Huge congrats to JFB anthologist Stephen Jones, who picked up a Bram Stoker Award last night at the first ever Horror Writers’ Association Stokercon, for his amazing art book The Art of Horror: An Illustrated History – and to all the Stoker winners including fellow Life Achievement winners Alan Moore and George Romero.
Thanks to HWA and especially the redoubtable Lisa Morton, Rena Mason, Brad Hodson and John F.D. Taff for the chance to enjoy the weirdness that is Las Vegas (something Ian Drury is not going to be forgetting any time soon!)
The high points of the con have included the rare treat of meeting R.L. Stein – and if you’ve heard worrying rumours that the Goosebumps maestro, the master of children’s and teen horror, is slowing down, worry not: Bob assures me that just means seven or eight books a year! And we’ve loved meeting up with old friends and superb writers of the dark like Dennis Etchison, Dana and Peter Atkins, Nancy Holder, William F. Nolan, Ellen Datlow, Jack Ketchum, Leslie Klinger – and I really hope I too bump into Robert R. McCammon, who just happens to be in Vegas with his horror-fan daughter this weekend – before close of play this afternoon. It’s been great fun, chaps. Now I’m off to Rome – or Caesar’s Place, to the uninitiated . . .