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The World Horror Convention was an annual professional gathering of the World Horror Society and other interested parties.

World Horror Convention
StatusDefunct
GenreHorror
Location(s)Varies
CountryVaries
Inaugurated1991
Most recent2016
Attendance400-500
Organized byWorld Horror Society
Websitehttp://www.worldhorrorconvention.com/

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The annual World Horror Conventions were held mostly in the United States or Canada, usually alternating between east and west sides of the continent. In 2010, the convention was held outside North America for the first and only time, in Brighton, England.

The bids from potential committees were presented to the members of the board of directors of the World Horror Society, who then decided where future conventions would be held. Bids were usually made two years before the specific year (e.g., bids for 2001 were considered in 1999). The Horror Writers Association's Bram Stoker Award ceremony was held in conjunction with the convention for many years, but the HWA now stages the ceremony at its own convention, the Bram Stoker Awards Weekend. The World Horror Convention Grand Master Award was given most years at the convention.

ConventionsEdit

Dates Location Info
1991
Nashville, Tennessee
Writer: Chelsea Quinn Yarbro. Artist: Jill Bauman. MC: David J. Schow, John Skipp, Craig Spector, Richard Christian Matheson. Grand Master: Robert Bloch.
1992
Nashville, Tennessee
Writer: Richard Matheson. Artist: Harry O. Morris. Special media guest: Richard Christian Matheson. MC: Brian Lumley. Grand Master: Stephen King.
1993
Stamford, Connecticut
Writers: Peter Straub, Les Daniels. Artist: Stephen Gervais. Special media guests: Paul Clemens. MC: Stanley Wiater. Grand Master: Richard Matheson.
1994
Phoenix, Arizona
Writers: Charles L. Grant, Dan Simmons. Artist: Gahan Wilson. MC: Edward Bryant. Grand Master: Anne Rice.
1995
Atlanta
Writers: John Farris, Neil Gaiman, R. L. Stine. Artist: Alan M. Clark. Media: Alice Cooper. MC: Brian Lumley. Grand Master: Clive Barker.
1996
Eugene, Oregon
Writers: Clive Barker, Charles de Lint, Nina Kiriki Hoffman, Don Maitz, Janny Wurts. Special: Tim Powers, Edward Bryant. Grand Master: Dean Koontz.
1997
Niagara Falls, New York
Writers: Ramsey Campbell, Poppy Z. Brite, Joe R. Lansdale. Artist: Rick Berry. Media: Gunnar Hansen. Editor: Darrell Schweitzer. MC: Edo van Belkom. Grand Master: Peter Straub.
1998
Phoenix, Arizona
Writer: Brian Lumley. Artist: Bernie Wrightson. Media: Tom Savini. Publisher: Tom Doherty. MC: John Steakley. Grand Master: Brian Lumley.
1999
Atlanta
Writers: Michael Bishop, John Shirley. Artist: Lisa Snellings. MC: Neil Gaiman. Grand Master: Ramsey Campbell.
2000
Denver
Writers: Peter Straub, Melanie Tem, Steve Rasnic Tem, J. Michael Straczynski, Graham Joyce. Artist: Rick Lieder. Editor: Ellen Datlow. MC: Dan Simmons. Grand Master: Harlan Ellison.
2001
Seattle
In conjunction with the Horror Writers Association Bram Stoker Awards Weekend.[1]
Guest of Honor in Memoriam: Richard Laymon. Writers: Simon Clark, Michael Slade, Jessica Amanda Salmonson. Artist: Charles Vess. Publishers: Barbara Roden, Christopher Roden. Grand Master: Ray Bradbury.[2]
2002
Chicago
Writers: Gene Wolfe, Neil Gaiman. Editor: Melissa Ann Singer. Artist: Randy Broecker. Poetry: Jo Fletcher. Photography: Beth Gwinn. Music: Liz Mandville Greeson. Comics and Young Adult: Jill Thompson. Media: Rich Koz, Patricia Tallman, Robert Z'Dar. Special: Karen E. Taylor, Yvonne Navarro, Brian A. Hopkins. Grand Master: Charles L. Grant.
2003
Kansas City, Missouri
Writer: Brian A. Hopkins. Publisher: Don D'Auria. Artist: Nick Smith. Special: Forrest J. Ackerman. MC: Laurell K. Hamilton. Grand Master: Chelsea Quinn Yarbro.
2004
Phoenix, Arizona
Writer: Douglas Clegg. Artist: Jeremy Caniglia. Editor: Stephen Jones. Media: Dee Snider. Special: Adam Niswander. Grand Master: Jack Williamson.[3]
2005
New York City
Writers: Harlan Ellison, Joe R. Lansdale, Tim Lebbon, Tom Piccirilli, Jack Ketchum, Mort Castle, Amber Benson. Filmmaker: Mick Garris. Artist: Allen Koszowski. Editors: Tom, Elizabeth Monteleone. MCs: Stan Wiater, Linda Addison
2006
San Francisco
Writers: Kim Newman, Koji Suzuki. Toastmaster: Peter Straub. Artist: Brom. Media: Bill Moseley. Editor: John Pelan.[4]
2007
Toronto
Writers: Michael Marshall Smith, Nancy Kilpatrick. Artist: John Picacio. Editors: Peter Crowther, Don Hutchison. Media: Peter Atkins.[5]
2008
Salt Lake City
Writer: Dennis Etchison. Artist: John Jude Palencar. Toastmaster: Simon Clark. Academic: Michael R. Collings. Special: Jeff Strand, Dave Dinsmore.[6]
2009
Winnipeg
Writers: Conrad Williams, Edo van Belkom, F. Paul Wilson, Joshua Gee. Artist: Tommy Castillo. Grand Master: Tanith Lee.[7]
2010
Brighton
Writers: Tanith Lee, David Case. Editor: Hugh Lamb. Artists: Les Edwards, Dave Carson. Special: James Herbert. MC: Jo Fletcher. Media: Ingrid Pitt. WHS Lifetime Achievement Award: Basil Copper. Grand Master: James Herbert.[8]
2011
Austin, Texas
Writers: Sarah Langan, Joe Hill. Media: Steve Niles. Editors: Brett Alexander Savory, Sandra Kasturi. Artist: Vincent Chong. Toastmaster: Joe R. Lansdale. Special: Brian Keene, Del Howison. Grand Master: Jack Ketchum.
2012
Salt Lake City
Writer: Sherrilyn Kenyon. Artist: Mike Mignola. Special: Rocky Wood. HWA guests of honor: Joe R. Lansdale, Karen Lansdale, Robert McCammon. Toastmistress: P. N. Elrod. HWA special guests: Dacre Stoker, Jeff Strand. Grand Master: T. E. D. Klein.[9]
2013
New Orleans
In conjunction with the HWA Bram Stoker Awards Weekend.[10] Writers: Ramsey Campbell, Caitlin R. Kiernan, Jonathan Maberry. Artist: Glenn Chadbourne. Editor: John Joseph Adams. Poet: Bruce Boston. Toastmaster: Jeff Strand.
2014
Portland, Oregon
Writers: Nancy Holder, Jack Ketchum, Norman Partridge. Artist: Gret Staples. Editor: Paula Guran. Grand Master: Brian Keene. HWA Lifetime Achievement Awards: Stephen Jones, R. L. Stine. Ghost of Honor: Edward Gorey. Special: Victoria Price, John Shirley. Toastmaster: Alan M. Clark.
2015
Atlanta
Writers: Lisa Tuttle, Christopher Golden, Tom Piccirilli, John Farris, Kami Garcia, Charlaine Harris. Artist: Bob Eggleton. Editor: Chris Ryall. Toastmaster: Jonathan Maberry.
April 28 - May 1, 2016 Provo Marriott Hotel and Convention Center
Provo, Utah
Writers: Sarah Pinborough, Joe McKinney, Kevin J. Anderson, Darren Shan. Artist: Keith Thompson. Academic: Michael R. Collings. Special: Linda Addison, Michaelbrent Collings, Michael Arnzen, Victoria Price, Dan Wells, Carter Reid. Ghost of Honor: Shirley Jackson.

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