StokerCon 2018’s Guests of Honor

Ramsey Campbell 

The Oxford Companion to English Literature describes Ramsey Campbell as “Britain’s most respected living horror writer”. He has been given more awards than any other writer in the field, including the Grand Master Award of the World Horror Convention, the Lifetime Achievement Award of the Horror Writers Association, the Living Legend Award of the International Horror Guild and the World Fantasy Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2015 he was made an Honorary Fellow of Liverpool John Moores University for outstanding services to literature. Among his novels are The Face That Must Die, Incarnate, Midnight Sun, The Count of Eleven, Silent Children, The Darkest Part of the Woods, The Overnight, Secret Story, The Grin of the Dark, Thieving Fear, Creatures of the Pool, The Seven Days of Cain, Ghosts Know, The Kind Folk, Think Yourself Lucky and Thirteen Days by Sunset Beach. He is presently working on a trilogy, The Three Births of Daoloth – the first volume, The Searching Dead, was published in 2016, followed by Born to the Dark, and The Way of the Worm is forthcoming. Needing Ghosts, The Last Revelation of Gla’aki, The Pretence and The Booking are novellas. His collections include Waking Nightmares, Alone with the Horrors, Ghosts and Grisly Things, Told by the Dead, Just Behind You and Holes for Faces, and his non-fiction is collected as Ramsey Campbell, Probably. Limericks of the Alarming and Phantasmal are what they sound like. His novels The Nameless and Pact of the Fathers have been filmed in Spain. He is the President of the Society of Fantastic Films.

Ramsey Campbell lives on Merseyside with his wife Jenny. His pleasures include classical music, good food and wine, and whatever’s in that pipe. His web site is at


Craig Engler

Craig Engler is the co-creator and executive producer of Syfy’s hit zombie series, Z Nation. He also co-wrote Zombie Apocalypse, which was one of Syfy’s highest rated original movies and the basis for the Z Nation. Prior to his work on the series, Craig was an executive at Syfy for many years. He’s the founder of Science Fiction Weekly, Sci Fi Wire and Sci Fiction, and has been nominated twice for the Hugo Award for Best Web Site, winning once. He also created the acclaimed comic Lovecraft and currently writes the Z Nation comic series.




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Caitlín R. Kiernan

Caitlín R. Kiernan made her first fiction sale in 1993, at the age of twenty-nine. Her first novel, Silk, was published in 1998, and in the years since she’s come to be regarded, in the words of the New York Times, as “one of our essential writers of dark fiction.” Her novels include Threshold, Low Red Moon, Murder of Angels,  Daughter of Hounds, The Red Tree, and The Drowning Girl: A Memoir. The latter won both the Bram Stoker and James Tiptree, Jr. awards and received nominations for the World Fantasy, Locus, Nebula, Mythopoeic,  British Fantasy, and Shirley Jackson awards. The novel has been translated into French, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish, Romanian, and Turkish. Kiernan has published more than two hundred and fifty short stories,and her short fiction has been collected in fourteen volumes, beginning with 2000’s  Tales of Pain and Wonder and including To Charles Fort, With Love; Frog Toes and Tentacles;Alabaster; Tales from the Woeful Platypus; A is for Alien; The Ammonite Violin & Others; Confessions of a Five-Chambered Heart; and Dear Sweet Filthy World, along with a two-volume retrospective, Two Worlds and In Between: The Best of Caitlín R. Kiernan Volume 1 and Beneath an Oil-Dark Sea: The Best of Caitlín R. Kiernan Volume 2 (2011 and 2016, respectively). Her twelfth collection, The Ape’s Wife and Other Stories (2013) received the World Fantasy Award, and, the same year, her story “The Prayer of Ninety Cats” received the World Fantasy Award for best short fiction. Between 1996 and 2001, she scripted The Dreaming and The Girl Who Would Be Death for DC Comics’ Vertigo imprint, and in 2012 she returned to comics with the three-volume graphic novel series Alabaster (Dark Horse); Alabaster: Wolves received the Bram Stoker Award. Prior to her writing career, Kiernan worked as a vertebrate paleontologist in Alabama and Colorado, and her accomplishments in that field include naming a new genus and species of mosasaur, Selmasaurus russelli (1988), as well as the discovery of the first velociraptorine dinosaur remains known from the southeastern United States.  In 2017, the John Hay Library at Brown University established the Caitlín R. Kiernan Archives, containing thousands of pages of manuscript and correspondence and other associated material. She lives in Providence, Rhode Island with her partner, Kathryn A. Pollnac.


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Victor LaValle

Victor LaValle is the author of seven works of fiction including The Ballad of Black Tom which was a finalist for numerous awards including the Bram Stoker, Nebula, Hugo, Shirley Jackson, Locus, and Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award. His previous awards include an American Book Award, the Shirley Jackson Award, and a Guggenheim Fellowship, among others. His upcoming novel, The Changeling, will be released in June, 2017. He teaches at Columbia University and lives in New York City with his wife and children.






Elizabeth Massie

Elizabeth Massie’s first professional sale was to The Horror Show in 1983. The story, “Whittler,” earned her $2 and a spot in one of the best genre magazines of the time.More story sales followed to publicationssuch as Borderlands – in which her Bram Stoker Award-winning novelette, “Stephen,” appeared – Deathrealm, Grue, The Tome, Gauntlet, The Horror Zine, Dangerous Housewives, White Noise Press, Extreme Zombies, and many others. Several of her stories have appeared in year’s best anthologies. In 1992 her first novel, Sineaterwon the Bram Stoker Award. Novels that followed includeHell Gate, Desper Hollow, Wire Mesh Mothers, Welcome Back to the Night, Twisted Branch(as Chris Blaine), Homeplace,Playback: Light and Shadow, Dark Shadows: Dreams of the Dark(co-authored with Mark Rainey), D.D. Murphry Secret Policeman (co-authored with Alan Clark), Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Power of Persuasion, and the Ameri-Scares series of spooky novels for younger readers. Massie has written novelizations for Showtime’s The Tudors and the French miniseries, Versailles, and both have so much bloody terror she has no trouble classifying them as horror. She’s also the creator of the Skeeryvilletown cast of cartoon monsterish characters. Massie is currently working on a variety ofnew writing projects. She lives inVirginiawith her husband, talented illustrator and theremin-player Cortney Skinner. They occasionally get out to have a tea/chai at Starbucks or to go geocaching.


Sam Weller

Two-time Bram Stoker Award-winner. Authorized biographer of legendary writer Ray Bradbury. Energetic and engaging public speaker. Fiction and nonfiction writer. . . .

Sam Weller’s book, The Bradbury Chronicles: The Life of Ray Bradbury (William Morrow) was a national bestseller and winner of the 2005 Society of Midland Authors Award for Best Biography. The companion book, Listen to the Echoes: The Ray Bradbury Interviews, was published by Melville House/Stop Smiling Books in 2010.

With Mort Castle, Weller co-edited the short fiction anthology Shadow Show: All-New Stories in Celebration of Ray Bradbury (William Morrow Paperbacks, 2012). In 2014, Weller and Castle’s graphic novel adaptation of Shadow Show was published by IDW. In 2015, Weller edited Ray Bradbury: The Last Interview as part of Melville House Publishing’s critcally lauded “Last Interview” series.

Sam is the former Midwest Correspondent for Publishers Weekly magazine. His personal essays have appeared in the Paris Review, on the National Public Radio Program All Things Considered, Slate magazine and others. He is a regular blogger for the Huffington Post. His short fiction has appeared in numerous books, anthologies, literary journals, and magazines, including Printer’s Row Journal, Rosebud, the Chicago Reader others. Sam is presently at work on his debut novel, an existential love story filled with Oz-ian magic and wonder.

Weller is a frequent lecturer on the life and legacy of Ray Bradbury. He has given over 350 talks worldwide. He is an Associate Professor in the Department of Creative Writing at Columbia College Chicago.


Bram Stoker Awards Emcee Jeff Strand

StokerCon 2018 will be Jeff Strand’s tenth (!) and final time as Master of Ceremonies for the Bram Stoker Awards banquet. Ten times seems like a pretty good stopping point, right? He’d rather end his reign now than be told after a disastrous 2023 performance that his services are no longer required. He’s looking forward to attending the 2019 Stokers banquet as a civilian and a heckler. His novels include the Stoker-nominated Pressure, Dweller, and A Bad Day for Voodoo, along with the Stoker-nominated collection Gleefully Macabre Tales, as well as the not-Stoker-nominated novels Blister, Cyclops Road, Wolf Hunt, and a bunch of others. Check out his website at