Well, it’s that time again when everyone emerges blinking into the sunlight and heads off to Fantasycon for a weekend of fandom, alcohol and (if we’re lucky) a bit of debauchery. This year, Fantasycon has decamped from Nottingham and headed to Brighton on the South Coast.
If I had one criticism of Fantasycon, it would be that it’s always a little horror centric. That’s mainly due to the large number of horror writers and readers who attend, but I’m really glad to see that this year, there’s an abundance of fantasy guests: Gwyneth Jones, Joe Abercrombie and Christopher Paolini.

I’ve written in the past how, if you don’t know anyone, Fantasycon can be a lonely experience. However, I’ve made a lot of friends over the last couple of years to the extent that it feels like almost everyone is going to be there.
My Fantasycon will mostly consist of sitting in the bar trying not to make a nuisance of myself, so in place of the usual “where you can catch me at Fantasycon” that a lot of writers post in the weeks leading up to the event, I’ll instead shill a few of my friends who are doing panels and readings.
Friday 30th September
2:00 – 3:00 pm MAINTAINING YOUR ONLINE PRESENCE (Fitzherbert Room): Lee Harris, Scott Andrews, Stephen Hunt, Adam Christopher, Adele Wearing (mod.)
4:00 – 5:00 pm HAS CROSSOVER OVERTAKEN GENRE? (Fitzherbert Room): Suzanne McLeod, Gary McMahon, Mike Carey, Steve Mosby, Sarah Pinborough (mod.)
4:00pm Reading – Adam Christopher
9:00pm Reading – Louise Morgan
10:30pm Reading – Gary McMahon and Simon Kurt Unsworth
Saturday 1st October
2:00 – 3:00 pm NEW GENRE VOICES (Fitzherbert Room): Mia Ajvide, Alison Littlewood, M.D. Lachlan Adam Christopher, Tom Fletcher (mod.)
2:30pm Reading – Anne Lyle
4:00pm Reading – MD Lachlan
4:30pm Reading – Mike Shevdon
Sunday 2nd October
10:00 – 11:00 am HOW TO MARKET YOUR NOVEL/BOOK (Fitzherbert Room): Ian Whates (NewCon), Mike Molcher (Abaddon/Solaris), Jon Weir (Gollancz) Colleen Anderson (ChiZine), Gary McMahon (mod.)
If you’re attending, I hope you have a great time. Be sure to come and say “Hi” if you see me. If you’re not attending, I’ll have a full report for you when I return next week.