Last weekend, from the 25th to the 28th of March, I was in Brighton for the World Horror Convention - the first time the convention has been in the UK, and outside North America and Canada. It was great fun, meeting up with old friends, being the first reader of the convention (and thanks if you came along to hear me), attending panels, and workshops(even being on a panel on the Sunday with Chris Fowler and Tanith Lee about teenage fiction) and going to signings and a lot of launches, and making pitches (fingers crossed) to agents, editors and publishers at the aptly titled Pitch Black event- think "Dragon's Den" with a couple of hundred people trying to sell books instead of business ideas.

Here's a few photographs taken at the convention, more to follow:

First yours truly, with a pint of Old H.P. - no it wasn't called that, and it didn't taste like slime either, thankfully. 


A view of Brighton, taken from the middle of the road.


One of the first panels I attended looking at the influence of images on horror, so we have the likes of Kim Newman and Chris Fowler championing movies, while Les Edwards and Bob Eggleton championed movies as well as the old covers of "Famous Monsters of Filmland" magazine.


At the mass-autograph party, if I've got it right there's Chris Fowler, Pat Cadigan, Paul McAuley, Michael Marshall Smith and Kim Newman, and then the table stretches on and on and on, all around the room and into another room. I took down books by Marshall Smith, Newman, James Herbert and Stephen Volk to get signed. A couple of surprise writers who turned up were John Ajvide Lindqvist (author of the novel "Let the Right One In", and screenplay of the film adaptation which got a late night screening) and Neil Gaiman who turned up on the Saturday to interview James Herbert and get interviewed by Kim Newman and do some signings in between.


By: Ian Hunter On Saturday, 03 April 2010 Comment Comments( 0 ) Hits Views(2729)