World Horror Convention 2007 has announced that hisownself, Joe R. Lansdale, has been voted the winner of the 2007 Grand Master Award.

The number of votes cast this year by members of the convention was the highest in the history of the seventeen-year-old award, and Lansdale joins the distinguished ranks of such other honoured recipients as Robert Bloch, Stephen King, Richard Matheson, Anne Rice, Clive Barker, Dean R. Koontz, Peter Straub, Brian Lumley, Ramsey Campbell, Harlan Ellison, Ray Bradbury, Charles L. Grant, Chelsea Quinn Yarbro, Jack Williamson, F. Paul Wilson and Ray Garton.

Texas-born Mojo storyteller and scriptwriter Joe R. Lansdale is the author of more than thirty novels in all genres, including crime, Western, horror and pulp adventure. The author of Act of Love, The Nightrunners, Cold In July, Savage Season, The Bottoms and The Drive-In series, he is also known for his seven novels about two unlikely friends, Hap Collins and Leonard Pine, who live in a town in East Texas and find themselves solving a variety of often violent or macabre mysteries. The series began with Savage Season in 1990 and Captains Outrageous (2001) is the most recent title in the on-going saga.

Joe R. Lansdale is the winner of six HWA Bram Stoker Awards, the British Fantasy Award, the MWA Edgar Award, the American Mystery Award, the Horror Critics Award, the “Shot in the Dark” International Crime Writer’s award, the Booklist Editor’s Award and the Critic’s Choice Award.

Joe R. Lansdale will be joining previously-announced Guests of Honour Michael Marshall Smith, the multiple award-winning British author of such novels as Spares, Only Forward, One of Us and the best-selling The Straw Men trilogy; Montreal- based author Nancy Kilpatrick, whose books include novels Near Death, Child of The Night, Jason X: Planet of The Beast and The Goth Bible: A Compendium For The Darkly Inclined; Chesley Award and World Fantasy Award-winning American illustrator John Picacio; British writer/editor/publisher Peter Crowther and Toronto editor and pulp magazine authority Don Hutchison, and British-born Hollywood scriptwriter Peter Atkins (three Hellraiser sequels; Wishmaster). Canadian writer Sephera Giron, author of such novels as House of Pain and Borrowed Flesh, is Mistress of Ceremonies.

For the first time in its seventeen-year history, The World Horror Convention is being held outside the United States. With a theme exploring “The Diversity of Horror,” World Horror Convention 2007 will take place over March 29-April 1 at the Toronto Marriott Downtown Eaton Centre, located in the heart of Toronto, Canada.

THE 2007 Horror Writers Association Bram Stoker Awards Presentation will be held at the convention on the Saturday evening. For details about how to purchase your tickets to this very special event, please consult the HWA or WHC websites.

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