Necronomicon: Sci-fi, fantasy and horror geeks invade St. Pete

Around 1,000 visitors are expected to take part in the annual convention, held at the Hilton Bayfront, 333 First St. S, in St. Petersburg. In addition to a dealer room and art show, there will be plenty of gaming: Video games, role-playing games, trivia and other board, card and miniature games will be played throughout the weekend. A Prom, a costume contest, an ice-cream social, live music and a professional photo booth are among other themed events. In other words, there's lots to do.

For those interested in lectures and discussions, Necronomicon is also a place to sit in on discussions by expert panels. In addition to hearing from the event's Guest of Honor, author Linnea Sinclair, several dozen panels will cover a variety of topics. You can attend everything from "What's New In Gaming" and "Getting Started: Poetry" to more obscure discussions like "Cold Fusion: Has The Dream Come True?" and "RPG vs. MMORPG." If you know what the letters mean in that last panel, you'll probably have a good time at the convention this weekend. There's even a Mayan Apocalypse theme this year, though you can probably expect a 32nd incarnation of the event in 2013, too.

Necronomicon runs until 4 p.m. Sunday. The cost to attend is $25 on Friday or Saturday, and $20 on Sunday. You can also get weekend passes for $50. For a complete list of events, visit You can also download the free Guidebook app from the website to get the complete convention guide.

  • A costume contest is just one event at the annual Necronomicon, now in its 31st year.

You might think that after 30 years, a science-fiction, fantasy and horror convention would have exhausted everything there is to celebrate about the genres. But Necronomicon, now in its 31st year, seems to be just getting warmed up, and will open its doors to gamers, collectors and fans this weekend.

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