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2006 News
November 2006

WORLD HORROR CONVENTION 2007 ANNOUNCES SPECIAL MEDIA GUEST OF HONOUR

World Horror Convention 2007 http://www.whc2007.org is pleased to announce that screenwriter/author PETER ATKINS will be the Special Media Guest of Honour at the event in Toronto at the end of March.

Born in Liverpool in 1955, Peter Atkins has lived in Los Angeles since 1992. He has published two novels, MORNINGSTAR and BIG THUNDER, and the short fiction collection WISHMASTER AND OTHER STORIES (1999). Along with fellow horror authors Glen Hirshberg and Dennis Etchison, he co-founded The Rolling Darkness Revue, an annual Halloween reading and music tour of bookstores on the West Coast.

In 1988 he scripted HELLBOUND: HELLRAISER II, the first sequel to Clive Barker's ground-breaking horror film franchise, and he continued the exploits of Pinhead and his demonic Cenobites in HELLRAISER III: HELL ON EARTH and HELLRAISER: BLOODLINE. In 1997 he created his own franchise character when he wrote WISHMASTER. So far there have been three movie sequels based on his characters—and Atkins himself revisited the franchise when he adapted the first movie into the stage musical THE DJINN.

Other features he has co-scripted include FIST OF THE NORTH STAR and PRISONERS OF THE SUN, and he has also written for television.

For the first time in its seventeen-year history, The World Horror Convention is being held outside the United States. With a theme exploring "The Diversity of Horror", World Horror Convention 2007 will take place over March 29-April 1 at the TORONTO MARRIOTT DOWNTOWN EATON CENTRE, located in the heart of Toronto, Canada.

The convention's official airline is AIR CANADA, a Star Alliance Member (www.staralliance.com).

Peter Atkins joins previously-announced Guests of Honour MICHAEL MARSHALL SMITH, the multiple award-winning author of such novels as SPARES, ONLY FORWARD, ONE OF US and the best-selling THE STRAW MEN trilogy; Montreal-based author NANCY KILPATRICK, whose books include novels NEAR DEATH, CHILD OF THE NIGHT, JASON X: PLANET OF THE BEAST and THE GOTH BIBLE: A COMPENDIUM FOR THE DARKLY INCLINED; Chesley Award and World Fantasy Award-winning American illustrator JOHN PICACIO; British writer/editor/publisher PETER CROWTHER and Toronto editor and pulp magazine authority DON HUTCHISON. Canadian writer SEPHERA GIRON, author of such novels as HOUSE OF PAIN and BORROWED FLESH, is Mistress of Ceremonies.

Among those authors and editors also scheduled to attend are MORT CASTLE, GEMMA FILES, JO FLETCHER, STEPHEN JONES, TIM LEBBON, BRIAN LUMLEY, L.H. MAYNARD & M.P.N. SIMS, DAVID MORRELL, MARK MORRIS, PETER STRAUB and F. PAUL WILSON, amongst many others.

The convention already has more British and Canadian attendees than any previous World Horror, making it a truly international event, and PROGRESS REPORT #2 (which will include a Grand Master ballot form for those who have not yet voted via the website) will be mailed to all registered members in the next few weeks.

THE 2007 HWA BRAM STOKER AWARDS PRESENTATION will be held at the convention on the Saturday evening. For details about how to purchase your tickets to this very special event, please consult the HWA or WHC websites.

For more information, please contact
Convention Chairperson:
AMANDA FOUBISTER amanda@whc2007.org

www.whc2007.org

 


October 2006

STOKER AWARDS EVENT TO BE HELD AT WORLD HORROR CONVENTION 2007

The Horror Writers Association joins with the World Horror Convention 2007

LOS ANGELES/TORONTO, OCTOBER 2006. The Horror Writers Association (HWA) is pleased to announce that the 20th Annual Presentation of the BRAM STOKER AWARDS for excellence in horror and fantasy fiction will be presented in conjunction with the World Horror Convention 2007 (WHC) in Toronto, Canada.

The World Horror Convention will run from MARCH 29 TO APRIL 1, 2007, and the Bram Stoker Awards ceremony will take place on the evening SATURDAY, MARCH 31. Popular Canadian horror author SÈPHERA GIRÓN will serve as Mistress of Ceremonies for the event.

Nominees for the 2007 HWA Bram Stoker Awards will be announced early in the new year. The Horror Writers Association also bestows a yearly Lifetime Achievement Award in acknowledgment of superior achievement over a career.

Previous winners of the Lifetime Achievement Award include STEPHEN KING and ANNE RICE. Most recent Lifeteime Achievement Award winner PETER STRAUB attended the 2006 Awards presentation in New York City, and is set to be one of the many horror celebrities also attending the 2007 event.

The Bram Stoker Awards presentation is expected to be one of the highlights of the convention, and will include past Stoker Award winners as award presenters. Tickets for the Awards Banquet are limited to just 240 places and will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis. They will be available to both HWA members and anyone with a registered membership for World Horror Convention 2007. Any HWA member who only wants to attend the Banquet can do so, although they will not be allowed into any other convention events without a full membership. Information about how tickets may be purchased will soon be appearing on both the HWA (www.horror.org) and WHC (www.whc2007.org) websites.

2007 also marks an important turning point for the World Horror Convention, which is taking place outside of the United States for the first time. The Convention's guests of honour include international best-selling British writer MICHAEL MARSHALL SMITH (The Straw Men); Canadian novelist NANCY KILPATRICK (The Power of the Blood series); American artist JOHN PICACIO; British publisher, editor and author PETER CROWTHER, and Canadian editor and pulp magazine authority DON HUTCHINSON, with more to be announced.

Other professionals already attending the convention include P.D. CACEK, MORT CASTLE, ELLEN DATLOW, GEMMA FILES, JO FLETCHER, TINA JENS, STEPHEN JONES, KELLY LAYMON, TIM LEBBON, BRIAN LUMLEY, L.H. MAYNARD & M.P.N. SIMS, PAUL MILLER, DAVID MORRELL, MARK MORRIS, LISA MORTON, SARAH PINBOROUGH, TONY RICHARDS and F. PAUL WILSON, amongst many others. The annual WHC Grand Master Award will also be presented at the Award Banquet of the Saturday evening.

THE HORROR WRITERS ASSOCIATION (HWA) is a worldwide organization of writers and publishing professionals dedicated to promoting dark literature and the interests of those who write it. HWA was formed in the late 1980s with the help of many of the field's greats, including DEAN KOONTZ, ROBERT MCCAMMON, and JOE R. LANSDALE. Today, with over 600 members around the globe, it is the oldest and most respected professional organization devoted to the genre.

For more information, please contact Lisa Morton at <lisa@lisamorton.com> or Amanda Foubister at <amanda@whc2007.org>

 


July 2006

THE MAMMOTH BOOK OF BEST NEW HORROR #18

I am now considering stories and novellas FIRST PUBLISHED between December 2005 and December 2006 for BEST NEW HORROR VOLUME EIGHTEEN. I am also interested in seeing novels, collections, anthologies, magazines, art books and graphic adaptations, which will be mentioned in the comprehensive overview of the year in horror.

Please send all material (no electronic submissions) to:

The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror #18
c/o 130 Park View
Wembley
Middx HA9 6JU
England

The deadline is February 2007. Include a s.a.e. (plus two International Reply Coupons if outside the UK) or an e-mail address if you require notification of when the book is full.

Thank you for your continued interest and support.

 


Countess Dracula DVD

Horror experts KIM NEWMAN and STEPHEN JONES teamed up with Hammer Horror star INGRID PITT in London to record a DVD commentary track for Peter Sasdy's 1971 film COUNTESS DRACULA, which starred Pitt as the crazed Countess Elisabeth, who bathed in the blood of young virgins to regain her youth.

Packed with extras, including classic television dramas and archive news clips, COUNTESS DRACULA SPECIAL EDITION will be released by Network in the UK on September 18, priced 14.99 pounds.

For more information contact: <luciano.chelotti@networkdvd.co.uk>

NEWMAN and JONES have also recently recorded critical commentary tracks for the forthcoming DVD releases of James Whale's THE OLD DARK HOUSE (also from Network) and Tod Browing's MARK OF THE VAMPIRE (part of Warner Bros.' MGM Horror Boxed Set).

 


UPDATES TO WORLD HORROR CONVENTION 2007 WEBSITE

Over the past couple of months, World Horror Convention 2007 has added many new pages to its website <http://www.whc2007.org>.

These updates include:

* An article about zombie movies and a zombie short story by co-Guest of Honour Nancy Kilpatrick.

* A new article about the attraction of Hallowe'en and a dark alien abduction story by Special Publisher Guest of Honour Peter Crowther.

* Voting information with a direct link for the World Horror Convention 2007 Grand Master Award.

* Room rates with a direct link to the Marriott's room reservation site for the convention.

* Latest Membership Rates and a list of current Attending Members (who include P.D. Cacek, Ellen Datlow, Tina L. Jens, Brian Lumley, Paul Miller of Earthling Publications, Lisa Morton, Sarah Pinborough, Brett Savory and many others, including more Canadians than have ever attended a WHC before).

* A report on the hugely successful party and raffle held by World Horror Convention 2007 at this year's WHC in San Francisco.

All these new features join the Advertising Rates, Hotel and Travel information, a contact list for Committee Members, and press release archive, with much more material to be added in the coming months.

Also, Progress Report #1 was launched in May and distributed in the delegate bags to all the members of this year's World Horror Convention. The advertising deadline for PR#2 is September 1, 2006.

For the first time in its seventeen-year history, The World Horror Convention is being held outside the United States. With a theme exploring "The Diversity of Horror", World Horror Convention 2007 will take place over MARCH 29-APRIL 1 at the four-star TORONTO MARRIOTT DOWNTOWN EATON CENTRE, located in the heart of Toronto, Canada.

The Guests of Honour include British writer MICHAEL MARSHALL SMITH, the multiple award-winning author of such novels as SPARES, ONLY FORWARD, ONE OF US and the best-selling THE STRAW MEN trilogy; Montreal-based author NANCY KILPATRICK, whose books include novels NEAR DEATH, CHILD OF THE NIGHT, JASON X: PLANET OF THE BEAST and THE GOTH BIBLE: A COMPENDIUM FOR THE DARKLY INCLINED; Chesley Award and World Fantasy Award-winning American illustrator JOHN PICACIO; British writer/editor/publisher PETER CROWTHER and Toronto editor and pulp magazine authority DON HUTCHISON. Canadian author SÈPHERA GIRÓN (HOUSE OF PAIN, THE BIRDS AND THE BEES, BORROWED FLESH, etc.) is our Mistress of Ceremonies.

The convention's official airline is AIR CANADA, a Star Alliance Member <www.staralliance.com>

For more information, please contact:
AMANDA FOUBISTER
Chairperson / Hotel Liaison
amanda@whc2007.org

 


PEOPLE AND PUBLISHING MEDIA

KIM NEWMAN and STEPHEN JONES have recently recorded audio commentaries for upcoming DVDs of Tod Browning's MARK OF THE VAMPIRE (1935) for the Halloween MGM boxed horror set from Warner Bros., and James Whale's THE OLD DARK HOUSE (1932) for British distributor Network, for release in August.

 


May 2006

SIGNING FOR "HORROR: ANOTHER 100 BEST BOOKS" AT DARK DELICACIES

At 6:30 pm on Sunday, May 14th, editors STEPHEN JONES and KIM NEWMAN, along with contributors NANCY HOLDER, NANCY KILPATRICK, ROBERTA LANNES, ADAM SIMON and DAVID J. SKAL will be signing copies of the Bram Stoker Award-nominated guide HORROR: ANOTHER 100 BEST BOOKS (Carroll & Graf, $16.95) at:

Dark Delicacies
4213 West Burbank Blvd.,
Burbank, CA 91505
Tel: 818-556-6660

Copies of the book will not only be signed by other contributors in advance, but a limited number of exclusive bookplates will also be available with books on a first-purchased basis signed by numerous other contributors from both sides of the Atlantic, including RANDY BROECKER, LES EDWARDS, JO FLETCHER, ROZ KAVENEY, PAUL McAULEY, CHINA MIÉVILLE, MICHAEL MARSHALL SMITH, LAURENCE STAIG and many more.

Come along and meet the authors, who will be signing their other books as well, with more surprise guests on the night.

If you can't make the signing, you can reserve your signed copies by calling the store and ordering by credit card. Remember, only a limited number of bookplates are available, and these will be allocated on a first-come basis.

For more information, contact:
DARK DELICACIES
darkdel@darkdel.com

 


April 2006

WORLD HORROR CONVENTION 2007 ANNOUNCES NEW WEBSITE AND FORTHCOMING PARTY/RAFFLE

World Horror Convention 2007 is delighted to announce that its newly updated and re-designed website is now available at http://www.whc2007.org.

Along with features about all the Guests of Honour announced to date—Michael Marshall Smith, Nancy Kilpatrick, John Picacio, Peter Crowther, Don Hutchison and Sephera Giron—there are also pages on Memberships Rates, the Hotel, Travel Information, Advertising Rates and Committee Members, all profusely illustrated.

Over the coming months, many more pages, articles and interviews will be added to the site, including a direct hotel booking link to the Totonto Marriott Downtown Eaton Centre. You can also now join the convention at the special reduced rate of US$85.00 / Cdn$96.00 / 47.00 pounds UK (available until May 20, 2006) via the PayPal buttons at the bottom of every page.

To save yourself money, it is strongly advised that you register as soon as possible. If you are thinking of taking a Dealers' Table, you can still join now and the cost of your membership will be deducted from the final cost of the table.

Please also note that the World Horror Convention 2007 and Chicago's Twilight Tales are co-hosting a cocktails and wine party at this year's World Horror Convention in San Francisco on the evening of Saturday, May 13. Just look for people wearing T-shirts with our logo on, or pick up one of the registration forms that will be available on the night. A copy of Progress Report #1 will also be in each of the delegate bags.

There will also be a fun Raffle held at the party, presented by Stephen Jones and Amanda Foubister, where you could win copies of signed editions by our Guests of Honour, and many other exciting items—from prints and posters to slipcased volumes and collectible books. Raffle tickets will be available for 25 cents each, or five for $1.00. You will receive five tickets for FREE if you purchase a membership at the party!

For the first time in its seventeen-year history, The World Horror Convention is being held outside the United States. With a theme exploring "The Diversity of Horror", World Horror Convention 2007 will take place over MARCH 29-APRIL 1 at the four-star TORONTO MARRIOTT DOWNTOWN EATON CENTRE, located in the heart of Toronto, Canada.

The convention's official airline is AIR CANADA, a Star Alliance Member <www.staralliance.com>

For more information, please contact:
AMANDA FOUBISTER
Chairperson / Hotel Liaison
amanda@whc2007.org

 


HAMMER TOP 10s

If you want to find out which Hammer films Stephen Jones, Stephen Gallagher and others included in their Top 10, go to:

http://www.zetaminor.com/dvd/hammer_dvd/hammer_top_10.htm

 


WORLD HORROR CONVENTION 2007 ANNOUNCES MEMBERSHIP RATES

World Horror Convention 2007 is delighted to confirm below and on the website (http://www.whc2007.org) its Membership Rates for the next year.

To save yourself money, it is strongly advised that you register as soon as possible. If you are thinking of taking a Dealers' Table, you can still join now and the cost of your membership will be deducted from the final cost of the table.

ATTENDING MEMBERSHIP

Until May 20, 2006: US$85.00 / Cdn$96.00 / 47.00 pounds UK

Until Nov 10, 2006: US$100.00 / Cdn$115.00 / 56.00 pounds UK

Until March 1, 2007: US$120.00 / Cdn$137.00 / 67.00 pounds UK

At the door (full weekend): US$150.00 / Cdn$170.00

Daily rates: (To be announced later)

* * *
SUPPORTING MEMBERSHIP

Up until March 1, 2007: US$50.00 / Cdn$60.00 / 30.00 pounds UK (This can be converted to an Attending Membership at any time at the then current rate.)

We also offer a Payment Plan for those who are unable to send their Attending Membership fee in a single transaction. For four months from the date that you register, you can pay off your designated fee in instalments of any amount. There is a handling surcharge of US$5.00 / Cdn$6.00 / 3.00 pounds UK for this option. If you fail to pay off the full amount due on the date prescribed, your Membership fee will automatically rise to the next level indicated. No refunds will be made for partial payments under this scheme.

Please make US and Canadian cheques (only) payable to: "World Horror Convention" and send with your NAME, full MAILING ADDRESS (including
country) and E-MAIL/PHONE to:
World Horror Convention
Suite 125
365 Roncesvalles Avenue
Toronto, ON M6R 2M8
CANADA

We also accept payments by PayPal. Please go to <http://www.whc2007.org> to find temporary information about how to buy your membership through this method. (The website is currently being re-designed and will be re-launched before the end of April, complete with direct PayPal links in the three different currencies at the bottom of every page.)

We will also be selling memberships at the upcoming EerieCon Eight in Niagara Falls, and at the WORLD HORROR CONVENTION 2007 PARTY at this year's World Horror Convention in San Francisco. Just look for people wearing T-shirts with our logo on or pick up one of the registration forms.

Prices may be subject to change without notice due to currency fluctuations

Please note that the official policy for World Horror Convention is that panel participants do not receive complimentary memberships. All attendees to World Horror Convention 2007 must purchase a membership.

For the first time in its seventeen-year history, The World Horror Convention is being held outside the United States. With a theme exploring "The Diversity of Horror", World Horror Convention 2007 will take place over MARCH 29-APRIL 1 at the four-star TORONTO MARRIOTT DOWNTOWN EATON CENTRE, located in the heart of Toronto, Canada.

The convention's official airline is AIR CANADA, a Star Alliance Member <www.staralliance.com>

For more information, please contact:
EVELYN BAKER
Memberships / Registration
<registration@whc2007.org>

 


March 2006

WORLD HORROR CONVENTION 2007 ANNOUNCES MISTRESS OF CEREMONIES

World Horror Convention 2007 http://www.whc2007.org is pleased to announce Canadian author SÈPHERA GIRÓN as its Mistress of Ceremonies.

A qualified tarot card reader, her book HOUSE MAGIC: THE GOOD WITCH'S GUIDE TO BRINGING GRACE TO YOUR SPACE was published in 2001 under the author's tarot name, "Ariana", and her darkly erotic novels HOUSE OF PAIN, THE BIRDS AND THE BEES, BORROWED FLESH and MISTRESS OF THE DARK are available from Leisure Books.

Her short fiction has appeared in such anthologies and magazines as SEX MACABRE, ASYLUM 2, QUEER FEAR 2, HOT BLOOD 11: FATAL ATTRACTION, COLOR OF PAIN SHADE OF PLEASURE and CEMETARY DANCE, and she co-scripted the award-winning 1994 movie CREEP with Julian Grant.

SÈPHERA GIRÓN joins the previously-announced Guests of Honour: British writer MICHAEL MARSHALL SMITH, the multiple award-winning author of such novels as SPARES, ONLY FORWARD, ONE OF US and the best-selling THE STRAW MEN trilogy; Montreal-based author NANCY KILPATRICK, whose books include novels NEAR DEATH, CHILD OF THE NIGHT, JASON X: PLANET OF THE BEAST and THE GOTH BIBLE: A COMPENDIUM FOR THE DARKLY INCLINED; Chesley Award and World Fantasy Award-winning American illustrator JOHN PICACIO; British writer/editor/publisher PETER CROWTHER and Toronto editor and pulp magazine authority DON HUTCHISON.

For the first time in its seventeen-year history, The World Horror Convention is being held outside the United States. With a theme exploring "The Diversity of Horror", World Horror Convention 2007 will take place over March 29-April 1 at the TORONTO MARRIOTT DOWNTOWN EATON CENTRE, located in the heart of Toronto, Canada.

The convention's official airline is AIR CANADA, a Star Alliance Member.

PLEASE NOTE: Convention organisers Amanda Foubister, Stephen Jones and Mandy Slater, along with major committee members and announced guests Nancy Kilpatrick, Don Hutchison and Sèphera Girón will be attending AD ASTRA, March 31-April 2 2006, at the Crowne Plaza, Toronto Don Valley, Canada, where memberships to WORLD HORROR CONVENTION 2007 will go on sale for the first time. Membership forms will be available in the delegate bags or look for someone wearing a "WHC2007" T-shirt.

For more information, please contact
Convention Chairperson:
AMANDA FOUBISTER <amanda@whc2007.org>

 


WORLD HORROR CONVENTION 2007 TEAMS UP WITH AIR CANADA

We are delighted to announce that the official airline for World Horror Convention 2007 www.whc2007.org is AIR CANADA. By quoting the convention's unique number at the time of booking with your travel agent or direct with our preferred carrier, you will be offered a discount rate depending on the tariff of your ticket (please note that there is no discount on some fare codes or for bookings made via the Internet). These discounts range from 5%—15% subject to whether you are travelling within
Canada, from the United States or between International destinations.

Air Canada flies not only flies into Toronto's Lester B. Pearson International Airport from most major cities around the world, but also to/from Ottawa only on weekdays into Toronto's Island Airport. This is the only commercial flight into the City Centre airport.

Air Canada is a Star Alliance Member.

Please note: As from January 1, 2007, all air and sea travel between the United States and Canada will require passports for U.S. and Canadian citizens. This will also apply to land travel the following year.

Guests of Honour at World Horror Convention 2007 include British writer MICHAEL MARSHALL SMITH, the multiple award-winning author of such novels as SPARES, ONLY FORWARD, ONE OF US and the best-selling THE STRAW MEN trilogy; Montreal-based author NANCY KILPATRICK, whose books include novels NEAR DEATH, CHILD OF THE NIGHT, JASON X: PLANET OF THE BEAST and THE GOTH BIBLE:
A COMPENDIUM FOR THE DARKLY INCLINED; Chesley Award and World Fantasy Award-winning American illustrator JOHN PICACIO; British writer/editor/publisher PETER CROWTHER and Toronto editor and pulp magazine authority DON HUTCHISON.

For the first time in its seventeen-year history, The World Horror Convention is being held outside the United States. With a theme exploring "The Diversity of Horror", World Horror Convention 2007 will take place over March 29-April 1 at the TORONTO MARRIOTT DOWNTOWN EATON CENTRE, located in the heart of Toronto, Canada.

For more information, please contact
Convention Chairperson:
AMANDA FOUBISTER <amanda@whc2007.org>

 


"AUTHORS AND THEIR BOOK COVERS"

Artist LES EDWARDS/"EDWARD MILLER", editor STEPHEN JONES and authors KIM NEWMAN, STEPHEN GALLAGHER and LAURENCE STAIG will be discussing the relationship between fantasy/SF/horror authors and their book covers on a panel on

SATURDAY MARCH 25th
from 7:30 pm
at
Redbridge Museum
Gloucester Room
Central Library, Clements Road
Ilford IG1 1EA
Tel: 0208-708-2317

Entrance fee: 4.50 pounds.

The talk ties in with a display organised by the London Borough of Redbridge at the Central Library entitled SPLIT INFINITIES: THE FANTASY & SCI-FI ARTWORK OF LES EDWARDS/EDWARD MILLER that runs from Monday March 20th to Saturday April 29th, 10:00am-5:00pm (4:00pm on Saturdays).

Many other writers and artists are expected to attend the event.

Stephen Gallagher will also be holding a Scriptwriting for Film & TV discussion and workshop on Saturday 25th, from 2:00-pm-4:00pm. Entrance
fee: 8.00 pounds/6.00 pounds concessions

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:
Laurence Staig
Arts Development and Events Manager
London Borough of Redbridge
Tel: 0208-708-3532
Fax: 0208-708-3178

 


February 2006

WORLD HORROR CONVENTION 2007 ANNOUNCES SPECIAL GUESTS OF HONOUR

World Horror Convention 2007 (http://www.whc2007.org) is extremely proud and honoured to announce PETER CROWTHER as Special Publisher Guest of Honour and DON HUTCHISON as Special Editor Guest of Honour.

As an award-winning author, respected anthology editor and prolific publisher, Peter Crowther is one of Britain's hardest-working genre experts. The author of more than 100 published stories and novellas, his work has been collected in such volumes as THE LONGEST SINGLE NOTE (AND OTHER STRANGE COMPOSITIONS), the British Fantasy Award-winning LONESOME ROADS, SONGS OF LEAVING and the forthcoming DARK TIMES. He co-wrote the big dark fantasy novel ESCARDY GAP with James Lovegrove, and DARKNESS, DARKNESS was the first book in the "Forever Twilight" series of short science fiction/horror novels.

His many anthologies include NARROW HOUSES, TOUCH WOOD, BLUE MOON, TOMBS and DANTE'S DISCIPLES (both with Edward E. Kramer), TALES IN TIME, TALES IN SPACE, MOON SHOTS, TAPS AND SIGHS, MARS PROBES, CONSTELLATIONS and FORBIDDEN PANETS, amongst other titles.

As the tireless driving force behind PS Publishing, he has produced beautiful volumes by such luminaries as Ray Bradbury, Ramsey Campbell, Lucius Shepard, Michael Moorcock, Stephen Gallagher, Elizabeth Hand, Steve Erikson, Tim Lebbon, Paul McAuley, Lisa Tuttle, Mark Morris, Michael Swanwick and many others, along with the quarterly POSTSCRIPTS magazine.

Since its inception in 1999, PS Publishing has won the British Fantasy Award for Best Small Press for four consecutive years, along with the 2004 World Fantasy Award Special Award (Professional). PS titles have also received more than twenty other awards, including the Bram Stoker Award, the International Horror Guild Award, the Sidewise Award for Alternate History and the Theodore Sturgeon Award.

Toronto native DON HUTCHISON is recognised one of the leading authorities on pulp fiction and a respected editor of dark fantasy. His non-fiction study THE GREAT PULP HEROES was nominated for the Bram Stoker Award and is justly considered a definitive volume on the subject, while his six-volume Aurora Award-winning and World Fantasy Award-nominated series of the landmark NORTHERN FRIGHTS anthologies gained international recognition and acclaim for Canadian horror and its practitioners.

A successful and award-winning film-maker for forty years, Don Hutchison has also edited the pulp fiction anthologies THE SUPER FEDS, IT'S RAINING CORPSES IN CHINATOWN, SCARLET RIDERS: PULP FICTION TALES OF THE MOUNTIES and IT'S RAINING MORE CORPSES IN CHINATOWN, and he is currently editing a new anthology of Canadian speculative fiction.

He has also published numerous magazine articles and book reviews relating to popular fiction in all its forms and, in the mid-1980s, he was the Associate Editor of BORDERLAND, Canada's first professional magazine of horror. In 1990 he received The Lamont Award "for outstanding effort in keeping alive the memory and spirit of the pulp magazine era".

PETER CROWTHER and DON HUTCHISON join the previously-announced Guests of Honour: British writer MICHAEL MARSHALL SMITH, the multiple award-winning author of such novels as SPARES, ONLY FORWARD, ONE OF US and the best-selling THE STRAW MEN trilogy; Montreal-based author NANCY KILPATRICK, whose books include novels NEAR DEATH, CHILD OF THE NIGHT, JASON X: PLANET OF THE BEAST and THE GOTH BIBLE: A COMPENDIUM FOR THE DARKLY INCLINED, and Chesley Award and World Fantasy Award-winning American illustrator JOHN PICACIO.

For the first time in its seventeen-year history, The World Horror Convention is being held outside the United States. With a theme exploring "The Diversity of Horror", World Horror Convention 2007 will take place over March 29-April 1 at the TORONTO MARRIOTT DOWNTOWN EATON CENTRE, located in the heart of Toronto, Canada.

For more information, please contact
Convention Chairperson:
AMANDA FOUBISTER amanda@whc2007.org

 


WORLD HORROR CONVENTION 2007 ANNOUNCES HOTEL

World Horror Convention 2007 (http://www.whc2007.org) is delighted to announce that our venue is the TORONTO MARRIOTT DOWNTOWN EATON CENTRE, located in the heart of Toronto, within easy walking distance of the city's major attractions, including bookstores, the Theatre District, the waterfront, many historical sights and numerous fast-food outlets and fine restaurants. The hotel is also connected by a covered walkway to one of Canada's largest attractions, the EATON CENTRE SHOPPING MALL (http://www.torontoeatoncentre.com/home/index.ch2), a world-class location for those attendees who wish to supplement their weekend of horrors with some heavy-duty gift buying.

Each of the Marriott's 459 guestrooms is equipped with remote control TV, voice mail, high-speed Internet access, coffee maker with complimentary coffee, hairdryer and ironing equipment. You can check out and retrieve account information using your in-room television, which also has Internet access, cable, movies, music and PlayStation games. Despite already conforming to the highest international quality, as you would expect from a Marriott, all the hotel's rooms are currently being upgraded, and this work is due to be completed by the end of 2006.

You can also shake off that early morning hangover by taking a dip in the indoor pool, sauna or hot tub or working out on the fitness equipment in the 24-hour gym on the 18th floor, overlooking the city. And for those busy editors and authors, there is a full Business Centre (open 6:00 am—11:00
pm) and convenient Concierge level.

We have negotiated a significant reduction in the hotel's room rates for those registered members of World Horror Convention 2007. We will be posting these rates on our website and in the Progress Reports, along with a booking code to quote when making a reservation, following World Horror Convention 2006.

You can take a "Virtual Visit" to the hotel at:
http://www.marriotteatoncentre.ca

For the first time in its seventeen-year history, The World Horror Convention is being held outside the United States. With a theme exploring "The Diversity of Horror", World Horror Convention 2007 will take place over March 29-April 1 in the heart of downtown Toronto, Canada.

Guests of Honour already announced include British author MICHAEL MARSHALL SMITH, Canadian writer NANCY KILPATRICK and American illustrator JOHN PICACIO. More guests from both sides of the Atlantic will be revealed in the coming weeks, when advertising and membership rates will also be announced.

For more information, please contact
Convention Chairperson:
AMANDA FOUBISTER <amanda@whc2007.org>

http://www.whc2007.org

 


WORLD HORROR CONVENTION 2007 ANNOUNCES SECOND AUTHOR GUEST OF HONOUR

World Horror Convention 2007 (http://www.whc2007.org) is delighted to announce that it has added Canada's "Queen of Vampire Fiction", NANCY KILPATRICK, to its growing Guest of Honour list.

Best known for her generational "The Power of Blood" series (comprising the novels NEAR DEATH, CHILD OF THE NIGHT, REBORN, BLOODLOVER and TRANSFORMANTION), vampires form a large part of her repertoire but they are by no means all she writes about, as her recent novels JASON X: PLANET OF THE BEAST and JASON X: TO THE THIRD POWER ably illustrate.

A winner of Canada's Arthur Ellis Award for short fiction, she has also recently co-edited the horror anthology OUTSIDERS (with Nancy Holder) and compiled THE GOTH BIBLE: A COMPENDIUM FOR THE DARKLY INCLINED for St. Martin's Press.

As "Amarantha Knight" she has written a number of explicit novels in "THE DARKER PASSIONS series, re-imagining the classics of horror fiction with an erotic twist.

Nancy Kilpatrick joins the previously-announced Guests of Honour: British writer MICHAEL MARSHALL SMITH, the multiple award-winning author of such novels as SPARES, ONLY FORWARD, ONE OF US and the best-selling THE STRAW MEN trilogy, and Chesley Award and World Fantasy Award-winning illustrator JOHN PICACIO.

For the first time in its seventeen-year history, The World Horror Convention is being held outside the United States. With a theme exploring "The Diversity of Horror", World Horror Convention 2007 will take place over March 29-April 1 in the heart of downtown Toronto, Canada.

More guests from both sides of the Atlantic will be revealed in the coming weeks, when advertising and membership rates will also be announced.

For more information, please contact
Convention Chairperson:
AMANDA FOUBISTER <amanda@whc2007.org>

 

LES EDWARDS

Monday 20 March to Saturday 29 April
Monday to Friday 10am to 5pm
Saturday 10am to 4pm

'Split Infinities: the Fantasy & Sci-Fi artwork of Les Edward/Edward Miller'

This exhibition is a unique chance to see the creative artwork of Les Edwards (also known as 'Edward Miller'). Les, who lives in Ilford, is best known for his illustration of a huge number of book jackets in the Fantasy, Science Fiction and Horror genres. He has worked on movie posters, fantasy games and graphic novels and has won the British Fantasy Award for Best Artist.

Redbridge Museum
1st Floor Exhibition Area,
Central Library, Clements Road,
Ilford IG1 1EA
020 8708 2317

Free

 


Discussion and Workshop with Stephen Gallagher: Scriptwriting for Film and TV

Saturday 25th March 2pm to 4pm

From Dr Who to Eleventh Hour—novelist and screenwriter Stephen Gallagher talks and answers questions about the nuts, the bolts and the business of writing for film and television. From miniseries like CHIMERA and OKTOBER to the creation of this year's Patrick Stewart-starring ITV hit, taking along the way three seasons as writer and script consultant on BBC1's BUGS, with episodes of CHILLERS and MURDER ROOMS and the ROSEMARY & THYME feature-length specials, Steve guarantees an insight into the process of thinking, writing and selling.

York Room, Central Library
£8/£6 concessions

 


Authors and their Book Covers

Saturday 25th March 7.30pm

A unique event which promises to be a fascinating discussion around the relationship between authors and their book covers, featuring Award winning Graphic Artist Les Edwards and three Award winning authors and anthologists. How much say do authors have and how important is a book cover, what is the relationship between cover and content, how does the process work, do covers sell books? Come along and find out.

Les Edwards boasts a thirty year career during which he has worked for all of the major UK publishing houses and for most of those in the US. His work has also encompassed comics, movies, advertising and gaming as well as private commissions (www.lesedwards.com)
He has been a Guest of Honour at a World Science Fiction Convention and has been voted Best Artist by the British Fantasy Society on six occasions and has twice been nominated for a World Fantasy Award.
Some years ago he began painting in a different style, under the pseudonym Edward Miller. (www.edwardmiller.co.uk) This new work also became popular and Les now pursues both careers with equal enthusiasm. With his wife, Val, he has lived in Ilford for the last twenty years.

Kim Newman is a novelist, critic and broadcaster.  His fiction works include Anno Dracula, Life's Lottery and The Man From the Diogenes Club under his own name and The Vampire Genevieve and Orgy of the Blood Parasites as Jack Yeovil.  His non-fiction books include Nightmare Movies, Horror: 100 Best Books, Millennium Movies and BFI Classics studies of Cat People and Doctor Who.  He is a contributing editor to Sight & Sound and Empire.  His short story "Week Woman" was adapted for the TV series The Hunger and he has directed and written a tiny short film Missing Girl.

Stephen Jones is the winner of three World Fantasy Awards, three Horror Writers Association Bram Stoker Awards and three International Horror Guild Awards, as well as being a Hugo Award nominee and a sixteen-times recipient of the British Fantasy Award. One of Britain's most acclaimed anthologists of horror and dark fantasy, he has more than eighty books to his credit. You can visit his web site at www.herebedragons.co.uk/jones

Stephen Gallagher has written several novels and television scripts specialising in contemporary suspense, including for the BBC television series Doctor Who—for which he wrote two serials, Warriors' Gate (1980) and Terminus (1983)—as well as for the series Rosemary and Thyme and Bugs, for two seasons of which he was script consultant along with Brian Clemens. He has developed and written his own science fiction series for ITV, Eleventh Hour, starring Patrick Stewart as a government science investigator and advisor. The four part series broadcasted the first episode on 19 January 2006.

Gloucester Room, Central Library
£4.50

 


January 2006

WORLD HORROR CONVENTION 2007 ANNOUNCES ARTIST GUEST OF HONOUR

World Horror Convention 2007 (http://www.whc2007.org) is proud to announce Chesley Award and World Fantasy Award-winning illustrator JOHN PICACIO as its Artist Guest of Honour.

Since choosing a full-time career as an artist in 2001, John has created covers for works by Harlan Ellison, Michael Moorcock, Robert Silverberg, Neil Gaiman, Joe R. Lansdale, Jeffrey Ford, Graham Joyce, Lucius Shepard, Charles De Lint, Frederik Pohl, Hal Clement, and many, many others. A retrospective of his work, COVER STORY: THE ART OF JOHN PICACIO, will be published by MonkeyBrain Books in May 2006.

In 2002, he received the International Horror Guild Award for Best Artist.
In 2005, he was awarded a Chesley Award (for Best Paperback Cover) and was a finalist for the Hugo Award (Best Professional Artist). That same year, he received the prestigious World Fantasy Award for Best Artist.

John Picacio joins previously-announced Guest of Honour, British writer MICHAEL MARSHALL SMITH, the multiple award-winning author of such novels as SPARES, ONLY FORWARD, ONE OF US and the best-selling THE STRAW MEN trilogy.

For the first time in its seventeen-year history, The World Horror Convention is being held outside the United States. With a theme exploring "The Diversity of Horror", World Horror Convention 2007 will take place over March 29-April 1 in the heart of downtown Toronto, Canada.

More guests from both sides of the Atlantic will be revealed in the coming months, when advertising and membership rates will also be set.

For more information, please contact
Convention Chairperson:
AMANDA FOUBISTER <amanda@whc2007.org>

 


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