This past weekend should have seen FantasyCon 2020 take place in London but, due to Covid-19, it was understandably cancelled. Absolutely the right decision but it meant a lot of us missed out on one of the few chances we get in a year to catch up, in real life and in living colour, with our writing friends, a weekend full of chatter (books, writing and general bollocks), laughter and eating.
|The FantasyCon Boyband publicity shoot went well - Richard Farren Barber, Steve Bacon, me, Wayne Parkin on Scarborough sea front, 2016|
I've missed meeting up with my writing family this year, so I thought I'd share some of my favourite FantasyCon memories from over the years here. If you were at any of these with me, it was a real pleasure to spend time with you and roll on next year, when hopefully we can finally do it again!
FantasyCon 2018 - Chester (I wrote about it here)
. Set in another grand hotel, highlights from this include great book launches, being on a panel with Joanne Harris and the inaugural Best Legs In Horror contest (tightly fought by me, Phil Sloman & Jim Mcleod, I was robbed...)
|In the Jubilee Room for the Black Room Manuscripts 4 launch with, from left, Tracy Fahey (who co-edited the anthology), Duncan Bradshaw, Peter Mark May, Steve, Penny Jones, me, Neil Williams, Michelle Williams and James Everington|
|Me & Jim Mcleod (I can't remember now why he suggested I sit on his knee) - pic by Lisa Childs|
Fantasycon 2017 - Peterborough (I wrote about it here).
|The "no pressure whatsover panel" featuring, from left, Juliet Kemp, Joanne Harris, me and Lesley Jones - some of these people are more nervous than others...|
|On a panel with some stellar writers - Ramsey Campbell, Phil Sloman, me, Helen Armfield, Nina Allan and James (pic by Peter Mark May)|
|Out for lunch with Dave Jeffery, Sue Moorcroft, Phil (his left arm isn't really that long!), Peter Mark May, me, Richard|
FantasyCon 2016 - Scarborough (I wrote about it here).
|Priya Sharma, Steve Harris, me, Simon Bestwick (front) and Peter|
Probably my favourite Con of all time, this had everything - a wonderfully gothic hotel, great friends, excellent weather, successful book launches, fish & chips on the front and lots of laughter.
|from left - John Gilbert, Sue Moorcroft, Neil, James, Priya, Phil, me, Lisa Childs, Ross Warren, Wayne, Cate Gardner|
|At the launch of Hersham Horror Books' 4 Novella's - Phil, Steve, me, James|
|In the back bar (pic by Chris Teague) - from left (bottom) Wayne, Gavin Williams, Amanda Rutter, Steve, Sharon Ring, me, Ross, John Travis, Peter, Lisa, Sue, Phil, Steve, James|
FantasyCon 2015 - Nottingham (I wrote about it here).
|Me, Alison Littlewood, Gary Fry and Gary McMahon - sarcasm not pictured|
A real highlight, this included the launch of The Lost Film
, the "surprise" book launch of Jim Mcleod Must Die
, a cracking disco and lots and lots of laughing with friends. The hotel menu wasn't brilliant, nor was the service at the curry house...
|Launching "The Lost Film" with Steve and Christoper Teague|
|"Jim Mcleod Must Die!" - the big man is overcome at all the love in the room for him, with Sue, Phil (who organised the wonderful project) and Steve|
|Jim, me, Charlotte Bond, Paul Melhuish and Richard |
|A misted up camera lens produced this - Peter, me, Phil and Steven Chapman, boogie-ing the night away...|
FantasyCon 2014 - York (I wrote about it here).
|l to r - Paul Woodward, Phil, Steve, me, Alison, Jim and James with Gavin Williams in front. I am NOT fiddling with his ear...|
This was just after my heart attack and it still gives me a warm glow, remembering the way people came up for a hug or to say how good it was to see me. That meant an awful lot to me then and it still does today.
World Fantasy 2013 - the third in Brighton and this was huge (I wrote about it here)
|In the Dealers Room (again) with Steven, Phil, Jim, me, Sue, Neil and Chris|
|In the dealers room with Stephen Volk, Gard Goldsmith and Paul Finch|
|In the bar at the Brittania in Nottingham|
(left to right: Gary McMahon, hiding behind his proof, Shaun Hamilton, Steve, me, David Price, Simon Kurt Unsworth, with Simon Marshall-Jones in front
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