The Horror Writers Association has announced dark fantasy author Caitlín R Kiernan as the Author Guest of Honor for the World Horror Convention (WHC) 2013. In 2013 the HWA is hosting WHC as part of the Bram Stoker Awards™ Weekend in New Orleans from 13-16 June.

The New York Times recently called Caitlín R. Kiernan, “one of our essential writers of dark fiction.” She is the author of various dark-fantasy novels, beginning with Silk and followed by Threshold, Low Red Moon, The Five of Cups, Murder of Angels, Daughter of Hounds, and The Red Tree. Her ninth novel, The Drowning Girl: A Memoir, was released in April 2012.

In 2011, Subterranean Press released Two Worlds and In Between: The Best of Caitlín R. Kiernan (Volume 1), a retrospective of her short fiction from 1993-2004 (a second volume is planned for 2014). Publisher’s Weekly declared the collection one of the six best F/SF works of 2011. Two of her novellas have appeared as short hardbacks: In the Garden of Poisonous Flowers and The Dry Salvages. She has also worked in comics, scripting thirty-eight issues of the DC/Vertigo comic The Dreaming, along with two mini-series: The Girl Who Would Be Death and Bast: Eternity Game. In April 2012, she returned to comics and graphic novels, writing Alabaster, which features her albino monster-slayer, Dancy Flammarion. Her next novel, Blood Oranges, will be released in 2013. Illustrated versions of The Red Tree and The Drowning Girl: A Memoir will be published in 2013 and 2014.

Born in Dublin, Ireland, Kiernan was raised in the south-eastern US, and now lives in Providence, Rhode Island with her partner.

HWA President Rocky Wood said, “Caitlín R. Kiernan’s reputation increases with every novel, graphic novel and short story she releases. She has received multiple Bram Stoker Award, British Fantasy Award, World Fantasy Award and Shirley Jackson Award nominations. She is a worthy Author Guest of Honor for World Horror Convention and we look forward to her sharing more about her career to date, the importance of dark fantasy and her plans for the future.”

Kiernan joins previously announced Bram Stoker Award Weekend Guests of Honor Ramsey Campbell and Jonathan Maberry, World Horror Convention Guest Editor John Joseph Adams, and Toastmaster Jeff Strand on the Guest list. Further Guests are due to be announced.

The Bram Stoker Awards Weekend incorporating the World Horror Convention 2013 will be held at the Hotel Monteleone in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Horror Writers Association, the peak group for horror writers, is also hosting World Horror Convention as part of their regular Weekend. The HWA is a worldwide organization promoting dark literature and its creators. Started in 1985, it has over 700 members writing professionally in fiction, nonfiction, videogames, film, poetry, comics, and other media. The World Horror Convention is hosted on behalf of the World Horror Society.

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