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 key guests' list feature: [UPDATED!!! - thanks to an anonymous comment!]
- GAHAN WILSON - SPECIAL HWA GUEST
previous winner of the Horror Writers Association Lifetime Achievement Award.
Best known for his macabre cartoons in PLAYBOY and THE NEW YORKER.
His work has been collected in GAHAN WILSON'S GRAVESIDE MANNER, THE MAN IN THE CANNIBAL POT, I PAINT WHAT I SEE, IS NOTHING SACRED?, . . . AND THEN WE'LL GET HIM, THE WEIRD WORLD OF GAHAN WILSON, GAHAN WILSON'S CRACKED COSMOS, STILL WEIRD, EVEN WEIRDER, GAHAN WILSON'S GRAVEDIGGER'S PARTY, GAHAN WILSON'S MONSTER PARTY and THE BEST OF GAHAN WILSON.
Some of his short stories were collected in THE CLEFT AND OTHER ODD TALES
Wrote 2 unusual mistery novels - EDDY DECO'S LAST CAPER and EVERYBODY'S FAVOURITE DUCK - and some children's books.
Edited the anthologies FIRST WORLD FANTASY AWARDS and GAHAN WILSON'S FAVORITE TALES OF HORROR.
- MICHAEL MARSHALL SMITH - Guest Of Honour
Author of SPARES, ONLY FORWARD, ONE OF US and the international best-selling THE STRAW MEN trilogy (under the byline "Michael Marshall").
- NANCY KILPATRICK - Guest Of Honour
Author of "The Power of Blood" vampire series (comprising the novels NEAR DEATH, CHILD OF THE NIGHT, REBORN, BLOODLOVER and TRANSFORMATION).
Winner of Canada's Arthur Ellis Award for short fiction.
Co-editer of the horror anthology OUTSIDERS (with Nancy Holder).
Compiled THE GOTH BIBLE: A COMPENDIUM FOR THE DARKLY INCLINED.
- JOHN PICACIO - Artist Guest Of Honour
Cover artist for works by Michael Marshall Smith, Harlan Ellison, Neil Gaiman, Joe R. Lansdale, Graham Joyce, Lucius Shepard, Charles De Lint, and others.
Winner of the International Horror Guild Award (Best Artist), the Chesley Award (Best Paperback Cover) and the World Fantasy Award (Best Artist).
COVER STORY: THE ART OF JOHN PICACIO is a new retrospective collection of his work.
- DON HUTCHISON - SPECIAL PUBLISHER GUEST OF HONOUR
Author of the non-fiction study THE GREAT PULP HEROES - nominated for the Bram Stoker Award.
Author of the Aurora Award-winning series of the landmark NORTHERN FRIGHTS anthologies (6 volumes).
In 1990 he received The Lamont Award "for outstanding effort in keeping alive the memory and spirit of the pulp magazine era".
- PETER ATKINS - SPECIAL MEDIA GUEST OF HONOUR
Has scripted HELLBOUND: HELLRAISER II, HELLRAISER III: HELL ON EARTH (1992) and HELLRAISER: BLOODLINE (1996).
The following he wrote WISHMASTER.
The 1st movie of WISHMASTER was adapted by Atkins himself to the stage musical THE DJINN (2001), complete with cockney Vaudevillians and Commedia dell'Arte clowns with electric guitars.
- JOE R. LANSDALE - WHC 2007 GRAND MASTER WINNER
Author of more than 30 novels, including ACT OF LOVE, THE NIGHTRUNNERS, COLD IN JULY, THE BOTTOMS and THE DRIVE-IN series.
Wrote 7 novels about the 2 friends Hap Collins and Leonard Pine from East Texas who solve several macabre and violent misteries. The series begun with SAVAGE SEASON in 1990 and the last one published was CAPTAINS OUTRAGEOUS (2001).
His novella BUBBA HO-TEP, about an aged Elvis Presley and black John F. Kennedy battling a soul-sucking mummy, was filmed by Don Coscarelli in 2002.
His short story, "Incident On and Off a Mountain Road" was adapted as the first episode of the first season of TV's MASTERS OF HORROR series.
- SÈPHERA GIRÓN - MISTRESS OF CEREMONIES
Author of HOUSE OF PAIN, THE BIRDS AND THE BEES, BORROWED FLESH and MISTRESS OF THE DARK.
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".
- PETER CROWTHER - SPECIAL PUBLISHER GUEST OF HONOUR
Award-winning author, respected anthology editor and prolific publisher.
His short stories are all in the collection LONESOME ROADS.
Co-writer in the novel ESCARDY GAP (with James Lovegrove).
Driving force behind PS Publiching, winner of the British Fantasy Award for Best Small Press (4 consecutive years) and of the 2004 World Fantasy Award Special Award (Professional)
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