiments in trying to create what he envisioned for his art Corey began his infrared project called “Phantasmagoria” in the spring of 2009. Corey had a digital camera converted internally to photograph infrared which allowed him to capture the moment and atmosphere as he saw it and his project blossomed.
The name "Phantasmagoria" refers to the French pre-cinema projection ghost shows that where popular in the late 1800s. The shows used a modified magic lantern to project frightening images of skeletons, demons, and ghosts onto walls, smoke, or semi-transparent screens to shock, amaze, educate and horrify spectators. Corey feels this best describes how he wants to use the magic of photography to portray his black and white infrared images of haunted realms to amaze, shock, frighten and educate those who look at his photography. Corey painstakingly works creating each image to portray a mood or atmosphere, he tries to suggest the idea that maybe there is a world just beyond our own separated only by a thin foggy vial. Sometimes that veil is lifted and we may get a glimpse in to that mysterious world.
Corey's work will be on display -- and some items for sale -- at his booth at the 2018 Dead of Winter Festival.
DEAD OF WINTER AFTER-HOURS EVENTS AND VENDORS
OFFICIAL HOTEL OF THE EVENT FOR OVERNIGHT GUESTS
Dead of Winter 2018's Official Hotel for Out of Town Guests is:
Best Western Premium Hotel
3559 College Avenue
They are offering a special weekend rate for any of the guests who call and mention "American Hauntings' Dead of Winter" when booking! Just call 618-462-1220 to book your room and enjoy the special rate, free breakfast, Great Rivers Tap and Grill, and much more. It's the official hotel of American Hauntings!