World Fantasy at Brighton

There are still a few memberships available for the World Fantasy Convention this year at Brighton.This years dates are from October 31 to November 3rd. All your basic information about the convention is here: I will be attending and hope to meet many old friends and make some new ones as well.

To that end, I’d like to let everyone know about two events at WFC. First, Kaffeeklatsche! I have shamelessly stolen this information from the WFC site:

Along similar lines, a Kaffeeklatsche is an opportunity for attendees to hang out for 50 minutes with their favourite author or editor, who can talk broadly about their career (as opposed to a single book) in relaxed surroundings.

These will be held during the day in the “Library” room just off the main lobby of the Hilton hotel. Again, the maximum number of people in the group is 20. Places must be pre-booked and will be allocated on a first-come basis. We are again charging £5.00 per person to cover coffee and biscuits, and to dissuade people from not showing up.
If you’ve ever wanted to just sit and chat to Ellen Datlow, Joe Hill, Robin Hobb, Richard Christian Matheson, Michael Marshall Smith, Tad Williams and other luminaries of the genre, then go to and sign up now! As an added bonus, on the Thursday we are presenting a special quartet of Publishing Kaffeeklatsches where you can spend time with the movers and shakers from international publishing houses Bragelonne, HarperCollins US, PS Publishing and Tor UK. These are not pitch sessions, but they are a rare opportunity for you to learn how the publishing industry works and what editors and publishers are currently looking for.

The second opportunity I’d like to draw your attention to are the Bookclubs! And again, I have stolen this text directly from the WFC site:

As we are sure most of you are aware, a Book Club is usually comprised of a group of people who meet to discuss a book or books that they have read, and express their opinions, likes and dislikes.

Well, we are taking that concept one step further, and with The Book Club we are offering attendees the unique opportunity to sign up for a limited number of 50-minute gatherings in which you can talk about a particular genre book that not only made a huge impression upon you as a reader, but was also perhaps a career-changer for the author as well. The added twist here being that the author themselves will also be present (as well as possibly others connected to the title, such as an editor, publisher or cover artist etc.) to join in the discussion, and maybe even reveal to the gathering a few things that you didn’t know about that particular title and its history.

These events will be held during the day in the Chartwell room at the very top of the Hilton, which offers stunning panoramic sea views on Brighton. The maximum number of people in the group is 20. Places must be pre-booked and will be allocated on a first-come basis. We are making a minimal charge of £5.00 each to cover coffee and biscuits, plus it helps dissuade people from dropping out at the last minute, when somebody else could have had their place.

So if you’ve ever wanted to chat with Joanne Harris about Chocolat, find out how Robert Silverberg came up with the setting for Lord Valentine’s Castle, discover what made William F. Nolan write Logan’s Run or learn how Kim Newman and John Ajvide Lindqvist turned the vampire genre on its head with Anno Dracula and Let the Right One In, respectively, then here’s your opportunity. Go to: and sign up now!

We will contact the first 20 people to sign up and give you details of how to pay. If you don’t hear back, it means that you were unlucky.

I’ll hope to meet some new friends here!

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