The ten best geek events in Denver in August

Evil Dead: The Musical.
Evil Dead: The Musical.

The dog days of summer are upon us. Luckily, we geeks have nothing to worry about, because August is full of opportunities to beat the heat and have some nerd-friendly fun at the same time. From gaming conventions and classic geek films to the world's nerdiest county fair, August offers a multitude of opportunities to get your geek on. Here are the month's ten best geek events in Denver.

See also: - Dungeons and Dragons changed my life -- thanks, Gygax - Denver County Fair Geek Pavilion: "Stormtroopers, zombies, steampunks ... it's going to be pretty dang cool" - Kevin O'Brien on the These Things Matter podcast and Mile High Sci Fi

10) Sleepaway Camp with Jonathan Tiersten in person Horror geeks have a special place in their hearts for the 1983 summer-camp slasher Sleepaway Camp. Like its more famous predecessor Friday the 13th, Sleepaway Camp features teen campers and adult staff being murdered in creative ways and a WTF twist ending. If you haven't seen it, don't spoil it with a Google search; just take this opportunity to see it on the big screen and be glad you waited. As a bonus, actor Jonathan Tiersten, who plays the role of Ricky, will be on hand to answer questions and lead Sleepaway Camp-themed games.

See Sleepaway Camp at 7 p.m. Wednesday, August 21 at the Alamo Drafthouse. For tickets and more info, visit the Alamo Drafthouse website.

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9) Evil Dead: The Musical You read that right: Evil Dead: The Musical, as in a musical version of Sam Raimi's classic horror comedy series. The stage show combines plot elements from all three of the films -- Evil Dead, Evil Dead 2 and Army of Darkness -- then adds songs like "All the Men in My Life Keep Getting Killed by Candarian Demons," "Look Who's Evil Now" and "Do the Necronomicon" to make one batshit crazy take on the timeless tale of possession, dismemberment and death. All that, plus a "splatter zone" where the audience gets covered in gore. Groovy.

Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. starting August 23 at the Bug Theatre. Tickets start at $20. For more info and tickets, visit the Equinox Theatre Company website.

Detail from the cover of Kadrey's Kill City Blues
Detail from the cover of Kadrey's Kill City Blues

8) Richard Kadrey Kill City Blues Richard Kadrey's Sandman Slim novels are widely acknowledged as some of the best contemporary fantasy of the past decade. His latest, Kill City Blues, finds his protagonist searching for a lost weapon of unimaginable power while pursued by angry elder gods and other nasty things. That's no small task, even for a man who's already escaped Hell, but if anyone can do it, it's Sandman Slim.

Richard Kadrey will read from and sign Kill City Blues on Thursday, August 1 at Tattered Cover Colfax. Admission is free; the book is $24.99. Get more info at the Tattered Cover website.

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