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World Fantasy Convention 2013
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WORLD FANTASY CONVENTION 2013—Post-Event Comments & Photos

Photo © 2013 Peter Coleborn
Stephen Jones, Amanda Foubister and Michael Marshall Smith
Stephen Jones, Amanda Foubister and Michael Marshall Smith
Photo © 2013 Mandy Slater
Fearie Tales signing, Saturday evening
Fearie Tales signing, Saturday evening

"Just a line full of thanks and admiration for all your work on the con. Vastly enjoyable. Great fun. Many thanks. The whole thing went without a hitch. We were just sorry you weren't in charge of the weather . . ."
—Brian W. Aldiss, Special Guest

"I wanted to extend my congratulations to you and the rest of the hard—working team for running an excellent convention. Also, I wanted to thank you very much for putting poetry on the WFC agenda. Thank you for giving me a panel, which with panellists such as Jo Fletcher and Neil Gaiman proved to be an educative experience. Thank you also for giving me the space to host a poetry event on the Saturday evening. This was very well attended and included a wide range of readers, from newcomers to names such as Roz Kaveney, Darrell Schweitzer and Joe Haldeman.
Thanks again."
—Allen Ashley

"What a fantastic convention. From the ground up it was brilliant and I enjoyed every last minute I was there. Thank you to all the organisers for a wonderful job."
—James Barclay

"Just a quick note to congratulate you on an excellent convention. I had a fun, productive, informative time. We'll publish a report in SFX issue 243. I hope you and the rest of the committee are getting some well deserved rest now."
—David Bradley, Editor of SFX magazine

"The entire shebang was AMAZING. The best con ever, I think, and the main reason was the excellent organization, the book, the company, and of course you guys are THE BEST. You made everything quite easy for Bill [Nolan] and me, and we're ever so grateful."
—Jason V. Brock

"We just wanted to say that we had a great time at WFC—one of the most enjoyable conventions we've ever attended, and that's saying a lot. Thank you all for making it so, and please pass this on to anyone who helped!"
—Ramsey & Jenny Campbell

"Just wanted to say want a fantastic time I had at World Fantasy Con and thank you all so much for all the hard work you put into organising such a wonderful Con. Everyone I spoke to had a brilliant time too, so all the efforts of the WFC committee and helpers in bringing it all together and putting on such a marvellous event was very much appreciated. Thanks again for a great Con and hope to see you all again soon!
—Vincent Chong, World Fantasy Award winner for Artist

"Just wanted to say a big thanks for organising my attending the WFC—I had a really good day. Saw a lot of old friends (many whom I hadn't see for years) and also drummed up quite a bit of interest in my works—short stories, etc. Is that it now? Last one? Really?"
—Adrian Cole

Photos © 2013 Peter Coleborn
David Moore and Jonathan Oliver
David Moore and Jonathan Oliver
Guest of Honour Joe Hill
Guest of Honour Joe Hill
Fearie Tales signing, Saturday evening
Fearie Tales signing, Saturday evening
Mike Carey
Mike Carey

Photo © 2013 Amy Hoon
Terry Pratchett and Rob Wilkins
Terry Pratchett and Rob Wilkins

Photos © 2013 Peter Coleborn
Neil Gaiman
Neil Gaiman
Stephen Jones and Neil Gaiman, Fearie Tales signing, Saturday evening
Stephen Jones and Neil Gaiman, Fearie Tales signing, Saturday evening
"Thanks for organising a fabulous convention."
—Peter Coleborn, Alchemy Press

"You did a truly remarkable job. Best Convention I've ever attended . . . and by a country mile."
—Peter Crowther, PS Publishing

"It was a great convention! My compliments to everyone involved."
—Jack Dann

"Had a wonderful time . . . I was honoured to be part of such an amazing event."
—Special Guest Tessa Farmer

"There is nothing like the World Fantasy Convention. In this case, Brighton 2013. Not just for the quality of the panels, or the people on the programming, but because I got to meet some of my heroes – and there are few enough of them left in the world."
—Neil Gaiman

"A note to say how valuable my colleague Ron and I found WFC Brighton. With the UK location, the event proved extremely useful in further understanding European perspectives on writing and publishing in and outside the genre. It also gave us the opportunity to meet with our European clients, and with many of the publishers and editors we usually see only in their offices or at a fast book fair meeting. My thanks to the committee for all their work, and I hope we’ll see more conventions in your neck of the woods."
—Sally Harding, The Cooke Agency
P.S. I’d go back to Brighton in a heartbeat!

"I just wanted to thank you again for finding me a place on the 'Not in Front of the Children' YA panel despite the short notice. It was a really enjoyable experience, and in fact I had a thoroughly good con from start to finish. Please do pass on my thanks to everybody who organised it, the excellent Redcoats and the endlessly polite and helpful hotel staff!"
—Frances Hardinge

"Thank you so much for looking after me at the WFC. I had a really good time and thoroughly enjoyed it and would love to do it again one day!"
—Guest of Honour Joanne Harris

"Thank you for making it such a pain free experience! So many convention organisers seem to make it as hard as possible for traders. As well as good sales, we made a lot of new friends—both writers and 'industry'—and came back with loads of signed stock, which is always very valuable to us. So—same again in 2033 then?"
—Jon Harrison, Forbidden Planet

"I had a blast."
—Guest of Honour Joe Hill

"Thanks to you and everyone involved for organising a wonderful World Fantasy Con. And to Steve for sorting out the magnificent Chartwell Room for the agency party—everyone there remarked on it! And to Dan and his people at the hotel for dealing with the drinks and setting up the room."
—John Jarrold

Photo © 2013 Mandy Slater
Neil Gaiman & Stephen Jones at the Mammoth signing, Saturday afternoon
Neil Gaiman & Stephen Jones at the Mammoth signing, Saturday afternoon

"Well done. You pulled it off brilliantly. Many thanks for a splendid convention."
—Graham Joyce

"Thank you for a truly stupendous World Fantasy Convention! From the location, the hotel and staff, the Redcoats, the programming, the launches, etc., it was a world—class event."
—Michael Kelly
Photo © 2013 Mandy Slater
GoH Richard Christian Matheson at the Mammoth signing, Saturday afternoon
GoH Richard Christian Matheson
at the Mammoth signing, Saturday afternoon

"It was a fun panel, as were all the others I attended, and the whole convention. Many thanks to you and all the other organisers."
—Jasper Kent

"I had a great con—very smooth and organised and I enjoyed myself a great deal."
—Francis Knight

"And the raven, never flitting, still is sitting, still is sitting,
On the pallid bust of Lovecraft opposite my chamber door.
And his eyes say, 'You're a winner, now I want my bloody dinner,
Feed me or you'll get much thinner, I will nibble to the core,
Bring me steaks and bring me gammon, make a sacrifice to Mammon,
Life is ever feast or famine and I know which I abhor,
You know what that knife is for.'

That's the statement I gave the police yesterday. I know you will testify on my behalf."
—Joel Lane, World Fantasy Award winner for Collection

Photo © 2013 Mandy Slater
Jonathan Aycliffe signing, Saturday afternoon
Jonathan Aycliffe signing, Saturday afternoon

"Wonderful convention, with an electric atmosphere. How great to see Brian Aldiss, and lots of the Old Guard, again. We both had a great time. Splendid room, excellent service, gorgeous breakfasts. The banquet was gorgeous, the Velvettes were sensational—especially in 'Fever'. Thank you, and all of you, for the three years of hard work that you put into it. It worked!"
—Life Achievement Award Recipient Tanith Lee & John Kaiine

Photo © 2013 Peter Coleborn
Rina Weisman, David Moore, Oliver Johnson, Laurel Anne Hill, Ramsey Campbell and Jo Fletcher
(from left) Rina Weisman, David Moore, Oliver Johnson, Laurel Anne Hill, Ramsey Campbell and Jo Fletcher
Photo © 2013 Peter Coleborn
Rina Weisman, David Moore and Oliver Johnson
(from left) Rina Weisman, David Moore and Oliver Johnson
The Devil is in the Details: When Does Copy Editing Go Too Far? panel
Photo © 2013 Peter Coleborn
Guest of Honour Joe Hill
Guest of Honour Joe Hill
"I would like to thank you for all your help and kindness, and my only regret is that I didn't manage to get to see any of the programme—the Dealers' Room was too lively. We did pretty well, especially selling original artwork. Even my wife, who reads far less fantasy and SF than I do, enjoyed the occasion (but not the weather!). With many thanks again, and best wishes,
—George Locke, Ferret Fantasy

"It was fabulous and Diana and I had a great time; I can't thank you enough for everything."
—Guest of Honour Richard Christian Matheson

"Thanks for a great con! Picturing you this morning surrounded by metaphorical fallen bunting with an allegorical bucket and mop."
—Ian R. MacLeod

"I don’t know how you did it! Truly one of the finest WFCs I’ve ever attended and uniquely the Banquet was terrific—not to mention the fabulous entertainment! I could heap superlative upon superlative but it was that ‘personal touch’ that I feel you put into the Con—your vast experience in Con-going just hit every nail upon its proverbial head – even the dealer room was comfortable!"
—Terrence McVicker

"Hey, thanks again for an ab/fab weekend. I met so many wonderful people . . . all because you did such a bang-up job of everything."
—Thomas F. Monteleone

"Just a quick note to say thanks again for a brilliant convention. Far as I could see it ran on time and the vast majority were having a great time, me included."
—James A. Moore

"We really had a good time. Congrats to you for putting up (with) the con and the panels and guests. It was a very successful convention for everyone, I think. I think my team had a blast and made every one else jealous at the office. Didier [Graffet] was very pleased as well, and so were our two froggy writers. As usual, the only complaint one can find is that it's too short, and you can't talk to everyone as much as you'd like. I hope you had a good time too and found room enough for breaks in your schedules every now and then to enjoy your own corruption, that was World Con 2013."
—Alain Nevant, Bragelonne

"A really first class production. Never thought I'd go to a better convention than World Horror 2010, but I may just have done. The panels I attended as a member of the audience were all excellent. The level of scholarly detail and insight on the Machen panels was a delight and I learnt a great deal from S.T. Joshi, Reggie Oliver, Robert Lloyd Parry, John Probert, Jonathan Aycliffe among many others. Would not have missed these for the world. The spec script panel was genuinely one of the best I've attended in nine years of conventions."
—Adam Nevill

Photo © 2013 Peter Coleborn
Robert Shearman, Garth Nix and Peter Crowther, Fearie Tales signing, Saturday evening
Robert Shearman, Garth Nix and Peter Crowther, Fearie Tales signing, Saturday evening
Photo © 2013 Mandy Slater
Mammoth books signing, Saturday afternoon
Mammoth books signing, Saturday afternoon
"We didn't get a chance to thank you all before having to leave. The con was extremely well run and very enjoyable. I know what it takes to put together an event like WFC and I think you all did brilliantly. Everybody concerned with running the con that we dealt with was efficient and kindness itself. As far as the Gemmell Awards were concerned we couldn't have hoped for a smoother set-up. Thank you very much.
—Stan Nicholls

"Although it was my misfortune not to make it, may I share how many times that I have heard that WFC 2013 was a bravura gathering. Many friends simply concluded, 'Best con ever'. So congratulations Steve and Amanda and The Whole Team for the planning, energy, skill, and imagination it must take to make a tour de force convention."
—Danel Olson, World Fantasy Award winner for Anthology

"I just wanted to say a big thank you for a thoroughly enjoyable World Fantasy Convention. You must all be totally exhausted and hope you all get to have holidays now. I've heard so much positive feedback after the con, and it was such a big treat for us to have it in the UK. I can't believe it was 1997 when the last UK World Fantasy happened . . . Thanks too to the Redcoats and all the others who made this happen."
—Bella Pagan, Tor Books UK/Pan Macmillan

"It was a real pleasure. Hope you're managing to wind down after the convention—you did a great job."
—Special Guest Robert Lloyd Parry

"Just a very quick note to say thanks so much for such a well organised con. I'm sure you didn't feel it was behind the scenes, but a lot of people have said it was the best they've been to and I agree with them. I've been singing its praises on message boards far and wide, and on Facebook as well. Thanks also for making sure Kate and I were okay with our late night shows—they went really well."
—John Lewellyn Probert

Photo © 2013 Mandy Slater
Neil Gaiman & Stephen Jones at the Mammoth signing, Saturday afternoon
Neil Gaiman & Stephen Jones at the Mammoth signing, Saturday afternoon

"Congratulations on a splendid convention. The panels all seemed to go well, and hopefully a few more people now know about Machen and his writing. It was a thoroughly enjoyable convention."
—R.B. Russell, Friends of Arthur Machen

"Just wanted to say once again what a fantastic job you guys did!
—Angela Slatter

Photo © 2013 Mandy Slater
Jonathan Aycliffe signing, Saturday afternoon
Jonathan Aycliffe signing, Saturday afternoon
"We had a really wonderful time and thank you so much for organising such an interesting and fun convention and for providing us with such great hospitality. Everyone in the Aldiss family enjoyed it hugely and I hope you were as pleased with WFC 2013 as we think you should be and have had lots of really good feedback."
—Alison Soskice

"Know organising an event as mega as WFC must be a thankless and exhausting task, but just wanted to say thanks for all you've done in getting what I thought was a pretty damn fine show on the road. And get the impression everyone else who was there also thought was pretty damn fine too. Good stuff—and hope you're know putting the feet up."
—Simon Taylor, Transworld Publishers

"I want to thank you for an outstanding WFC—right now, I think it's one of the best I've attended."
—Gordon Van Gelder, The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction

"I just wanted to drop a quick note to say thanks for organising a great convention. We both had a fantastic time and it was a great way to start our honeymoon. My personal highlight was having a one-to-one conversation with William F. Nolan."
—Newlywed Brendan Vaughn

Photo © 2013 Peter Coleborn
Peter and Nicky Crowther
Peter and Nicky Crowther
Photo © 2013 Peter Coleborn
Muriel Gray
Muriel Gray
Photo © 2013 Peter Coleborn
Mitch Benn
Mitch Benn
Photo © 2013 Peter Coleborn
Guest of Honour Richard Christian Matheson
Guest of Honour Richard Christian Matheson

"Thank you for a fantastic weekend. Susan [Cooper] had a lovely time meeting fans and authors. Neil Gaiman was particularly brilliant, both on the panel and chairing Susan's 'in convo' event, so thank you for putting the two of them together for this. I hope you can enjoy a rest after all this!"
—Harriet Venn, Random House Publishers
Photo © 2013 Peter Coleborn
Pixy and Neil Gaiman
"Pixie" and Neil Gaiman

"Huge congratulations on organising what can only be described as the best conference I have and suspect ever will go to! Samantha [Shannon] and I had a blast and I know she felt inspired and we both felt like we learnt a lot and we heard so many great writers—sorry to sounds so gushing but I really loved it—my only regret is that we weren't able to stay longer! Our supper with Neil Gaiman and Joe Hill was incredible—thrilling for both me and Samantha. Thanks so much again for organising such a brilliant conference."
—Eleanor Weil, Bloomsbury Publishing

"I just wanted to pass on my joy and thanks to you and the rest of the folks at WFC. I am so flattered to have been honoured with the Best Novel Award . . . Alif is in many ways the most autobiographical book I've ever written (and I've written a memoir), and it is a powerful thing to know that other people have found as much meaning and enjoyment in reading it as I did in writing it. So thank you. I am already scouting locations for the Lovecraft bust. :) Sincerely wish I could have been there."
—G. Willow Wilson, World Fantasy Award winner for Novel

"I had an amazing time, and you—and your hard-working team—are to be congratulated on not just a great convention, but perhaps the best convention EVER . . . certainly the best I have ever attended."
—Rio Youers


The Last Golden Age?: Masters of Edwardian Fantasy

The Last Golden Age?: Masters of Edwardian Fantasy
"Machen@150" The Last Golden Age? Masters of Edwardian Fantasy (Cambridge)
Arthur Machen, Lord Dunsany, Algernon Blackwood, M.R. James and William Hope Hodgson-these Edwardian writers helped influence the future of modern fantasy and horror. The panel discuss Machen's friendship and differences/similarities with each writer and the cultural changes that followed the First World War.
Jonathan Aycliffe, S.T. Joshi (mod.), Michael Kelly, Reggie Oliver, Robert Lloyd Parry, Cyril Simsa.
 
Lost and Found: Really Forgotten Classics

Lost and Found: Really Forgotten Classics
"The Next Generation" Lost and Found: Really Forgotten Classics (Cambridge)
We've all heard of books and films that have been "rediscovered", but what about those that really have been forgotten? With input from the audience encouraged, the panel discusses a number of titles that, in their opinion, deserve to be revived for a new generation to discover.
David G. Hartwell, Robert S. Knowlton (mod.), George Locke, Farah Mendlesohn, F. Paul Wilson.
 
Photo © 2013 Lou Morgan
The party's over . . . everyone's gone home
The party's over . . . everyone's gone home.

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