Wed, 20 September 2017 Fantasycon 2017

I’ve always found the British Fantasy Society’s annual convention, Fantasycon, to be a welcoming and friendly event, so I’m looking forward to another fun weekend of conversation and perhaps the occasional tipple at Fantasycon 2017 (29 Sept – 1 Oct).

Here’s my schedule for the event:

FRIDAY
Writers and Computer Games – 4 pm (Panel Room 1)
Maura McHugh (mod), Chris Brookmyre, Allen Stroud, Nate Crowley, Jonathan L. Howard

Book launches by PS Publishing – 5 pm (Broadway Suite)
I’ll only be at the event for a short time, but it should be a fun occasion

TV Treasures – 5.30 pm (Panel Room 2)
Maura McHugh (mod), Anne Lyle, Stephen Gallagher, Steve J. Shaw, Gavin Williams

SATURDAY
The Twin Peaks Panel – 6.30 pm (Panel Room 2)
Phil Lunt (mod), Neil Williamson, Maura McHugh, Steve J. Shaw, Guy Adams

SUNDAY
Screenwriting Tips –  Noon (Panel Room 1)
Maura McHugh (mod), Stephen Gallagher, Sean Hogan, Stephen Volk

Tue, 19 September 2017 Jennifer Wilde is on Kickstarter

The Jennifer Wilde point & click adventure game, based on the comic book series I wrote which was published by Atomic Diner Comics, is now up on Kickstarter.

I’m also the scriptwriter for this, back with my old buddy Stephen Downey, who is CEO of Outsider Games, and the original artist for the series. The art for the game is being marvellously handled by John McFarlane, and Rodney McConnell is the man wrangling the code. And of course all thanks to Robert Curley, who was the original creator of the concept.

If you like the idea of a young art student solving a puzzle with the ghost of Oscar Wilde in 1920s Jazz-era Paris, then we’d love your support. There’s tons of information (and a video!) about the game on the Kickstarter web site.

Merci!

Mon, 18 September 2017 Talking Twin Peaks

Thanks to Emmet O’Cuana for inviting me onto The Hopscotch Friday Podcast to discuss my book on Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me, and the new series, Twin Peaks: The Return.

I’ve thought a lot about the series since it aired, and it was great to have a chance to trash through some of the issues – we could have gone on for hours more, and there were aspects we didn’t get a chance to discuss.

I think we hit many of the major points, and I’m looking forward to going back to the series after a time apart from it, and pondering it further.

Tue, 05 September 2017 Electric Dreamhouse Press merchandise

Electric Dreamhouse Press, the imprint that published my Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me film book, is now doing t-shirts featuring artwork from its book covers.

You can get the t-shirt of the FWWM artwork (designed by Neil Snowdon), with or without the title, and in a variety of sizes.

All thanks to Steven Shaw at the Great British Horror clothing web site for facilitating this.

Tue, 15 August 2017 Reviewing Marvel’s The Defenders

I had a whirlwind return from Helsinki as I was scheduled to review the new eight-episode Netflix show, Marvel’s The Defenders, on Arena today.

I was able to watch the first four episodes of the new show before the radio interview with Arena host Kay Sheehy.

Fans of the four series, Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist, should not be disappointed.

I’m eagerly looking forward to watching episodes 5 – 8 when the entire season debuts on Netflix on 18 August. Episode 4 ends on a climatic note, so be prepared to want to watch the next episodes immediately!

Mon, 14 August 2017 Fire Walk With Me: At Home

I had wonderful welcome-home loot waiting for me after my trip to Helsinki: copies of my Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me monograph.

Even though the book had been published before I left for Finland, the event had the hazy quality of a wistful dream. This wonderful stack of beautifully-produced volumes brought it crashing through the mists of fantasy and firmly into my reality.

My thanks to my editor Neil Snowdon at Electric Dreamhouse Press, and Pete Crowther of PS Publishing for putting together such a high quality book.

Sun, 13 August 2017 Hugo Awards at Helsinki Worldcon

A couple of days before Worldcon I was informed that their Guest of Honour Claire Wendling could not attend due to illness. I hope that Claire makes a speedy recovery and returns to full health.

I was approached by the Hugo Awards committee about stepping in for Claire, as she was due to present the Hugo Award for Best Graphic Story. At this point I was already in Helsinki, and while I had some trepidation about having to appear at such a big event I agreed.

Before I knew it the con was in full swing, and then I was walking onto the stage, and sitting beside the serene, elegant Toastmistress Dr. Karen Lord.

Thankfully, I didn’t fluff any lines or stand in the wrong place, and I was so pleased that the winner of the category was Monstress, written by Marjorie Liu and drawn by Sana Takeda. I’ve been reading the series since it was published, and I’m a huge fan of this dark, lush story.

I had a great time in Finland (with a flying visit to Tallinn in Estonia), and thoroughly enjoyed Worldcon 75. I was lucky to be on fun panels with smart people, and enjoyed hanging out with old pals and meeting new people.

The site selection vote happened, and Dublin 2019 was confirmed as Worldcon 77! The Guests of Honour will be: Ian McDonald, Diane Duane, Mary & Bill Burns, Ginjer Buchanan, Steve Jackson, and Professor Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell.

This is a testament to the tremendous hard work of the bid committee, and best of luck to them with hosting this prestigious event for the first time in Ireland. I may even play some small part in the programming, but more of that anon…

Make sure you buy your membership now, and keep 15-19 August 2019 free in your calendar.

Thu, 10 August 2017 Borne Review

Tonight I reviewed Borne, the latest novel by Jeff VanderMeer, for the RTÉ Radio 1 Arts show, Arena.

Thu, 03 August 2017 The Light at the Centre in Best New Horror #28

My short story ‘The Light at the Centre’ has been selected by editor Stephen Jones for his Best New Horror #28 anthology. I’m delighted!

It was first published in Uncertainties Vol. 1 by editor Brian Showers for Swan River Press (and still available for purchase).

Tue, 01 August 2017 Guest of Honour Interview with Claire Wendling

I’m honoured that I’ll be interviewing Artist Guest of Honour, Claire Wendling, at WorldCon 75 in Helsinki.

It will be taking place at noon on Friday, 11 August in Messukeskus, Room 103.

Claire is a French comic book artist, illustrator, and video games concept designer, who started her career by winning the prestigious “Alph-Art avenir” (“future”/young talent) prize at the Angoulême International Comics Festival while still in her third year of art school. Since then she has drawn the award-winning Les lumières de l’Amalou (written by Christophe Gibelin), helped design the visuals for Alone in the Dark IV (Infogrames), illustrated numerous titles, and drawn for a variety of comic books, covers, anthologies, and has published sketch books.

It should be a good event for those interested in art and illustration.

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