Sci-Fi Weekender

Well that was good. Actually, that was more than good. That was a bloody brilliant weekend.

Wayne and friends

Wayne meets a couple of friends (fans?)

Wayne Simmons and I often spend a lot of time chatting about what makes an event a success. It’s different for everyone, I guess, but for me it’s all about engaging with people. It’s good to meet other writers, publishers and media folks, but it’s absolutely incredible when you get the chance to meet with people who’ve either read your books or want to. At this years Sci-Fi Weekender I got to hang out with 3,500 fellow geeks, and I loved it.

Highlights? Talking horror and writing with a constant stream of very cool people. Selling loads of books. Meeting other authors including Hugh Howey (Wool) – an incredibly nice guy – and Sean Jeffery (Deadfall) at long last. Catching up with Sean Page (Ministry of Zombies head honcho). Sitting on panels with a host of folks including Hugh, Wayne, Peter Brett, Simon Clarke, Sam Stone, Steve Lockley and many others (even though we couldn’t hear the audience or each other most the time). Experiencing the majesty of MANBORG with Wayne, JD Gillam, David VG Davis, Robin and Stephen Pierce, Gary Main and Roy Young… The list goes on. Here are a few photos:

The It's the End! panel with (l-r) Peter Brett, Emma Newman, Hugh Howey, Gareth Powell and me

The It’s the End! panel with (l-r) Peter Brett, Emma Newman, Hugh Howey, Gareth Powell and me (photo: Gary Main)

Writing Horror panel with (l-r) Simon Clark, Christopher Brookmyre, me, Gordon Roxborough, Theresa Derwin, Wayne and Steve Lockley (photo: Gary Main)

Writing Horror panel with (l-r) Simon Clark, Christopher Brookmyre, me, Gordon Roxborough, Theresa Derwin, Wayne and Steve Lockley (photo: Gary Main)

Wayne, Gary, Roy and me

Wayne, Gary, Roy and me

Wayne, Shaun Jeffrey and me

Wayne, Shaun Jeffrey and me

Huge thanks to everyone involved in organising the Weekender, and to all those who came along to the event. And if you’ve not come across the mighty MANBORG yet, watch this…

Sci-Fi Weekender – schedule announced

2013 weekenderReally looking forward to the Sci-Fi Weekender in Wales this coming weekend. The schedule for the event has been announced, so I thought I’d let you know what I’ll be up to. I’ll be around from early Friday ’til late Saturday, and apart from disappearing to catch a few choice guests/films, you’ll be able to find me in the traders area alongside Wayne Simmons. I’ll also be on display here:

Friday – 14:00: Panel – Here Come the Boys: A male view of writing and editing
Friday – 15:00: Forbidden Planet signing
Saturday – 12:00: Panel – It’s the End! Why the end of the world is so popular
Saturday – 13:00: Panel – Writing Horror: Why we love to be scared
Saturday – 14:00: Panel – It’s Alive! Horror fiction through the years

It’s going to be excellent. Looking forward to seeing you there!

First appearances of 2013

2013 weekenderReally pleased to be able to announce my first two appearances for 2013. First up, I’ll be at the SCI-FI WEEKENDER at Hafan Y Mor, North Wales from 1st to 3rd March. There’s a huge guest list, so this one should be great. Don’t know what I’ll be doing there yet, but you can be sure that much of the time will be spent in the dealers’ room, hanging out with Wayne Simmons. Yes, the apparently never-ending ‘Never Trust a Man With Hair’ tour rumbles on into 2013…

And at the other end of March, I’m really excited to confirm that I’ll be in Edinburgh for my first Scottish event. I don’t think this one’s been properly announced yet, so I’ll say no more just now. It popped up on the bookstore’s website this morning here (scan down the page for Davod Moody – weird typo), but I’ll wait until This is Horror reveal more details…

Hope to see you there!