HWA Guests of Honor



Joe Lansdale:: Joe R. Lansdale is the author of over thirty novels and numerous short stories. His work has appeared in national anthologies, magazines, collections, as well as numerous foreign publications. He has written for comics, film, newspapers, and internet sites. His work has been collected in eighteen short story collections, and he has edited or co-edited over a dozen anthologies.

He has received the Edgar Award, eight Bram Stoker awards, The British Fantasy Award, the Grinzani Cavour Prize For Literature, the Herodotus Historical Fiction Award, The Inkpot Award for his contributions to Science Fiction and Fantasy, and many others.

His novella Bubba Hotep was made into a cult film directed by Don Coscarelli, starring Bruce Campbell and Ossie Davis. His story "Incident On and Off a Mountain Road" was made into a film for Showtime's Masters of Horror. He has had numerous film options, and is currently co-producing several films, among them The Bottoms, based on his Edgar Award winning novel, with Bill Paxton and Brad Wyman, and The Drive-In with Greg Nicotero.

He is Writer In Residence at Stephen F. Austin State University, and is the founder of the martial arts system, Shen Chuan, Martial Science and its affiliate, Shen Chuan Family System. He is a member of both the United States and International Martial Arts Hall of Fame.

He lives in Nacogdoches, Texas with his wife, dog, and two cats.

Joe Lansdale, Karen Lansdale, and Kasey Lansdale. Photo courtesy of Ellen Datlow.

Karen Lansdale:: Karen Lansdale is the Business Manager of Joe R. Lansdale's writing enterprise, books, stories, film and all other forms of media. She also keeps all the records and information for the Martial Arts School, LANSDALE'S SELF DEFENSE SYSTEMS. She has been in this role since 1988. She is an SFASU graduate in Criminal Justice/Sociology, and much of her research has been funneled into the crime novels written by her husband, Joe Lansdale.

She established the Horror Writers Association when it was first known as The Horror Occult Writers League, or H.O.W.L. This became the Horror Writers of America, and then the current Horror Writers Association. She organized the first newsletters for the organization, wrote articles about it for Mystery Scene Magazine, and helped spread the word throughout the horror writing community, finding a connection with Dean Koontz, who then invested his own time and money into the organization.

Karen has co-edited books and stories with Joe R. Lansdale, as well as co-writing a children's book with her son, Keith Lansdale, and her husband, titled In Waders from Mars, forthcoming from Subterranean Press, a story about ducks from Mars who wear wading boots.

Karen was the first female Fire Department dispatcher in Nacogdoches City history, some thirty years ago, something that is now common business. She lives in Nacogdoches, Texas with her husband and pets.

Robert McCammon:: New York Times bestselling author and World Fantasy award winner Robert McCammon is the author of seventeen books, among them the novels Boy's Life, Swan Song, and The Five.

A native of Birmingham, Alabama, McCammon has won numerous awards in his career, including the French Grand Prize Of The Imagination Award for Best Foreign Novel for his The Wolf's Hour. His novel The Queen of Bedlam was nominated for the 2008 Thriller Award from the International Thriller Writers, and he is very pleased to be published in dozens of languages around the world.

McCammon is currently writing a series of ten books centered around a young detective in colonial New York in the early 1700s. The third in that series, Mister Slaughter, was published early in 2010 and the fourth, The Providence Rider, will be published in 2012.

McCammon is one of the founders of the Horror Writers Association, along with Dean Koontz and Joe and Karen Lansdale.

McCammon is also hard at work on a new science-fiction/horror novel he calls his "Hellzapoppin'" book.


Dacre Stoker: Dacre Stoker, a Canadian citizen and resident of the United States, is the great-grandnephew of Bram Stoker. He is also the godson of H.G. Dacre Stoker, the commander of the AE2 submarine, whose tactics were instrumental in Gallipoli in World War I.

Dacre, who now calls Aiken, South Carolina home, was a member of the Canadian Men's Modern Pentathlon Team, Senior World Championships in 1979 and coach of the Canadian Men's Modern Pentathlon Olympic Team, Seoul, South Korea in 1988. Dacre is married to Jenne Stoker and is the father of two children. He is the Executive Director of the Aiken Land Conservancy.

Bram Stoker's Dracula is the prototypical horror novel, an inspiration for the world's seemingly limitless fascination with vampires. Though many have tried to replicate Stoker's horror classic-in books, television shows, and movies, only the 1931 Bela Lugosi film bore the Stoker family's support. Until now.

Written with the blessing and cooperation of Stoker family members, Dracula: The Un-Dead is a bone-chilling sequel based on Bram Stoker's own handwritten notes for characters and plot threads excised from the original edition. Dracula: The Un-Dead, Dacre's literary debut, is a 2010 Thriller Award nominee for Best First Novel.

Jeff Strand: Jeff Strand is thrilled to be Master of Ceremonies for the fourth time. His novels include Pressure, Dweller, Wolf Hunt, Benjamin's Parasite, The Sinister Mr. Corpse, Fangboy, A Bad Day For Voodoo, and a bunch of others. Check out his official author website at www.JeffStrand.com..