FrightReads Book Festival 2023

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FrightReads Book Festival 2023

FrightReads Book Festival is an all-ages show featuring authors, crafters, activities, and more!

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Benfield Sportscenter 1031 Benfield Boulevard Millersville, MD 21108

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Eventbrite's fee is nonrefundable.

About this event

  • 1 day 6 hours
  • Mobile eTicket

FrightReads is back! This time, it's bigger than ever! Two whole event days packed full of stage shows, authors, artists, crafts, and more! There's truly something for everyone under one roof!

FrightReads Book Festival is an indoor event, rain or shine, it doesn't matter!

Saturday, September 30th, 12 - 6 PM!


Sunday, October 1st, 12 - 6 PM!

*Sponsored by our friends at Caprichos Books, Irina's Crepes Cafe, Third Eye Comics & Games, Joe Ruggerio State Farm Agency

***Those wishing to vend, please visit for the vendor application!***

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What do you get with your ticket?

-Free Creepy Craft Corner. Our friendly Ghoul Next Door, Nicki, is on deck to help your kids (or you kids at heart) create some fun crafts! From masks to coloring pages, you'll be sure to walk away with something fun!

-Free Creepy Photo booth! You don't have to wait Seven Days for this one! Step right up and snap all of the photos of you and Zamara! Cosplayer BeckyTaka will be taking photos with you and your family as she crawls out of the television! If your kids are feeling adventurous, they can become an evil spirit and crawl out of the television themselves for a photo, with some assistance from Zamara herself!

In addition to The Ring's Zamara, we'll have a Camp Crystal Lake experience! Take your photo with the Lord of the Lake himself, Jason Voorhees! Tomkatt Cosplay will be your machete wielding mama's boy for the weekend!

Please tip your friendly evil entities, please!

-Magic Show! Niox Mayhem will be performing his shock and sideshow spectacular! Tricks ranging from sleight of hand illusions, down to daredevil stunts involving glass, razors, and more, he's got a show for everyone! *Disclaimer: There is no blood involved in this performance. Niox will have tricks/props involving glass, swords, cards, and the aforementioned razors. May possibly be shocking to some viewers, but it's all just magic!

-Photo Backdrop for the event! Take a photo to remember your attendance at FrightReads! Just grab your cell phones and snap away!

-Art Way Alliance will be teaching and demonstrating comic book skills, inking, drawing, and a slew of activities YOU can participate in! They work to increase awareness and funding for art programs in public school systems! Be sure to support them and sit in on a panel!

Did we mention that every single one of these things is included in your entry cost? And that's not even the best part!

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Authors! Dozens of them!

We'll have authors from all over ready to talk to you about their books. From murder to mystery, to dystopian and fantasy, it's all here! Our authors will range in age group targets from children, YA to adult novels, so be sure to take a look around and see who's who!

VISIT: for the entire list of authors!

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What are you waiting for? More? Ok, fine, you got us.

In addition to the gaggle of authors, the slew of artists, and herds of crafters...

From the depths of Camp Crystal Lake, the First Jason himself...

ARI LEHMAN!!!!! (Friday the 13th pt1, Clown Motel, First Jason the Band)

Appearing for his first-ever FrightReads Book Festival appearance, Ari Lehman will be on site to chat, take photos, and sign autographs! *Please see website or social media for pricing*

Additionally, Ari and his band, First Jason, will be playing a killer private show on Saturday night at the Sportscenter! Those that purchase the concert add-on will be able to gain access to a private performance of their songs! It'll be a performance to die for! See tickets for details and pricing! Ari and the band will be on hand to sign merchandise after the performance, so grab one of the super wicked shirts and support the band!

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