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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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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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