Friday, 1 June 2012

Hauntings (and me) at Forbidden Planet London

As regular readers of the blog will know, my story “Fog On The Old Coast Road” will be published in the NewCon Press/Un:Bound VE anthology “Hauntings”, edited by Ian Whates. The wraparound cover, created by Ben Baldwin, is below (and it's a thing of beauty, I'm sure you'll agree).

The concept was launched at The Hauntings Event on the 11th of March (which I wrote about extensively here) and the video of my reading (professionally edited by Vincent Holland-Keen to take out my break, halfway through, due to the heat from the open fire!) is here (links to the blog post and video).

The launch itself is taking place on Saturday 30th June, from 1pm to 2.30pm. And not just anywhere - oh no, it’ll be part of a small press expo held at the Forbidden Planet Megastore in London. For more details, here’s the link, but essentially it’s a mini-convention of four small press publishers - NewCon Press, Jurassic London, Myrmidon Books and Snowbooks - being held in the books department to “celebrate the love of genre which brings us all together”.

In attendance will be (from the official listing) - Nina Allan, Christopher Priest, Adrian Tchaikovsky, Pat Cadigan, Sophia McDougall, Lavie Tidhar, Rod Rees, Gareth L Powell, Una McCormack, Ian Whates, Paul Kane, Marie O'Regan, Andy West, Mark West, Rebecca J Payne, Theresa Derwin, Ben Baldwin, Adele Wearing, Esther Saxey, David Thomas Moore, Glen Mehn, Thomas Emson, Alan Baker, Danny Acacio and Sarah Anne Langton.

I am really excited to be involved in this - both the anthology (which I have high hopes for), the signing event and for being included in such terrific company. There's a lot of people on that list I'd love to meet, I just hope I don't get so nervous I end up standing by the table trying to look inconspicuous.

Hope to see you there.


  1. Congrats! Can't wait to get a copy of the antho.

  2. Sounds like a great anthology, Mark. Don't see why you should be inconspicuous - you're a respected writer in the company of other respected writers. I hope you have a fabulous day.

  3. Sounds a great anthology; if only I lived near London..!

  4. Thanks Sue, for all of those kind words!