This year will see my first attendance at BristolCon, a one-day convention organised by the Bristol Fantasy & SF Society, in its fifth year.
This year's event takes place on Saturday 26 October, and now that the programme has been officially released I am pleased to be able to announce my programme items. I am going to be quite busy for this one.
I am kicking off at 10:00 am with a panel on innovative deaths. Lots of scope there for interesting discussion, I am sure. Between now and then I shall be trying to come up with new and gruesome ways of killing people. All in the name of research, of course.
At 2:00 pm there will be a mass signing for all authors present, and an opportunity to sell books, and I will be pitching up there with copies of SOUL SCREAMS. I'll also be happy to sign anything that contains one of my stories, and I'm putting this out as a challenge to try and find who's got the oldest publication. Has anyone out there got an old copy of PEEPING TOM with my story in? Or, to go even further back, the October 1989 issue of FEAR? If anyone brings me one of these to sign I'll give them a free copy of one of my books.
At 4:00 pm I am moderating my first panel - on the pros and cons of small press publishing. I am really excited about this, as I think it's a perfect topic for me to be moderating, and there are lots of discussion points on this subject to put to the panel.
There are many other fabulous items on the very full programme, and if you are able to get to Bristol for the day do consider coming along - there aren't too many Cons that you can do in their entirety in a day, and the membership for this one is a mere £20. A bargain for the price.
Britain's most established genre Cons are BFS FantasyCon and EasterCon, but it's reassuring to see a rise in the number of smaller Cons that start out as small local gatherings and gradually get bigger every year. The UK may be too small to compete with the US for the number of Cons, but there's no doubt that the number of SF/Fantasy/Horror fans in this country is on the rise. And where fans gather, Cons will happen. The only down side is there are now so many fantastic Cons, I have to decide each year which ones I'm going to do. I have neither the leave allocation nor the finances to do all of them. I wish I could.
If you make it to BristolCon, do seek me out - it would be great to see you (if nothing else, as a reassurance that people do actually read this blog). In the meantime however, I must dash. I've got to go and think up some intelligent questions to ask my panel.