FANTASYCON 2011 will be held over the weekend of 30th September to 2nd October 2011 at the Royal Albion Hotel, Brighton; venue for the highly successful 2010 World Horror Convention.
The GUESTS OF HONOUR are: World Fantasy Award-winning author (of novels such as the Arthur C. Clarke award-nominated SPIRIT, 2009) and critic GWYNETH JONES, also known as Ann Halam. Her critical essays and reviews are collected in DECONSTRUCTING THE STARSHIPS, 1999 and IMAGINATION/SPACE 2009 ; Swedish horror writer JOHN AJVIDE LINDQVIST, author of the best-selling LET THE RIGHT ONE IN, which was adapted into a movie first in his native Sweden and more recently remade in the U.S. by Hammer Films as LET ME IN; novelist and screenwriter PETER ATKINS, author of novels MORNINGSTAR, BIG THUNDER and MOONTOWN and screenplays for HELLRAISER II – IV & WISHMASTER; and Fantasy writer JOE ABERCROMBIE, whose first novel, THE BLADE ITSELF, was published in 2006, and now has publishers in more than 20 countries. Its sequels, BEFORE THEY ARE HANGED and LAST ARGUMENT OF KINGS, followed in 2007 and 2008. BEST SERVED COLD, a stand-alone book set in the same world, was published in June 2009, and a second stand-alone, THE HEROES, in January 2010, when it made No. 3 on the SUNDAY TIMES Bestseller list.
FantasyCon 2011's first SPECIAL GUEST is multiple award-winning author BRIAN ALDISS, O.B.E. Author of more than eighty novels, both mainstream and science fiction, including FRANKENSTEIN UNBOUND, THE HELLICONIA TRILOGY and HARM to name just a few; and innumerable short stories, including 'Super-Toys Last All Summer Long,' which was filmed as A.I. Brian has also edited many anthologies, acted in performances of his plays, and is also an artist.
MISTRESS OF CEREMONIES is SARAH PINBOROUGH, British Fantasy Award-winning Author of Best Novella: THE LANGUAGE OF DYING, A MATTER OF BLOOD and THE SHADOW OF THE SOUL, the first two novels in the Dog-Faced Gods trilogy, as well as six horror novels. Sarah also writes the YA series THE NOWHERE CHRONICLES, as Sarah Silverwood. Book two, THE TRAITOR’S GATE, is out now.
Other professional writers, artists, editors and publishers already registered as attending FantasyCon 2011 include: Guy Adams, Scott Andrews, Ben Baldwin, James Barclay, Simon Bestwick, Anne Billson, Ramsey Campbell, Mike Carey, Vincent Chong, Jon Courtenay Grimwood, Peter Crowther (PS Publishing), Joseph D'Lacey, Meg Davis (Ki Literary Agency), Stephen Deas, Ian Drury (Sheil Land Associates literary agency), David Anthony Durham, Les Edwards, Steven Erikson, Jaine Fenn, Jo Fletcher (Jo Fletcher Books), Christopher Fowler, Barry Forshaw, Will Francis (Janklow and Nesbit (UK) Ltd literary agency), Stephen Gallagher, Simon R. Green, William Hill, David J. Howe (Telos Publishing), Matthew Hughes, Stephen Jones, Paul Kane, Jasper Kent, MD Lachlan, Tim Lebbon, Tony Lee, Tom Lloyd, Dorothy Lumley (Dorian Literary Agency), Stephane Marsan (Bragelonne), Juliet E. McKenna, Suzanne McLeod, Gary McMahon, Michael Molcher (Abaddon Books/Solaris), Russell Morgan, Mark Morris, Adam LG Nevill, Kim Newman, Marie O'Regan, Jonathan Oliver (Abaddon Books/Solaris), Reggie Oliver, Philip Palmer, Christopher Priest, Tina Rath, Gillian Redfearn (Orion Books), Nicholas Royle, Raymond Russell (Tartarus Press), Robert Shearman, Mike Shevdon, Gavin Smith, Sam Stone, Christopher Teague (Pendragon Press), Steve Tribe (BBC Books), Lisa Tuttle, Steve Upham (Screaming Dreams), Nicholas Vince, Stephen Volk, Ian Whates (Newcon Press), Barbie Wilde, Conrad Williams, Rio Youers and many more.
To book your ticket, and for more information about the Guests or MC, please visit the website: www.fantasycon2011.org