The 25th Anniversary World Horror Convention (a.k.a. WHC), also comprising the Bram Stoker Awards® Weekend, has just kicked off in Atlanta, running from May 7th to May 10th at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis Hotel. As part of the celebrations for the 25th anniversary of WHC, “Friday will be declared ‘Celebrate World Horror Convention’s 25th Anniversary Day’ and will feature a retrospective panel on the first 25 years of WHC. After the Mass Signing on Friday, we will hold the World Horror Convention 25th Anniversary Ball – there’ll be free entry to Convention members and partners.” Sounds like a monster mash.

Guests of Honor at this year’s WHC include John Farris, Charlaine Harris, Lisa Tuttle, and – as Lifetime Achievement Award Winner – Jack Ketchum. Other familiar names – participating in the Mass Signing and elsewhere – include Nathan Ballingrud, Bruce Boston, Ellen Datlow, Nikki Guerlain, Anya Martin, Scott Nicolay, and Damien Angelica Walters.

The Bram Stoker Awards®, which these days seem to be making ®eally se®ious use of thei® ®, will be awa®ded in the now-customa®y gala dinne® on the evening of Satu®day, May 9th, at the Ma®®iott Hotel. (And I hope you don’t find this ove®use of the ® too ®idiculous or dis®espectful, or take it fo® typog®phical e®®o®, but I’m only following thei® p®ecedent…) Despite the concerns raised over the inclusiveness and/or conservatism of these awards, they’re bound to be a highlight of the entire show, and the ceremony will be streamed he®e.

There’ll also be an Art Show, pitch sessions with Tor Books, Dark Regions Press and their ilk, and much, much more. Looks utterly horrid to me.

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Paul St John Mackintosh is a British poet, writer of dark fiction, and media pro with a love of e-reading. His gadgets range from a $50 Kindle Fire to his trusty Vodafone Smart Grand 6. Paul was educated at public school and Trinity College, Cambridge, but modern technology saved him from the Hugh Grant trap. His acclaimed first poetry collection, The Golden Age, was published in 1997, and reissued on Kindle in 2013, and his second poetry collection, The Musical Box of Wonders, was published in 2011.


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