GUESTS OF HONOR
StokerCon®2022 is pleased to announce Kevin Wetmore as the Emcee for the Bram Stoker Awards®.
Kevin Wetmore is the two-time Stoker Award finalist for non-fiction for The Streaming of Hill House and Uncovering Stranger Things, as well as the author of over two dozen books, including Post-9/11 Horror in American Cinema, Back from the Dead: Reading Remakes of Romero’s Zombie Films as Markers of Their Times, and Eaters of the Dead: Myths and Realities of Cannibal Monsters. He has also published over three dozen short stories as well, including the Lovecraft/Judy Blume mashups “Tales of a Fourth Grade Shoggoth” and “Are You There, Azathoth? It’s Me, Margaret,” the Pushcart Prize-nominated “Machiavelli’s The Little Prince,” and the award-winning “The Eleventh Whale.” He is also a professor at Loyola Marymount University, an actor, a stand up comic, a stage combat choreographer, an Aquarius, a loving father, doting husband, and a hell of a dancer. He serves as the co-chair of HWA Los Angeles Chapter. You can check out his work at www.SomethingWetmoreThisWayComes.com
Gemma Files was born in 1968 in London, England, to the actors Elva Mai Hoover and Gary Files. Her family relocated to Toronto in 1969, where she resides today. Files graduated from Ryerson Polytechnic Univerisity in 1991 with a degree in journalism. She published her first horror fiction, "Fly-by-Night" in 1993. Various freelance assignments eventually led to a continuing position with entertainment periodical Eye Weekly, where she gained local repute as an insightful commentator on the horror genre, independent films and Canadian cinema. She was listed by Cameron Bailey of NOW as one of the Top 10 Coolest People in Canadian Cinema for 1996. She has also written reviews for www.film.com and for the Canadian horror magazine Rue Morgue.
In 2000 her award-winning story "The Emperor's Old Bones" was reprinted in The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror Thirteenth Annual Collection (ed. Terri Windling and Ellen Datlow). In 2010 her Shirley Jackson Award-nominated novelette "each thing i show you is a piece of my death" was reprinted in The Best Horror of the Year, Volume Two (ed. Ellen Datlow). Her short story "The Jacaranda Smile" was also a 2009 Shirley Jackson Award finalist. Her first novel, A Book of Tongues, won the 2010 Black Quill award for "Best Small Press Chill" from Dark Scribe Magazine; it was followed by the sequels A Rope of Thorns (2011) and A Tree of Bones (2012), together comprising "The Hexslinger Series". A Rope of Thorns was considered a "powerful sequel" to A Book of Tongues by Publishers Weekly.
Her book, We Will All Go Down Together (about a coven of witches and changelings), was given a favorable review by National Public Radio (NPR).
Her novel Experimental Film (2015) won the Shirley Jackson Award for Best Novel and the Sunburst Award for Best Canadian Speculative Fiction (Novel) in 2016.
Files was married in 2002 to science fiction and fantasy author Stephen J. Barringer (with whom she co-wrote "'each thing i show you is a piece of my death""). They have one son, Callum Jacob, born in September 2004.
Jennifer McMahon is the author of The Children on the Hill and ten other novels, including the New York Times bestsellers Promise Not to Tell and The Winter People. She lives in Vermont with her partner, Drea, and their daughter, Zella.
SHEREE RENEE THOMAS
Sheree Renée Thomas is an award-winning fiction writer, poet, and editor. Her work is inspired by myth and folklore, natural science and Mississippi Delta conjure. Nine Bar Blues: Stories from an Ancient Future (Third Man Books, May 2020) is her fiction debut. She is also the author of two multigenre/hybrid collections, Sleeping Under the Tree of Life (Aqueduct Press July 2016), longlisted for the 2016 Otherwise Award and honored with a Publishers Weekly Starred Review and Shotgun Lullabies (Aqueduct January 2011). She edited the World Fantasy-winning groundbreaking black speculative fiction anthologies, Dark Matter (2000 and 2004) and is the first to introduce W.E.B. Du Bois’s science fiction short stories. Her work is widely anthologized and appears in The Big Book of Modern Fantasy edited by Ann & Jeff VanderMeer (Vintage, 2020). She is the Associate Editor of the historic Black arts literary journal, Obsidian. She was recently honored as a 2020 World Fantasy Award Finalist in the Special Award – Professional category for contributions to the genre.
LINDA D. ADDISON
StokerCon®2022 is pleased to announce Linda D. Addison - multiple Bram Stoker Award® winner and Lifetime Achievement Award winner - as our Keynote Speaker.
Linda D. Addison, award-winning author of five collections, including How To Recognize A Demon Has Become Your Friend, the first African-American recipient of the HWA Bram Stoker Award®, the HWA Lifetime Achievement Award and SFPA Grand Master of Fantastic Poetry. Her site: www.LindaAddisonWriter.com.
Ernest Dickerson is an Emmy, Peabody, and Two-time Image Award winning film and television veteran whose signature brand of visual story-telling has been entertaining movie and TV fans for more than thirty years. Dickerson’s extensive work on the silver screen and on television has successfully solidified him as one of Hollywood’s top creative talents.
A native of Newark, New Jersey, Dickerson earned his undergraduate degree from Howard University, after which he attended New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. There Dickerson met filmmaker Spike Lee, with whom he would ultimately collaborate as Director of Photography on such classic films as She’s Gotta Have It, School Daze, Do the Right Thing, Mo’ Better Blues, and Malcolm X.
Dickerson’s 1992 feature directorial debut Juice -- an urban drama whose social and cultural resonance continues to this day, and which launched the film careers of Tupac Shakur and Omar Epps -- gave way to other big screen credits, such as Surviving the Game, Tales from the Crypt: Demon Knight, Bones and Never Die Alone. His work as a visionary filmmaker and storyteller has been showcased in some of the top television shows of the past decade, including hit series like “The Wire,” “The Walking Dead,” “Treme,” “Dexter,” “Heroes,” “Weeds,” and many others.
Some of Dickerson’s most recent television credits includes the 2022 premier of HBO’s “Raised By Wolves” along with “DMZ” and “Interrogation” where he also served as Executive Producer on both, Amazon’s “Bosch” and “The Man In The High Castle”, Netflix’s “House of Cards” and “Seven Seconds” and Epix’s hit series “Godfather of Harlem”. Dickerson’s independent feature, DOUBLE PLAY, based on the internationally acclaimed Frank Martinus Arion novel and filmed on the island of Curacao, will be available for streaming in early 2022.
Dickerson, who is a long-standing member of the Directors Guild of America (DGA) and the American Society of Cinematographers (ASC), currently resides in Los Angeles, California.
BRIAN KEENE writes novels, comic books, short stories, and nonfiction. He is the author of over fifty books, mostly in the horror, crime, and fantasy genres. They have been translated into over a dozen different languages and have won numerous awards (see below).
His 2003 novel, The Rising, is credited (along with Robert Kirkman’s The Walking Dead comic and Danny Boyle’s 28 Days Later film) with inspiring pop culture’s recurrent interest in zombies.
He has also written for such media properties as Doctor Who, Thor, Aliens, Harley Quinn, The X-Files, Doom Patrol, Justice League, Hellboy, Superman, and Masters of the Universe.
Several of Keene’s novels and stories have been adapted for film, including Ghoul, The Naughty List, The Ties That Bind, and Fast Zombies Suck. Several more are in-development. Keene also served as Executive Producer for the feature length film I’m Dreaming of a White Doomsday.
Keene’s work has been praised by The New York Times, The History Channel, The Howard Stern Show, CNN, The Huffington Post, Bleeding Cool, Publisher’s Weekly, Fangoria, Bloody Disgusting, and Rue Morgue.
Keene serves on the Board of Directors for the Scares That Care 501c charity organization.
The father of two sons, Keene lives in rural Pennsylvania with author Mary SanGiovanni.
JOHN EDWARD LAWSON
John Edward Lawson’s novels, short fiction, and poetry have garnered nominations for many awards, including the Stoker and Wonderland Awards. In addition to being a founder of Raw Dog Screaming Press and former editor-in-chief of The Dream People he currently serves as vice president of Diverse Writers and Artists of Speculative Fiction.