Austin, TX – July 26: The World Horror Convention 2011 is proud to announce the addition of Brett Alexander Savory and Sandra Kasturi of ChiZine Publications, as Editor Guests of Honor. The international conference of horror’s premier talents and their fans will take place in Austin, Texas from April 28th through May 1st, 2011.
“In a very short time, ChiZine Publications has emerged as a leader in the dark fiction small press,” said convention co-chair Lee Thomas. “Besides producing high-quality books, Brett and Sandra share a remarkable vision. The stories they publish are outside the norm for both major New York publishers and the more established horror small presses. They have carved their niche, publishing extraordinary tales of the bizarre, and not only have they managed to survive in this fickle marketplace; they’ve thrived and grown. We can’t wait for them to share their expertise with our membership.”
ChiZine Publications is an independent publisher of weird, surreal, subtle, and disturbing dark literary fiction handpicked by Brett Alexander Savory and Sandra Kasturi, Bram Stoker Award-winning editors of ChiZine: Treatments of Light and Shade in Words. They have published the work of such esteemed authors as Tim Lebbon, Tony Burgess, Philip Nutman, Claude Lalumière, and Gemma Files among others.
Both Savory and Kasturi are authors themselves, so they have spent years in the trenches observing the evolution of dark fiction, both as a literary genre and as a business. Savory has had nearly 50 short stories published, and has written two novels. In 2006, Necro Publications released his horror-comedy novel, The Distance Traveled. September 2007 saw the release of his critically acclaimed, dark literary novel, In and Down, through Brindle & Glass. His first short story collection, No Further Messages, was released in November 2007 through Delirium Books.
Kasturi has written three poetry chapbooks and has edited the poetry anthology, The Stars As Seen from this Particular Angle of Night. Sandra is a founding member of the Algonquin Square Table poetry workshop and sporadically runs her other imprint, Kelp Queen Press. Her first full-length poetry collection, The Animal Bridegroom (Tightrope Books), features an introduction by Neil Gaiman.
Savory and Kasturi join award-winning authors Steve Niles, Joe Hill, Sarah Langan, Joe R. Lansdale, Brian Keene and guests Vincent Chong and Del Howison on the WHC 2011 guest list. In addition to participating in general programming the editors will be conducting a workshop on publishing for convention guests. A website featuring convention and hotel information, registration, and more is live at www.whc2011.org.
The World Horror Convention is an annual gathering of professionals in the horror industry: publishers, authors, artists, musicians, filmmakers, dealers and, of course, horror fans. WHC serves as both an industry insider’s networking event and a chance for fans of the genre to get together, meet some of the creative talents in the field, and generally spend a weekend celebrating All Things Scary.