Last year, Friday the 13th and horror fans were conned by one of our own out of thousands of dollars and crushed promises. John Gray had announced what sounded like the epitome of Friday the 13th horror events with Texas Fearfest: Camp Blood. The event boasted over 90 guests from EVERY installment of the franchise but the sad truth was that none of it was real. After postponing the event two times and weeks of rumors that the show wasn't going to happen, Gray and others associated with creating this event kept shooting down the naysayers and people kept purchasing tickets to an event that never happened. John Gray stole thousands of dollars from horror fans and outside of ruining his reputation and ability to use a social networking site...he's gone unpunished and fans have gone without satisfaction or reimbursements. That is...until now. Queen of the horror media, Kristy Jett, saw horror fans being screwed over by this clown ass and decided to do something about it. Below is an open letter from Kristy to those that were scammed by John Gray. Spread the word, and help those who were affected by this doucher.
An Open Letter To Camp Blood Victims (By Kristy Jett)
My name is Kristy Jett and about a year ago I undertook a huge task- first to expose John Gray for his fraudulent behavior, and secondly to try and raise some money for those affected by that behavior.
To refresh your memory, John Gray, creator of Texas FearFest announced that he would be putting on the ultimate Friday the 13th convention which he would call Camp Blood- featuring cast members from every single FT13th film. He claimed to have big-time sponsors and involvement from huge stars. Amongst rumors of it all being fake, he moved the date and then the venue, then when the time came he had no show at all as many fans and insiders predicted. In the end, many fans were out hundreds of dollars and John Gray with a hundred excuses except for one where he admitted his own guilt.
This had been going on for months when I caught wind of it. I slowly but surely continued to chip away at the story, even having Gray himself come at me- threatening to sue me for defamation…when in reality all I did was force him to answer questions he had no answers for. Scratch that, he had answers, but they were all lies. In the end, even a local TV station exposed him, citing my and many other articles in this news report: http://dfw.cbslocal.com/2011/06/08/horror-film-fans-shocked-by-no-show-convention/
After this I decided I wanted to try and do something to give back to the fans who were scammed by this guy. I gathered items for an online auction in aneffort to give some money back to the fans. Since then, my life has becomea whirlwind of activity career and personal-wise and this cause has fallento the wayside. The biggest part of this has been how busy I have been-between my writing career, my day job and also joining the team working to make the sequel to Behind the Mask: the Rise of Leslie Vernon a reality I have had little time to think let alone pick back up this cause. Another sad reality is that over the past year people have been looking to me for answers about John Gray and I have had none. I am not an officer of the law, I am simply a horror nerd who saw other horror nerds who got shafted and I wanted to do something to help.
John Gray took this opportunity to disappear from online and almost disappear completely.
The one thing I need to make abundantly clear to every single fan who was affected by Gray and Camp Blood is that nothing is going to happen to Gray unless all of you continue to put the pressure on the Texas State Attorney Generals office. In the end, I won’t be able to raise all of the money you lost, and in fact after this set of auctions I am hanging up my spurs so to speak. I knew I would never be able to give you back everything you lost, and I got in over my head to do even this. But I am a woman of my word and I will see this part of the journey through. But as I said, it’s going to be up to YOU to fight and make John Gray pay for what he did to you and your fellow nerds.
You can file a complaint with the Texas State Attorney Generals Office here: https://www.oag.state.tx.us/consumer/complain.shtml or you can directly call their offices at: (800) 621-0508. Don’t let them forget about John Gray and what he did.
But now for the part I can control and be a part of- on May 23rd, I will be listing a series of auctions on Ebay. All proceeds will go to those victims who contacted me last year to say they were victims of Camp Blood. These auctions will take place here: http://www.ebay.com/sch/videonastyproductions/m.html?_nkw=&_armrs=1&_from=&_ipg= They will feature a large majority of celebrity autographs including Friday stars Adrienne King, Kane Hodder and Amy Steel along with other stars like Alex Winter and Lori Cardille. There will be other memorabilia including a Ft13th Part 3 mask autographed by numerous Friday stars, and other memorabilia in general. If you are not a victim of Camp Blood and would like to donate an item to be auctioned please contacted me: firstname.lastname@example.org
In the end, my apologies go to anyone who assumed I had forgotten or didn’t care - that couldn’t be further from the truth. The horror community is my family, and over the past year I have become close to many of the people who were scammed by John Gray. This has always been in the back of my mind. And now I am trying to end this on a positive note. Let’s hope with your help the Texas State Attorney General brings you real justice.