Octocon 2011

One of my favourite Irish conventions of the calendar has rolled around again: Octocon.

It’s taking place in the Cameden Court Hotel in Dublin, and features Guest of Honour John Higgins as well as a plethora of guests (including me).

Here’s my schedule for the weekend:


  • 12:00 Essentials of Horor Fiction
  • 15:00 “Women in Sci-Fi/fantasy/comics panels” – Are they still needed?
  • 17:00 Atomic Diner – Are Irish comics viable?
  • 18:00 If at first you don’t succeed


  • 11:00 What fresh hell is this?
  • 12:00 Reading
  • 14:00 Golden Blasters
  • 17:00 Awards Ceremony

I’m very much looking forward to the Golden Blasters Awards – which is the screening of five short genre films, which will then be up for two awards: The Silver Blaster voted on by the public, and The Golden Blaster, voted on by the Jury (of which I’m a member). As usual this has been organised by the formidable Cork film director, John Vaughan.

It should be a lot of fun!