Although an inflatable Darth Vader and Incredible Hulk greeted visitors to the GalaxyFest convention this past weekend, the real story was told through the people. The hallways were filled with the creativity of the writers, musicians, and filmmakers who share a common passion in the world of science fiction. What makes conventions unique is the melting pot mixture stirred with the spice of the fans, vendors, and even the celebrity guests. Three of the people found in that melting pot were Matthew Gurnsey, Lou Antonelli, and Christoher Mihm.
Throughout the commotion of the convention floor there was a soothing sound of an accordion. There stood Buck Rogers actor Felix Silla taking in the sweet sounds of musician Matthew Gurnsey . With each note the people strolling by were either transported to Ireland or were soaking up the mystical sci-fi mood.
Just a few feet down the hallway was another creation. Although it was an odd sound to a child, any adult recognized the familiar tapping of an old fashioned manual typewriter. Stating that the old typewriter kept him grounded, the editor at the Daily Tribune in Mt. Pleasant, TX, Lou Antonelli sat hard at work, writing his latest book. This middle-aged writer decided it was high time to publish some amazing science fiction of his own.
Finally the main events room hosted a screening of a low-budget horror flick called House of Ghosts, directed by Christopher Mihn. Each of the audience members were handed a “fear shield” that conveniently doubled as a flyer for his film. Although the film was definitely low budget, the creativity of the writing, directing, and storyline were well worth the visit.