The Bram Stoker Awards/Stoker Weekend 2011

Last week, I attended my first HWA Stoker Weekend.  It was in Uniondale, Long Island.  There were panels, workshops, fun surprises, merch for sale, and, of course, the presentation of the Bram Stoker Awards.  Here are some photos:

My zombie panel! Left to right are Joe McKinney, Jonathan Maberry, S.G. Browne, Roger Ma, and me.
Peter Straub accepting the Stoker for best novel.
A standing O for Ellen Datlow.
My favorite talk of the event-- an interview with the editor emeritus of Fangoria Magazine.

I really enjoyed meeting all the horror writers whom I only knew through email/Facebook, and also being introduced to new people who really give a damn about horror and horror writing.

My favorite moment of the entire weekend was probably when Stephen King won the Stoker for best short story collection (for Full Dark, No Stars), and his son, the writer Joe Hill, came up to the podium to accept.  Joe looked out into the audience and said: “My dad couldn’t make it here tonight, but he said to say. . . you’re all a pack of sick fucks.”

I liked that a lot.

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6 thoughts on “The Bram Stoker Awards/Stoker Weekend 2011”

  1. Congrats on your first Bram Stoker weekend. I can see that being a blast for true horror fans, authors and artists.

    Full Dark, No Stars was a great book of stories. I read it about 3 weeks ago and was super-impressed as usual. They were particularly dark, even for King. I loved ’em, of course, but I’m admittedly a bit of a King fan (like about a billion other folks). I like the acceptance speech Joe used. That was classic.

    Keep up the good work, Scott, soon you’ll be the guy with 30 or 40 bestsellers under your belt.

    Thanks for sharing the experience, man.

  2. This post is full of a lot of my favorite people! I’m so jealous of all the amazing experiences you get to have. As an aspiring horror writer, I hope I’ll get to do this someday!

  3. I love the Joe Hill story. I actually wrote him a fan letter after I read Horns last summer, and he wrote me back–which just about made my year.

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