FantasyCon in York

I’ve just recovered from the double-header of Worldcon followed by Eurocon, and I’m off to York today, this time for FantasyCon – the annual convention of the British Fantasy Society.

I last visited York about 20 years ago during May, and have good memories of of the city. So, I’m looking forward to returning to the town to be in the company of fellow horror and fantasy writers. Some of whom I haven’t seen lately despite the multitude of conventions.

Here’s my schedule of events, all taking place on Saturday, 6 September:

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

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

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, Den Patrick

On Sunday at 1.00pm – The Annual British Fantasy Awards Banquet starts, which will be followed by The British Fantasy AwardsJennifer Wilde, the comic I’ve written for Atomic Diner Comics, is up for the Best Comic/Graphic Novel Award.

Here’s the shortlist of nominees in my category – I’m in fine company:

Best Comic/Graphic Novel

  • Demeter, Becky Cloonan (Becky Cloonan)
  • Jennifer Wilde, Maura McHugh, Karen Mahoney and Stephen Downey (Atomic Diner Comics)
  • Porcelain, Benjamin Read and Chris Wildgoose (Improper Books)
  • Rachel Rising, Terry Moore (Abstract Studio)
  • Saga, Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples (Image Comics)
  • The Unwritten, Mike Carey and Peter Gross (Vertigo)

Whatever happens I’m sure I’m going to have a fun time at the convention.

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