The Magic of Horror started in 2016 as a screenwriting competition and has expanded into an annual festival event to celebrate the elements that go into creating the "movie magic" of the horror genre.

MOH was designed for the enjoyment of both film-makers and film-watchers with a selection of films from creators of all experience levels. We make sure that there are plenty of opportunities for the film-makers to interact with the audience to promote their projects and do some networking as well.

While we are still a small festival, we are growing every year and we try to pay attention to the little details.  

The Magic of Horror will be taking place at the historical Firehouse Theatre in Richmond, Virginia on September 20, 2020.

Short films and feature trailers will be screening throughout the day with Q&A sessions with the attending film-makers.

Screenwriting Finalists tell us about their scripts in our "Script Talk" session.

New for 2020 is our "Give Us Your Worst!" block. We'll be screening some pretty bad short films and the film-makers will tell us all about how things went horribly wrong. It's both education for aspiring film-makers and also downright funny!

Scheduled intermissions throughout the day allow film-makers and attendees to mingle and network!  

A concessions stand including a beer and wine bar is available at the theatre.

Vendors will also be available throughout the day with all kinds of fun horror and Halloween-themed items for sale.

Audience members will be able to vote for their favorites for the Audience Choice Awards.

The evening concludes with the Awards Ceremony followed by Red Carpet Photos with our winners!


We're not just horror fans... we are all actively working in the industry that orchestrates your nightmares! We're writers, film-makers, entertainers, and veteran haunters who have made the art of fear our specialty.

To us, the real "magic" of a horror film is in the creation of the story and the visual aspects. It all starts with a contest for the writers who dream up the scary stories.

Now we also celebrate the set designers who create the atmosphere, the costume designers and makeup artists who create the look for the characters, and the special effects artists who work their magic to make us believe that something terrible is happening.

Of course, we certainly don't forget about the cinematographers that capture all the magic, or the actors who bring it all to life!

The Magic of Horror website, film festival, and contests are run by members and affiliates of Rogue Chimera Films, LLC.

Contest judges are not exclusively members of this company, nor are the founding members judges in the MOH competitions. Screenplays and films produced by Rogue Chimera Films or its associates are not eligible to compete in these contests.

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