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Thursday, September 27 – Sunday, September 30, 2012
We are delighted to announce that British FantasyCon will be returning to the historic seaside city of Brighton in 2012.
Following the unprecedented success of FantasyCon 2011, the event will once again be held at the Royal Albion Hotel, only a few minutes walk away from numerous restaurants, wine bars and clubs, as well as the Antiquarian shopping precinct The Lanes, Brighton Pier, the Sea Life Centre and the world-famous Royal Pavilion.
JOE R. LANSDALE
Guest of Honour
JOE R. LANSDALE lives in Nacogdoches, Texas, with his wife, Karen. He is the author of more than thirty novels and twenty short story collections, with over two hundred short stories, articles, essays and stage plays to his credit. Best known for his popular “Hap Collins and Leonard Pine” series of mystery novels and the “Drive-In” horror series, his other novels include Act of Love, Dead in the West, Magic Wagon, The Nightrunners, Tarzan: The Lost Adventure, The Bottoms, Zeppelins West, All the Earth Thrown to the Sky and Edge of Dark Water. Read more…
Guest of Honour
MURIEL GRAY was born in East Kilbride, Scotland. Playing in a punk band led her to present Channel 4’s seminal 1980s music programme The Tube with Jools Holland and Paula Yates, and a successful presenting career in television and radio followed. Her writing career began in 1995 with the best-selling horror novel The Trickster (shortlisted for the British Fantasy Award), and it was followed by two more, Furnace (1996) and The Ancient (2000), which Stephen King described as “scary and unputdownable”. Read more…
Guest of Honour
BRENT WEEKS is the author of the New York Times best-selling “The Night Angel Trilogy”, featuring master assassin Durzo Blint, who practices his fatal art in a world of dangerous politics, strange magics and sudden death. The first volume in the series, The Way of Shadows, was published in 2008 and was quickly followed by Shadow’s Edge and Beyond the Shadows later that same year. Perfect Shadow is a prequel novella in the same series, while the first book in Brent’s new “Lightbringer” series, The Black Prism, launched in August 2010. It will be followed by The Blinding Knife, which will be published by Orbit in time for this year’s FantasyCon. Read more…
Special Editor Guest
MARY DANBY was the fiction editor at Fontana Books from 1969-72. She edited thirteen volumes of The Fontana Book of Great Horror Stories (1970-84), taking over from then-editor Christine Bernard, and twelve volumes of the Armada Ghost Book (1970-82). Mary’s other anthologies include three volumes of Nightmares, two volumes of Frighteners, Realms of Darkness, 65 Great Spine Chillers, 65 Great Tales of the Supernatural and Great Murder Mysteries. Read more…
Special Media Guest
MARK GATISS is a quarter of the team who created the award-winning BBC comedy/horror series The League of Gentlemen, he scripted the three-part Christmas portmanteau Crooked House and the TV movie of H.G. Wells’ First Men in the Moon, and he co-created the international hit TV series Sherlock with Steven Moffat. In 2010 Mark wrote and presented the three-part BBC series A History of Horror. Read more…
Special Media Guest
ROBIN HARDY is an author, playwright, film director and producer. Best known for his 1973 cult classic The Wicker Man, his other film credits include The Fantasist and Forbidden Sun (aka Bulldance). In April this year, Anchor Bay Films released The Wicker Tree, written and directed by Hardy and based on his novel, Cowboys for Christ. Read more…
JAMES HERBERT, Britain's best-selling horror author, will be signing his latest novel, Ash, from Noon until 1:00 pm on the Saturday of the convention. Ash is the eagerly awaited third volume in the trilogy featuring psychic investigator David Ash, which began with Haunted and The Ghosts of Sleath. With world-wide sales of more than fifty million copies, James Herbert is one of the world’s most popular novelists. His books are translated into more than thirty-five languages.
Master of Ceremonies
TIM LEBBON is a New York Times best-selling horror and fantasy writer from South Wales. He has had more than twenty novels published to date, as well as dozens of novellas and hundreds of short stories, including numerous appearances in “Year’s Best” anthologies on both sides of the Atlantic. Recent books include The Secret Journeys of Jack London: The Wild (co-authored with frequent collaborator Christopher Golden) and Echo City. Read more…
Quentin S. Crisp
David A. Riley
Simon R. Green
Juliet E. McKenna
David Thomas Moore
John L. Probert
Simon Kurt Unsworth
and many others . . .
The British Fantasy Awards will be presented at a glittering Banquet on the Sunday afternoon and, as always, seating will be strictly limited. Please remember that the Banquet sold out last year, so don’t delay to avoid disappointment. Click HERE for more details.We look forward to seeing you all again in Brighton in September!