About COFOH

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Welcome to year 4 of the Colorado Festival of Horror

Colorado Festival of Horror (COFOH) was built on a mutual love of horror by it’s founders. Embracing the genre and all its different styles, to share and celebrate with the fans and horror community over a fun event fueled weekend.

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Meet Our Founders

Daniel Crosier

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Daniel Crosier is a graduate of RMCAD 2000, with an BFA in sculpture. He is a mixed media artist, and began a neo-kabuki performance group called ‘OFM: OdAm fEI mUd’ in 2003. Crosier came on to the comic book scene in 2006 writing and illustrating ‘Sons of Soil’, ‘The Exquisite Vanishteer’, ‘Distortions Unlimited’, ‘Vincent Price Presents’, as well as illustrating ‘Bartholomew of the Scissors’ & ‘Caustic Soda’. Crosier partnered with The Enigma and Serana Rose for ‘Show Devils’ comic book series and collaborating with several Denver-base illustrators. He has directed short films since 2005, releasing his first feature film, Isolation Man, a mockumentary about a superhero who accidentally vanishes the western hemisphere. He has also added mural artist to his repertoire in 2016. Daniel is also one of the co-founders of Dink Denver Independent Comic and Art Expo and COFOH: Colorado Festival of Horror.

Crosier is currently producing his ‘Camp Crash', a Mad Max/Meatballs animation project, and producing 'When Baked Things Attack’ horror, comedy while illustrating kids comics ‘Stanley Kaiju and the Subterranean Bunny Defenders’ and writing the ‘Adventures of the Enigma, and ‘Stay Tombed’. Daniel Crosier is one of the co-founders of Dink: Denver Independent Comic & Art Expo and COFOH: Colorado Festival of Horror.

Bret Smith

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Bret is a 34-year retired IBM program manager. He’s a life-long Star Trek fan, attending his first convention in Phoenix in the 80s. Since then his interests have expanded into all science fiction, sci-fi horror, comics, books, toys, and autographs. His love of horror began with seeing the classic The Creature From the Black Lagoon film and expanding to the Alien, Predator, and Terminator franchises. Bret has attended over 100 conventions including a 15-year-run at San Diego Comic-Con. Working with Hex Publishers, Bret and Jeanni brought the Amazon bestselling It Came From the Multiplex horror anthology to the first Colorado Festival of Horror in 2021. During the pandemic, they became copyeditors on numerous Hex publications including the recent “True Believers” comic book series. Bret Smith is a COFOH: Colorado Festival of Horror co-founder and has enjoyed working special guest relations, financials, and social media for three successful COFOH conventions.

Jeanni Smith

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Jeanni is one of the co-founders of COFOH: Colorado Festival of Horror. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Arizona in Tucson, where she also met and married Bret in 1986. She worked as a wedding and commercial photographer until the births of their two sons: Xander, a TV and film concept artist, and Cameron, a chef. Since 2011 she has been indulging her love of garage and estate sales as an antiques dealer. She and Bret share a love of pop culture and have traveled to conventions all over the country. When she is not helping plan the next COFOH or copyediting for Hex Publishers, you can find her with her three cats, either in the garden or cozied up with a good murder mystery.

Daniel 'Smurf' Sharner

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Smurf> Collector, Adventurer, Timelord, Podcaster, Ghostbuster. He’s walked with angels, kept the company of kings, and has travelled the world, all in the quest for collectible items. It’s been a fun journey so far but he has come home to deliver what the fans and community have been screaming for. The horror festival that Colorado deserves! Using all of his skill and experience; teaming up with his fellow co-founders to do just that.

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Meet Our Staff

Brenda Bedel - Vendor Manager

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Brenda has been doing event management/coordination for over 10 years encompassing pop culture, horror, and roller derby events. She is a frequent traveler but the mountains are her home. She is active as a community volunteer co-chair, connecting volunteers with their local community nonprofits. She also aspires to one day become a LEGO Master.

Jenn Gomez - Volunteer Manager

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Jenn has 8 years of experience as a volunteer manager, connecting people with the hobbies they love. She is a colorado transplant and have lived here for 2 years. When she's not coordinating amazing volunteers, she's indulging in thriller movies that keep her on the edge of her seat or you can catch her on the roller derby track, calling penalties like a boss!

Chris Rocco - Program Director

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Chris Rocco has been a horror nerd since he was about 5 years old and his grandmother started showing him the classics. Halloween, Friday the 13th, Demon Wind (I will hear zero sass about Demon Wind, that movie is a treasure). Since then he’s had weird ideas about appropriate media (What do you MEAN Salo isn’t a date movie?!?) and is grateful to have found you all who are apparently just as weird to accept him.

After hanging out with COFOH for a few years he is now proud to assume the role of Head of Programming and curate the best panels, workshops and events we can to keep our little con growing. It’s ok folks, this is also what he does in his day job.

Becky McDaniel - Webmaster

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Becky is a self-taught front-end web developer, and had a vision for a new and engaging COFOH website. At COFOH you can find her working the merchandising booth and helping out wherever she is needed. In her free time, she enjoys building LEGO sets, working conventions with her local community groups, as well as having a wide range of interests like fountain pens and journaling, to being a Colorado Ghostbuster and enjoying everything life has to offer. She keeps busy with projects nearly all the time, current projects (other than the site) is to build her first LEGO modular Sit-complex.

The Colorado Festival of Horror (COFOH) is brought to you by COFOH Entertainment and will be a highlight for the horror genre and all that it bleeds. COFOH: Friday the 13th will be a platform for the community to unite over the love of horror and everything that creeps in the night!

Where & When?

September 13 - 15, 2024
Denver Marriott South
at Park Meadows Lone Tree