STOKERCON™

Since 2016, the Horror Writers Association has presented its own yearly convention: StokerCon. The convention is held in a different city each year, runs 3-4 days, and includes Horror University (educational workshops), the Ann Radcliffe Academic Conference, the Final Frame Short Horror Film Competition, Librarian’s Day, Guests of Honor, panels, readings, a dealer’s room, parties, signings, and more. The highlight of StokerCon is the banquet and gala presentation of the Bram Stoker Awards® on Saturday night.

Prior to 2016, the banquet was sometimes held as part of an event called “Bram Stoker Awards Weekend”, and was sometimes held as part of the annual World Horror Convention (please note that the Horror Writers Association never had any official affiliation with the World Horror Conventions, although HWA did run two of the conventions for the World Horror Society).

Here is a brief history of StokerCon:

  • 2020 – StokerCon at the Royal and Grand Hotels in Scarborough, UK. Guests of Honor:
    • A. K. Benedict
    • John Connolly
    • Mick Garris
    • Grady Hendrix
    • Robert Lloyd-Parry
    • Kim Newman
    • Gillian Redfearn
  • 2019 – StokerCon at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Guests of Honor:
    • Kathe Koja
    • Josh Malerman
    • Robert R. McCammon
    • Kaaron Warren
    • Stephanie M. Wytovich
  • 2018 – StokerCon at the Biltmore Hotel in Providence, Rhode Island. Guests of Honor:
    • Ramsey Campbell
    • Craig Engler
    • Caitlin R. Kiernan
    • Victor LaValle
    • Elizabeth Massie
    • Sam Weller
  • 2017 – StokerCon on the Queen Mary in Long Beach, California. Guests of Honor:
    • Bill Bridges
    • Peter Crowther
    • Tananarive Due
    • Elizabeth Hand
    • Nancy Holder
    • Stephen Graham Jones
    • George R. R. Martin
    • Gretchen McNeil
    • Becky Spratford
    • Chuck Wendig
  • 2016 – StokerCon at the Flamingo Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada
    • Ellen Datlow
    • Stephen Jones
    • Jack Ketchum
    • Leslie S. Klinger
    • Daniel Knauf
    • Anne Serling
    • Marge Simon
    • R. L. Stine
    • Tony Timpone
    • Ryan Turek

Here is a list of World Horror Conventions and Bram Stoker Awards Weekends:

  • 2015 – World Horror Convention in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 2014 – World Horror Convention in Portland, Oregon
  • 2013 – World Horror Convention in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 2012 – World Horror Convention in Salt Lake City, Utah
  • 2011 – Bram Stoker Awards Weekend in Long Island, New York
  • 2010 – World Horror Convention in Brighton, U.K.
  • 2009 – Bram Stoker Awards Weekend in Burbank, California
  • 2008 – World Horror Convention in Salt Lake City, Utah
  • 2007 – World Horror Convention in Toronto, Canada
  • 2006 – Bram Stoker Awards Weekend in Newark, New Jersey
  • 2005 – Bram Stoker Awards Weekend in Burbank, California
  • 2004 – Bram Stoker Awards Weekend in New York, New York
  • 2003 – Bram Stoker Awards Weekend in New York, New York
  • 2002 – Bram Stoker Awards Weekend in New York, New York
  • 2001 – World Horror Convention in Seattle, Washington
  • 2000 – World Horror Convention in Denver, Colorado
  • 1999 – Bram Stoker Awards Weekend in Hollywood, California
  • 1998 – New York
  • 1997 – World Horror Convention in Niagara Falls, New York
  • 1996 – New York
  • 1995 – New York
  • 1994 – New York
  • 1993 – World Horror Convention in Stamford, Connecticut
  • 1992 – New York
  • 1991 – Bram Stoker Awards banquet in Redondo Beach, California
  • 1990 – Providence, RI
  • 1989 – New York
  • 1988 – Providence, RI