I’m really pleased to announce what promises to be a brilliant event – WAYNE SIMMONS and I are going head-to-head at Esquires Coffee Bar in Coventry, in an evening of readings, Q&As, anecdotes and whatever else we feel like talking about, all sponsored by our great friends at This is Horror and Waterstones Coventry. Tickets are just £3 (£2 can be redeemed off book purchases on the night) and can be purchased on the door on the night. To reserve a ticket, email: Michael@ThisIsHorror.co.uk.
Huge thanks to Tim Sparvero for designing the excellent poster.
Really 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!
Here are the full details of the Edinburgh event I mentioned recently. Organised by This is Horror, it takes place at Blackwell’s bookstore on 30th March from 3pm – 5pm. It’s a free but ticketed event. To reserve tickets, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line ‘This Is Horror Event’ or call 0131 622 8218.
I’ll be there alongside Joseph D’Lacey and Gary McMahon, and the event will be hosted by Jasper Bark. It promises to be an excellent afternoon and I hope to see you there.
Check out this wonderful promotional poster created by the very talented Daniele Serra.
Really 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…
Well I was just in the middle of writing a post to remind you about the Halloween event in Cheltenham tomorrow, and word comes through that it’s been cancelled. Bugger. Apologies to those of you who were coming along. Huge apologies also for the short notice. I’ll post again tomorrow morning if we manage to secure an alternative venue.
In more positive news, don’t forget I’ll be at Horror in the East in Lowestoft this Saturday, alongside a host of other authors including Adam Baker, Joseph D’Lacey, Iain McKinnon, Adam Millard, Sean T Page and Conrad Williams.
And on Friday 9th November, Wayne Simmons and I will be in Maidstone, Kent. We’ll be signing at Waterstones, Fremlin from 3:30pm until 5:30pm, then appearing at Writing Allowed at the Hazlitt Arts Centre. Click here for more information.
I’m planning a lot of events for the latter half of 2012, but this is one I’m particularly looking forward to.
Earlier this week I posted about a new edition of THEM OR US (see here). You might remember that the book is set in Lowestoft, the most easterly town in the UK, and a place that I have family connections with. Cast your mind back even further, and you might recall that when the book was launched last November, we held an event in the town (and subsequently destroyed the place courtesy of some great post-apocalyptic artwork – click here for a slideshow).
As a result of the success of the event last year, co-conspirators Jo Wilde and Emma Bunn have organised a new horror convention to take place in Lowestoft this November – AUTUMN: HORROR IN THE EAST.
Details are just beginning to emerge, but here are the important facts: 1. The event will be FREE to attend, and 2. Loads of excellent authors have already signed up including Adam Baker, Jasper Bark, Conrad Williams, Wayne Simmons, Simon Bestwick, Iain McKinnon and myself.
Come and join us for a weekend full of horror and Haters down by the sea! Keep an eye on the official website and Facebook page for more information as and when it’s announced.
I’ll be appearing at Sci-Fi London this Sunday May 3rd, taking part in a panel discussion: ‘Where’s My Jetpack?’
“Science fiction has promised us interstellar travel, flying cars, hoverboards, teleportation, universal translators, colonies in space and so much more. So where is it? In a world where London’s transport infrastructure can be brought to a standstill by 6 inches of snow and end-of-the-world scenarios play out in fiction, films and TV, is the mobile phone and the Internet really the best we can do?”
I’ve got two tickets to the panel to give away, courtesy of the event organisers. They’ll go to the first two people to email me at email@example.com with the subject line ‘Sci-Fi London’. These are tickets to the above mentioned panel only, not the whole festival, and you’ll need to get yourself to and from the venue and cover your own expenses etc. etc. etc.
Please take a moment to visit www.sci-fi-london.com and look at the full programme for the weekend. Until Friday 1st May you can get 2-for-1 on tickets for any of the literary panels if you book by phone (020 7451 9944) and say the words AUTHOR BLOG!
If anyone is going to the festival on Sunday, please let me know in advance and, if it fits in with everyone’s plans, we’ll try and meet up and say hello!