For Charlene Harmon, chairwoman of the 2012 scare fest, it’s more than the delicious juxtaposition of gothed-out horror fans mixing in the downtown arena with those who flock to visit Temple Square. She notes that Utah has a surprisingly large and thriving community of speculative-fiction authors, some who have gone on to release New York Times best-sellers. So to her, it only seems natural to convene the world’s most enthusiastic horror lovers in this oddly particular place.
“World Horror Convention is considered an industry convention by some,” Harmon says, “specifically for writers, editors and artists of horror fiction. However, much of the programming is geared to horror fans in general. Although World Horror is a great place for writers and artists to network with editors and publishers, it’s a great place for fans to meet their favorite writers and hear them talk about the genre.”
That description applies to some of this year’s esteemed guests, including Hellboy creator Mike Mignola (whose limited-edition convention print is pictured), author Sherrilyn Kenyon and Scott Allie, managing editor of Dark Horse Comics. On Friday night, there’s even a mass autograph signing, open to the public, where people can go to get all their favorite fan-boy memorabilia personalized.
But if a personal, more hands-on taste of the dark side is what you’re after, World Horror Convention also plays host to genre artists, performances and even a live séance. Surely it will be terrifyingly interesting to see which deceased Utahns might be conjured up. (Jacob Stringer)
2012 World Horror Convention @ Radisson Hotel, 215 W. South Temple, 801-531-7500, March 29-April 1, $50 Thursday or Sunday, $75 Friday or Saturday, $150 all four days. WorldHorrorConvention.com
Date: Mar 29, 2012
Time: Times Vary
Address: 215 W. South Temple, Salt Lake City, 84101
Where: Radisson Hotel