The Horror Writers Association has selected Clive Barker (Books of Blood, The Hellbound Heart) and Robert McCammon (Boy’s Life, Swan Song) as the recipients of this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award, part of the 2013 Bram Stoker Award selection.
Both long-standing icons have had a remarkable impact on the genre as a whole, Barker as a visionary poet, novelist, painter, director and screenwriter, and McCammon as a New York Times bestselling author, World Fantasy award winner and as one of the founders of the Horror Writers Association.
The HWA’s Lifetime Achievement Award Committee Chair, Yvonne Navarro commented in the press release, “Clive Barker has had an enormous influence on Gen-X horror authors and has a marked influence on horror as a whole through his writing and movies; his Cenobites have become imprinted in the darkest corners of the public imagination.”
Barker responds, “The timing of this award is entirely unexpected. It has been a difficult year personally and I am very honoured by this and I accept it with great gratitude. It’s a lovely thing to get and I’m incredibly moved. Truly. I look back over the list of past winners – Ray Bradbury, Vincent Price, Harlan Ellison, Steve King — and see that I am in unparalleled company, so I’m doubly honoured by that. From the bottom of my heart, I thank the Horror Writers Association.”
Robert “Rick” McCammon had an incredible impact on the American horror literature boom which spanned from the late 1970s to the early 1990s. By 1991, he was a best-selling author with 5 million books in print. Yvonne Navarro says, “Robert McCammon is one of the original masters of horror fiction who was influential on those who began reading horror during the boom of the 70s and 80s; the New Twilight Zone adaptation of his story “Nightcrawlers” further influenced a generation of horror media fans. The excellence of his earlier work continues to delight new readers, and now that he’s returned to writing after a nearly twenty-year break, both long-time and new fans eagerly await his future books. McCammon was instrumental in the creation of the Horror Writers Association and has mentored numerous authors throughout his career.”
McCammon responds, “I’m pleased and honoured to have been part of the creation of the Horror Writers of America (now the Horror Writers Association), and doubly pleased and honoured to be given this award. Thank you and I look forward to seeing you in New Orleans.”
The Lifetime Achievement Award is the highest accolade offered by the HWA, honouring the recipient’s entire body of work and their contribution to the genre. The awards will be presented on June 15 at the Bram Stoker Awards Weekend in New Orleans, as part of the 2013 World Horror Convention (http://stokers2013.org). McCammon will be in attendance and Mark Miller will be accepting for Barker. For more information about the Horror Writers Association, which has been promoting dark literature worldwide since 1985, visit http://horror.org.