Portland Will Host 2014 World Horror Con

Oregon Science Fiction Conventions, Inc. and the World Horror Society have announced that the 2014 World Horror Convention will be held in Portland, OR from May 8-11.

The headliners will be  — Author Guests of Honor Nancy Holder, Jack Ketchum, and Norman Partridge; Artist Guest of Honor Greg Staples; Editor Guest of Honor Paula Guran; Ghost of Honor Edward Gorey; and Toastmaster Alan M. Clark.

Membership sales will begin March 4, with voting for the WHC Grandmaster Award starting in the summer. Hotel bookings will be available June 1.

The World Horror 2014 website is presently under construction.

The full press release follows the jump.

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OSFCI & WHS ANNOUNCE LOCATION OF THE 2014 WORLD HORROR CONVENTION

World Horror Convention 2014

Portland, OR

May 8-11, 2014

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February 27, 2013

PORTLAND, Oregon – Oregon Science Fiction Conventions, Inc. (OSFCI) and the World Horror Society (WHS) are pleased to announce that the 2014 World Horror Convention will be held in Portland, OR on May 8th – 11th at the DoubleTree by Hilton Portland. The convention’s website will be located at http://www.worldhorror2014.org/ and there is a Facebook Group which can be found under World Horror Convention 2014.

The event will include the traditional World Horror Con components including the Art Show, Artists Reception, Dealers Room, Mass Autographing, and Grandmaster Award, plus a few new items. The Convention membership fee will cover most events, excepting only any special events such as writers’ workshops, which will be charged separately.

The Convention is proud to announce our Guests of Honor:

Author Guests of Honor:

    Nancy Holder

    Jack Ketchum

    Norman Partridge

Artist Guest of Honor:

    Greg Staples

Editor Guest of Honor:

    Paula Guran

Ghost of Honor:

    Edward Gorey

Toastmaster:

    Alan M. Clark

Additional Guests will be announced as they are confirmed. Membership sales will begin March 4, 2013, with voting for the WHC Grandmaster Award starting in the summer. Hotel bookings will be available June 1, 2013, and the Organizers have negotiated rates for extended dates before and after the Convention so that attendees can take in some of the many activities Portland has to offer.

OSFCI President, Beverly Block, commented “The Portland area has many enthusiastic horror fans, as evidenced by the very successful horror-based theme for our local convention a few years back. We are confident that the 2014 World Horror Convention will deliver a great experience for fan and professional alike.”

“We are pleased that the World Horror Convention is returning to Oregon” says World Horror Society board member Mike Willmoth. “Portland is a great convention city and it has a lot to offer someone attending WHC2014.”

ABOUT THE WORLD HORROR SOCIETY AND THE WORLD HORROR CONVENTION

The World Horror Society was formed in 1991 by Maureen Dorris and is an unincorporated literary society made up of professionals in the horror field and past convention chairs. The World Horror Convention (WHC) is an annual gathering of professionals in the horror industry:- publishers, authors, artists, musicians, filmmakers, dealers and, of course, horror fans. WHC serves as both an industry insider’s networking event and a chance for fans of the genre to get together, meet some of the creative talents in the field, and generally spend a weekend celebrating All Things Scary.

In the late 1980’s, a growing number of horror professionals and fans who attended the World Fantasy Convention (at that time one of the only conventions for horror fans) felt that they needed a convention of their own. Founded by Beth Gwinn (who had the idea), Joann Parsons and Maurine Dorris, the first World Horror Convention was held in Nashville, Tennessee in 1991.

There has been a World Horror Convention every year since, in cities all over the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom. Guests of Honor have included virtually every living legend in the horror field in literature, movies, television, art and more.

To learn more, please visit www.worldhorrorconvention.com