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CROSS COUNTY MALL
700 BROADWAY AVE.
MATTOON, IL 61938

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2018 Special Guests

Check out the growing list of awesome special guests joining us at Spook Show Con 2018!

Jeff Mudgett

Jeff Mudgett was living a normal life as a practicing attorney when at age 40 he was thrust into the most harrowing chapter of his life. Learning the facts about his ancestry plunged Mudgett into a full investigation about the forefather from which he unexpectedly learned he was descended, the infamous serial killer, H. H. Holmes.

In 2017 Jeff Mudgett starred in History Channel's "American Ripper".  Like American Ripper, Jeff's book, Bloodstains, takes readers through history, perhaps learning more than they wished to know about the terror and horror Holmes (his great-great-grandfather, Herman Webster Mudgett) reigned down upon innocent victims during the late 19th century.  Using the Holmes’ diaries, as depicted in the story,  Jeff Mudgett gives us a glimpse into mysteries yet unsolved.

For those who are not familiar with H. H. Holmes and his “Murder Castle” built during the  construction of the  World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago in 1893, Mudgett’s book, BLOODSTAINS, tells the story from a completely new angle, a personal history combined with methodical research into an ancestor no one would willingly claim. Herman Webster Mudgett was a swinder, a con man, a womanizer and, at his worst, H. H. Holmes, the most atrocious serial killer of all time.

SANTIAGO CIRILO

Santiago Cirilo was born April of 1973 in Puerto Rico, He is No#6 of seven children to Hector and Maria Cirilo both originally from Puerto Rico. Santiago lived in both Ohio and Puerto Rico at a young age. Growing up in Lorain, Ohio was a big challenge for Santiago. Being bilingual and adapting to America culture was just the easy task, growing up with 5 brothers, 1 sister, in a 2 bedroom duplex was the hard task. During his teenage years to adult hood Santiago always had the passion for the entertainment business, but never had that push to precede it. Santiago was involved in numerous high school Dramatic Arts Programs hosted and coordinated events. You just couldn’t get him off stage or away from any type of camera. After college Santiago enlisted in the United States Army Infantry. For 6 years Santiago was a member of the 101st Airborne Infantry at Ft. Campbell Ky.Santiago’s dedication to America has earned him numerous achievement awards and metals to add helping in one mission as a Translator and Infantryman for USA Special Ops, Marine Recon, and Navy Seals. Once Santiago’s military term was up, he was hired at Gibson Guitars in Nashville, Tennessee. In less than 1 year Santiago moved up in ranks from a level 1 sander to being personally responsible and only builder for Chet Akins guitars and guitars for “A” List artists to include Kid Rock, Lenny Kravitz, Keith Urban and Toby Keith. During his time at Gibson, Santiago followed his heart and faith, and started going back to school for a Paralegal & Performing Arts Degree. Working 8 plus hours and going to school at night and weekends, gave Santiago the dedication and Drive to be successful in both professions.

VINCE WILSON

Vince Wilson has been practicing magic since he was 12 and hypnosis since 1993. He is a master mentalist and has even invented several original illusions and reinvented several others. Recently he has helped develop the most unique murder mystery theaters you have ever seen!

Vince Wilson is also well-known for his involvement in science, history, the paranormal and the unexplained.  He is the author of multiple books including Ghost Science, Ultimate Ghost Hunter, Ultimate Ghost Tech and Ghost Tech.  He has lectured on ghost hunting technology and has also appeared on all the major local TV stations in the Baltimore area and on numerous radio stations in regards to his work in paranormal research. Vince has also been featured on Creepy Canada in 2005 aboard the USS Constellation and the Discovery Channel in 2006 for an investigation he did at the Edgar Allan Poe House in Baltimore. He is also very studied on hypnosis. In 2011 Vince achieved a life long dream when he was certified by the American Institute for Parapsychology.

You can learn more about Vince Wilson via the following links: 
www.magicandmurder.com 
www.ghosttech.com 
www.vincewilsonmagic.com

VLAD

Mysterious, hauntingly original, and completely innovative- these words best describe the Gothic Magic of Vlad. While some magicians create a show, Vlad created a genre of magic. This charmingly dark and slightly twisted style known as Gothic Magic stems from the heart of the classic horror genre. Combining this style with amazing stories, Vlad creates a performance that’s like “watching Stephen King live”. Take a step inside and give into your fears.
Vlad has been entertaining audiences for over 30 yrs.

LEARN MORE AT:
www.gothicmagic.com

mike Ricksecker

Mike Ricksecker is the author of the Chase Michael DeBarlo mystery novels Deadly Heirs and System of the Dead, and the paranormal books Ghosts of Maryland, Ghosts and Legends of Oklahoma, and CampfireTales: Midwest and the hybrid paranormal research written work of his new “Ghostorian Case Files” series. He has appeared on multiple television shows and programs as a paranormal historian, including Animal Planet’s The Haunted and Bio Channel’s My Ghost Story, Fox 5 News (Washington DC) and Fox 25 News (Oklahoma City), and he produces his own Internet shows Ghosts and Legends and Paranormal Roads. Recently, he has formed his own publishing company, Haunted Road Media.

Mike’s historic paranormal articles have been published in The Baltimore Sun, Paranormal Underground Magazine, and he writes an Oklahoma City paranormal column for Examiner.com. His work has also been featured in The Oklahoman, The Frederick News Post, and Marshall University’s The Parthenon.

With over 20 years of experience, he’s also a paranormal investigator and “Ghostorian” with Society of the Haunted and regularly travels to speak about the paranormal and writing.

Willy Adkins

Mr. Willy Adkins is an American Director, Actor, Producer, photographer and author. He is the President of Breaking Fate Entertainment LLC (formerly known as Spook Show Entertainment) and a “jack of all trades” in the entertainment industry. He is also very well know for his paranormal investigation ventures with The Illinois Ghost Hunters in which he also founded in 2006. His paranormal ventures have taken him all over the country. Willy is also known for his lifelong passion of dark arts and photography. He started taking photos in 1996 and is best known for his alternative model portfolio production and horror themed art under the name Deviant Desires Photography. The name has grown to be internationally recognized. Present day Willy is staying busy directing, producing, writing and acting in independent film.

Willy also prides himself by helping other independent artists (both film and otherwise) get noticed for their art and efforts as producer / director of nearly a dozen major film festivals across the US. What’s next for Willy? Well, at the speed he is working the sky is the limit!

Outside of the entertainment business, Willy resides in Dekalb, IL with his wife Mikka and is a proud father of two girls, Dixie Belle and Bethany Madison. His free time is usually spent watching movies with his family, hiking the Great Smoky Mountains, camping and making scary dolls known as “Mr. Willy’s Killer Creatures”.

Joe Couto

Having a face to face experience as a kid with the paranormal led Joe down a path searching for answers. He has been researching and investigating claims from all over the country and working with many different investigators looking for those answers.Taking a skeptical approach to the paranormal and with several years in law enforcement and private investigating Joe seeks answers trying to find out if there really is life after death. 

Joe is the cohost of the the crazy and controversial radio show "The Skeptical Edge" and is currently working on an independent project to be released late 2018.

kenny sills

Kenny Sills was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri. He attended South East Missouri State University where he studied Creative Writing as well as Philosophy and Theology. During his free time in college he began studying martial arts. After graduation, Kenny relocated to Houston, Texas where he spent five years furthering his martial arts education. In 1999 while on a family vacation to Disney World in Florida, he met his future wife Syndi, and moved back to St. Louis. Once again back home, he became a martial arts instructor to children and young adults with both physical and mental disabilities. Today Kenny is the owner of Ohana Martial Arts studio, which is located in St. Charles, MO. where he is "Sifu" (teacher) to individuals with and without disabilities.

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