The 2014 World Horror Convention is proud to host the 2014 Bram Stoker Awards Banquet (honoring 2013 achievement in the horror genre) on the evening of Saturday, May 10th. Tickets are $50 each, and are available for advance purchase on our Registration Page.
There are only 300 tickets to this event, so DON’T WAIT.
About the Bram Stoker Awards
Each year, the Horror Writer’s Association presents the Bram Stoker Awards for Superior Achievement, named in honor of Bram Stoker, author of the seminal horror work, Dracula. The Bram Stoker Awards were instituted immediately after the organization’s incorporation in 1987.
To ameliorate the competitive nature of any award system, the Bram Stoker Awards are given “for superior achievement,” not for “best of the year,” and the rules are deliberately designed to make ties possible. The first awards were presented in 1988 (for works published in 1987) and they have been presented every year since. The award itself is an eight-inch replica of a fanciful haunted house, designed specifically for HWA by sculptor Steven Kirk. The door of the house opens to reveal a brass plaque engraved with the name of the winning work and its author.
Any work of Horror first published in the English language may be considered for an award during the year of its publication. The categories for which a Bram Stoker Award may be presented have varied over the years, reflecting the state of the publishing industry and the horror genre.
From 2011 the eleven Bram Stoker Award categories are: Novel, First Novel, Short Fiction, Long Fiction, Young Adult, Fiction Collection, Poetry Collection, Anthology, Screenplay, Graphic Novel and Non-Fiction.
There are two paths to a work becoming a Nominee for the Bram Stoker Award. In one, the HWA membership at large recommends worthy works for consideration. A preliminary ballot for each category is compiled using a formula based on these recommendations. In the second, a Jury for each category also compiles a preliminary ballot. Two rounds of voting by our Active members then determine first the Final Ballot (all those appearing on the Final Ballot are “Bram Stoker Nominees”), and then the Bram Stoker Award Winners. The Winners are announced and the Bram Stoker Awards presented at a gala banquet, normally during the period between March and June.
In addition, Lifetime Achievement Awards are occasionally presented to individuals whose entire body of work has substantially influenced Horror.
Victoria Price brings her unique story to the national stage as a designer, art consultant, author and public speaker. Growing up in Hollywood as the daughter of actor and art collector Vincent Price and designer Mary Grant Price, Victoria developed her own vibrant contemporary design aesthetic, which she fuses with her extensive knowledge of the visual arts–seamlessly blending modern and historic, regional and international, ethnographic and urban styles to create unique living and working environments.
Price is also a popular public speaker on topics ranging from industrial design to art collecting to making peace with our past stories in order to expand our creative futures–as well as the life of her famous father. She has been privileged to speak all over the United States and Europe–at design conferences, colleges, conventions, and on behalf of private companies.
Her critically-acclaimed biography of her father, Vincent Price: A Daughter’s Biography, was published in 1999 by St Martin’s Press. She has also written for the New York Times, A&E’s Biography, and many other national, regional, and local magazines, newspapers and television programs. Price has appeared on Good Morning America, A&E Biography, NPR’s Fresh Air and many other national, regional and local TV and radio programs. Articles about Price and her work have appeared in such national and international publications as USA Today, People, Hello!, Travel & Leisure, Art & Auction, Sunset, Western Interiors, the Santa Fean, and Santa Fe Trend.
She has taught at the University of New Mexico and New Mexico Highlands University. Price earned her bachelor’s degree in art history and theatre from Williams College, which has one of the most prestigious art history programs in the country. And she completed the doctoral program in American Studies at the University of New Mexico.
The World Horror Convention 2014 Writers’ Workshop is pleased to accept short story and novel excerpt manuscript submissions from horror writers wishing to have their work critiqued by professional writers during the Convention. Our manuscript submission window runs from Friday, November 1st, 2013 until Friday, February 28th, 2014. Full details and information HERE.
by admin on Jun.01, 2013, under Uncategorized
World Horror Convention 2014
Portland, OR, May 8 – 11, 2014
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 31, 2013
PORTLAND, Oregon – Membership prices for the 2014 World Horror Convention will increase from $100 to $125 at 11:59PM PDT June 2, 2013.
Hotel bookings will be available June 2, 2013, and the Organizers have negotiated rates for extended dates before and after the Convention so that attendees can take in some of the many activities Portland has to offer. Please follow the link below to book your rooms:
The Convention is proud to announce a Special Guest, John Shirley. John is a novelist, screenwriter, television writer, songwriter and author of numerous story collections. One of his collections, “Black Butterflies”, won the Bram Stoker Award© in 1998.
ABOUT THE WORLD HORROR SOCIETY AND THE WORLD HORROR CONVENTION
The World Horror Society was formed in 1991 by Maureen Dorris and is an unincorporated literary society made up of professionals in the horror field and past convention chairs. The World Horror Convention (WHC) is an annual gathering of professionals in the horror industry: publishers, authors, artists, musicians, filmmakers, dealers and, of course, horror fans. WHC serves as both an industry insider’s networking event and a chance for fans of the genre to get together, meet some of the creative talents in the field, and generally spend a weekend celebrating All Things Scary.
To learn more, please visit www.worldhorrorconvention.com
The World Horror Convention Art Show schedule and a few updates have been posted at http://stokers2013.horror.org/artshow.html. Submissions for the 2013 Art Show are still being accepted – details HERE.
by admin on Mar.02, 2013, under Uncategorized
OSFCI & WHS ANNOUNCE LOCATION OF THE 2014 WORLD HORROR CONVENTION
World Horror Convention 2014
Portland, OR May 8 – 11, 2014
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 27, 2013
PORTLAND, Oregon – Oregon Science Fiction Conventions, Inc. (OSFCI)
and the World Horror Society (WHS) are pleased to announce that the
2014 World Horror Convention will be held in Portland, OR on May 8th -
11th at the DoubleTree by Hilton Portland. The convention’s website
will be located at http://www.worldhorror2014.org
Facebook Group which can be found under World Horror Convention 2014.
The event will include the traditional World Horror Con components
including the Art Show, Artists Reception, Dealers Room, Mass
Autographing, and Grandmaster Award, plus a few new items. The
Convention membership fee will cover most events, excepting only any
special events such as writers’ workshops, which will be charged
The Convention is proud to announce our Guests of Honor:
Author Guests of Honor:
Artist Guest of Honor:
Editor Guest of Honor:
Ghost of Honor:
Alan M. Clark
Additional Guests will be announced as they are confirmed. Membership
sales will begin March 4, 2013, with voting for the WHC Grandmaster
Award starting in the summer. Hotel bookings will be available June 1,
2013, and the Organizers have negotiated rates for extended dates
before and after the Convention so that attendees can take in some of
the many activities Portland has to offer.
OSFCI President, Beverly Block, commented “The Portland area has
many enthusiastic horror fans, as evidenced by the very successful
horror-based theme for our local convention a few years back. We are
confident that the 2014 World Horror Convention will deliver a great
experience for fan and professional alike.”
“We are pleased that the World Horror Convention is returning to
Oregon” says World Horror Society board member Mike Willmoth.
“Portland is a great convention city and it has a lot to offer someone
ABOUT THE WORLD HORROR SOCIETY AND THE WORLD HORROR CONVENTION
The World Horror Society was formed in 1991 by Maureen Dorris and is
an unincorporated literary society made up of professionals in the
horror field and past convention chairs. The World Horror Convention
(WHC) is an annual gathering of professionals in the horror industry:-
publishers, authors, artists, musicians, filmmakers, dealers and, of
course, horror fans. WHC serves as both an industry insider’s
networking event and a chance for fans of the genre to get together,
meet some of the creative talents in the field, and generally spend a
weekend celebrating All Things Scary.
In the late 1980′s, a growing number of horror professionals and
fans who attended the World Fantasy Convention (at that time one of
the only conventions for horror fans) felt that they needed a
convention of their own. Founded by Beth Gwinn (who had the idea),
Joann Parsons and Maurine Dorris, the first World Horror Convention
was held in Nashville, Tennessee in 1991.
There has been a World Horror Convention every year since, in cities
all over the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom. Guests of
Honor have included virtually every living legend in the horror field
in literature, movies, television, art and more.
To learn more, please visit www.worldhorrorconvention.com
The Programming Schedule for the World Horror Convention 2013 in New Orleans has been published at http://stokers2013.horror.org/programming.html. There will likely be changes between now and June (there always are), so keep an eye on Stokers2013.org for updates.
THE BRAM STOKER AWARD® FOR LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT is presented periodically to an individual whose work has substantially influenced the horror genre. While this award is often presented to a writer, it may also be given for influential accomplishments in other creative fields.
The Horror Writers Association has chosen two long-time icons of the genre to receive the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award this year. The award, given in recognition of the recipient’s overall body of work, will go to Clive Barker and to Robert McCammon.
A visionary, fantasist, poet and painter, Clive Barker has expanded the reaches of human imagination as a novelist, director, screenwriter and dramatist. An inveterate seeker who traverses between myriad styles with ease, Barker has left his indelible artistic mark on a range of projects that reflect his creative grasp of contemporary media — from familiar literary terrain to the progressive vision of his Seraphim production company. His 1998 Gods and Monsters garnered three Academy Award nominations and an Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay. The following year, Barker joined the ranks of such illustrious authors as Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Annie Dillard and Aldous Huxley when his collection of literary works was inducted into the Perennial line at HarperCollins, who then published The Essential Clive Barker, a 700-page anthology with an introduction by Armistead Maupin.
Barker began his odyssey in the London theatre, scripting original plays for his group The Dog Company, including “The History of the Devil”, “Frankenstein in Love” and “Crazyface”. Soon, Barker began publishing his The Books of Blood short fiction collections; but it was his debut novel,The Damnation Game that widened his already growing international audience.
He shifted gears in 1987 when he directed Hellraiser based on his novella The Hellbound Heart, which became a veritable cult classic spawning a slew of sequels, several lines of comic books, and an array of merchandising. In 1990, he adapted and directed Nightbreed from his short story “Cabal”. Two years later, Barker executive produced the housing-project story Candyman, as well as the 1995 sequel Candyman 2: Farewell to the Flesh. Also that year, he directed Scott Bakula and Famke Janssen in the noir-esque detective tale Lord of Illusions.
Barker’s literary works include such best-selling fantasies as Weaveworld, Imajica, and Everville, the children’s novel The Thief of Always, Sacrament, Galilee and Coldheart Canyon. The first of his quintet of children’s books, Abarat, was published in October 2002 to resounding critical acclaim, followed by Abarat II: Days of Magic, Nights of War and Abarat III: Absolute Midnight; Barker is currently completing the fourth in the series. As an artist, Barker frequently turns to the canvas to fuel his imagination with hugely successful exhibitions across America. His neo-expressionist paintings have been showcased in two large format books, Clive Barker, Illustrator, volumes I & II.
The HWA’s Lifetime Achievement Award Committee Chair, Yvonne Navarro commented, “Clive Barker has had an enormous influence on Gen-X horror authors and has a marked influence on horror as a whole through his writing and movies; his Cenobites have become imprinted in the darkest corners of the public imagination. From his Books of Blood in 1984 to the volumes of his Abarat Quintet, he has continually pushed the boundaries of horror genre to extend above and beyond any kind of stock definition. His vision extends beyond the written word, encompassing art, film, comics, video games, toys and more. He is truly a 21st century multimedia artist.”
Clive responded, “The timing of this award is entirely unexpected. It has been a difficult year personally and I am very honored by this and I accept it with great gratitude. It’s a lovely thing to get and I’m incredibly moved. Truly. I look back over the list of past winners – Ray Bradbury, Vincent Price, Harlan Ellison, Steve King – and see that I am in unparalleled company, so I’m doubly honored by that. From the bottom of my heart, I thank the Horror Writers Association.”
Robert McCammon is a New York Times bestselling author and World Fantasy award winner. He is the author of seventeen books, among them the novels Boy’s Life, Swan Song and The Five.
A native of Birmingham, Alabama, McCammon is better known to his friends and in the horror community as “Rick”. He has won numerous awards, including the French Grand Prize of the Imagination Award for Best Foreign Novel for The Wolf’s Hour. His novel The Queen Of Bedlam was nominated for the 2008 Thriller Award from the International Thriller Writers, and he is very pleased to be published in dozens of languages around the world. He won the Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in a Novel for Swan Song (1987), Mine (1990) and Boy’s Life (1991).
McCammon is currently writing a series of ten books centered around a young detective named Matthew Corbett in colonial New York in the early 1700s. The third in that series, Mister Slaughter, was published early in 2010 and the fourth, The Providence Rider, in 2012.
McCammon is one of the founders of the Horror Writer Association, along with Dean Koontz and Joe and Karen Lansdale. He is currently working on the fifth in the Corbett series, titled The River Of Souls, and also on a large-scope science-fiction/horror novel.
Yvonne Navarro said, “Robert McCammon is one of the original masters of horror fiction who was influential on those who began reading horror during the boom of the 70s and 80s; the New Twilight Zone adaptation of his story “Nightcrawlers” further influenced a generation of horror media fans. The excellence of his earlier work continues to delight new readers, and now that he’s returned to writing after a nearly twenty-year break, both long-time and new fans eagerly await his future books. McCammon was instrumental in the creation of the Horror Writers Association and has mentored numerous authors throughout his career.”
Rick responded, “I’m pleased and honored to have been part of the creation of the Horror Writers of America (now the Horror Writers Association), and doubly pleased and honored to be given this award. Thank you and I look forward to seeing you in New Orleans.”
The Lifetime Achievement Award is the most prestigious of the Bram Stoker Awards, given by the HWA in acknowledgment of superior achievement not just in a single work but over an entire career. Past Lifetime Achievement Award winners include such noted authors as Stephen King, Anne Rice, Joyce Carol Oates, Ray Bradbury, Chelsea Quinn Yarbro, Ramsey Campbell and Peter Straub. Winners must have exhibited a profound, positive impact on the fields of horror and dark fantasy, and be at least sixty years of age or have been published for a minimum of thirty-five years. Recipients are chosen annually by a committee; this one chaired by Yvonne Navarro and including John Everson, Kathy Ptacek, Lucy Snyder and Tim Waggoner.
The LAAs will be presented on June 15 as part of the Bram Stoker Awards Banquet, at the Bram Stoker Awards Weekend, incorporating World Horror Convention 2013 in New Orleans. Robert McCammon will be in attendance and Mark Miller will accept for Clive Barker.
The following individuals have received the Bram Stoker Lifetime Achievement Award:
2011 - Rick Hautala, Joe Lansdale
2010 - Ellen Datlow, Al Feldstein
2009 - Brian Lumley, William F. Nolan
2008 - F. Paul Wilson, Chelsea Quinn Yarbro
2007 - John Carpenter, Robert Weinberg
2006 - Thomas Harris
2005 - Peter Straub
2004 - Michael Moorcock
2003 - Anne Rice, Martin H. Greenberg
2002 - Stephen King, J.N. Williamson
2001 - John Farris
2000 - Nigel Kneale
1999 - Edward Gorey, Charles L. Grant
1998 - Ramsey Campbell, Roger Corman
1997 - William Peter Blatty, Jack Williamson
1996 - Ira Levin, Forrest J. Ackerman
1995 - Harlan Ellison
1994 - Christopher Lee
1993 - Joyce Carol Oates
1992 - Ray Russell
1991 - Gahan Wilson
1990 - Hugh B. Cave, Richard Matheson
1989 - Robert Bloch
1988 - Ray Bradbury, Ronald Chetwynd-Hayes
1987 - Fritz Leiber, Frank Belknap Long, Clifford D. Simak
The World Horror Convention 2014 will take place in Portland, Oregon. The line up so far:
- Author Guest of Honor: Nancy Holder
- Author Guest of Honor: Jack Ketchum
- Artist Guest of Honor: Gret Staples
- Editor Guest of Honor: Paula Guran
- Ghost of Honor: Edward Gorey
- Toastmaster: Alan M. Clark