Horror Con Edinburgh

Horror comes to Scotland’s Capital City on the 12th and 13th of May at the Edinburgh International and Conference Centre. Playing host to actors, writers and others involved in horror fandom. Convention goers also have the chance to take part in a live action game called Creep where players have to find an antidote without alerting the dead to their presence. If the dead hear them, there is big trouble as players are in an area with limited light and no weapons.


There is an exciting list of guests attending Horror Con, each with their own impressive list of accomplishments. The guests attending over the weekend are:

Matthew Lillard – Scream, Scooby Doo, 13 Ghosts

Jonathan Breck – Jeepers Creepers

Richard Brake – Batman Begins, Doom, Hannibal Rising, Game of Thrones

Nicholas Vince – Hellraiser, Nightbreed

Kevin Van Hentenryck – Basket Case

Caroline Munro – Dracula AD, The Spy Who Loved Me

Ken Carpenter – Hellraiser 3

G Tom Mac – Cry Little Sister, The Lost Boys, (Playing Live On Stage)

Eileen Dietz – The Exorcist, The Planet of The Apes, The Clonus Horror

Authors and Creators

CL Raven

Peter Laws

Bryn Hammond

Nick Stead

Jonathan Melville

Johnny Mains

Allan J D McNeil

There are numerous panels and talks as well as a screening of a new documentary Paranormal Nights.

Visitors are able to get a 3d prosthetic makeover, bookings can be made via http://www.facebook.com/projectalicesfx and using the ‘make a booking’ button.

Horror Con Edinburgh promises to give horror fans a thrilling and gore filled weekend with some very good scares thrown in.





A Breakthrough?

Today I had a major turning point with my depression and anxiety. Given that I barely made it out of Glasgow before turning back from Crufts, I drove through to Edinburgh to attend the Hound Association of Scotland dog show. I was there to take photos for K9 News and despite being nervous and feeling a little out of my depth, I took a deep breath and went for it.

I arrived and was thrilled to see that the venue was near Edinburgh Airport. I saw a few planes take off and a helicopter taking off and landing. As I made my way to the hall, I saw some absolutely stunning dogs. One was a young whippet and her owner was lovely, we had a great chat about sighthounds and what good pets they make. His dog was a little fawn and such a sweetheart. There was a beautiful pharaoh hound, his colour was out of this world and he was in spectacular condition.

Not long after I arrived, my camera showed an error message. I tried for over half an hour to try and fix it. Did the usual removing the battery, memory card and trying a reset but it wasn’t working. I had a look online to see if I could find a solution but nothing would work. I spoke to the committee and headed back through to get my camera fixed. I was proud of how I handled the situation, I didn’t panic, or get anxious. I took a deep breath and dealt with the situation.

This was a big step for me. My depression and anxiety have turned me into a panicking mess when the smallest thing has gone wrong. Today, despite there being the odd concern, I was able to deal with everything that came along. I was very disappointed not to see more of the dog show, the dogs were absolutely beautiful and a joy to watch.

I hope that someone reads this and realises that if you’re suffering from depression and anxiety, you can get through this. Taking small steps and deep breaths will help and to try and realise that it’s not the end of the world. I’ve had that feeling that when something goes wrong, you think that the world is going to end. It won’t. You can do this. I did.

What Were They Thinking?

I was browsing ebay for some toys for my dogs, perhaps something interactive they could have fun with, or something that will squeak for five minutes until it’s destroyed. There I was, flicking through the items when I came across something that caused me to stop and click on. When I saw the picture attached and saw the description, my curiosity was replaced with absolute horror. Laser Collar

Basically, this is a gadget that you hook to your dogs collar and it shines a laser dot onto the floor for your dog to chase. For the uneducated, people may think that this is a great idea to keep your dog entertained for hours and tire them out without you having to lift a finger. However, using this device can cause severe psychological problems to your dog and some cases can be so bad the dog could not be helped and was euthanized.

The dot causes the dogs prey drive to kick in, it’ll chase it and chase it but never catch it. There’s no end for the dog which would usually be the catching and eating of the prey. With laser pointers, the use of it can also lead dogs to have shadow and light fixation. The dog will jump up and hit the floor when it sees it’s shadow, or constantly chase it’s shadow. Glare from the sun hitting a screen or piece of metal will also cause the dog to chase the light cast from it too. The dog may constantly try to catch these sources and it essentially becomes an obsessive compulsive behaviour which can be very difficult to break.

If you find that your dog is fixating on lights and shadows, there are steps you can take to prevent it becoming worse.

  • Ensure your dog has plenty of exercise and mental stimulation. Ensure the toys are non shiny.
  • Use the toys with food, hide food around the house and your dog can play games to find it.
  • Cover any metallic surfaces that could reflect light.
  • If walking your dog on a sunny day, try to stick to shaded areas where shadows are less likely, or walk your dog at dusk.
  • If you find your dog is fixated on a light. Get their attention to you by using a high grade treat and calling their name. Get their focus on you and praise for them doing so.
  • Don’t use metallic bowls as this can escalate the problem.

If you find that you cannot get their attention, the recommendation would be to contact a behaviourist. Your vet may have a veterinary behaviourist on staff or be able to refer you to one. You should ensure that any behaviourist you use advocates positive methods. Adverse methods may cause more damage.

The main recommendation would be to avoid the toy shown above and don’t play with your dog using a laser pen.

Day Two: Not exactly as planned…

I haven’t read anymore of the TM book since last night. Today has been a bit of a challenge and a few things happened that made me feel like utter crap. Reading was pretty far from my mind. It feels like I start to maybe get somewhere and then something comes along to mess it up. It sucks.

Anyway. I plan on reading more of the book tomorrow and should hopefully start TM in the next few days. I’ve had a few ideas for pieces and I am looking forward to getting a start on them. One is a subject that I have been thinking about for a few months. It’s one non dog subject that I’ve seen an increase of and it really annoys me. I don’t understand how people can do it. Anyways, you’ll find out about that soon enough.

There are times when I wish that I could move to a house in the middle of nowhere. No-one around me for miles and just wide open space where I can spend days walking the fields with my dogs, maybe have tea outside in the afternoon while the dogs run around playing. That used to be a dream I had and planned on working towards. Right now my dreams seem so far away that there’s no hope of getting them back. Maybe by some crazy act of fate I’ll get that house and maybe regain what I’ve lost.

Transcendental Meditation

For the past few months, my depression has been kicking my ass. Panic attacks, anxiety, major difficulty getting out of bed have only been a few of the charming symptoms I’ve been dealing with. Each day is another whirlwind of bad thoughts, the usual ‘You’re worthless’ ‘You’ll never amount to anything’ and my all time favourite ‘You’re going to die alone.’ Then there’s the paranoia. Depression and anxiety sure hits the right boxes.

Mum likes watching Ellen Degeneres and the other day there was a guy on her show called Bob Roth. He was talking about Transcendental Meditation (TM) and publicising his book ‘Strength In Stillness’ which goes into detail about TM and how to do it. My Mum thinks it might help me. When she first suggested it, I was sceptical and maybe to a certain degree still am. I’ve started reading the book and it’s really good. It’s not like other meditation books that tell you to sit with your legs crossed, to completely clear your mind and get into your meditative state. Bob Roth’s method means you don’t have to sit still, you don’t have to worry about having thoughts running through your head. He teaches you how to get into your meditative state.

When I started reading the book, I decided it would be a good idea to a sort of blog about my experience with TM as I start it. I don’t know, maybe if someone else feeling the same as me, they might be able to read this and know that there is someone out there who is going through the same and how to make it just a little bit better.

So Day One. I am making my way through the first few chapters of the book. Right now I have Buffy The Vampire Slayer playing on my phone. I’m on season 5. I’ve seen every episode more than once, I was more than a little obsessed with Buffy when I was in school. I remember going to an event at a book store in town with a friend. I dressed as Buffy and spent the week before worrying about carrying a real wooden stake in town. It was a fun night and when I watch certain episodes, I find myself taken back to school and remembering talking about it with my friends.

Anywho, I’m going to watch another episode and then try and get some sleep. I am currently surrounded by my dogs, they’re snuggled into me and keeping me warm.