I've never been before, so I don't really know how this compares to previous years, but it does look as though the push to bring genre parity has really begun in earnest, with only, as far as I can see, two horror specific panels. I know they wanted to address the dominance of horror but I think this has gone too far.
FRIDAY 5th September3.00pm – Opening Ceremony
We introduce our team, our Master of Ceremonies and our Guests of Honour.
Graham Joyce, Kate Elliott, Toby Whithouse, Charlaine Harris, Larry Rostant
3.00pm – Doctor Who: Space Messiah
The Doctor of the twentieth century was a wandering outcast, an inconsequential outsider who only occasionally figured in the concerns of the ancient and powerful Time Lords. New Who, by contrast, looms vast over time and space, a universal saviour known and feared by every race. How has this change affected our perception of the hero?
Jonathan Oliver (m), Guy Adams, Mark Morris, Juliet E McKenna, Joanne Harris
4.00pm – My First Con
Part-panel, part-mingling. If you’re new to the convention scene, come and join us.
Tiffani Angus (m), Ewa Scibor-Rylska, Toby Vanables, Glen Mehn
4.00pm – Joanne Harris in Conversation
Alasdair Stuart interviews novelist Joanne Harris.
4.00pm – Rejectamentalist Manifesto
The gory details of building an anthology and why stuff gets rejected
Terry Grimwood (m), Jonathan Oliver, Adele Wearing, Ian Whates, Peter Coleborn
5.00pm – Pointless
Paul Cornell hosts this FantasyCon edition of the popular TV show.
5.00pm – Awards and their value
What are they good for? Which are the important ones? Who really benefits?
Glen Mehn (m), Stephen Theaker, Ramsey Campbell, Larry Rostant, Vincent Chong, Charlaine Harris
5.00pm – WORKSHOP: Writing for Comics
From idea to sale, what do you have to do? (limited to 20 attendees on sign-up sheet at Registration)
Selina Lock, Jay Eales
6.00pm – A Tribute to Joel Lane
The writer and FantasyCon stalwart Joel Lane died unexpectedly in 2013. Join some of his friends as they raise a glass and share some of their memories and some of his writing.
7.00pm – Larry Rostant in Conversation
Marc Gascoigne interviews our Artist Guest of Honour.
7.00pm – When Fiction Goes Digital
What happens in the age of the digital story? Does stories look the same? How does form intersect with function, beyond a trip to the e-reader?
Glen Mehn (m), Jenny Barber, Farah Mendlesohn, Marc Aplin, Laurel Sills, Del Lakin-Smith
7.00pm – Podcasting for beginners
What makes a really good podcast? Which are the ones you should be listening to? How can you make your own?
Peter Newman (m), Alasdair Stuart, Emma Newman, Stephen Aryan
7.30pm – Karaoke
Join Rebellion (Solaris and Abaddon) for an evening of… well, let’s just call it “music”.
7.30pm - Round-Robin Poetry
Join us for an evening of poetry, and feel free to bring your own! Allen Ashley hosts.
SATURDAY 6th10.00am – Does Anyone Get Out of Here Alive?
Can there be hope in Horror, or are unrelieved despair and gore the essence of the genre?
Guy Adams (m), Adam Neville, Tim Lebbon, Roz Kaveney, Sara Jayne Townsend, Charlaine Harris
10.00am – But Does It Make Sense?
Economics of fantasy systems. If Smaug holds all the gold and it gets liberated, what does that do to the economy?
Leila Abu el Hawa (m), Kari Sperring, Kate Elliott, Tom Pollock, Anne Lyle
10.00am – From Page to Screen
What’s different about books and film and how can you make your book/script/pitch saleable?
Tony Venables (m), Toby Whithouse, Joanne Harris, Ellen Gallagher, Maura McHugh, Sean Hogan
11.00am – Film show (until approx. 2.00pm)
Details to follow.
11.00am – The Pen vs the Sword
Writers who also happen to be swordfighters discuss the myths and realities of the sword in fiction – and demonstrate their skills with the blade!
Marc Aplin (m), Fran Terminiello, Juliet E McKenna, Adrian Tchaikovsky, Clifford Beale
11.00am – The Reign of the Geek
With Game of Thrones, Marvel’s franchise and Doctor Who all mainstream staples, the fantastic is no longer the reserve of the lone outsider. Geeks won the culture war – but what do we do now?
Max Edwards (m), Joanne Harris, Alasdair Stuart,
11.00am – It’s the End of the World as we Know It – And I Feel Unsurprised
Does the popularity of dystopia in YA reflect a generation’s expectation of living in a nightmarish future?
Guy Adams (m), Janet Edwards, Leila Abu el Hawa, Jonathan Oliver, Laura Lam
12.00 Noon – Charlaine Harris in Conversation
Adele Wearing interviews one of our literary Guests of Honour
12.00 Noon – Dead Parents, Burned Homesteads and Wicked Stepmothers
Is it essential to write out the parents before youthful characters can head out on adventures? Are adult figures always unhelpful or malign? Should writers search for ways to keep parents around — or do fantasies of a world without parents fulfil a real need?
Marc Gascoigne (m), Edward Cox, Emma Newman, Glenda Larke, Laura Lam
12.00 Noon – Gentleman Thieves, Loveable Pirates and Sex Tricksters
Gentlemen Thieves, Loveable Pirates and Sexy Tricksters. Why are untrustworthy characters and criminals among SFF’s most beloved characters? Does sympathy for the underdog shade into idealising predators?
James Barclay (m), Joanne Harris, Kim Lakin-Smith, Frances Hardinge, Libby McGuigan
1.00pm – Break for Lunch
2.00pm – Surprise!
What happens when the reader feels the rug has been pulled out from under them? Why do some shock twists leave an audience in awe and others make them feel cheated? What does it mean for an author to play fair by their reader?
Karen Miller (m), Roz Kaveney, Charlaine Harris, Toby Whithouse, Simon Spanton, Sarah Lotz
2.00pm – Beyond Grimdark
Is the trend for mud, misery and moral bankruptcy on the wane in SFF, and if so, what’s next? What do reader and writer get out of bleak, nihilistic worlds? With many works heavily featuring violence against women, is the genre inherently reactionary?
David Moore (m), Martin Taylor, Jen Williams, James Oswald, Adrian Tchaikovsky
2.00pm – How to Get Noticed
Booksellers, librarians, fans, marketing. What’s the magic in getting people to discover new books?
Allen Ashley (m), Nazia Khatun, Larry Rostant, Sophie Calder, Ruth Tross, Graeme Reynolds
3.00pm – She Ain’t Heavy, She’s My Sister
Kirk and Spock, Luke and Han, Frodo and Sam – epic friendships between men are common in fantasy, but friendships between women, or platonic relationships
between men and women that stay that way – are much thinner on the ground. The panellists discuss why it matters and examine some of the rare exceptions.
Roz Kaveney (m), Mhairi Simpson, Glenda Larke, Charlaine Harris, Den Patrick
3.00pm – The Chosen One
From Neo to Barack Obama. Many works of SFF place the fate of the world on the shoulders of a single, pre-ordained hero, who often possesses some magical trait. The panellists discuss ideas and subversions of the One in SFF and beyond. Are there echoes in real world politics? Is the concept stale and regressive, or can it be redeemed by a more diverse range of Chosen Ones in pop culture?
Gillian Redfearn (m), Tom Pollock, James Oswald, Joanne Hall, Frances Hardinge, Helen Marshall
3.00pm – Icky Romance
Love and sex are powerful motivators and sources of dramatic conflict. However when combined with the conventions of SFF, there’s a lot of potential for cliché, from damsels in distress to dangerous supernatural boyfriends. But how often do complaints about the place of romance in SFF come down to a fear of girl cooties?
David Moore (m), Joanne Harris, Edward Cox, Karen Miller, Tom Harper, James Oswald
4.00pm – Kate Elliott in Conversation
4.00pm – SFF and Politics
There is nothing more glorious than to defeat your enemy by transparent democratic process, and hear the lamentation of the other sides’ whips. Can SFF make political process dramatic and heroic, or will it always come down scheming viziers and noble warriors?
Lizzie Barrett (m), Jaine Fenn, Fox Meadows, Catherine Mann, Scott Andrews
4.00pm – FanFiction
The Fan, the Pro and the Publishing Industry Writers on both sides of the fan/pro divide and writers who straddle it discuss fanfiction. After the success of E.L James, should publishers be searching for more hit writers on AO3 and Fanfic.net? What keeps talented writers away from traditional publishing?
James Barclay (m), A J Dalton, Gillian Polack, Charlaine Harris, Helen Kenwright
5.00pm – Who’s Missing?
A discussion about some authors you should be reading, but probably aren’t.
Glen Mehn (m), Ramsey Campbell, Kate Elliott, Tom Pollock, Gillian Redfearn, Marc Gascoigne.
5.00pm – Horror on the Small Screen
TV is getting darker, and with the recent success of American Horror Story, Black Mirror and Being Human, are we entering a new golden age of terrifying TV?
Maura McHugh (m), Stephen Volk, Toby Whithouse, Paul Kane
6.00pm - We’ve Got It Covered
What are the elements of great cover design? From artwork and design, through to cover copy and author blurbs.
Larry Rostant, Jim Pitts, Marc Gascoigne, Helen Marshall, Adele Wearing (m)
6.30pm – Mass Signing
Your favourite authors are here, ready to sign your books!
7.00pm – Tea and Jeopardy with Toby Whithouse
Join the Hugo-shortlisted podcast team of Emma Newman and her butler Latimer, as they grill Guest of Honour, Toby Whithouse. Warning: Contains mild peril!
Emma Newman, Peter Newman, Toby Whithouse
7.00pm – Comics on the Small Screen
Agents of SHIELD, Arrow, the Flash, Daredevil, Peggy Carter – is TV the new cinema for superior superhero drama?
Maura McHugh (m), Selina Lock, Guy Adams, Mike Chinn, Lee Harris
8.00pm – Just a Minute
Our resident quizmaster, Paul Cornell, hosts this classic panel gameshow.
8.30 – The FantasyCon Disco, sponsored by Gollancz. Dedicated to Hajnalka Bata
Strut your funky stuff, oh no. (We’re probably serious about the “oh no”.)
9.00pm – Super Relaxed Fantasy Club
SUNDAY 7th10.00am – Toby Whithouse in Conversation
Our Media Guest of Honour is interviewed by Ellen Gallagher
10.00am – A Working Class Hero is Something to Read?
Fantasy often focuses on characters at the extreme ends of society, but is frequently written by middle-class authors who bring middle class assumptions to their princes and peasants. The panellists discuss class in SFF.
Gillian Redfearn (m), Joan De La Haye, Rosanne Rabinowitz, Sarah Lotz, Den Patrick, Charlaine Harris
10.00am – WORKSHOP: Worldbuiding
Kate Griffin, Tom Pollock
11.00am – Editing Dreams and Editor Nightmares
Editors are people, and get to see *everything* – how to work with them and make their lives easier, which will make your life easier.
Simon Spanton (m), Nicola Budd, Abigail Nathan, Gillian Redfearn, David Moore
11.00am – Building the Same Old World
Only SFF gives us the opportunity to imagine an entirely new world, but how often do we actually do that? Do any writers manage to leave preconceptions about the way the world works behind – and should they? The panellists discuss the opportunities, pitfalls and politics of worldbuilding.
Camille Lofters (m), Tiffani Angus, Foz Meadows, Kate Elliott, Peter Higgins
11.00am – British Fantasy Society AGM
Open to current members of the British Fantasy Society. Discuss the last year, and plans for the next.
1.00pm – The Annual British Fantasy Awards Banquet
There may be some places left – check with the redcloaks at Registration
2.30pm (Approximately) – The British Fantasy Awards
Join host Paul Cornell as we celebrate the best works of 2013.
CARL LINDBERGH PRODUCER / DIRECTOR OF THE BUNNYMAN MASSACRE TRILOGY JUDGES THE CRYPT VIDEO CONTEST.
Carl Lindbergh Producer / Director of BUNNYMAN MASSACRE 2 (and the upcoming BUNNYMAN MASSACRE 3) wants to give a away a very limited Crypt edition BUNNYMAN MASSACRE 2 poster and DVD.
All you have to do to enter is shoot a crazy fucked up video, 6 -10 seconds long, post it on The Crypt app (download for free at www.fearthecrypt.com
), on our official Facebook page www.facebook.com/fearthecrypt
or on our official Twitter feed (http://twitter.com/fearthecrypt
or @FearTheCrypt). Contest starts Tuesday 26 AUG through Friday 29 AUG . Winner(s) will be picked by Carl himself and will be announced on Sunday 31 AUG on The Crypt and on Facebook
. You can checkout this extremely limited Crypt Edition poster below or on the Crypt and Facebook. We have an exclusive preview of Carl's video below to checkout BEFORE it hits our site starting tomorrow. Checkout the official video from Carl announcing the contest link:
About The Crypt
The Crypt is the first interactive mobile horror app and your one stop shop for everything horror. Watch streaming horror videos, browse through the work of special makeup FX artists, read exclusive interviews and reviews of the latest horror films and best of all, showcase your love for the genre. Use the 'hang' button to submit your own article, photo or video and have your creation personally viewed by acclaimed horror filmmaker Eli Roth! This is your chance to share your passion and knowledge for horror with the most devoted horror community in the world. Just remember one thing. Don't. Close. Your. Eyes.
A Thriller Award nominee for Best eBook Original Novel... Book 1 in award-winning author Alexandra Sokoloff's riveting new Huntress FBI series about a driven FBI agent on the hunt for that most rare of all killers: a female serial.
FBI Special Agent Matthew Roarke is closing in on a bust of a major criminal organization in San Francisco when he witnesses an undercover member of his team killed right in front of him on a busy street, an accident Roarke can’t believe is coincidental. His suspicions put him on the trail of a mysterious young woman who appears to have been present at each scene of a years-long string of “accidents” and murders, and who may well be that most rare of killers: a female serial.
Roarke’s hunt for her takes him across three states...while in a small coastal town, a young father and his five-year old son, both wounded from a recent divorce, encounter a lost and compelling young woman on the beach and strike up an unlikely friendship without realizing how deadly she may be.
As Roarke uncovers the shocking truth of her background, he realizes she is on a mission of her own, and must race to capture her before more blood is shed.
Arrow Video are delighted to present this special screening of the infamous 1987 underground German shocker NEKROMANTIK, with a Q&A with its director Jörg Buttgereit!
Never released on home video in the UK, NEKROMANTIK plunges the viewer into a depraved world of nihilism and necrophilia – weaving the tale of Rob, a young man who finds himself competing for the affections of his girlfriend with a putrefying cadaver. So prepare yourself for Arrow Video's full, uncut version of NEKROMANTIK – the film once seen, never forgotten!
Tickets priced at £10, available in advance
The event will take place on TUESDAY 26 AUG 2014 7:30PM
at GLASGOW: CCA
350 Sauchiehall Street
There may be a small allocation of tickets available on the door, however due to limited ticketing, advance booking is strongly recommended!
It’s a long, drowsy summer at the end of the 1980s, and Alan Dean and three of his friends cross the fields behind their village to look for a rumoured WW2 air raid shelter. Only half believing that it even exists beyond schoolboy gossip, the four boys nevertheless feel an odd tension and unease. And when they do find the shelter, and go down inside it, the strange and horrifying events that follow will test their adolescent friendships to breaking point, and affect the rest of their lives...
STRANGELOOP THEATRE AND CHEMICALLY IMBALANCED COMEDY
BRING THE CULT HORROR
COMIC BOOK SERIES HACK/ SLASH TO THE STAGE FOR HALLOWEEN
Enter a world filled with things so evil and crazy that when you shoot them, they stand up to get shot all over again
This fall Strangeloop Theatre, in a co-production with Chemically Imbalanced Comedy (C.I.C.), is bringing the horror comedy series Hack/Slash by Chicago artist and writer Tim Seeley from the 2D comic book page to a 3D Chicago stage.
"This production will appeal to hardcore fans of the comic book series, while still being accessible to theatre-goers coming in with little to no knowledge of Hack/Slash or Tim Seeley," said Brad Gunter, Hack/Slash director and co-artistic director of Strangeloop Theatre. "It promises to be a bloody good time — pun totally intended — for everyone who joins us."
Hack/Slash is the story of horror victim survivor Cassie Hack who, together with her disfigured sidekick Vlad, travels the country (and sometimes the underworld) fighting evil slashers who refuse to just lay down and die even after being burned, impaled and shot 20 times. The original comic book series, on which this production is based, ended its run in May of 2013. The series was recently relaunched by Image Comics as Hack/Slash: Son of Samhain and is co-written by Seeley's brother Steve Seeley and Michael Moreci.
Seeley is best known as co-creator of Hack/Slash and Revival, and for his work on G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero, New Exiles and G.I. Joe vs. Transformers. He also currently co-writes the weekly series Batman: Eternal for DC Comics.
This is the second time Hack/Slash has sliced its way onto the Chicago stage. The first production, which featured a different script, was produced by New Millennium Theatre Company in 2005. Both productions were done in conjunction with creator Tim Seeley.
"It's great to see Hack/Slash brought to life again," Seeley said. "I'm excited for the fans to see it and to have it introduced to a new audience."
For the Strangeloop/C.I.C. version, Seeley's original comic book scripts were used as a basis for dialogue and action. This production pulls from several storylines giving fans and newcomers alike a glimpse into Cassie's history, the mayhem that made her what she is and, of course, plenty of slashers.
The cast of Hack/Slash is: Jean Burr as Cassie Hack; Tim Lee as Vlad; Miona Lee as
Emily Cristy and Erika Napoletano, Christopher Prchal, Pete Navi, Richard John McLain, John Rohr, Melissa Nelson, Karen DuVall and Renee Lynn Jackson as the ensemble.
Just in time for the Halloween season, Hack/Slash opens Friday, September 12, and runs through Saturday, November 1, on Friday and Saturday nights at 8 p.m. Please note, there is no performance on Friday, September 19.
The performances will be held at
Chemically Imbalanced Theatre
1422 W. Irving Park Road,
Tickets are $15 and will be available in advance through Brown Paper Tickets or at the door.
More details are available at strangelooptheatre.org and at ciccomedy.com
THE HEART AND SOUL OF HORROR NEWS
IFC MIDNIGHT'S new film CAM2CAM invades Eli Roth's The Crypt App (www.fearthecrypt.com
). Starting September 21, 2014 The Crypt will be featuring exclusive clips, photos, contests and more from the film. This also includes special appearances by director Joel Soisson as well as other possible cast and crew.
Crypt users (#cryptfamily) will be able to interact with the filmmakers, watch exclusive clips, enter contests, and interact with other users and talk about the film.
CAM2CAM will also be featured on The Crypt's social networks such as Vine @fearthecrypt
throughout the weekend.
Don't be left out! come celebrate this exciting new film with The Crypt. About The Crypt The Crypt is the first interactive mobile horror app and your one stop shop for everything horror. Watch streaming horror videos, browse through the work of special makeup FX artists, read exclusive interviews and reviews of the latest horror films and best of all, showcase your love for the genre. Use the 'hang' button to submit your own article, photo or video and have your creation personally viewed by acclaimed horror filmmaker Eli Roth! This is your chance to share your passion and knowledge for horror with the most devoted horror community in the world. Just remember one thing. Don't. Close. Your. Eyes.
LIFELINE BY KIT POWER
FRANK IS IN TROUBLE.
Not the "best call the wife" sort of trouble. Not the "how on earth did I manage that?" sort of trouble. Not even the "I hope to God no-one ever finds out about this" sort. Frank would kill for that kind of trouble right now. But it's not Frank who's making that call.
Someone else is. And that someone else is Trouble like Frank has never known.
And now, Frank is discovering that in a survival situation, hope can be as much of a liability as despair...
Kit had this to say about the birth of this book.
The Genesis of Lifeline…
It’s all Stephen King’s fault.
I got given a copy of ‘On Writing’ 3 years ago for my birthday. After a couple of months I finally got around to reading it.
Fireworks. Instant revelation. Oh, yeah, writing. Of course, writing.
So I sat down in front of a blank word document. And I thought ‘Write about what scares you’. And I thought ‘what am I most scared of’?
The answer wasn’t long in coming.
I started to type. I had no idea how long it was going to be. I had no idea how it was going to end. All I had was a protagonist, an antagonist, and a scenario – cycling home from work, and getting knocked off your bike by a man with a baseball bat…
I wrote every evening for 3 weeks. At the end, I had a 17K manuscript called ‘Lifeline’.
I’ve written many short stories since, a couple of novella length pieces, and I’m nearly done with my first novel. But ‘Lifeline’ is where it all started for me. I’m proud of it, and happy to have it out in the world.
Thanks, Mr. King.
Praise for Lifeline:
"This isn't a story to dip in and out of at your leisure, this is a story that will devour you in one sitting. A stomach churning, white knuckle descent into pain, futility and desperation, a hideous turn of events from which there is but one slender lifeline ..." – Jasper Bark, Author of ‘Stuck On You’ and ‘Way of the Barefoot Zombie’
"...drags you right in and gets the heart pumping." - Marta Salek, Author of ‘The Oracle’
"Challenging. Intense. Hard Core." - Bruce Blanchard
"Kit Power is ready and willing to roll over your ribs with a baseball bat."
--Adam Cesare, author of Video Night and The Summer Job
"Very tense, edge of your seat stuff. Loved it!" - Jack Bantry, Editor of Splatterpunk Magazine
"LIFELINE is one of the darkest, most f**ked up stories I've read in a long time. Kit Power grabs you by the balls and squeezes from page one to the last. Prepare for a ride that's going to make you uncomfortable and change the way you think about life, just as all good horror should." - Max Booth III - Author of Toxicity and The Mind is a Razorblade
About Kit Power
Kit Power lives in Milton Keynes, England, and insists he’s fine with that. His short fiction has been published by Burnt Offering Books and MonkeyKettle Books, and his debut e-novella ‘The Loving Husband and the Faithful Wife’ (plus short story ‘The Debt’) was published by Black Beacon Books in January 2014. E-novella ‘Lifeline’, a thematic sequel to those tales, will be released on August 16th, and his debut novel (currently called ‘The God Issue’, but that may well change) is due out in Autumn 2014. Those of you who enjoy near-professional levels of prevarication are invited to check out his blog at http://kitpowerwriter.blogspot.co.uk/
He is also the lead singer and chief lyricist for legendary rock band The Disciples Of Gonzo, who have thus far managed to avoid world-conquering fame and fortune, though it’s clearly only a matter of time. They lurk online at http://disciplesofgonzo.com/
Kit will be contributing a brilliant monthly column entitled My Life In Horror
where he will talk about the movies, books and music that warped his mind as a youth For a taste of Kit's great writing here are his previous fantastic guest posts
They say you shouldn't judge a book by its cover. Which may be true, however a great cover does sell a book. As soon as I saw this cover I knew I had to own it You can either buy a kindle version of it from here
or if like me you need the physical copy you can get it from here
A former supercop looks for trouble in a small town. His son stockpiles a drug that stops time. Meth dealers cover their body in snakes. A killer is pursued backward through time by interdimensional time-worms. All of these stories will come to a head following the appearance of an otherworldly assassin who can swallow his victims whole.Anyhoo, if you’d like a sample, here’s a good bit from the novel.
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Some of the horror genre's biggest names join forces with talented newcomers for a benefit anthology to aid a friend in need. Edited by World Horror Grandmaster award winner Brian Keene.
Introduction – Brian Keene
Breathe My Name – Christopher Golden
The Tin Box – Kelli Owen
For Whom We Mourn – Geoff Cooper
Inviolable – Mandy DeGeit
Mouth – Nate Southard
Little King – Nikki McKenzie
Home – J.F. Gonzalez
The Taste of Our Indiscretions – Robert Ford
In the Details – Michele Mixell
The Guardian of Tsalal – Brian Keene
A Family Birthday – Jacob Haddon
Emily’s Kiss – James A. Moore
Pretty, Pretty Shiny – Alyn Day
I’m Dreaming of a White Doomsday – Mike Lombardo
The Mime – Mary SanGiovanni
The Wretched Spawn – Michael H. Antonio
Arrearages – Wesley Southard
Noogle Knock – Robert Swartwood
I don’t think there’s any reason why you shouldn’t take two seconds and go order yourself a copy of Operation: Ice Bat. It’s only $1.80.