Guest authors from past Telluride Horror Shows.


Jeremy Robert Johnson

Festival Appearances: 2017, 2018, 2019, 2021

Jeremy Robert Johnson is the author of The Loop, Skullcrack City, In the River, and Entropy in Bloom. His fiction has been praised by The Washington Post and Publishers Weekly, authors such as David Wong, Chuck Palahniuk and Jack Ketchum, and has appeared internationally in numerous anthologies and magazines. A long-time member of the Telluride Horror Show family, Jeremy is “a defining name within the [bizarro] genre. His work is most aptly described as a mixture of all these things — thrillers that become bloodbaths, horrors that blend into fantasies, and apocalypses that transcend into high art” (Los Angeles Review of Books).

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Stephen Graham Jones

Festival Appearance: 2021

Stephen Graham Jones is the NYT bestselling author of nearly thirty novels and collections, and there’s some novellas and comic books in there as well. Stephen’s been an NEA recipient, has won the Texas Institute of Letters Award for Fiction, the LA Times Ray Bradbury Prize, the Independent Publishers Award for Multicultural Fiction, three Bram Stoker Awards, four This is Horror Awards, and he’s been a finalist for the Shirley Jackson Award and the World Fantasy Award. He’s also made Bloody Disgusting’s “Top Ten Horror Novels” and is the guy who wrote Mongrels and The Only Good Indians. His latest is My Heart is a Chainsaw. Stephen is the Ivena Baldwin Professor of English, as well as a Professor of Distinction at the University of Colorado Boulder.

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Joe R. Lansdale

Festival Appearance: 2016

Joe R. Lansdale, a native of East Texas, is the acclaimed author of over forty novels, three hundred short pieces of fiction and non-fiction, plays, poetry, screenplays, and graphic novels. Film adaptations of Lansdale’s work include the cult classic Bubba Ho-tep (directed by Don Coscarelli with Bruce Campbell), Cold In July, Christmas With The Dead, as well as Incident On And Off A Mountain Road for Showtime’s Masters of Horror. His popular series of crime novels, Hap and Leonard, was the basis for the hit Sundance TV series of the same name. He has written scripts for Batman The Animated Series, Superman the Animated Series, adapted the animated Son of Batman to film, as well as others. Lansdale has received countless awards for his work, including The Edgar from The Mystery Writers of America, The Spur From Western Writers of America, nine Bram Stokers from The Horror Writers Association, The Grinzani Cavour Prize, and many others. He has been awarded Grandmaster of Horror and Lifetime Achievement from the Horror Writers Association.


Kelly Link

Festival Appearance: 2019

Kelly Link is the author of the collections Stranger Things Happen, Magic for Beginners, Pretty Monsters, and Pulitzer finalist Get in Trouble. Her short stories have been published in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, The Best American Short Stories, and Prize Stories: The O. Henry Awards. She and her partner Gavin J. Grant have co-edited a number of anthologies, including multiple volumes of The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror and, for young adults, Steampunk! and Monstrous Affections. She is the co-founder of Small Beer Press and co-edits the occasional zine Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet. She once won a free trip around the world by answering “Because you can’t go through it” to the question “Why do you want to go around the world?" Link currently lives with her husband and daughter in Northampton, Massachusetts.


Paul Tremblay

Festival Appearances: 2018, 2021

Paul Tremblay has won the Bram Stoker, British Fantasy, and Massachusetts Book awards and is the author of Survivor Song, Growing Things, The Cabin at the End of the World, Disappearance at Devil’s Rock, A Head Full of Ghosts, and the forthcoming The Pallbearers’ Club, along with the crime novels The Little Sleep and No Sleep Till Wonderland. His essays and short fiction have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Entertainment Weekly online, and numerous year’s-best anthologies. He has a master’s degree in mathematics and lives outside Boston with his family.