Fantasy Con is pleased to announce author, broadcaster and columnist Muriel Gray as our third Author Guest of Honour. Best remembered as co-presenter of Channel 4’s seminal early 1980s music programme The Tube, alongside Jools Holland and Paula Yates, she began her writing career in 1995 with the best-selling horror novel The Trickster (shortlisted for the British Fantasy Award). It was followed by two more, Furnace (1996) and The Ancient (2000), which Stephen King described as "scary and unputdownable".
She has also contributed many short stories to anthologies and magazines, written for comics, and produced columns for Time Out, the Sunday Correspondent, the Sunday Mirror, Bliss magazine and the Sunday Herald. In 2001 she won Columnist of the Year in the Scottish Press Awards.
Muriel joins our other Author Guests of Honour, legendary Texas "Mojo Story Writer" JOE R. LANSDALE and New York Times best-selling fantasy author BRENT WEEKS, Special Editor Guest MARY DANBY, and Master of Ceremonies TIM LEBBON. The British Fantasy Society has recently announced its list of Nominees for this year’s British Fantasy Awards, and you can now book your place at the Awards Banquet on the Sunday afternoon. This gala event is always the highlight of the convention, but please be aware that places are strictly limited and that once the allocated number of banquet meals have been sold, then we will be unable to add any more. We are also now starting to put together our Programming for the convention. As always, there will be panels, talks and presentations on a wide variety of genre-related topics presented over the weekend.
Please remember, you cannot be considered for Programming or Readings, if you are not a registered member of the convention. Publishers who wish to sponsor Launch/Signing Parties, have material included in the Delegate Bags or donate prizes to the Raffle should contact [email protected]
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The Dealers’ Room is currently sold out, but if you want to be put on a waiting list, in case anybody drops out, then please contact [email protected]
We will be announcing a series of Masterclasses in the near future, and remember that if this is your first convention or you are just a bit shy, then you can contact [email protected]
, who will look after you.
After the huge success of last year’s event, the convention is returning to the Royal Albion Hotel on the seafront, where rooms are now selling out fast. For those who require a little more luxury, then we also have a limited number of rooms available at the nearby Queens Hotel. Booking information for both hotels can be found on the website at: www.fantasycon2012.org/hotel.htm