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GUESTS OF HONOUR

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Richard Matheson
Richard Matheson
Honorary Guest of Honour
Richard Matheson was born in New Jersey in 1926. He is a master of modern science fiction, fantasy and horror, and Stephen King credits him with single-handedly regenerating a stagnant genre. Matheson's first published story, 'Born of Man and Woman' appeared in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction in 1950 and was the title story of his first collection, published four years later.
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Richard Christian Matheson
Richard Christian Matheson
Guest of Honour
Richard Christian Matheson was born in 1953. He is a novelist, short story writer and screenwriter/producer. RC is also the president of Matheson Entertainment, a production company he formed with his father, which is involved with multiple film and television projects. He began his career in the late 1970s as an advertising copywriter and writer for stand-up comedians. At twenty, he became the youngest writer ever signed to an overall deal with Universal Studios.
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Joanne Harris
Joanne Harris
Guest of Honour
The first book by international best-selling British author Joanne Harris was the vampire novel, The Evil Seed, which was published in 1989. It was followed by a Victorian Gothic ghost story, Sleep, Pale Sister, and arguably her most famous, and most successful novel, to date—the international best-selling Chocolat, which was made into an Oscar-nominated film starring Juliette Binoche and Johnny Depp. Since then she has written ten further novels, including the young adult fantasy volumes, Runemarks and Runelight, and her stories of horror, fantasy and magic have been published widely.
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Joe Hill Joe Hill
Guest of Honour
Joe Hill's first collection, 20th Century Ghosts (2005), won The Bram Stoker Award, the International Horror Guild Award and the British Fantasy Award for best collection, while the closing piece, 'Voluntary Committal', won the World Fantasy Award for Best Novella. The success of the collection led to his first novel, Heart-Shaped Box. He has followed it with the Bram Stoker Award-winning Horns (soon to be a major movie) and his latest, NOS4A2. The author also won a prestigious Eisner Award in 2011 for his acclaimed comic book series, Locke & Key.
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Alan Lee Alan Lee
Artist Guest of Honour
Alan Lee was born in Middlesex, England in 1947. After moving to a small village on the edge of Dartmoor, in Devon, in the mid-1970s, Alan Lee shared a studio with Brian Froud and together they created the groundbreaking illustrated book Faeries (1978), which was later turned into an animated movie. The success of this picture book gave Alan Lee the freedom to spend several years bringing the Celtic myth of The Mabinogion to life, and Dragon's Dream eventually published the lovingly-crafted result in 1982. Two years later he published Castles, written by David Day, which along with his subtle watercolour paintings also included numerous pencil drawings and studies.
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Brian W. Aldiss
Brian W. Aldiss
Special Guest
Born in 1925, Brian W. Aldiss served in the Royal Signals regiment during World War II, seeing action in Burma. Following the war, he got a job as a bookseller in Oxford, which lead directly to the publication of his first book, The Brightfount Diaries (1955), which was a novel in diary form about the life of a sales assistant in a fictional bookstore. Already greatly influenced by the works of H.G. Wells, that same year he entered a competition in The Observer newspaper to write a short story set in the year 2500. Brian entered his story 'Not For An Age' and won.
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The Alchemy Press

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Tessa Farmer
Tessa Farmer
Special Guest
The great-granddaughter of the influential Welsh fantasy writer Arthur Machen, Tessa Farmer was born in 1978 in Birmingham and lives and creates in London. She works with sculptural installation, stop-motion animation and drawing to explore the fantastical world of a species of insect-sized malevolent skeletal fairies that have existed since the late 1990s. Tessa Farmer studied Fine Art at The University of Oxford, where she received a BFA and MFA from the Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art.
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Robert Lloyd Parry as M.R. James
Robert Lloyd Parry as "M.R. James"
Special Guest
One of many special events that we will be presenting at World Fantasy Convention 2013 is the Nunkie Theatre Company's acclaimed production of "OH, WHISTLE . . . TWO GHOST STORIES BY M.R. JAMES", performed by Special Guest Robert Lloyd Parry. M.R. James is acknowledged as the master of the English Ghost Story, and now Robert Lloyd Parry presents an exclusive performance of "Oh, Whistle, and I'll Come to You, My Lad" and "The Ash Tree" for attendees of this year's convention.
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