Celebrating its 20th Anniversary, The World Horror Convention will be held over March 25-28, 2010, in the historic Regency seaside city of Brighton, on the picturesque south coast of England. This is the first time that the event will have been held off the North American continent.

The theme is “Brighton Shock! – A Celebration Of The European Horror Tradition From Victorian Times To The Present Day.” The convention will host numerous panels, talks, presentations, readings, workshops and displays devoted to horror, macabre, mystery and thriller fiction and art in all its varied and fearsome forms.

The venue will be the historic Royal Albion Hotel, which dates back more than 180 years and is situated directly opposite the iconic Brighton Pier and a stone’s throw from the beach.

Author Guests of Honour are Tanith Lee and David Case. Artist Guests of Honour are Les Edwards and Dave Carson, and Editor Guest of Honour is Hugh Lamb. Best-selling author James Herbert is the Special Guest of Honour, Ingrid Pitt is Special Media Guest, and Mistress of Ceremonies is Jo Fletcher.

You can also sign up for three different Writing Workshops held over the Saturday and Sunday of the convention. These will be tutored by Mort Castle (Creative Writing), Nancy Kilpatrick (Vampire Fiction) and Jo Fletcher (Publishing & Editing), who will also be holding manuscript critiques. More details can be found on the website.

The Horror Writers Association’s prestigious annual Bram Stoker Awards for excellence in horror and fantasy fiction will be presented at a gala Fish & Chips Banquet on the evening of Saturday, March 27. This event will be one of the highlights of the convention, and will include past Stoker Award winners and our Guests of Honour as award presenters.

All information about the convention, hotel and location is available on the World Horror Convention website, including an easy to use PayPal Registration Form (which will automatically convert your payment at the current exchange rate). Or you can print off the form and send it with a cheque (sterling only) to: World Horror Convention, PO Box 64317, London NW6 9LL, England.

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