CAITLÍN R KIERNAN WORLD HORROR CONVENTION AUTHOR GUEST OF HONOR AT BRAM STOKER AWARDS™ WEEKEND 2013

The following press release comes courtesy of Anita Siraki:

The Horror Writers Association is proud to announce dark fantasy author Caitlín R Kiernan as the Author Guest of Honor for the World Horror Convention (WHC) 2013. In 2013 the HWA is hosting WHC as part of the Bram Stoker Awards™ Weekend in New Orleans from 13-16 June.

The New York Times recently called Caitlín R. Kiernan, “one of our essential writers of dark fiction.” She is the author of various dark-fantasy novels, beginning with Silk and followed by Threshold, Low Red Moon, The Five of Cups, Murder of Angels, Daughter of Hounds, and The Red Tree. Her ninth novel, The Drowning Girl: A Memoir, was released in April 2012.

In 2011, Subterranean Press released Two Worlds and In Between: The Best of Caitlín R. Kiernan (Volume 1), a retrospective of her short fiction from 1993-2004 (a second volume is planned for 2014). Publisher’s Weekly declared the collection one of the six best F/SF works of 2011. Two of her novellas have appeared as short hardbacks: In the Garden of Poisonous Flowers and The Dry Salvages. She has also worked in comics, scripting thirty-eight issues of the DC/Vertigo comic The Dreaming, along with two mini-series: The Girl Who Would Be Death and Bast: Eternity Game. In April 2012, she returned to comics and graphic novels, writing Alabaster, which features her albino monster-slayer, Dancy Flammarion. Her next novel, Blood Oranges, will be released in 2013. Illustrated versions of The Red Tree and The Drowning Girl: A Memoir will be published in 2013 and 2014.

Born in Dublin, Ireland, Kiernan was raised in the south-eastern US, and now lives in Providence, Rhode Island with her partner.

HWA President Rocky Wood said, “Caitlín R. Kiernan’s reputation increases with every novel, graphic novel and short story she releases. She has received multiple Bram Stoker Award, British Fantasy Award, World Fantasy Award and Shirley Jackson Award nominations. She is a worthy Author Guest of Honor for World Horror Convention and we look forward to her sharing more about her career to date, the importance of dark fantasy and her plans for the future.”

Kiernan joins previously announced Bram Stoker Award Weekend Guests of Honor Ramsey Campbell and Jonathan Maberry, World Horror Convention Guest Editor John Joseph Adams, and Toastmaster Jeff Strand on the Guest list. Further Guests are due to be announced.

The Bram Stoker Awards Weekend incorporating the World Horror Convention 2013 will be held at the Hotel Monteleone in New Orleans, Louisiana. The dedicated website is http://www.stokers2013.org/ . The Horror Writers Association (www.horror.org), the peak group for horror writers, is also hosting World Horror Convention as part of our regular Weekend. The HWA is a worldwide organization promoting dark literature and its creators. Started in 1985, it has over 700 members writing professionally in fiction, nonfiction, videogames, film, poetry, comics, and other media. The World Horror Convention is hosted on behalf of the World Horror Society, http://worldhorrorconvention.com/.

Caitlín joins already announced Guests – Ramsey Campbell, John Joseph Adams, Jonathan Maberry, and Jeff Strand. Further Guests will be announced shortly.

Anita Siraki, Bram Stoker Awards Weekend 2013/WHC2013 Social Media Co-ordinator
http://www.stokers2013.org
http://www.stokers2013.org

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Rage Against the Night – An Anthology to Benefit Rocky Wood

Rage Against the Night – An Anthology to Benefit Rocky Wood

 

Under the onslaught of supernatural evil, the acts of good people can seem insignificant, but a courageous few stand apart. These brave men and women stand up to the darkness, stare it right in the eye, and give it the finger. These are the stories of those who rage against the night, stories of triumph, sacrifice, and bravery in the face of overwhelming evil.

 

Rocky Wood – Bram Stoker Award™-winning author, Stephen King scholar, and president of the Horror Writers Association – is one of the bravest men I know.  Diagnosed with ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis), also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, Rocky has nonetheless set out to redefine the Horror Writers Association as the inclusive voice of the horror community.  From his home inAustralia, Rocky travels the world, attending many conventions each year, in order to foster that sense of community among writers, publishers, agents and other industry professionals.

 

I call him the bravest man I know because he towers above the obstacles in his way, not only the ALS, which is a mountain of an obstacle in and of itself, but also the headstrong egos and maddening politics that always seem to plague groups of creative people.  He is a model of teamwork, relentless energy, and above all, vision.  In just a few short years he has created a legacy in the HWA that will define the organization for decades to come.  Positive change and a spirit of renewed enthusiasm follow him everywhere.  For all those reasons, I am in awe of him, and for all those reasons, I am honored to call him my friend.

 

So, imagine my surprise – and pleasure! – when Shane Jiraiya Cummings contacted me about donating a story for an anthology to help Rocky Wood with some of his medical expenses.  I couldn’t say yes fast enough!  “What’s the theme?” I asked.  “How soon do you need it?”

 

Shane’s idea was a collection of stories showcasing good triumphing over evil.  He said it was the perfect testament to Rocky, and I agreed on the spot.

 

The story I sent Shane was “The Gunner’s Love Song,” one of my earliest.  In it, a young man comes home toEast Texasshortly after World War II to find his cousin, who has a heavy speech impediment and a reputation for being a little slow, suddenly villainized by their town because of his romance with a woman rumored to be a werewolf.

 

Fans of Manly Wade Wellman will undoubtedly see my influences shining through in this story; and believe me, I had a hard time resisting the urge to go back through the tale and “clean it up a bit,” to sort of buff out the obvious Wellman touches.  But I resisted because “The Gunner’s Love Song” has something special to it.  It has a lot of Wellman, to be sure, but it has a lot of me, too.  In fact, it was the first time I remember feeling my own voice surging through in the fiction.  The story is genuine.  It’s a little raw, perhaps, but it’s me, and I see in this story the elements that would take hold and grow in my later fiction: themes like a sense of optimism that’s been tested and tempered by trial and the importance of good guardianship.

 

In short, the story worked for me, and when I sent it to Shane, he agreed.

 

Apparently he really agreed, for he chose it as the lead-off story in a collection that features an amazing roster of creative talent.  Check out this table of contents:

 

The Gunner’s Love Song—Joe McKinney

Keeping Watch—Nate Kenyon

Like Part of the Family—Jonathan Maberry

The Edge of Seventeen—Alexandra Sokoloff

The View from the Top—Bev Vincent

Afterward, There Will Be a Hallway—Gary A. Braunbeck

Following Marla—John R. Little

Magic Numbers—Gene O’Neill

Tail the Barney—Stephen M. Irwin

The Nightmare Dimension—David Conyers

Roadside Memorials—Joseph Nassise

Dat Tay Vao—F. Paul Wilson

Constitution—Scott Nicholson

Mr. Aickman’s Air Rifle—Peter Straub

Agatha’s Ghost—Ramsey Campbell

Blue Heeler—Weston Ochse

Sarah’s Visions—Chelsea Quinn Yarbro

More Than Words—David Niall Wilson

Chillers—Lisa Morton

Changed—Nancy Holder

Dead Air—Gary Kemble

Two Fish to Feed the Masses—Daniel G. Keohane

Fenstad’s End—Sarah Langan

Fair Extension—Stephen King

Rocky Wood, Skeleton Killer—Jeff Strand

 

You can pick up the print edition here (Amazon) and here (Barnes & Noble), the Kindle edition here, the Nook edition here, and the Smashwords edition here.

Enjoy!

And to you, Rocky – you’re the best, my friend!

Ramsey Campbell Named as Guest of Honor for the 2013 World Horror Convention

This press release comes to us courtesy of HWA president Rocky Wood:
 
Oxford Companion to English Literature describes Ramsey Campbell as “Britain’s most respected living horror writer”. He has been given more awards than any other writer in the field, including the Lifetime Achievement Award of the Horror Writers Association (HWA), the Grand Master Award of the World Horror Convention and the Living Legend Award of the International Horror Guild.

The Horror Writers Association is proud to announce Ramsey Campbell as our first Guest of Honor for the Bram Stoker Awards™ Weekend 2013, to be held in New Orleans from 13-16 June 2013. HWA President Rocky Wood said, “Ramsey is a truly a legend in horror. As one of our Lifetime Achievement Award winners we couldn’t be more pleased to confirm him as our first Guest of Honor for the Weekend. He has kindly agreed to participate in all aspects of the Convention, including a one-on-one in-depth interview; panels; our mass signing and presenting during the iconic Bram Stoker Awards Banquet. It is also pleasing that we continue our expanding international focus with a major British Guest, building on such innovations as hold the Awards Banquet in England in 2010, Canada in 2007 and significant membership growth in countries such as Italy and Australia.”

Among Ramsey Campbell’s novels are The Face That Must Die, Incarnate, Midnight Sun, The Count of Eleven, Silent Children, The Darkest Part of the Woods, The Overnight, Secret Story, The Grin of the Dark, Thieving Fear, Creatures of the Pool, The Seven Days of Cain and Ghosts Know. Forthcoming is The Kind Folk. His collections include Waking Nightmares, Alone with the Horrors, Ghosts and Grisly Things, Told by the Dead and Just Behind You, and his non-fiction is collected as Ramsey Campbell, Probably. His novels The Nameless and Pact of the Fathers have been filmed in Spain. His regular columns appear in Prism, All Hallows, Dead Reckonings and Video Watchdog. He is the President of the British Fantasy Society and of the Society of Fantastic Films.

Ramsey Campbell lives on Merseyside in the UK with his wife Jenny. His pleasures include classical music, good food and wine, and whatever’s in that pipe. His web site is at www.ramseycampbell.com.

JournalStone Will be the Supporting Sponsor for the Bram Stoker Awards Weekend 2013

The following press release was written by HWA president Rocky Wood:

The Horror Writers Association (HWA) is pleased to announce JournalStone (http://journalstone.com/) as a Supporting Sponsor for the Bram Stoker Awards™ Weekend 2013. The Weekend Convention will be held at the Hotel Monteleone in New Orleans, Louisiana from 13-16 June 2013: http://www.stokers2013.org/.

Christopher C. Payne, President of JournalStone said, “It is both an honor and a pleasure to support the HWA. The members and Board have been instrumental in supporting JournalStone‘s fledgling endeavor as a new publishing company. I can only hope that we as a publisher continue to live up to the expectations of the HWA and all of its members.”

HWA President Rocky Wood welcomed JournalStone’s support: “This sponsorship from genre publisher Journal Stone is greatly appreciated by HWA, and I am sure by all our members. Journal Stone has proven to be a highly professional and innovative genre publisher, with a strong horror line, at a time when the publishing industry is in flux. We look forward to welcoming them in New Orleans.”

There are a number of other sponsorship opportunities for the Weekend available – for more details contact president@horror.org.

JournalStone, Your Link to Artistic Talent

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JEFF STRAND TO EMCEE BRAM STOKER AWARDS™ BANQUET 2013

The following press release is from Rocky Wood, president of the Horror Writers Association:
 
The Horror Writers Association (HWA) is proud to announce Jeff Strand will emcee the 2013 Bram Stoker Awards Banquet and also act as Toastmaster at the World Horror Convention 2013. Both of these events are part of the Bram Stoker Awards Weekend, to be held in New Orleans from 13-16 June 2013. Check out part of Jeff’s last appearance at the Bram Stoker Awards Banquet in Salt Lake City 2012, here: http://tinyurl.com/85o5as6 (thanks to Scott Edelman).
Jeff has emceed four of the past five Bram Stoker Awards banquets (he couldn’t make it to Brighton, dammit!), and is thrilled to be back for a fifth time. His books include Pressure (which was nominated for a Bram Stoker Award but did not win), Dweller (which was nominated for a Bram Stoker Award but did not win), Gleefully Macabre Tales (which was nominated for but DID…not win), and also such non-Bram Stoker Award-nominated books as Wolf Hunt, Fangboy, Lost Homicidal Maniac (Answers to “Shirley”), and Benjamin’s Parasite. His latest novel, A Bad Day for Voodoo, will be out in June 2012. You can visit his Gleefully Macabre website at http://www.jeffstrand.com/.
HWA President Rocky Wood said, ‘Anyone who’s ever been to one of our Awards Banquets hosted by Jeff knows what a treat they are in for. Jeff is the funniest straight man I have ever seen, or heard from, or run screaming down a corridor from.’
The Bram Stoker Awards Weekend incorporating the World Horror Convention 2013 will be held at the Hotel Monteleone in New Orleans, Louisiana. The dedicated website is http://www.stokers2013.org/ . The Horror Writers Association (www.horror.org), the peak group for horror writers, is also hosting World Horror Convention as part of our regular Weekend. Further Guests will be announced as the year progresses, including those dedicated to the World Horror Convention component. The HWA is a worldwide organization promoting dark literature and its creators. Started in 1985, it has over 700 members writing professionally in fiction, nonfiction, videogames, film, poetry, comics, and other media.
 
World Horror Convention 2012: Jeff Strand’s Stoker Awards banquet opening monologue

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The HWA WIll Host the 2013 World Horror Convention In New Orleans!

The following press release was written by Rocky Wood, President of the Horror Writers Association and an all-around great guy!

HWA TO HOST WORLD HORROR CONVENTION 2013 IN NEW ORLEANS

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.

HWA also announced that the Convention will be held at the recently renovated and historic Hotel Monteleone in the French Quarter. This Hotel, and iconic New Orleans destination, is a fitting venue for the conference as it is an official literary landmark (one of only three such hotels in America); and is reputed to be haunted!

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 (which is also a feature of HWA Weekends) 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.

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.”

The Horror Writers Association (www.horror.org), the peak group for horror writers, is a worldwide organization promoting dark literature and its creators. Started in 1985, it has over 700 members writing professionally in fiction, nonfiction, videogames, film, poetry, comics, and other media.

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 World Horror Convention 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 http://www.worldhorrorconvention.com

Queries to : president@horror.org

http://www.stokers2013.org

http://www.stokers2013.org

Bram Stoker Awards On the Web!

I just received the following press release from HWA president Rocky Wood. If you can’t make it to the 2012 World Horror Convention in Salt Lake City you can still catch the presentation ceremony for the Bram Stoker Awards on Saturday night. It’ll be like the Oscars, sort of, except, you know, without all the beautiful people.

For immediate release Contact Lisa Morton, HWA Stoker Event Organizer
March 22, 2012 vp@horror.org

Bram Stoker Awards™ to be webcast live on March 31, 2012

The Horror Writers Association (HWA) is proud to announce that it will again webcast the Bram Stoker Awards™ presentation live in 2012. The Banquet is being held in Salt Lake City and the event will begin live on the internet at 9 p.m. (Mountain Daylight Savings Time) on March 31. The ceremony will take about 1 ½ hours to complete.

The webcast will be presented at: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/bramstokerawards2012.

This year the Bram Stoker Awards celebrate 25 years as the leading writing Awards in the horror and dark fantasy genre: http://www.stokers2012.org/ . The Bram Stoker Awards Banquet is sponsored by Samhain Publishing.

Among the nominees are those for the Vampire Novel of the Century (a special Award to mark the centenary of the death of Bram Stoker, the author of Dracula) – they include Richard Matheson for I Am Legend, Stephen King for Salem’s Lot and Anne Rice for Interview with the Vampire. This Award is sponsored by Jeremy Wagner.

Lifetime Achievement Awards will also be conferred on iconic horror writers Joe R Lansdale and Rick Hautala, both of whom will be in attendance to accept the Award. And this year’s presenters include Robert McCammon (Swan Song), one of the HWA’s Special Guests.

Bram Stoker Awards for Poetry, Non-Fiction, Fiction Collection, Anthology, Screenplay, Short Fiction, Long Fiction, Young Adult Novel, Graphic Novel, First Novel and Novel will be presented. Among the nominees in these categories are Stephen King, Joyce Carol Oates, Mike Mignola, Jonathan Maberry and Joe Hill. Episodes of The Walking Dead, American Horror Story and True Blood are nominated in the Screenplay category. A full list of the nominees appears at:
http://www.horror.org/blog/?p=2331.

More information about the Bram Stoker Awards may be found here:http://www.horror.org/stokers.htm .

The HWA is the leading writer’s organization for horror and dark fantasy and has nearly 800 members worldwide. More information here: http://www.horror.org .
Media enquiries to Lisa Morton via vp@horror.org.

The Event Schedule for the 2012 World Horror Convention is Out!

The 2012 World Horror Convention in Salt Lake City is coming up next week.  I’ve got my plane tickets purchased, hotel room reserved, and bags packed.  It’s going to be a great time.  For those of you still undecided about going, here’s the schedule.  I’m going to be sitting on a panel, attending the HWA events on Saturday, and attending a number of book launch parties for anthologies I’ve taken part in recently.  I hope you can make it!

World Horror Schedule

THURSDAY 29 MARCH

3:00 PM
-Social Networking.  How blogs, facebook, twitter and other social media can help you network with others.
(Loren Rhoads (M), Lawrence C. Connolly, Lincoln Crisler, Derek Clendening)
-Religion in Horror.  It’s more than just exorcism.  Religion has always played an important role in horror.
(John W. Morehead, Eric James Stone, Jaleta Clegg (M), Michael R. Collings)

4:00:
-Poetry of the Weird from the Romantics to Lovecraft. A discussion of the history of “weird poetry” and some of the poets who wrote it.
(G. O. Clark, Michael R. Collings, Stephen M. Wilson (M), Linda Addison)
-Horror Film Festivals.  How to get involved and where to find them.
(Thomas M. Sipos, Blake Casselman (M), Stephen Graham Jones, Jonathan Martin, Mario DeAngelis)

5:00
-Breaking into Comics. The Managing Editor of Dark Horse Comics tells you what you need to know to break into the business.
(Scott Allie)
-A Vampire is NOT your boyfriend.  Why it’s not a good idea to fall in love with the undead.
(Tom Carr (M), Christine Morgan, Carter Reid, Jeff Carter)

6:00
Opening Ceremonies  A brief welcome to SLC.
(P.N. Elrod, hostess)

7:00
Poetry Readings
A stellar lineup of some outstanding horror poets reading their works.
-Book Bombs/Blasts.  How to get your book to shoot up the charts at Amazon and other sites.
(Michaelbrent Collings, Paul Genesse)
-Rev Mayhem Concert

8:00
-Poetry readings, cont.
-Classic Horror Movies.  What you really need to watch – and own.
(Thomas M. Sipos, Norman L. Rubenstein, Michael McCarty, Orrin Grey, Mike Marano
-Cutting Block Press/KillerCon party (what better way to start off a convention?)

9:00 PM
-Buffy and cult TV shows.  We still love ’em.  Why they resonate with fans and forever live on in syndication, books and comics.
(Scott Allie, Leslie S. Klinger, Dana Fredsti(M), Alice Henderson)
-Why We Love Lovecraft.  His works are more popular than ever.  Come here why we love the grandfather of horror.
(Peter Cannon, Bobbie B. Wilcox, Eric Swedin (M), James Chambers, Ross E. Lockhart)
-Cutting Block Press/KillerCon Party, cont.
-Zombiance Concert

10:00 PM
-Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse: What you need to know when the zombies attack. (Don’t forget your Twinkies!)
(Tom Carr (M), Dana Fredsti, Yvonne Navarro, Weston Ochse, Stephen W. Booth)
-Writing a believable ghost story.  How can you make your paranormal seem, well, real?
(Ellen Datlow, Michaelbrent Collings, Christine Morgan, JoSelle Vanderhooft)
-Cutting Block Press/KillerCon Party, cont.

FRIDAY 30 MARCH

10:00 AM
-Laugh ’till you Die: The “Joys” of Humorous Horror
(Jeff Strand, Jaleta Clegg, Scott Allie (M), Tim Marquitz)
-Stephen King.  He’s gone beyond a genre writer to one of the legends of literature.  Why we read and study him over and over.
(Rocky Wood, Scott Edelman, Jason Brock, Blake Casselman (M), Michael R. Collings)
-Pre-Pitch Preparation Panel
Pitching your project is an art form and a learned skill. The purpose of this panel will be to give “pitchers” an idea of the “Do’s and Don’ts of Pitching Your Project”. So why not get the rules straight from the editors you plan to pitch this weekend? What better edge could you possibly have than hearing what those editors want from authors and the best way to deliver it? Show up early, take some notes, and prepare for the pitch sessions to follow immediately after!
(R.J. Cavender)

11:00 AM
-Understanding the Mind of a Serial Killer.  An expert looks at what makes a killer kill.
(Dr. Al Carlisle, PhD)
-A Short Look at Horror Fiction: why short fiction is still popular
(Gene O’Neill, John Skipp, Ellen Datlow, Stan Swanson (M), Darren O. Godfrey)
-Pre-Pitch Preparation Panel, cont.
Pitching your project is an art form and a learned skill. The purpose of this panel will be to give “pitchers” an idea of the “Do’s and Don’ts of Pitching Your Project”. So why not get the rules straight from the editors you plan to pitch this weekend? What better edge could you possibly have than hearing what those editors want from authors and the best way to deliver it? Show up early, take some notes, and prepare for the pitch sessions to follow immediately after!
(R.J. Cavender)

Noon
-The Art of Mike Mignola
(John Picacio, Mike Mignola)
-Writing Your First Novel: What you really need to know.
(Steven James Searce (M), John R. Little, John Hornor Jacobs, Simon McCaffery, Thomas Roche)

1:00 PM
-Sherrilyn Kenyon: Dark Hunter.  A Q & A with the Queen of Paranormal Fiction
-How Poetry can influence your fiction writing.
(Michael R. Collings, JoSelle Vanderhooft, Charlene C. Harmon, James Dorr, Roberta Lannes

2;00 PM
– The Tapestry of Horror: Words Horrific, Words Hilarious.” It will use examples from Lovecraft and others to talk about how horror writers use language to create horror–or misuse it to create unintentionally comic effects.
How horror as genre uses language to create a sense of the horrific
(Michael Collings)
-Women in Horror.  Some of the top women in their field talk about beign female in the horror industry.
(Ellen Datlow, P.N. Elrod, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Lisa Morton, Kim Richards(M))

3:00 PM
P.N. Elrod Q&A
-The Digital Revolution: ebooks and the future of publishing.
(Guido Henkel, Joe Nassise)

4:00 PM
-The craft of writing comics (2-hour workshop)
(Scott Allie)
-Horror Makeup: Making it look good
(Mindy Trim, Michael McCarty,

5:00 PM
-The craft of writing comics (2-hour workshop, cont.)
(Scott Allie)
-What a horror author needs to know to write YA
(Derek Clendening, Lynne Hansen, Dan Wells (M), Jacob Ruby)

6:00 PM
Break

7:00 PM
Break

8:00 PM
Mass Autograph Signing

9:00 PM
Mass Autograph Signing, cont.

10:00 PM
-Cemetery Tour (hosted by Tom Carr and the Residual Hauntings Revived Team).  Space limited.

10:30 PM
-Gross Out Contest!  It’s back and better than ever!  Come root on your favorite readers and crown your champion!
(Hosted by Rain Graves)
-Dark Moon Digest Party
-Damnation Books Party
-Evil Jesters Press Party

SATURDAY, 31 MARCH

9:45 AM:
Introduction to “Celebrate HWA Day”
(6 panels/presentations to celebrate 26 years of the Horror Writer’s Association.)
(Lisa Morton)

10:00 AM
-Q&A with Robert McCammon
-Writing for Comics.  How it differs from other forms of writing and how to work with the art for better storytelling.
(Scott Allie, Mike Mignola, Howard Tayler (M), Brady Canfield)
-Pre-Pitch Preparation Panel
Pitching your project is an art form and a learned skill. The purpose of this panel will be to give “pitchers” an idea of the “Do’s and Don’ts of Pitching Your Project”. So why not get the rules straight from the editors you plan to pitch this weekend? What better edge could you possibly have than hearing what those editors want from authors and the best way to deliver it? Show up early, take some notes, and prepare for the pitch sessions to follow immediately after!
(R.J. Cavender)

11:00 AM
-Presentation by Dacre Stoker
-What an Editor Does
(Scott Allie, Don D’Auria, Ellen Datlow, Dave Wolverton (M))
-Pre-Pitch Preparation Panel, cont.
Pitching your project is an art form and a learned skill. The purpose of this panel will be to give “pitchers” an idea of the “Do’s and Don’ts of Pitching Your Project”. So why not get the rules straight from the editors you plan to pitch this weekend? What better edge could you possibly have than hearing what those editors want from authors and the best way to deliver it? Show up early, take some notes, and prepare for the pitch sessions to follow immediately after!
(R.J. Cavender)

Noon
Q&A with Joe Lansdale
-Vampires Through the Ages. From Bram Stoker’s Dracula to the myriad of modern bloodsuckers.  The on-going fascination with our favorite form of undead.
(Leslie S. Klinger, James Dorr, Hal Bodner (M), Thomas Roche, Ed Erdelac)

1:00 PM

-The Supernatural in Fiction.  Why it fascinates us and its place in horror and other genres of fiction.
(Sherrilyn Kenyon, Michaelbrent Collings (M), Rick Hautala, Michael L. Calvillo, Andrew Fuller,
-Real vs. Fictional Multiple Personalities.  The realities behind Disassociative Identity Disorder.
(Dr. AL Carlisle)

2:00 PM
HWA: Past, Present and Future
(Lisa Morton, Robert McCammon, Joe Lansdale)
-Writing for RPGs and Video Games
(P.N. Elrod, Angel McCoy, Guido Henkel, Travis Heermann,

3:00 PM
Q&A with Rick Hautala
-Music in Horror.  How it influences the “scar” and why we love it.
(Lawrence C. Connolly, Guy Anthony De Marco, John Hornor Jacobs, Rain Graves (M), Rio Youers)

4:00 PM
Horror Publishing
(Don D’Auria, others)
-The Art of John Picacio: A Song of Ice and Fire, Elric and more!
(John Picacio)

5:00 PM
Resonance in Storytelling
(Dave Wolverton)
-Disney’s Haunted Mansion
(Paul F. Anderson)

6:00 PM
Artists’ Reception

7:00 PM
Artists’ Reception

8:00 PM
HWA Bram Stoker Awards Banquet

10:30 PM

SUNDAY 1 APRIL

10:00 AM
-The Good, The Bad And The Ugly in Cover Art.
Industry professionals  Joe R. Lansdale, P.N. Elrod, Scott Allie, John Picacio, and Mike Mignola discuss their favorite recent horror/dark fantasy cover artworks as well as some of their not-so-favorite.
-Screenwriting Techniques.  Or, how to write a screenplay that works.
(Blake Casselman, Michaelbrent Collings (M), David Hayes, Hal Bodner,)
-WHS Board Meeting
World Horror Society meeting.  Want to know more about running WHS?  Want to run a convention?  Come to the meeting!

11:00 AM
-H. P. Lovecraft: The short stories
(Peter Cannon (M), Michael R. Collings, Scott Allie, Travis Heermann, Orrin Grey)
-Residual Hauntings Revived: A Look at Hauted Sies
(Tom Carr, RHR Crew)

Noon
-Scaring ’em Young: MG horror
(Jacob Ruby, J. Scott Savage, Roh Morgon,
“Zombies, Vigilantes, and Antiheroes: The Ambiguities of Monstrousness in The Walking Dead”
(Kyle Bishop)

1:00 PM
-Collecting Horror.  What is collectable, why to collect and where to find the best stuff.
(Paul Anderson, Nick Montelongo (M), Allen Lewis)
Writing Groups
(Henry and Hollie Snider)

2:00 PM
-Paranormal Romance.
(Aaron Bennett, Kim Richards, JoSelle Vanderhooft, Hal Bodner (M))
-Classic Horror
(P.N. Elrod, Scott Allie, Robert McCammon, Eric Swedin (M), Joe McKinney)

3:00 PM
Da End: Closing Ceremonies and Gothic Belly Dancing

5:00 PM
Dead Dog Party

HWA Announces the 2011 Bram Stoker Award Nominees!

I just received the following press release from the Horror Writers Association.  I am absolutely over the moon to learn that my novel, Flesh Eaters, was nominated in the Best Novel category!  There are so many great writers and works on this year’s list that I’m a little overwhelmed with the company.  My heartfelt congratulations to all the nominees.

Now, to cross my fingers and wait for the announcement in Salt Lake City…

From the Horror Writers Association:

For immediate release

February 18, 2012

Contact Lisa Morton, HWA Bram Stoker Awards Event Organizer    lisa@lisamorton.com

Horror Writers Association announces 2011 Bram Stoker Award™ Nominees Each year, the Horror Writers Association presents the Bram Stoker Awards™ for Superior Achievement in the field of horror writing, named in honor of Bram Stoker, author of the seminal horror work Dracula. Since 1987, the approximately 700 members of the HWA have recommended, nominated and voted on the greatest works of horror and dark fantasy of the previous calendar year, making the Bram Stoker Awards the most prestigious award in the field of horror literature.

For the first time in 2011, half the nominees were chosen by juries. The awards are presented in eleven categories: Novel, First Novel, Young Adult Novel, Graphic Novel, Long Fiction, Short Fiction, Screenplay, Fiction Collection, Anthology, Non-fiction, and Poetry Collection. The organization’s Active and Lifetime members will select the winners from this list of nominees; and the Awards will be presented at a gala banquet on Saturday evening, March 31, at the World Horror Convention in Salt Lake City, Utah.

This year’s nominees in each category are:

SUPERIOR ACHIEVEMENT IN A NOVEL

A Matrix Of Angels by Christopher Conlon (Creative Guy Publishing)

Cosmic Forces by Greg Lamberson (Medallion Press)

Floating Staircase by Ronald Malfi (Medallion Press / Thunderstorm Books)

Flesh Eaters by Joe McKinney (Pinnacle Books)

Not Fade Away by Gene O’Neill (Bad Moon Books)

The German by Lee Thomas (Lethe Press)

SUPERIOR ACHIEVEMENT IN A FIRST NOVEL

Isis Unbound by Allyson Bird (Dark Regions Press)

Southern Gods by John Hornor Jacobs (Night Shade Books)

The Lamplighters by Frazer Lee (Samhain Horror)

The Panama Laugh by Thomas Roche (Night Shade Books)

That Which Should Not Be by Brett J. Talley (JournalStone)

SUPERIOR ACHIEVEMENT IN A YOUNG ADULT NOVEL

Ghosts of Coronado Bay, A Maya Blair Mystery by J. G. Faherty (JournalStone)

The Screaming Season by Nancy Holder (Razorbill)

Rotters by Daniel Kraus (Delacorte Books for Young Readers)

Dust and Decay by Jonathan Maberry (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers)

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness (Candlewick / Walker)

This Dark Endeavor: The Apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein by Kenneth Oppel (Simon & Schuster / David Fickling Books)

SUPERIOR ACHIEVEMENT IN A GRAPHIC NOVEL

Anya’s Ghost by Vera Brosgol (First Second)

Locke & Key Volume 4 by Joe Hill (IDW Publishing)

Green River Killer by Jeff Jensen (Dark Horse)

Marvel Universe vs. Wolverine by Jonathan Maberry (Marvel)

Baltimore Volume I: The Plague Ships by Mike Mignola and Christopher Golden (Dark Horse)

Neonomicon by Alan Moore (Avatar Press)

SUPERIOR ACHIEVEMENT IN LONG FICTION

7 Brains by Michael Louis Calvillo (Burning Effigy Press)

“Roots and All” by Brian Hodge (A Book of Horrors)

“The Colliers’ Venus (1893)” by Caitlin R. Kiernan (Naked City: New Tales of Urban Fantasy)

Ursa Major by John R. Little (Bad Moon Books)

Rusting Chickens by Gene O’Neill (Dark Regions Press)

“The Ballad of Ballard and Sandrine” by Peter Straub (Conjunctions: 56)

SUPERIOR ACHIEVEMENT IN SHORT FICTION

“Her Husband’s Hands” by Adam-Troy Castro (Lightspeed Magazine, October 2011)

“Herman Wouk Is Still Alive” by Stephen King (The Atlantic Magazine, May 2011)

“Graffiti Sonata” by Gene O’Neill (Dark Discoveries #18)

“X is for Xyx” by John Palisano (M is for Monster)

“Home” by George Saunders (The New Yorker Magazine, June 13, 2011)

“All You Can Do Is Breathe” by Kaaron Warren (Blood and Other Cravings)

SUPERIOR ACHIEVEMENT IN A SCREENPLAY

True Blood, episode #44: “Spellbound” by Alan Ball (HBO)

The Walking Dead, episode #13: “Pretty Much Dead Already” by Scott M. Gimple (AMC)

The Walking Dead, episode #9: “Save the Last One” by Scott M. Gimple (AMC)

Priest by Cory Goodman (Screen Gems)

The Adjustment Bureau by George Nolfi (Universal Pictures)

American Horror Story, episode #12: “Afterbirth” by Jessica Sharzer (20th Century Fox Television)

SUPERIOR ACHIEVEMENT IN A FICTION COLLECTION

Voices: Tales of Horror by Lawrence C. Connolly (Fantasist Enterprises)

Red Gloves by Christopher Fowler (PS Publishing)

Two Worlds and In Between: The Best of Caitlin R. Kiernan (Volume One) by Caitlin R. Kiernan (Subterranean)

Monsters of L.A. by Lisa Morton (Bad Moon Books)

The Corn Maiden and Other Nightmares by Joyce Carol Oates (Mysterious Press)

Multiplex Fandango by Weston Ochse (Dark Regions Press)

SUPERIOR ACHIEVEMENT IN AN ANTHOLOGY (EDITING)

NEHW Presents: Epitaphs edited by Tracy L. Carbone (NEHW)

Ghosts By Gaslight edited by Jack Dann and Nick Gevers (Harper Voyager)

Blood And Other Cravings edited by Ellen Datlow (Tor Books)

Supernatural Noir edited by Ellen Datlow (Dark Horse)

Tattered Souls 2 edited by Frank J. Hutton (Cutting Block Press)

Demons: Encounters with the Devil and his Minions, Fallen Angels and the Possessed edited by John Skipp (Black Dog and Leventhal)

SUPERIOR ACHIEVEMENT IN NON-FICTION

Halloween Nation: Behind the Scenes of America’s Fright Night by Lesley Pratt Bannatyne (Pelican Publishing)

Reflections in a Glass Darkly: Essays on J. Sheridan Le Fanu edited by Gary William Crawford, Jim Rockhill and Brian J. Showers (Hippocampus Press)

Starve Better by Nick Mamatas (Apex Publications)

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Zombies by Matt Mogk (Gallery Books)

The Gothic Imagination by John C. Tibbetts (Palgrave Macmillan)

Stephen King: A Literary Companion by Rocky Wood (McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers)

SUPERIOR ACHIEVEMENT IN A POETRY COLLECTION

How to Recognize a Demon Has Become Your Friend by Linda Addison (Necon Ebooks)

At Louche Ends: Poetry for the Decadent, the Damned & the Absinthe-Minded by Maria Alexander (Burning Effigy Press)

Surrealities by Bruce Boston (Dark Regions Press)

Shroud of Night by G. O. Clark (Dark Regions Press)

The Mad Hattery by Marge Simon (Elektrik Milk Bath Press)

Unearthly Delights by Marge Simon (Sam’s Dot)

 

More information on the Horror Writers Association is at www.horror.org.

More information on the 25th Anniversary presentation of the Bram Stoker Awards is at http://www.stokers2012.org.

Good News About Dead Set: A Zombie Anthology

Earlier this year Michelle McCrary and I edited a charity zombie anthology for 23 House Publishing called Dead Set. It was my first ever stint as editor and I greatly enjoyed the process. And now, with the end of the year upon us and award season kicking up, all that hard work has started to get some positive critical attention. Dead Set, and several of the contributors to the anthology, have been nominated and/or recommeded for some major awards, something for which I am very excited.

First off is Dark Scribe Magazine’s Annual Black Quill Award. Dead Set has made the short list in the Best Dark Genre Fiction Collection category, which is a huge honor. Here’s the complete ballot:

And the Nominees Are…
DARK GENRE NOVEL OF THE YEAR:

Novel-length work of horror, suspense, or thriller from a mainstream publisher; awarded to the author

A Dark Matter by Peter Straub (Doubleday)
Kraken by China Miéville (Del Rey)
Sparrow Rock by Nate Kenyon (Leisure / Bad Moon Books)
The Caretaker of Lorne Field by David Zeltserman (Overlook Hardcover)
The Passage by Justin Cronin (Ballantine)
Under the Dome by Stephen King (Scribner)

BEST SMALL PRESS CHILL:

Novel or novella published by small press publisher; awarded to the author

A Book of Tongues by Gemma Files (ChiZine Publications)
Dreams in Black and White by John R. Little (Morning Star)
Invisible Fences by Norman Prentiss (Cemetery Dance)
The Castle of Los Angeles by Lisa Morton (Gray Friar Press)
The Wolf at the Door by Jameson Currier (Chelsea Street Editions)

BEST DARK GENRE FICTION COLLECTION:

Single author collection, any publisher; awarded to the author

Blood and Gristle by Michael Louis Calvillo (Bad Moon Books)
In the Mean Time by Paul Tremblay (ChiZine Publications)
Little Things by John R. Little (Bad Moon Books)
Occultation by Laird Barron (Night Shade Books)
Summer, Fireworks, and My Corpse by Otsuichi (VIZ Media LLC)

BEST DARK GENRE ANTHOLOGY:

Multi-author collection, any publisher; awarded to the editor

Dark Faith Edited by Maurice Broaddus and Jerry Gordon (Apex Publications
Dead Set: A Zombie Anthology Edited by Michelle McCrary and Joe McKinney (23 House)
Haunted Legends Edited by Ellen Datlow and Nick Mamatas (Tor)
Horror Library IV Edited by RJ Cavender and Boyd E. Harris (Cutting Block Press)
When The Night Comes Down Edited by Bill Breedlove (Dark Arts Books)

BEST DARK GENRE BOOK OF NON-FICTION:

Any dark genre non-fiction subject, any publisher; awarded to the author[s] or editor[s]

Horrors: Great Stories of Fear and Their Creators by Rocky Wood (McFarland)
I Am Providence: The Life and Times of HP Lovecraft by S.T. Joshi (Hippocampus Press)
Night of the Living Dead: Behind the Scenes of the Most Terrifying Zombie Movie Ever by Joe Kane (Citadel)
The Conspiracy Against the Human Race by Thomas Ligotti (Hippocampus Press)
Thrillers: 100 Must Reads Edited by David Morrell and Hank Wagner (Oceanview Publishing)

BEST DARK SCRIBBLE:

Single work, non-anthology short fiction appearing in a print or virtual magazine; awarded to the author

“Bully” by Jack Ketchum (Postscripts 22/23)
“Goblin Boy” by Rick Hautula (Cemetery Dance #63)
“Secretario” by Catherynne M. Valente (Weird Tales, Summer 2010)
“The Things” by Peter Watts (Clarkesworld, January 2010)
“We” by Bentley Little (Cemetery Dance #64)

BEST DARK GENRE BOOK TRAILER:

Book video promoting any work of fiction or non-fiction; awarded to the video producer or publisher

Neverland / Produced by Circle of Seven Productions (for the book by Douglas Clegg)

Radiant Shadows / Produced by Circle of Seven Productions (for the book by Melissa Marr)

Specters in Coal Dust / Produced by Michael Knost & Black Water Films (for the anthology edited by Michael Knost)

Under the Dome / Produced by Scribner Marketing (for the book by Stephen King)

Unhappy Endings / Produced by Delirium Books (for the book by Brian Keene)

The following is taken directly from the Dark Scribe Magazine website and tells you a little about how the short list is established and how the voting process works. I encourage everybody to stop by and vote, even if it’s for something other than Dead Set.

Nominations for the Black Quills are editorial-based, with both the editors and active contributing writers submitting nominations in each of the (7) categories. Once nominations are announced, the readers of DSM have an opportunity to cast their votes for their picks in each category. In a unique spin intended to celebrate both critical and popular success, two winners are announced in each category – Reader’s Choice and Editor’s Choice.

All dark genre works published between November 1st, 2009 and October 31st, 2010 are eligible. DSM does not solicit nominations, nor are there any fees associated with the Black Quills.

Please note that only one ballot per email/IP address will be accepted. Multiple ballots received from the same email/IP address will be discarded.

Reader voting closes at midnight EST on Friday, January 21st, 2011.

Winners will be announced on Tuesday, February 1st, 2011.

On behalf of myself, Michelle McCrary, Dead Set’s contributors, and everyone at 23 House Publishing, I’d just like to say that it is a huge honor to be recognized in this way by Dark Scribe Magazine.

My second piece of great news comes from the Horror Writers Association, where Dead Set has done quite well in the Bram Stoker Awards recommendations phase. The Stokers work quite differently from the Black Quill Awards. Dark Scribe’s staff and contributors nominate the shortlist for the Black Quill Awards, but in the HWA, the membership at large has an entire year to recommend various works. Each recommendation gets tallied together, and at the end of the year, the top recommended works in each category get forwarded to the Preliminary Ballot. After that, the Active Members of HWA vote on the Preliminary Ballot and the five or six works receiving the top votes go on to the Final Ballot. Right now, we are still in the recommendation phase, so Dead Set hasn’t earned the right to carry any sort of Stoker Award tags, but I thought it important to mention the attention that several of the work’s contributors have been getting.

Judy Comeau’s story “Seminar Z,” Lee Thomas’ “Inside Where It’s Warm,” and Nate Southard’s “In the Middle of Poplar Street” have all received several mentions, and I’m proud to have had the opportunity to publish their work. In addition, the book itself has received several recommendations in the anthology category, which is a reflection on the hard work of each of the contributors.

My best to everyone involved in this fantastic book. Here’s hoping 2011 brings you all great success and joy.

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