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World Horror Con 2012 descends on Salt Lake City

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First published Mar 26 2012 04:43PM
Updated Mar 26, 2012 04:43PM

Zombies and monsters and writers, oh my!

The World Horror Convention descends on Salt Lake City this weekend, bringing with it authors, artists, filmmakers, publishers, dealers and the people who love them.

The annual gathering, held this year at the Radisson Hotel, 215 W. South Temple, Salt Lake City, features an impressive lineup of talent, including:

• author Sherrilyn Kenyon

• artist Mike Mignola

• author P.N. Elrod

• Dark Horse Comics managing editor Scott Allie

• artist John Picacio

• author Mort Castle

• author Michael R. Collins

• author Michaelbrent Collings

• writer Rocky Wood

• author David Farland

• author Rober McCammon

• author Joe. R. Lansdale

• author Rick Hautala

• author Dacre Stoker

• author Jeff Strand

It’s a chance for insiders to network, fans to meet their favorite authors and artists, and aspiring authors and artists to learn how to break into the business. And spend the weekend celebrating all things scary.

The weekend includes pitch sessions with editors; readings (whc2012.org/programming_files/Readings.pdf); panels; seances (whc2012.org/seance.html); a film festival (whc2012.org/filmfestival.html); and, of course, dealers (whc2012.org/dealers.html).

World Horror 2012 is also hosting the 25th annual Horror Writers Association Bram Stoker Awards Ceremony on Saturday night.

Registration (whc2012.org/registration.html) is $150 for all four days; $50 for Thursday; $75 for Friday; $75 for Saturday; and $50 for Sunday.

Free events include the art show and the dealers show, both at the Raddison; and a mass book-signing on Thursday, March 29, from 7-9 p.m. at the Columbus Library and Community Center (2530 S. 500 East) that will feature many of the authors attending the conference.

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