About the World Horror Convention
The World Horror Convention 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 as well as Canada and the UK. Guests of Honor have included virtually every living legend in the horror field in literature, movies, television, art and more.
The World Horror Convention is presided over year-to-year by the World Horror Society, an unincorporated literary society made up of professionals in the horror field and past convention chairs. The first WHS Board consisted of, Beth Gwinn, Jo Fletcher, Charles L. Grant, Steven Jones, Ginger Buchanan, Stanley Wiater, Joanne Parson & Maurine Dorris. The current Board is listed on the WHS Page.
While every year’s convention runs its own site (see the Future and Past links for specifics), this site is intended as an on-going link between each years’ conventions, providing a continuous reference point and repository of information for future convention attendees, guests, sponsors and organizers.
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