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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.
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
The World Horror Convention 2013 in New Orleans, LA (with the HWA Stoker Awards Weekend) is now accepting registrations for its art show. Head over to http://stokers2013.org/artshow.html for full details and information
The Horror Writers Association (HWA) and World Horror Society (WHS) are pleased to announce that the World Horror Convention 2013 will be hosted by the HWA. WHC2013 will be part of the stand-alone Bram Stoker Awards Weekend in New Orleans from 13-16 June 2013.
Both WHS and HWA are very pleased that we are able to combine this event. Currently, HWA holds its iconic Bram Stoker Awards Banquet in conjunction with WHC in even numbered years and stages its own stand-alone Convention in odd numbered years, so combining the event in 2013 is seen as beneficial to the whole horror community.
The event will be billed as the Bram Stoker Awards Weekend incorporating World Horror Convention 2013, with a website at: http://www.stokers2013.org/ . The World Horror Convention (WHC) programming will primarily be held on Friday 14 June, with the normal WHC components including the Art Show, Artists Reception, Dealers Room, Mass Autographing and Grandmaster Award featuring over the weekend. The Convention membership fee covers both HWA and WHC events, excepting the Banquet and any special events such as writers workshops, which are charged separately.
HWA programming will concentrate on Saturday 15 June and will culminate with the Bram Stoker Awards Banquet that evening. Other HWA programming will feature on the Thursday and the Sunday. Guests of Honor will be announced as they are confirmed. The Convention will be held at the historic Hotel Monteleone in the French Quarter. Greg Herren is Chair of the Organizing Committee for the Weekend and HWA will also shortly announce a Chair for the WHC component.
Membership sales will begin in the second half of 2012, as will voting for the WHC Grandmaster Award. Hotel bookings will be available shortly, and the Organizers have negotiated rates for extended dates before and after the Convention, so that attendees can enjoy some of the many benefits New Orleans has to offer.
HWA President Rocky Wood commented, This is the first time that HWA has hosted a World Horror Convention and we are pleased that we are able to do so within our own convention, the Bram Stoker Awards Weekend, which we hold every odd numbered year. And of course in 2013 we are in the historic, haunted and literary city of New Orleans, Louisiana, affectionately known as NOLA. This is a win-win for the horror community if ever there was one.
WHS spokesman, Mike Willmoth, said: The World Horror Society is pleased to be working with HWA on WHC2013 next year in New Orleans during the Bram Stoker Awards Weekend. We look forward to a fabulous combined event.
About WHS/World Horror Convention: The World Horror Society was formed in 1991 by Maureen Dorris who was the Chair of WHC1991 and WHC1992 in Nashville, Tennessee, USA. Since then WHC has been held annually in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. More history, details about bidding, and a current list of board members can be found at www.worldhorrorconvention.com
HWA: Lisa Morton [email protected]
The 2012 Art Show is looking for artists to display and sell their art. We’re also looking for attendees to take advantage of our artist’s alley to do some live drawing, etc. For information, go to http://whc2012.org/artshow.html.