World Hor­ror con­ven­tion

7- 10 May 2015, At­lanta Mar­riott Mar­quis Ho­tel

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An­thony Tay­lor re­ports on the con­ven­tion cel­e­brat­ing 25 scary years

Nearly 500 mem­bers of The Hor­ror Writ­ers As­so­ci­a­tion gath­ered in At­lanta, Ge­or­gia, over the week­end of 8- 10 May to celebrate the sil­ver an­niver­sary of the con­ven­tion. World Hor­ror Con was started in 1991 in Nashville, Ten­nessee, by mem­bers of the pro­fes­sional writ­ers as­so­ci­a­tion to celebrate the year’s best hor­ror fic­tion via the Bram Stoker Awards.

This year’s event fea­tured sev­eral pro­gram­ming tracks aimed at im­prov­ing mem­bers’ writ­ing, mar­ket­ing and busi­ness skills, as well as read­ings, a film fes­ti­val, art show and a mass sign­ing which was open to the public. Guests of hon­our in­cluded writ­ers Char­laine Harris, Jonathan Maberry, Christo­pher Golden, John Far­ris, Kami Gar­cia, Lisa Tut­tle, artist Bob Eg­gle­ton and Grand Master Wil­liam F Nolan, co- cre­ator of Lo­gan’s Run.

At­ten­dees could par­take in pan­els such as “LGBT Themes In Hor­ror Fic­tion”, “Dark Car­nivàle: Freaks, Geeks, Ma­gi­cians And Spir­i­tu­al­ists” ( which fea­tured Daniel Knauf, cre­ator of HBO’s Car­nivàle), “South­ern Folk­lore In Hor­ror Literature, Ins And Outs Of Op­tions In To­day’s Film Mar­ket”, and many oth­ers. Though a pro­fes­sional con­fer­ence more than fan con­ven­tion, guests were en­cour­aged to cos­play and revel at the Sil­ver Scream Spook Show Creepy Cos­tume Ball on Fri­day night.

The Stoker Awards ban­quet was held on Satur­day 9 May, and awards were pre­sented for Su­pe­rior Achieve­ments in a novel to Blood Kin by Steve Ras­nic Tem, graphic novel to Bad Blood by Jonathan Maberry, screen­play for The Babadook by Jen­nifer Kent, and oth­ers. In ad­di­tion, Life­time Achieve­ment Awards were pre­sented to Tanith Lee ( just a few weeks be­fore her death) and Jack Ketchum, and the Grand Master Award to Wil­liam F Nolan.

The Hor­ror Writ­ers As­so­ci­a­tion will re­con­vene at World Hor­ror Con 26 in Provo, Utah from 28 April to 1 May 2016. www. whc2015. org

Char­laine Harris and Wil­liam F Nolan.

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