Guests of Honor


Killercon is thrilled to announce the addition of Allen K as our Artist Guest of Honor. Allen has published more than 3,500 illustrations in or on hundreds of genre publications, including Isaac Asimov's SF magazine, "The Magazine of Fantasy & SF," "Cemetery Dance," "Whispers," "Fantasy Tales," "Weird Tales," "The Horror Show," "Arkham House," " Midnight House," "Deathrealm," "Midnight Marquee," "Centipede Press," "Subterranean Press," and many others.

His first published piece was on the cover of a little known mimeographed fanzine called Space Warp in 1973. His 1st pro sale was to Asimov's SF. Allen is currently a member of The Association of Science Fiction and Fantasy Artists and has won numerous awards in the past. A few of these include the World Fantasy Best Artist Award, an L. Ron Hubbard Illustrators of the Future Award , a Fanex Award and for 8-10 years in a row Allen won Best Artist and other categories for the Small Press Writers and Artists Organization. He has also been the artist guest of honor at the World Fantasy Convention, the World Horror Convention, the Eeriecon, the Albacon, and others.

A collection of his drawings was published by Magic Pen Press in 2000 with an introduction by Brian Lumley. Allen is a former U.S. Marine infantryman and a decorated Vietnam war veteran, including a Purple Heart and Navy Achievement Medal; and he is a rabid collector of genre books and magazines, possessing more than 20,000 items of the sort.

Allen is married, has two children, and lives in Upper Darby, PA.

Leslie Esdaile Banks has penned more than 30 novels and 11 novellas in a wide range of genres and is the recipient of the 2008 Essence Magazine Storyteller of the Year Award. A native of Philadelphia, Banks is a graduate of The University of Pennsylvania Wharton undergraduate program, and alumnae of Temple University’s Master of Fine Arts in filmmaking program.

 In 2000, Banks won the coveted contract with Paramount/Showtime in collaboration with Simon & Schuster/Pocketbooks to write a book series for the popular cable network television series Soul Food. Banks also penned a four book crime thriller for Kensington/Dafina, beginning with Betrayal of the Trust, under her alternate pseudonym, Leslie Esdaile Banks. From there, Banks transitioned into another hot genre—the world of paranormal fiction, where she is currently penning a 12 book Vampire Huntress Legend series under the pen name, L.A. Banks, for St. Martin’s Press, as well as a hot new werewolf series, Crimson Moon Novels debuting spring 2008. 

Currently Banks writes full-time, always working on multiple projects and anthologies simultaneously, and she resides in Philadelphia with her teenage daughter and her black Labrador Retriever.

Edward Lee has had over forty books published, including The Golem, Brides of the Impaler, and City Infernal. He is a Bram Stoker award nominee, and his short stories have appeared in over a dozen mass-market anthologies. Several of his novels have been published in Germany, Romania, Greece, and Viet Nam, while several others have been optioned for film. His movie, HEADER, will be available on DVD sometime in 2009. Recent releases include his novel Minotauress and his Lovecraftian ventures Trolley No. 1852 and Haunter of the Threshold. Lee lives on Florida’s St. Pete Beach. Visit him online at edwardleeonline.com. 


New York Times and USA Today best selling author Heather Graham’sfirst book was with Dell, and since then she has written more than one hundred novels and novellas including category, suspense, historical romance, vampire fiction, time travel, occult and Christmas family fare.

She is pleased to have been published in approximately twenty languages, and to have been honored with awards from Walden Books, B. Dalton, Georgia Romance Writers, Affaire de Coeur, Romantic Times and more. She has had books selected for the Doubleday Book Club and the Literary Guild, and has been quoted, interviewed or featured in such publications as The Nation, Redbook, Mystery Book Club, People and USA Today and appeared on many newscasts including Today, Entertainment Tonight and local television.

Recent titles include A Kiss of Darkness, If Looks Could Kill and The Death Dealer. Deadly Night, Deadly Gift, Deadly Harvest and Nightwalker are highly anticipated and will be released in 2008 and 2009. Ms. Graham also writes under the names Shannon Drake and Heather Graham Pozzessere. Her greatest love in life remains her family, but she also believes her career has been an incredible gift, and she is grateful every day to be doing something that she loves so very much for a living.



Where does Mojo storytelling come from? How does a fella learn to spin over-the-top yarns of any sort: horror, suspense, humor, science fiction, Western, what have you? First you got to see the world, like champion Mojo storyteller Joe R. Lansdale, who has lived everywhere from Gladewater, Texas to Mount Enterprise, Texas to Nacogdoches, Texas!

Lansdale is a student of the martial arts for more than thirty years. With more than twenty books to his credit, Lansdale is the champion Mojo storyteller. He’s been called "an immense talent" by Booklist; "a born storyteller" by Robert Bloch; and The New York Times Book Review declares he has "a folklorist’s eye for telling detail and a front-porch raconteur’s sense of pace." He’s won umpty-ump awards, including five Bram Stoker horror awards, a British Fantasy Award, the American Mystery Award, the Horror Critics Award, the "Shot in the Dark" International Crime Writer’s award, the Booklist Editor’s Award, the Critic’s Choice Award, and a New York Times Notable Book award. He’s got the most decorated mantle in all of Nacogdoches!

Lansdale lives in Nacogdoches, Texas, with his wife, Karen, writer and editor.


Brian Keene is a two-time Bram Stoker Award winning horror author, first in 2001 for his non-fiction work Jobs In Hell and then again in 2003 for his debut novel, the post-apocalyptic zombie tale The Rising. In 2004, he won the Shocker Award for his non-fiction work Sympathy For the Devil. His other novels include Dead Sea, Ghoul, City of the Dead, Terminal, The Conqueror Worms, Fear Of Gravity, and more. Several of his books and stories have been optioned for film, video game and comic book adaptations.

Keene has often been credited (by the New York Times, Fangoria, the History Channel, and others) with ushering in the new era of zombie popularity in pop culture (along with filmmaker Danny Boyle).

In 2008, Marvel Comics announced that Keene would be writing for them. His first project for the company is the four-issue Dead of Night: Devil Slayer.

Keene currently lives in Pennsylvania.