About Portland

Portland, Oregon: One of the 10 Most Haunted Cities in America

The City of Roses, Beervana, Bridgetown…  Portland is known by many names.  USA Today voted us one of the 10 Most Haunted Cities in America for our mysterious Shanghai Tunnels in Old Town, and we’d love to show you, the members of the 2014 World Horror Convention, around our town.

Portland has many wonderfully macabre sites to see:

  • The Clinton Street Theater doesn’t just dream it — they’ve shown “The Rocky Horror Picture” (almost) every Saturday night since April 1978, only taking off holidays.
  • The annual H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival, which was founded in 1995, is a great way to fulfill your horror movie needs.
  • The Lovecraft is a horror-themed bar that pays tribute to the world of horror in all of its forms with Lovecraft inspired and local art and decor.
  • Voodoo Doughnut, a 24-hour doughnut shop that offers — in addition to a crazy selection of doughnuts — legal wedding ceremonies. It also boasts the Guinness Book of World Records’ title for “World’s Largest Box of Doughnuts.”
  • The TV show “Grimm” is filmed here in town.  Perhaps you’ll bump into one of the stars or maybe one of the spooks.
  • Though not horrific at all, no list of Portland attractions would be complete without mentioning the Mecca of bibliophiles everywhere, Powell’s City of Books.

Thanks to a multi-modal approach to transportation, commutes in Portland are 20 percent shorter than in other U.S. cities.  Getting from our international airport, or from the Amtrak / Greyhound station, to downtown can be easily accomplished by bus, MAX train or by car. 

When it comes to dining options in Portland, a passion for seasonal ingredients — from salmon to Dungeness crab, pears to Marionberries, hazelnuts to chanterelle mushrooms — pervades kitchens throughout the city. Fine-dining restaurants and down-home food carts alike celebrate the region’s bounty with fresh, innovative creations.

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Hotel Registration Deadline Extended to April 18th – HURRY!

The deadline to reserve your hotel room at the convention rates has been extended to Friday, April 18th! If you haven’t already gotten your rooms, now’s the time! You can find the link to reserve your rooms here or you can call the hotel directly at 1-503-281-6111.

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WHC 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award Winners Announced

stephenjoneslargeThe Horror Writers Association has chosen two long-time icons of the genre to receive the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award this year. The award, given in recognition of the recipient’s overall body of work, will go to Stephen Jones and to R. L. Stine.

We are fortunate that Stephen Jones will be able to join us in Portland for the convention!

Stephen Jones lives in London, England. He is the winner of three World Fantasy Awards, four Horror Writers Association Bram Stoker Awards and three International Horror Guild Awards, as well as being a recipient of twenty-one British Fantasy Awards and a Hugo Award nominee. A former television producer/director and genre movie publicist and consultant (the first three Hellraiser movies, Night Life, Nightbreed, Split Second, Mind Ripper, Last Gasp etc.), he is the co-editor of Horror: 100 Best Books, Horror: Another 100 Best Books, The Best Horror from Fantasy Tales, Gaslight & Ghosts, Now We Are Sick, H.P. Lovecraft’s Book of Horror, The Anthology of Fantasy & the Supernatural, Secret City: Strange Tales of London, Great Ghost Stories, Tales to Freeze the Blood: More Great Ghost Stories and the Dark Terrors, Dark Voices and Fantasy Tales series. He has written Coraline: A Visual Companion, Stardust: The Visual Companion, Creepshows: The Illustrated Stephen King Movie Guide, The Essential Monster Movie Guide, The Illustrated Vampire Movie Guide, The Illustrated Dinosaur Movie Guide, The Illustrated Frankenstein Movie Guide and The Illustrated Werewolf Movie Guide, and his edited works include the Zombie Apocalypse! series, The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror series (25 volumes), The Mammoth Book of Terror, The Mammoth Book of Vampires, The Mammoth Book of Zombies, The Mammoth Book of Werewolves, The Mammoth Book of Frankenstein, The Mammoth Book of Dracula, The Mammoth Book of Vampire Stories By Women, The Mammoth Book of New Terror, The Mammoth Book of Monsters, and volumes of poetry by H.P. Lovecraft, Robert E. Howard and Clark Ashton Smith. His more than 125 published books have been translated all over the world. A Guest of Honour at the 2002 World Fantasy Convention in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and the 2004 World Horror Convention in Phoenix, Arizona, he has been a guest lecturer at UCLA in California and London’s Kingston University and St. Mary’s University College. You can visit his web site at www.stephenjoneseditor.com. (Photo by Peter Coleborn)

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2014 Grand Master Award Winner: Brian Keene

Brian KeeneThe World Horror Convention 2014 is very proud to announce that the winner of the 2014 Grand Master Award is Brian Keene!!

Brian Keene is the author of over forty books, mostly in the horror and crime genres. His 2003 novel, The Rising, is often credited (along with Robert Kirkman’s The Walking Dead comic and Danny Boyle’s 28 Days Later film) with inspiring pop culture’s current interest in zombies. Keene’s novels have been translated into German, Spanish, Polish, Italian, French, Taiwanese, and many more. In addition to his own original work, Keene has written for media properties such as Doctor Who, Hellboy, Masters of the Universe, and Superman. Several of Keene’s novels have been developed for film, including Ghoul, The Ties That Bind, and Fast Zombies Suck. Several more are in-development or under option. Keene also serves as Executive Producer for the independent film studio Drunken Tentacle Productions. Keene also oversees Maelstrom, his own small press publishing imprint specializing in collectible limited editions, via Thunderstorm Books. Keene’s work has been praised in such diverse places as The New York Times, The History Channel, The Howard Stern Show, CNN.com, Publisher’s Weekly, Media Bistro, Fangoria Magazine, and Rue Morgue Magazine. He has won numerous awards and honors, including two Bram Stoker Awards, and a recognition from Whiteman A.F.B. (home of the B-2 Stealth Bomber) for his outreach to U.S. troops serving both overseas and abroad. A prolific public speaker, Keene has delivered talks at conventions, college campuses, theaters, and inside Central Intelligence Agency headquarters in Langley, VA.

The father of two sons, Keene lives in rural Pennsylvania.

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World Horror Convention 2014 Art Show Seeking Dark Artists

The World Horror Convention 2014 Art Show is actively seeking dark artists who wish to exhibit their work for the horror industry’s top publishers, authors, editors and fans. Full details and information, as well as registration forms and fee payment options, are available at http://www.worldhorror2014.org/art-show/.

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Tickets Now Available for the Bram Stoker Awards Banquet 2014

Bram Stoker AwardThe 2014 World Horror Convention is proud to host the 2014 Bram Stoker Awards Banquet (honoring 2013 achievement in the horror genre) on the evening of Saturday, May 10th. Tickets are $50 each, and are available for advance purchase on our Registration Page.

There are only 300 tickets to this event, so DON’T WAIT.

About the Bram Stoker Awards

Each year, the Horror Writer’s Association presents the Bram Stoker Awards for Superior Achievement, named in honor of Bram Stoker, author of the seminal horror work, Dracula. The Bram Stoker Awards were instituted immediately after the organization’s incorporation in 1987.

To ameliorate the competitive nature of any award system, the Bram Stoker Awards are given “for superior achievement,” not for “best of the year,” and the rules are deliberately designed to make ties possible. The first awards were presented in 1988 (for works published in 1987) and they have been presented every year since. The award itself is an eight-inch replica of a fanciful haunted house, designed specifically for HWA by sculptor Steven Kirk. The door of the house opens to reveal a brass plaque engraved with the name of the winning work and its author.

Any work of Horror first published in the English language may be considered for an award during the year of its publication. The categories for which a Bram Stoker Award may be presented have varied over the years, reflecting the state of the publishing industry and the horror genre.

From 2011 the eleven Bram Stoker Award categories are: Novel, First Novel, Short Fiction, Long Fiction, Young Adult, Fiction Collection, Poetry Collection, Anthology, Screenplay, Graphic Novel and Non-Fiction.

There are two paths to a work becoming a Nominee for the Bram Stoker Award. In one, the HWA membership at large recommends worthy works for consideration. A preliminary ballot for each category is compiled using a formula based on these recommendations. In the second, a Jury for each category also compiles a preliminary ballot. Two rounds of voting by our Active members then determine first the Final Ballot (all those appearing on the Final Ballot are “Bram Stoker Nominees”), and then the Bram Stoker Award Winners. The Winners are announced and the Bram Stoker Awards presented at a gala banquet, normally during the period between March and June.

In addition, Lifetime Achievement Awards are occasionally presented to individuals whose entire body of work has substantially influenced Horror.

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Special Guest Victoria Price Added to World Horror Convention 2014 Guests of Honor

Victoria PriceVictoria Price brings her unique story to the national stage as a designer, art consultant, author and public speaker. Growing up in Hollywood as the daughter of actor and art collector Vincent Price and designer Mary Grant Price, Victoria developed her own vibrant contemporary design aesthetic, which she fuses with her extensive knowledge of the visual arts–seamlessly blending modern and historic, regional and international, ethnographic and urban styles to create unique living and working environments.

Price is also a popular public speaker on topics ranging from industrial design to art collecting to making peace with our past stories in order to expand our creative futures–as well as the life of her famous father. She has been privileged to speak all over the United States and Europe–at design conferences, colleges, conventions, and on behalf of private companies.

Her critically-acclaimed biography of her father, Vincent Price: A Daughter’s Biography, was published in 1999 by St Martin’s Press. She has also written for the New York Times, A&E’s Biography, and many other national, regional, and local magazines, newspapers and television programs. Price has appeared on Good Morning America, A&E Biography, NPR’s Fresh Air and many other national, regional and local TV and radio programs. Articles about Price and her work have appeared in such national and international publications as USA Today, People, Hello!, Travel & Leisure, Art & Auction, Sunset, Western Interiors, the Santa Fean, and Santa Fe Trend.

She has taught at the University of New Mexico and New Mexico Highlands University. Price earned her bachelor’s degree in art history and theatre from Williams College, which has one of the most prestigious art history programs in the country. And she completed the doctoral program in American Studies at the University of New Mexico.

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Writers’ Workshop at WHC2014

The World Horror Convention 2014 Writers’ Workshop is pleased to accept short story and novel excerpt manuscript submissions from horror writers wishing to have their work critiqued by professional writers during the Convention. Our manuscript submission window runs from Friday, November 1st, 2013 until Friday, February 28th, 2014. Full details and information HERE.

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PRESS RELEASE #2: MEMBERSHIP PRICE INCREASE, HOTEL RESERVATION LINK AVAILABLE & NEW SPECIAL GUEST

World Horror Convention 2014
Portland, OR, May 8 – 11, 2014

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

May 31, 2013

PORTLAND, Oregon – Membership prices for the 2014 World Horror Convention will increase from $100 to $125 at 11:59PM PDT June 2, 2013.

Hotel bookings will be available June 2, 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. Please follow the link below to book your rooms:

http://www.worldhorror2014.org/hotel/

The Convention is proud to announce a Special Guest, John Shirley. John is a novelist, screenwriter, television writer, songwriter and author of numerous story collections. One of his collections, “Black Butterflies”, won the Bram Stoker Award© in 1998.

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.

To learn more, please visit www.worldhorrorconvention.com

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PRESS RELEASE #1

OSFCI & WHS ANNOUNCE LOCATION OF THE 2014 WORLD HORROR CONVENTION

World Horror Convention 2014
Portland, OR  May 8 – 11, 2014

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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

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