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7:00 pm onwards (Bar Rogue)
Once registered at the table in the Hotel Lobby, early arrivals can mix and meet the organisers, some of our esteemed Guests, and fellow attendees of FantasyCon 2012 at this informal ice-breaker.



5:00 – 6:00 pm (Bar Rogue)
Join Britain’s premier independent genre publisher for a free glass of wine or juice with every book sold, including a new collection by our Master of Ceremonies.

The Curse of the Fleers, by Basil Copper (edited by Stephen Jones)The Curse of the Fleers by Basil Copper (Introduction by Stephen Jones)
(Special FantasyCon Early Release!) When Captain Guy Hammond is approached by his old friend, Cedric Fleer, he finds himself plunged into a treacherous web of deadly intrigue and unimaginable horror. Published for the first time anywhere in the version the author originally intended, The Curse of the Fleers is a “lost” Victorian Gothic novel by one of Britain’s acknowledged masters of the macabre.

Special price: £18.00 (trade hardcover)
Special price: £35.00 (signed by Basil Copper and Stephen Jones)


Forests of Eden by Elizabeth Counihan
(Special FantasyCon Early Release!) In this novella, Earth is fog-shrouded, the Amazon rainforest a desert. Sir Barrington Monroe III is the richest man in the inhabited worlds. Not surprising, as from its base in the Alpha system, the Monroe Corporation has total control of tachyferite, the only substance to emit faster-than-light signals. But Monroe is hiding a deadly secret, a secret that has ruined another man’s life and it’s up to a young journalist to uncover the truth.

Special price: £10.00

The Pit of Despair by Simon R. Green
(Special FantasyCon Early Release!) Unable to find a crew willing to ship out with him, Captain Varles, of the pirate ship Revenge, persuades a voodoo witch called “Mother Macabre” to conjure up a crew of ghosts and dead men, to sail in search of the greatest treasure of all: Captain Firebeard’s legendary hoard in the great and terrible pit he dug in Shaft Island . . . now surrounded by terrible protections. It’ll all end in tears . . .

Special price: £10.00

Where Furnaces Burn by Joel Lane
(Special FantasyCon Early Release!) The stories in Where Furnaces Burn were written over thirteen years. One of them, ‘My Stone Desire’, won the British Fantasy Award for best short story in 2008. Blurring the occult detective story with urban noir fiction, Where Furnaces Burn offers a glimpse of the myths and terrors buried within the industrial landscape.

Special price: £18.00

Not What It Seems by Tim Lebbon
(Special FantasyCon Early Release!) Tim Lebbon’s short stories and novellas have won several major awards and been included in many Year’s Best anthologies. So come meet an old woman mourning her dead husband and watch as she builds something in the woods . . . where the rain gives it life. This is just one of the stories in Not What It Seems, his most accomplished collection to date.

Special price: £18.00

Leave Your Sleep by R.B. Russell
(Special FantasyCon Early Release!) If only we would take the time to look a little closer, delve a little deeper, when ordinary life goes awry, we might find the world more strange and unexpected than we ever could have imagined. Following on from Literary Remains, R.B. Russell’s previous collection for PS, the twelve stories of Leave Your Sleep concern sex and death, love and loss.

Special price: £18.00

Born with Teeth by Conrad Williams
Special FantasyCon Early Release!) In these forbidding tales, award-winning writer Conrad Williams grabs you by the throat and forces you to gaze upon the threats, shocks and diseases that make up the dark matter of human existence. Born with Teeth is a coruscating collection of stories about fathers, friends, faces; books, brain damage and blood. Read it very carefully . . . it might leave you with scars.

Special price: £18.00


8:00 – 09:30 pm (Regency Lounge)

This is your opportunity to get all those books signed by some of our Guests of Honour and the many authors, artists and editors attending FantasyCon 2012. Cash bar.


9:00 – 10:00 pm (Bar Rogue)

Join UK imprint Spectral Press for a glass of wine as they launch a new novella.

The Nine Deaths of Dr. Valentine by John Llewellyn Probert
Someone is killing doctors in the style of the murders in Vincent Price movies, leaving the Bristol police baffled. The only man who could possibly be responsible died years ago . . . or did he . . .?

Price: TBC



10:00 – 11:00 am (Regency Lounge)
Get your morning off to a sedate start with tea, coffee, cupcakes and a cornucopia of new titles courtesy of Titan Books.

Sherlock Holmes: The Army of Doctor Moreau by Guy AdamsSherlock Holmes: The Army of Doctor Moreau by Guy Adams
From the co-author of The Case Notes of Sherlock Holmes and acclaimed novel Sherlock Holmes: The Breath of God, The Army of Doctor Moreau details an original new case from Sherlock Holmes. Holmes and Watson stumble upon the experiments of Doctor Moreau. Determined to prove Darwin’s evolutionary theories, through vivisection and crude genetic engineering, Moreau is creating an army of “beast men” in order to gain control of the government . . .

Price: £7.99



Turbulence, by Samit BasuTurbulence by Samit Basu
From talented young writer, Samit Basu, Turbulence is the helter-skelter superhero adventure full of playful post-modern references to superhero fiction and a plethora of captivating characters with extraordinary abilities. Turbulence showcases the 21st century Indian subcontinent in all its insane glory – F-16s, Bollywood, radical religious parties, nuclear plants, cricket, terrorists, luxury resorts, crazy TV shows – but its essentially about a very universal question with perennial relevance; what would you do if you actually do if you could change the world?

Price: £7.99


Dracula Cha Cha Cha by Kim NewmanDracula Cha Cha Cha by Kim Newman
(Special FantasyCon Early Release!) Written by award-winning novelist and movie critic Kim Newman, this is a brand-new edition, with additional never-before-seen novella, of the popular third instalment of the Anno Dracula series. Rome 1959 and Count Dracula is about to marry the Moldavian Princess Asa Vajda. Journalist Kate Reed flies into the city to visit the ailing Charles Beauregard and his vampire companion Geneviève. She finds herself caught up in the mystery of the Crimson Executioner who is bloodily dispatching vampire elders in the city. She is on his trail, as is the undead British secret agent, Bond.

Price: £7.99


Lo’Life Romeo Spikes by Joanne Reay
(Special FantasyCon Early Release!) The first novel in an exciting new supernatural fantasy trilogy, by respected screenwriter and producer Joanne Reay. Working the Homicide squad, Alexis Bianco thinks she’s seen every way a life can be taken. Then she meets the mysterious Lola. More weapon than woman, Lola pursues a predator with a method of murder like no other. The Tormenta. We call it a suicide. Tormenta call it a score, their demonic powers allowing them to siphon off the unspent life-span of their victims. Nobody is safe.

Price: £7.99

Ecko Rising by Danie WareEcko: Rising by Danie Ware
From the publicist and event organiser for cult entertainment retailer Forbidden Planet, Ecko: Rising is a unique genre-bending fantasy-SF epic following a savage, gleefully cynical anti-hero. After awakening in a dimension-jumping inn to find himself immersed in his own sardonic fantasy world, Ecko strives to conquer his deepest fears and save the world from extinction.

Price: £7.99





11:00 am – Noon (Bar Rogue)
Time to start drinking, as America’s Bad Moon Books launch a new short novel.

Lunar, by Paul KaneLunar by Paul Kane (Introduction by Ramsey Campbell)
Waking one night in a terrifying world populated by the feral, white-eyed “loons”, blue-collar worker Nick Skinner must fight just to stay alive. But he also has questions. What’s happened to his girlfriend, Dawn? Why do some things work in this world while others don’t? And what connection do the loons have to that big moon above? The answers will be more shocking than even he can imagine.

Price: TBC.




2:00 – 3:00 pm (Regency Lounge)

Party Pieces, by Mary DanbyA rare opportunity to get your old Fontana Books of Great Horror Stories, Armada Ghost Books and other anthologies signed by various contributors (including Ramsey Campbell, Roger Clarke, Bryn Fortey, Garry Kilworth, Harry E. Turner, Tony Richards, Marion Pitman and Les Edwards) and Editor Guest of Honour Mary Danby, who will also be launching her first-ever collection of short stories, Party Pieces: The Horror Fiction of Mary Danby edited by Johnnny Mains, published by Noose & Gibbet Publishing/Airgedlámh in hardcover by for £20.00. Cash bar.





3:00 – 4:00 pm (Regency Lounge)
As usual, Robinson Publishing is offering a free glass of wine with every book purchased at this mass-signing for two “Mammoth” anthologies.

The Mammoth Book of Body Horror, edited by Paul Kane and Marie O'ReganThe Mammoth Book of Body Horror edited by Paul Kane and Marie O’Regan
The term “body horror” has long been used to describe films such as The Thing, based on John W. Campbell’s ‘Who Goes There?’, which is reprinted here, and most recently District 9, but the sub-genre did not begin with film. Here you will find profoundly unsettling stories spanning the entire history of the sub-genre by the very best writers of horror. Amongst those signing are Ramsey Campbell, Simon Clark, Christopher Fowler, Barbie Wilde and Conrad Williams.

Price: £7.99



The Mammoth book of Ghost Stories by Women, edited by Marie O'ReganThe Mammoth Book of Ghost Stories by Women edited by Marie O’Regan
(Special FantasyCon Early Release!) Women have always written exceptional stories of horror and the supernatural. This anthology aims to showcase the very best of these. From tales of ghostly children to visitations by departed loved ones, and from heart-rending stories to the profoundly unsettling depiction of extreme malevolence, what each of these stories has in common is the effect of a slight chilling of the skin, a feeling of something not quite present, but nevertheless there. If anything, this showcase anthology proves that sometimes the female of the species can also be the most terrifying . . . Amongst those signing are Nina Allan, Muriel Gray, Kim Lakin-Smith, Alison Littlewood, Sarah Pinborough and Gaie Sebold.

       Price: £7.99


4:00 – 5:00 pm (Regency Lounge)
Robinson Publishing is once again offering a free glass of wine with every book you purchase at this mega mass-signing for the latest volumes in two successful series.

The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror #23, edited by Stephen JonesThe Mammoth Book of Best New Horror Volume #23 edited by Stephen Jones
(Special FantasyCon Early Release!) The latest volume of the world’s longest-running annual showcase of horror and dark fantasy fiction presents a selection of some of the very best, and most chilling, short stories and novellas of horror and the supernatural, by both contemporary masters of horror and exciting newcomers. Amongst those signing are David Buchan, Ramsey Campbell, Christopher Fowler, Paul Kane, Joe R. Lansdale, Tim Lebbon, Alison Littlewood, Kim Newman, Thana Niveau, Reggie Oliver, Simon Kurt Unsworth and Conrad Williams.

Price: £7.99


Zombie Apocalypse! Fightback, edited by Stephen JonesZombie Apocalypse! Fightback created by Stephen Jones
(Special FantasyCon Early Release!) Following the outbreak of Human Reanimation Virus, which turns its victims into flesh-eating zombies, the surviving members of the human race begin their fightback against the legions of the walking dead, as the Infected themselves begin mutating into something . . . different. Amongst those signing are Guy Adams, Anne Billson, Peter Crowther, Les Edwards, Paul Finch, Amanda Foubister, Christopher Fowler, Reggie Oliver, Sarah Pinborough, John L. Probert and Robert Shearman.

Price: £8.99


5:00 – 6:00 pm (Regency Lounge)
Get a free glass of wine or juice with every book sold from Britain’s award-winning independent publisher, including a new collection by one of our Guests of Honour.

The Kind Folk by Ramsey Campbell
(Special FantasyCon Early Release!) Luke Arnold is a successful stage comedian whose partner, Sophie Drew, is about to have their baby. Their life seems ideal, until Luke begins to learn how much that he has taken for granted about his upbringing is wrong. How serious was his Uncle Terence about the magic in his tales? Why did he travel so widely by himself after Luke was born, and what was he looking for? Soon Luke will have to follow that route too, and confront forces that may be older than the world . . .

Special price: £18.00

Trapped in a Saturday Matinee Joe R. Lansdale
(Special FantasyCon Early Release!) This collection gathers together some early work by our Author GoH, which he likes, but may at times seem a little uncertain in its path. It also contains stories that he thinks, for one reason or another, missed their audience. There is also newer material within that he treasures, some that has never before been gathered under one roof, and there are others written specifically for this collection.

Special price: £18.00

A Carnivàle of Horror: Dark Tales from the Fairground edited by Marie O’Regan and Paul Kane
The circus and fairground have long been associated as much with menace as they have with fun. Now, gathered together in one impressive volume are some of the best examples of weird and horrific fiction from the big top. Amongst those signing are Peter Crowther & James Lovegrove, Paul Finch, Muriel Gray, Alison Littlewood, Lou Morgan, Robert Shearman, Rio Youers and cover artist Ben Baldwin.

Special price: £18.00

08:00 – 09:00 pm (Bar Rogue)
Join cutting-edge Canadian imprint ChiZine for a glass of wine as they launch four new trade paperback titles along with a recent award-nominated volume by our Master of Ceremonies.

The Steel Seraglio, by Mike, Linda and Louise CareyThe Steel Seraglio by Mike, Linda and Louise Carey
When the sultan Bokhari al-Bokhari is deposed in a violent coup, the religious zealot Hakkim Mehdad condemns his 365 concubines to exile and death. The Steel Seraglio tells their tale: a thrilling epic fantasy in the vein of the Arabian Nights – full of sex, passion, violence, and magic.

Special Price: £10.00




The Thief of Broken Toys, by Tim LebbonThief of Broken Toys by Tim Lebbon
Finalist for the British Fantasy Society Award and the World Fantasy Award! When a father loses his son and his wife leaves him, he cannot tear himself away from the small fishing village where the boy’s memories reside. Not until he encounters the thief of broken toys and everything begins to change. A beautiful and moving novella.

Special Price: £5.00



Hair Side, Flesh Side by Helen MarshallHair Side, Flesh Side by Helen Marshall. Introduction by Robert Shearman
(Special FantasyCon Early Release!) Lyrical and tender, quirky and cutting. Helen Marshall’s debut collection is a book about books, with fifteen original stories that weave the fantastic and the horrific alongside the touchingly human – like English Lit 101 taught by Neil Gaiman and Jorge Luis Borges.

Special Price: £8.00



Remember Why You Fear Me by Robert ShearmanRemember Why You Fear Me by Robert Shearman. Introduction by Stephen Jones
(Special FantasyCon Early Release!) Deliciously frightening, darkly satirical, and always unexpected. Remember Why You Fear Me gathers together the best dark fiction of Robert Shearman, the most celebrated stories from his acclaimed books, and ten new tales that have never been collected before.

Special Price: £10.00



Westlake Soul, by Rio YouersWestlake Soul by Rio Youers
After wiping out in a surfing accident in Tofino, Westlake Soul wakes up with the most powerful mind on the planet, but a body like a wet paper bag. Half superhero adventure, half wry and heartbreaking fantasy.

Special Price: £8.00

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***All five ChiZine Publications titles will be available as e-books on USB for the amazing low price of £25.00.

9:00 – 10:00 pm (Bar Rogue)
Come along for a glass of wine and the chance to get your books signed by the authors and contributors, and help us celebrate the first year of Jo Fletcher Books!

A Book of Horrors, edited by Stephen JonesA Book of Horrors edited by Stephen Jones
(Special FantasyCon Early Release!) Within the pages of this new trade paperback edition you will discover the most successful and exciting writers of horror and dark fantasy today, with a spine-chilling selection of stories displaying the full diversity of the genre. A Book of Horrors is an original anthology of all-new horror and dark fantasy fiction, in all its many and magnificent guises. Amongst those signing are Ramsey Campbell, Peter Crowther, Reggie Oliver, Robert Shearman and cover artist Les Edwards.

Price: £9.99


The City's Son by Tom PollockThe City’s Son by Tom Pollock
Hidden under the surface of everyday London is a city of monsters and miracles, where wild train spirits stampede over the tracks and glass-skinned dancers with glowing veins light the streets. When a devastating betrayal drives her from her home, graffiti artist Beth Bradley stumbles into the secret city, where she finds Filius Viae, London’s ragged crown prince, just when he needs someone most. An ancient enemy has returned to the darkness under St Paul’s Cathedral, bent on re-igniting a centuries-old war, and Beth and Fil find themselves in a desperate race through a bizarre urban wonderland, searching for a way to save the city they both love.

Price: £12.99




10:30 am – 11:30 pm (Bar Rogue)
The independent British publisher invites you to join them for a mid-morning hair-of-the-dog and light snacks for the launch of two new novels.

Badger’s Waddle by Nigel Edwards

Skyfire Chronicles: Unauthorized Contact by Paul Melhuish


11:30 am – 12:30 pm (Bar Rogue)
The award-winning British small press invites you to join them for a pre-Awards Banquet glass of wine and the launch of a spooky new anthology.

Hauntings, edited by Ian WhatesHauntings edited by Ian Whates
Have you ever felt watched by unseen eyes or imagined a caress when there is no one near to touch you . . .? The realm of spirits lurks just beyond our perception; some are lost, some are lonely, but others are angry, malicious, and hell-bent on vengeance against the living. A new anthology of fifteen original ghost stories – some very traditional in style, others highly contemporary. Lock the doors, settle into a comfortable armchair, and prepare to be chilled . . . Amongst those signing are Paul Kane, Alison Littlewood, Mark Morris, Marie O’Regan, Marion Pitman, Robert Shearman, Adrian Tchaikovsky, Mark West, Ian Whates, Adele Wearing (who contributed the Introduction) and cover artist Ben Baldwin.

Price: £9.99 (trade paperback)

                  Price: £19.99 (signed limited edition hardcover)



04:00 pm onwards (Bar Rogue)

World Fantasy Convention 2013 will be hosting the Dead Dog Party following the British Fantasy Awards Banquet and Ceremony. Come along and meet the organisers, join up (if you haven’t done so already!) and get ready to party again in Brighton next Hallowe’en!

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