6/26/2013 2:00:00 PM
Chadbourne Among The Notables At World Horror Convention
Glenn Chadbourne, of Newcastle, is an internationally-known illustrator of horror and dark fantasy. (Shlomit Auciello photo)
Glenn Chadbourne, of Newcastle, is an internationally-known illustrator of horror and dark fantasy. (Shlomit Auciello photo)

By Shlomit Auciello

Lincoln County’s own Glenn Chadbourne was the Artist Guest of Honor at this year’s World Horror Convention, June 12 to 17 in New Orleans.

As an honored guest, Chadbourne was called upon to present awards, participate in a number of panel discussions, and meet hundreds of fans.

Advance copies of Chadbourne‘s new coffee-table book, “All’s Not Well – The Gallery of Glenn Chadbourne,” were part of the bag of gifts given to all convention attendees.

“I had to sign my name a jillion times,” he said June 21. “I had the time of my life.”

He said he has loved the horror genre “since I was a carpet crawler. It just comes naturally.”

Chadbourne’s most recent project, the illustrated Stephen King poem “The Dark Man,” is scheduled to be released at the end of July.

A high point for Chadbourne in New Orleans was meeting writer, director and actor Amber Benson, best known for her three-year portrayal of Tara Maclay on the television series “Buffy the Vampire Slayer.” Benson wrote “Among the Ghosts” and has directed several films and television series. Benson was on hand to receive the Bram Stoker award on behalf of writer-producer-director Joss Wheadon.

Chadbourne said he found the convention to be “a stew pot of ideas. I didn’t draw. I lived on Bourbon Street.” He said New Orleans is “the best street theater I’ve ever seen.”

“The hero of this whole event is a guy named Rocky Wood,” Chadbourne said. Horror Writers Association President Rocky Wood has amyotrophic lateral sclerosis [ALS], a condition Chadbourne said does not keep him from traveling the world to promote the work of horror writers and illustrators.

For his part, writing on the convention’s website, Wood called Chadbourne “a quiet achiever with a truly unique artistic style. He illustrated my first graphic novel, enhancing every word with astounding new views of such iconic characters as Frankenstein’s monster and Count Dracula, as well as authors such as Mary Shelley and HWA’s old friend, Bram Stoker,” Stoker was the author, in 1897, of the classic horror novel, “Dracula”.

Chadbourne, whose weekly cartoons appear on the editorial page of The Lincoln County News, is a freelance artist specializing in the horror and dark fantasy genres. His artwork has appeared in more than 50 books as well as numerous magazines, comics, and computer games.

His pen and ink illustrations have accompanied the works of many best-selling horror writers. He lives in Newcastle with his wife, Sheila, and their pug dog, Rocket.

“It always surprises me when people come up from far away who love your work,” Chadbourne said. He especially likes meeting children who appreciate his illustrations. “That’s my favorite thing, when a kid brings up a copy of some old thing they want you to sign.”

For more information, visit Glenn Chadbourne‘s website at https://www.glennchadbourne.com.


Related Links:
• Glenn Chadbourne‘s website