Note: This post is for informational purposes. We hope everybody who is already signed up to go has a good time. Unfortunately, the official site says that they are sold out. =(
The 2010 World Horror Convention takes place in Brighton, England, on the days of March 25th through March 28th. The convention will cover all aspects of the horror writing and publishing business, film-making and illustration. Attendees are expected to come from North America, Australia, and mainland Europe.
The theme is “Brighton Shock!? A celebration of the European horror tradition from Victorian times to the present day“, and the convention will host numerous panels, talks, presentations, readings, signings, launches, workshops and displays devoted to horror and thriller fiction/art. There will be a Dealers Room and an Art Show.
Meetings will be held at the Royal Albion Hotel, opposite the Palace Pier. There are seven meeting rooms and a private bar at the hotel for the Convention’s use. Registration desks will be located in the main lobby. The Horror Writers Association’s annual Bram Stoker Awards for excellence in horror and fantasy fiction will be presented at a Fish & Chips Banquet on the evening of Saturday, March 27.
Special Guests include the following people:
James Herbert created the modern mass-market horror genre with the publication of his first novel, The Rats, in 1974. He has more than 20 novels, selling more than 50 million copies world-wide. Herbert’s best-selling titles include Haunted, The Dark, The Fog, Domain, Moon, Fluke, and The Magic Cottage.
The Rats, The Survivor, Fluke, and Haunted have all been made into movies. Herbert will have his own, exclusive, signing session on Saturday.
New York born David Case is known for The cell: Three tales of horror, Fengriffen: A Chilling Tale, and The Third Grave, Outside the horror genre, Case has written more than three hundred books under at least seventeen pseudonyms, ranging from porn to Westerns. Two of his horror stories, Fengriffen and the The Hunter, were filmed as And Now the Screaming Starts! (1973, with Peter Cushing) and Scream of the Wolf (1974, with Peter Graves), respectively.
English horror fiction writer Brian Lumley is a Lovecraft fan who has added to the Cthulhu Mythos cycle of stories, including several tales featuring the character Titus Crow (Titus Crow, Volume 1: The Burrowers Beneath; The Transition of Titus Crow, Titus Crow, Volume 2: The Clock of Dreams; Spawn of the Winds, Titus Crow, Volume 3: In The Moons of Borea, Elysia). He also did the Psychomech trilogy (Psychomech, Psychosphere, and Psychamok). But his most popular series of novels is the Necroscope Saga (Necroscope, Necroscope II, Necroscope III, to name just a few). Brian Lumley’s Amazon page has many more books including the first 5 Necroscope novels, novels in the Vampire World Trilogy, E-Branch, and others. Brian Lumley has been announced as a recipient of the Horror Writers Association Lifetime Achievement Award, which will be presented to him at the Bram Stoker Awards Banquet on the Saturday evening of the convention.
Hammer Film’s “Queen of Horror”, Ingrid Pitt has starred in many classic horror films like Countess Dracula, The Vampire Lovers, The House That Dripped Blood, The Wicker Man, and others. Pitt is currently writing a history of Hammer Films for 2010.
On Saturday, Ingrid Pitt will be selling signed copies of her books, photos, DVDs and other memorabilia. There will also be a fee for her to sign items brought into the event. However, she will not charge to sign copies of the convention’s souvenir book and The Mammoth Book of Vampire Stories by Women.
London born Tanith Lee has written around 90 books and 300 short stories. Some of her best-known titles include Biting the Sun, Tempting The Gods: The Selected Stories Of Tanith Lee Volume One, Metallic Love, Dark Dance, and The Silver Metal Lover. Currently, there are five novels in her series Tales From The Flat Earth, where the world is a flat square composed of three “layers” – the Underearth, which is the realm of demons; the Flat Earth itself; and the Upperearth, which is the realm of the gods. Two more books in the series are forthcoming. She writes in many styles and across numerous genres, including horror, science fiction, fantasy, historical, children’s and young adult. Tanith Lee has won the British Fantasy Society’s August Derleth Award, two World Fantasy Awards, and two Spanish Gilgames Awards.
Illustrator Les Edwards is well known in the UK. His work has encompassed advertising, gaming, record and CD covers, and movie posters. He has illustrated two graphic novels based on stories by Clive Barker: Son of Celluloid, and Rawhead Rex. Edwards’ paintings are found in private collections in both Europe and the US. In recent years Les has also taken to painting under the pseudonym “Edward Miller”. He has been voted Best Artist by the British Fantasy Society on seven occasions.
Dave Carson is one of the most acclaimed illustrators of the work of H.P. Lovecraft. Dave’s 1979 poster H.P. Lovecraft 1890-1937 is still selling to this day and was even reproduced in Fortean Times and The Observer’s Review supplement to accompany a book review about Lovecraft. In the early 1980s Dave was approached by Lovecraft enthusiast Carl T. Ford to contribute artwork to a new small press magazine entitled Dagon. Dagon magazine went on to gain huge respect in Lovecraftian circles.
Among the numerous books that Dave Carson’s artwork has appeared in are H.P. Lovecraft’s Book of Horror, Brian Lumley’s Clock of Dreams, The Anthology of Fantasy & the Supernatural, and The Pan Books of Horror series. Dave Carson has received the British Fantasy Award for Best Artist on five occasions.
Jo Fletcher will be Mistress of Ceremonies at the convention. An editor, writer, poet and journalist, Fletcher’s work has appeared in The Mammoth Books (Werewolves, Frankenstein, Dracula), Gaslight and Ghosts, Tiger Garden, and others.
Hugh Lamb is one of Britain’s most acclaimed anthologists of ghosts and gaslight terrors, renowned for unearthing many obscure tales by Victorian and Edwardian writers. His available books include Tales from a Gas-Lit Graveyard, Gaslit Horror: Stories by Robert W. Chambers, Lafcadio Hearn, Bernard Capes and Others, and Gaslit Nightmares: Stories by Robert W. Chambers, Charles Dickens, Richard Marsh, and Others.
Dennis Etchison has been called “the most original living horror writer in America” and “the finest writer of psychological horror this genre has produced”. His stories have appeared in numerous periodicals and anthologies since the 60s. Some of the most best-known are included in The Dark Country, The Death Artist, Talking in the Dark, and Red Dreams.
He has also achieved fame as a novelist (The Fog) and editor (Masters of Darkness I-III, Metahorror), winning British Fantasy Awards and World Fantasy Awards.
Under the Jack Martin pseudonym, he wrote adaptations for Halloween II, Halloween III, and Videodrome. Etchison also writes magazine articles, film reviews and scripts, including screenplays for John Carpenter and Dario Argento. Dennis Etchison was President of the Horror Writers Association from 1992 to 1994.
WHC 2010 is sold out, but to those going – enjoy yourselves!