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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March, 2013



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



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

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
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.”


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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