In spite of not being able to attend all of it, Marie had a really nice time at the incredibly successful World Fantasy Convention – above – for which she was a committee member. The con, which announced its secret MC on the Thursday evening as none other than Neil Gaiman, saw attendees reach 1,285 over the course of its five days, representing 37 different countries (if you count Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland separately). You’ll find a few photos below, the first taken at a busy Registration on the Wednesday evening, and two from Stephen Jones’ 60th Birthday Party – including the banner, plus Marie with daughter Jen, Paul and Stephen himself.
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The next event you will find Marie at is the BFS Christmas Open night, which at time of writing will be on Friday 13th December in London.
Book news now, and as reported in the latest PS Publishing Newsletter, the deluxe signed and jacketed hardcovers of Marie and Paul’s anthology A Carnivàle of Horror: Dark Tales from the Fairground started shipping out this week. Below is the gorgeous wraparound artwork from Ben Baldwin, and the link to buy can be found here.
The British Fantasy Society recently announced their award nominations, and Marie was delighted to find that The Mammoth Book of Ghost Stories by Women has been nominated in the Best Anthology category. Thanks are due to Constable and Robinson, and to the authors who contributed such wonderful stories -and last but not least to the voters themselves. And congratulations to all the BFS nominees, a full list of whom can be found here. The results will be announced at World Fantasy Convention, Brighton, on Sunday 3rd November.
The first piece of news this month is that Terror Tales of London (above), edited by Paul Finch, which features Marie’s short story ‘Someone to Watch Over You’ is now available to pre-order. You can find the full line-up on the latest in this very popular anthology series – which includes the likes of Christopher Fowler and Mark Morris – and details of how to pre-order at the publisher website here.
Marie was at two book launches/signings last month. Firstly, she was in Waterstones in Leeds to help celebrate the launch of Alison Littlewoods new book Path of Needles (above, published by Jo Fletcher Books). Below you can see photos of Alison giving her talk and reading, then signing copies of the book.
Marie was also at Waterstones Liverpool One a week later for a reading and talk by Joe Hill to tie in with the release of his new novel N0S4R2 (below, published by Gollancz). Below are some pictures from the event, plus the stunning cover of the book.
Marie had a great time guesting last month at Monster Mash in Wales. Above is a photo of her with the rest of the Guests, including David (Tron, Titanic) Warner, Spencer (The Wolfman, Wrath of the Titans) Wilding, Simon Clark, Tim Lebbon and the organisers. Below are some more pictures from the event, including gorgeous Margam Castle – used in Dr Who recently – a Cyberman, Dalek and Davros, Marie’s nameplate, people looking round the book stalls, Marie with Spencer, and Marie with Paul and Tim Lebbon in front of the fireplace used in TV show Da Vinci’s Demons.
Photo: © Tim Lebbon
Marie also got the opportunity to catch up with Sarah Pinborough not once, but twice last month – the first at the launch of Sarah’s new book from Gollancz, Poison (below) and was touched to find the book is dedicated to Marie and Paul.
Photo © Peter Coleborn
She also guested with Sarah at Event Horizon in Derby, and had a great time. Below is a photo of the pair, plus a few more of the event itself.
Marie was at the Salon Project last month at the Citizens’ Theatre in Glasgow, with Paul Kane (above) and Muriel Gray. Below are more photos from the wonderful experience, including one of the two informative speeches given – this about neuroscience – the assembled audience, Muriel giving her performance and the group shot. With thanks to Muriel and the staff at the Citizens’ Theatre.
On into April, and the first event Marie is attending is the launch of Sarah Pinborough’s new book from Gollancz, Poison (below) – a reworking of the Snow White fairy tale – at Blackwell’s bookstore on Charing Cross Road on 18th April.
She will then be appearing as a Guest at Monster Mash (below) in Margam, Wales, Saturday 20th – Sunday 21st April.
Here she’ll be appearing alongside people like Tony Todd (Candyman, Final Destination), David Warner (The Omen, Time Bandits, Titanic and Madeline Smith (Live and Let Die, Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell) – all below – as well as Paul and fellow genre authors Tim Lebbon and Simon Clark.
It promises to be a great event, so for more details and to book your ticket visit the website here.
Don’t forget, though, there’s also still time to book for Event Horizon in Derby – an ad for which is in the latest SFX magazine (above). Marie is a Guest at this one as well, along with Paul, Sarah Pinborough, Hammer/Bond Girl Caroline Monroe and Farscape’s Virginia Hey on 28th April. For enquiries mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the FaceBook page here.
The first piece of exciting news Marie has to report this month is that FantasyCon 2012 won the prize for best event in the This is Horror poll, as voted for by the general public. It narrowly beat FrightFest, which is some achievement, so congratulations to all members of the FantasyCon committee and staff. To read the announcement click here and to see who else won in the awards click here.
Marie was also out and about at the end of last month – at the Twisted Tales Serial Killer Evening at Waterstone’s Liverpool One. Giving readings and taking part in a Q&A were Dark Room author Steve Mosby, Last Days author Adam Nevill and Stuart MacBride (above), there to promote the latest Logan McRae novel Close to the Bone (below). Marie had a great time and is already looking forward to the next one!
Marie has just been invited to be a guest at Derby’s ‘Event Horizon’ one day event on April 28th (above). Other guests announced so far include Farscape’s Virginia Hey (below) and Hammer regular and Bond girl favourite Caroline Monro (below). For enquiries mail email@example.com or visit the FaceBook page here.
A very Happy New Year to all! Marie is delighted to start 2013 with a couple of exciting announcements. To begin with, her new mass market supernatural anthology The Mammoth Book of Ghost Stories by Women (above) published by Constable & Robinson/Running Press, reached the top ten in Amazon’s bestseller listings over the festive period. The book, which features stories from such talented writers as Muriel Gray, Sarah Pinborough, Alex Bell and Gail Z. Martin, to name but a few, is also the focus of a crossover on the Shadow Writer site this month. There you’ll find an extract from Nina Allan’s story ‘Seeing Nancy’ – with Nina as the Guest Writer for this month. To go to this, just click here.
Marie is also delighted to announce that her story ‘Someone To Watch Over You’ has been picked up for the forthcoming Terror Tales of London anthology, edited by Paul Finch. This is a new anthology in the successful series from Gray Friar press and also features the likes of Christopher Fowler, Mark Morris, Nicholas Royle and Adam Nevill. More about this as and when...
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