Guest of Honor

Joe R. Lansdale

Joe LandsdaleJoe R. Lansdale is the author of forty-five novels and four hundred shorter works, including stories, essays, reviews, film and TV scripts, introductions and magazine articles.

His work has been made into films, Bubba Ho-Tep, Cold in July, as well as the acclaimed TV show, Hap and Leonard. He has also had works adapted to Masters of Horror on Showtime, and wrote scripts for Batman the Animated Series, and Superman the Animated Series. He scripted a special Jonah Hex animated short, as well as the animated Batman film, Son of Batman. He has also written scripts for John Irvin, John Wells, and Ridley Scott, as well as the Sundance TV show based on his work, Hap and Leonard.

His works have been optioned for film multiple times, and many continue to be under option at the moment.

He has received numerous recognition for his works. Among them the Edgar, for his crime novel The Bottoms, The Spur, for his historical western Paradise Sky, as well as ten Bram Stokers for his horror works. He has also received the Grandmaster Award and the Lifetime Achievement Award from The Horror Writers Association. He has been recognized for his contributions to comics with the Inkpot Life Achievement Award, and has received the British Fantasy Award, and has had two New York Times Notable books. He has been honored with the Italian Grinzane Cavour Prize, the Sugar Pulp Prize for Fiction, and the Raymond Chandler Lifetime Achievement Award. The Edge of Dark Water was listed by Booklist as an editor’s choice, and The American Library Association chose The Thicket, for Adult Books for Young Adults. Library Journal voted The Thicket, as one of the Best Historical Novels of the Year.

He has also received an American Mystery Award, The Horror Critics Award, and the Shot in the Dark International Crime Writer’s Award. He was recognized for his contributions to the legacy of Edgar Rice Burroughs with The Golden Lion Award. He is a member of The Texas Institute of Literature and has been inducted into the Texas Literary Hall of Fame and is Writer in Residence at Stephen F. Austin State University.

His work has also been nominated multiple times for The World Fantasy Award, and numerous Bram Stoker Awards, the McCavity Award, as well as The Dashiell Hammett Award, and others.

He has been inducted into the International Martial Arts Hall of Fame, as well as the United States Martial Arts Hall of Fame and is the founder of the Shen Chuan martial arts system.

His books and stories have been translated into a number of languages.He lives in Nacogdoches, Texas with his wife, Karen, pit bull, and a cranky cat.


Ruth Dudley Edwards

Edwards Ruth

Since 1993 Ruth Dudley Edwards has written seriously and/or frivolously for almost every national newspaper in the Republic of Ireland and the United Kingdom and appears frequently on radio and television in the Republic of Ireland, the UK and on the BBC World Service. Ruth describes herself as British-Irish and is comfortable with being culturally both Irish and English.

Ruth Dudley Edwards was born and brought up in Dublin, educated at University College Dublin and Cambridge University, has lived in London for most of the life and since 1979, has been a biographer, historian, freelance journalist and a broadcaster.

The targets of her twelve satirical crime novels include academia (British and American), gentlemen’s clubs, the House of Lords, publishing, and literary prizes. Murdering Americans (set in Indiana) and Killing the Emperors (a black comedy about the lunacy of conceptual art) won Last Laugh Awards. She's also a crime fiction writer, her novels include: Corridors of DeathThe Saint Valentine's Day MurdersThe English School of MurderClubbed to DeathMatricide at St. Martha'sTen Lords A-LeapingMurder in a CathedralPublish and Be MurderedAnglo-Irish MurdersCarnage on the CommitteeMurdering Americans, and Killing the Emperors.

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