World Horror Convention in San Francisco May 11th-14th of 2006

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World Horror Convention 2006, a professional convention for writers, artists, publishers and booksellers focusing on horror and dark fantasy, comes to the Holiday Inn San Francisco-Golden Gateway May 11-14, 2006. Guests of Honor include author Peter Straub (Toastmaster; http://www.peterstraub.net), artist Brom (http://www.bromart.com), publishers John Pelan (http://www.darksidepress.com) and Hiroki Sakai (http://www.vertical-inc.com), and authors Kim Newman (http://www.johnnyalucard.com) and Clive Barker (http://www.clivebarker.com). Special events include presentation of the 2006 Horror Grandmaster Award, a charity auction to benefit Bat Conservation International, Inc. (http://www.batcon.org), a Mass Autographing session, an Art Show, a Dealers Room, an independent film festival, publisher and film pitch sessions, panels, readings, fiction contests, and more.

World Horror Convention 2006, a professional convention for writers, artists, publishers and booksellers focusing on horror and dark fantasy, comes to the Holiday Inn San Francisco-Golden Gateway May 11-14, 2006. Guests of Honor include author Peter Straub (Toastmaster; http://www.peterstraub.net), artist Brom (http://www.bromart.com), publishers John Pelan (http://www.darksidepress.com) and Hiroki Sakai (http://www.vertical-inc.com), and authors Kim Newman (http://www.johnnyalucard.com) and Clive Barker (http://www.clivebarker.com). Special events include presentation of the 2006 Horror Grandmaster Award, a charity auction to benefit Bat Conservation International, Inc. (http://www.batcon.org), a Mass Autographing session, an Art Show, a Dealers Room, an independent film festival, publisher and film pitch sessions, panels, readings, fiction contests, and more.

San Francisco has a colorful past, growing from a small village to a major city nearly overnight as a result of the 1849 Gold Rush. The writers of the "beat" generation, the hippies of the Summer of Love in the late 1960's and the large gay/lesbian population have all contributed to making San Francisco the fascinating place it is today. The City by the Bay was home to literary legends such as Ambrose Bierce and Fritz Leiber, and the Bay Area hosts horror personalities in both the literary world and the world of cinema. Tourist information on http://www.whc2006.org includes ghost tours, haunted hotels, film locations, and more.

Attending Memberships are on sale through May 31, 2005 for just $100 for the weekend. Beginning June 1, 2005, Attending Memberships will be $110, and prices will go up incrementally to $140 at the door. Memberships may be purchased online or by mail – see http://www.whc2006.org for more details.

For more than ten years, the World Horror Society has overseen the World Horror Convention to provide an event that is conducive to education, networking and conducting business for horror professionals and enthusiasts. In celebration of professional achievement, WHC presents the Horror Grandmaster Award, honoring individuals who have contributed greatly to the horror field. Honorees are nominated and selected by past and present Members of WHC, and the 2006 Horror Grandmaster Award will be presented in a special ceremony at WHC 2006. Full details on past winners of the Grandmaster award may be found at http://www.worldhorrorsociety.org.

This year’s co-chairs are Darren Mckeeman of Gothic.net, one of the foremost sites for online horror fiction and news; Chad Savage of SinisterVisions.com, award-winning horror artist and web designer; and Jeremy Lassen of Night Shade Books (http://www.nightshadebooks.com), award-winning publisher of quality books from a broad spectrum of genres. Mckeeman, Savage, and Lassen bring a wide range of professional skills and experience to WHC 2006, and plan to make this year’s event a convention to remember.

WHC offers a juried Art Show featuring work of general interest to the horror and dark fantasy community. Work from both professional and amateur artists will be featured, and WHC 2006 will host a silent auction and print sales for participating artists. Full information on submitting work to the jury process may be found at http://www.whc2006.org. Artists need only apply to the jury once; acceptance by the jury allows an artist to exhibit at any future WHC.

WHC 2006 welcomes advertisers and sponsors from San Francisco and the world. Please see our Advertising section on http://www.whc2006.org for full information, or to contact the committee with your questions. We are compiling a Horror Tourist Guide to include in member packets; please contact us with information to include.

WHC2006.org offers up-to-the-minute information about WHC 2006, as well as forums and email discussion lists for your questions and comments. The complete committee list may be found there, including photos, bios, and contact information. Our first Progress Report will be mailed soon, and will include ballots for the 2006 Horror Grandmaster Award. Nominations and voting are open to Members of this and past World Horror Conventions; please purchase your membership soon if you would like to participate in the voting.

World Horror Convention 2006                

Contact Co-Chairs:

May 11-14, 2006            

Darren Mckeeman, 415-879-0665, Darren@whc2006.org

Holiday Inn                 

Chad Savage, 312-952-1832, Chad@whc2006.org

San Francisco-Golden Gateway         

Jeremy Lassen, 415-514-0464, Jeremy@whc2006.org

1500 Van Ness Ave.            

San Francisco, CA 94109                    

http://www.whc2006.org    

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