2017 GUESTS OF HONOR
We’re really thrilled by this year’s lineup of Guests of Honor, which includes a cross-section of some of the most relevant visionaries of Weird, old and new:
For nearly four decades, Ellen Datlow has been one of the most critically acclaimed editors in the field of speculative fiction with over fifty anthologies to her name. She has won more awards than any living editor including multiple Hugo, Bram Stoker, World Fantasy, Shirley Jackson, Locus, and British Fantasy awards and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Horror Writers Association. Along with Terri Windling, she edited twenty-seven volumes of The Year's Best Horror and Fantasy and, on her own, eight volumes of The Year's Best Horror Stories. Her most recent anthologies are Children of Lovecraft, Nightmares: A New Decade of Modern Horror, and the forthcoming Black Feathers.
Kij Johnson is a long-standing writer, academic, and highly regarded editor who has crafted a body of work equally dark, elegant, and humanist. Over her decades of work, she has won the Hugo, Theodore Sturgeon, Crawford, and Nebula awards. Her most recent work is the critically acclaimed novella The Dream-Quest of Vellit Boe.
Stephen Graham Jones
Stephen Graham Jones, PhD, is one of the most prolific and studied contemporary writers in speculative fiction. Combining elements of crime fiction, class consciousness, bizarro, horror, and literary fiction with topics related to his Native Blackfeet heritage and the American experience, Jones has been referred to as “the closest thing weird fiction has to both Cormac McCarthy and James Welch.” His most recent work is the novel Mongrels.
Steven J. Mariconda is one of the foremost contemporary scholars of Lovecraftiana and Weird fiction whose groundbreaking work on understanding the style and imagery of Lovecraft's prose first appeared in 1984. Subsequently, he has been published in Lovecraft Studies, Studies in Weird Fiction, and Weird Fiction Review. His work has been collected in H.P. Lovecraft: Art, Artifice, and Reality and, along with S.T. Joshi, he recently co-edited Dreams of Fear: Poetry of Terror and the Supernatural.
Nnedi Okorafor, PhD, is a Nigerian-American writer and academic who has numerous awards for her work, including the World Fantasy, Andre Norton, Hugo, and Nebula awards along with the prestigious Wole Soyinka Prize for Literature in Africa. Touching on themes that reflect her West African heritage, her own life in the United States, and a sense of global awareness, her work straddles and blurs the lines between mythology, science fiction, and the fantastic. It has been described by critics as, iconic, vital, and incredibly contemporary. Her most recent work, the novella Binti, won both the Hugo and Nebula awards.
John Jude Palencar
John Jude Palencar is a prolific artist and illustrator whose work has graced the covers of books from H.P. Lovecraft, Ursula K. Leguin, J.R.R. Tolkien, Marion Zimmer Bradley, Christopher Paolini, and dozens more. In 2008, he was the recipient of the Grand Master Award from the prestigious Spectrum Fantastic Art council. Blending realism that calls Wyeth to mind, with his own unique manner of strangeness, Palencar is one of the most celebrated illustrators and artists in the field of contemporary speculative fiction.
Donald Sidney-Fryer is a poet, historian, and entertainer whose work has appeared in volumes from Arkham House, Donald M. Grant, Silver Scarab, and numerous other publishers. One of the foremost experts on the work of Clark Ashton Smith, Sidney-Fryer was the first to create a complete, detailed bibliography of Smith's work, laying the foundation for all Smith studies that followed. A firm believer in Pure Poetry, he has worked extensively in many forms and even created his own form of poetry with the Spenserian stanza-sonnet.
Richard Stanley is a visionary South African director and screenwriter. His acclaimed documentaries and narrative films, such as Hardware and Dust-Devil, blend notions of layered reality with the stark horror of humanity and his own interests in magic and the occult. He is currently working on a feature film adaptation of Lovecraft's “The Colour Out of Space.”
Peter Straub is the author of seventeen novels that have been translated into more than twenty languages. He has written two volumes of poetry and three collections of short fiction, and he edited the Library of America’s edition of H. P. Lovecraft’s Tales and the 2-volume anthology, American Fantastic Tales. He has won many awards, including the HWA and WFC Lifetime Achievement Awards.