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Title: World Horror Convention 2010, Brighton
Post by: Paul Campbell on October 02, 2009, 07:03:05 pm
At Fantasycon the WHC committee stated that in order to give the convention a casual and intimate atmosphere they were going to cap the number of people able to attend at 450. (There are NO day memberships on offer: people who sign up are signing up for the WHOLE weekend).

WHC is still six months anyway... but I would advise anyone still sitting on the fence about attending (or who knows of someone who is still undecided) to sign up soon; a count of the list of those attending

http://www.whc2010.org/membership01.html

reveals that membership is already at 375.
Title: Re: World Horror Convention 2010, Brighton
Post by: ChrisT on October 02, 2009, 09:09:13 pm
Glad I booked my place and hotel.
Title: Re: World Horror Convention 2010, Brighton
Post by: iamacanadian on October 02, 2009, 10:26:41 pm
[raises hand] Aye, also there.
Title: Re: World Horror Convention 2010, Brighton
Post by: Pigasus on October 02, 2009, 10:52:21 pm
Well, it hardly sounds like a 'worldcon' sized event now...
 ???
What's the typical attendence for a WHC in USA?
Title: Re: World Horror Convention 2010, Brighton
Post by: Andrew Hook on October 03, 2009, 10:06:06 am
Well, it hardly sounds like a 'worldcon' sized event now...
 ???
What's the typical attendence for a WHC in USA?

That's what I first thought when I heard someone mention it at FantasyCon - that same source did say that the US WHC often doesn't get more than 700 attendees and that it wasn't like a World Fantasy Con event which attracts a lot more. Must admit it's disappointing though.
Title: Re: World Horror Convention 2010, Brighton
Post by: DFL on October 03, 2009, 10:20:29 am
Well, I'm going. :)
Made my payment.
Do we have to book hotel now?
Title: Re: World Horror Convention 2010, Brighton
Post by: Paul Campbell on October 03, 2009, 05:03:14 pm
Well, it hardly sounds like a 'worldcon' sized event now...
 ???
What's the typical attendence for a WHC in USA?

That's what I first thought when I heard someone mention it at FantasyCon - that same source did say that the US WHC often doesn't get more than 700 attendees and that it wasn't like a World Fantasy Con event which attracts a lot more. Must admit it's disappointing though.

Remember, this is World Horror Con, not World Fantasy Con. A count of the membership listed on the website of the 2007 World Horror Convention held in Toronto reveals just under 400 attended.
Title: Re: World Horror Convention 2010, Brighton
Post by: ChrisT on October 03, 2009, 05:16:54 pm
Well, it hardly sounds like a 'worldcon' sized event now...
 ???
What's the typical attendence for a WHC in USA?

That's what I first thought when I heard someone mention it at FantasyCon - that same source did say that the US WHC often doesn't get more than 700 attendees and that it wasn't like a World Fantasy Con event which attracts a lot more. Must admit it's disappointing though.

Remember, this is World Horror Con, not World Fantasy Con. A count of the membership listed on the website of the 2007 World Horror Convention held in Toronto reveals just under 400 attended.

I've been too two World Horror's and both have always felt like a slight extension of FantasyCon. WorldCon in Glasgow a couple of years ago was far too big for me - ironically, I sell more books at smaller events.
Title: Re: World Horror Convention 2010, Brighton
Post by: Pigasus on October 03, 2009, 11:53:49 pm
..membership listed on the website of the 2007 World Horror Convention held in Toronto reveals just under 400 attended.

Thanks for info, Paul.
Interesting... as I'd've thought horror fandom would have a lot more con-goers than that.
So, less riff-raff & fewer weirdos than expected?
 ::) ;)
Title: Re: World Horror Convention 2010, Brighton
Post by: ChrisT on October 04, 2009, 03:33:47 pm
So, less riff-raff & fewer weirdos than expected?
 ::) ;)

They actually put that on the flyers, Tony: "No Riff-Raff."  ;D
Title: Re: World Horror Convention 2010, Brighton
Post by: LouM on October 04, 2009, 04:18:15 pm
No riff-raff? I guess I'll have to sneak in through the back door, then as I'm all booked in for it! It'll be my first con (couldn't make it to Fantasycon this year although I'd have liked to) so I'm positively aquiver with anticipation.  ;)
Title: Re: World Horror Convention 2010, Brighton
Post by: ChrisT on October 06, 2009, 01:58:09 pm
No riff-raff? I guess I'll have to sneak in through the back door, then as I'm all booked in for it! It'll be my first con (couldn't make it to Fantasycon this year although I'd have liked to) so I'm positively aquiver with anticipation.  ;)

Be careful of the remote sentry units posted to the backdoor, Lou.
Title: Re: World Horror Convention 2010, Brighton
Post by: D. J. R. Allkins on October 06, 2009, 04:21:22 pm
I've signed up as well.  I've never been to Brighton before.
Title: Re: World Horror Convention 2010, Brighton
Post by: Colin (Black Abyss) on October 06, 2009, 06:41:03 pm
Never been to a con - should I go? What should I expect? The idea sounds great but am a bit worried that everyone there will know each other and I will end up in the corner pretending to check my phone for texts (again).

So any brief summaries of the con experience would be gratefully received.
Title: Re: World Horror Convention 2010, Brighton
Post by: LouM on October 06, 2009, 07:49:10 pm
No riff-raff? I guess I'll have to sneak in through the back door, then as I'm all booked in for it! It'll be my first con (couldn't make it to Fantasycon this year although I'd have liked to) so I'm positively aquiver with anticipation.  ;)

Be careful of the remote sentry units posted to the backdoor, Lou.

Good point. Window it is. And if it happens to be near the bar, so much the better...
Title: Re: World Horror Convention 2010, Brighton
Post by: ChrisT on October 07, 2009, 08:14:47 am
I've signed up as well.  I've never been to Brighton before.

Neither have I, but these guys (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AH7pOUm5s9k) have. Apparently.  :o

(btw, don't click if offended...)
Title: Re: World Horror Convention 2010, Brighton
Post by: ChrisT on October 07, 2009, 08:17:48 am
Never been to a con - should I go? What should I expect? The idea sounds great but am a bit worried that everyone there will know each other and I will end up in the corner pretending to check my phone for texts (again).

So any brief summaries of the con experience would be gratefully received.

If you can pop along with someone, all the better - it is very daunting; luckily, I "knew" a couple of people before I went to my first one, though it is quite difficult to encroach on people who are stuck in conversation.

Of course, alcohol is your friend...

You do know that writers like to drink, don't you? ;D
Title: Re: World Horror Convention 2010, Brighton
Post by: Andrew Hook on October 07, 2009, 10:14:49 am
I've signed up as well.  I've never been to Brighton before.

Neither have I, but these guys (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AH7pOUm5s9k) have. Apparently.  :o

(btw, don't click if offended...)

lol - I love the Anti-Nowhere League - always good when you really fancy singing out LOUD!
Title: Re: World Horror Convention 2010, Brighton
Post by: Colin (Black Abyss) on October 07, 2009, 06:15:40 pm
Thanks for the advice Chris, sounds like I should get tanked up and start annoying people. Sounds like an average weekend in the highlands;) Still undecided, I'm generally pretty backward at coming forward so fear I may end up standing in the corner drooling at some famous author.
Title: Re: World Horror Convention 2010, Brighton
Post by: CarolineC on October 07, 2009, 07:57:37 pm
... so fear I may end up standing in the corner drooling at some famous author.

I shall probably be doing the same, Highlander. I feel just the same and I'll be on my own too. Go on, take the plunge. I have!  :)
Title: Re: World Horror Convention 2010, Brighton
Post by: Colin (Black Abyss) on October 07, 2009, 08:32:31 pm
I may very well do Caroline, just have to build up the courage. I am sure you will have a great time, just don't drool on anything electrical... The thought of all those table with loads of horror books is very, very tempting ???
Title: Re: World Horror Convention 2010, Brighton
Post by: Natt on November 01, 2009, 02:26:00 pm
I'll be standing in a corner, nursing a drink, not knowing anyone. So feel free to come and not know people with me...
Title: Re: World Horror Convention 2010, Brighton
Post by: The Beast on November 02, 2009, 11:32:34 am
It's just too close to Eastercon for me (and Murky Depths)  (http://www.murkydepths.com) and clashes with Hi-Ex in Inverness. Also the tables - and that'd be one of my main reasons for attending have allegedly all been taken.
Title: Re: World Horror Convention 2010, Brighton
Post by: Paul Finch on November 10, 2009, 06:17:03 pm
Never been to a con - should I go? What should I expect? The idea sounds great but am a bit worried that everyone there will know each other and I will end up in the corner pretending to check my phone for texts (again).


No problem at all. Look for the most pissed-looking bastard in the bar, and I'll happily talk to you.  :)
Title: Re: World Horror Convention 2010, Brighton
Post by: benedictjjones on November 11, 2009, 10:15:16 am
still need to sort my ticket out for this - probably be asking for it for Christmas me thinks!
Title: Re: World Horror Convention 2010, Brighton
Post by: Paul Campbell on November 13, 2009, 08:26:36 am
By simply copying and pasting the list of Attending Members into a blank Mircosoft document and getting Word.doc to automatically number it, reveals that the World Horror Convention is already up to 443 members.

Assuming that the 450 cap limit on those who are allowed to attend is still in place, that means there are only 7 spaces left.

Now, even if you assume that 450 cap does not include guests and those directly running the con (18 in total) that still only means there are 25 spaces left -

- so anyone still sitting on the fence about attending better act quickly!
Title: Re: World Horror Convention 2010, Brighton
Post by: benedictjjones on November 13, 2009, 02:18:51 pm
 :'(  if that's the case i might not be making it then.
Title: Re: World Horror Convention 2010, Brighton
Post by: Paul Campbell on November 25, 2009, 04:22:16 pm
:'(  if that's the case i might not be making it then.

Good news (maybe!): looks like they are perhaps being flexible with that 450 limit. As of November 20th membership is 453. Of course, as I speculated above, that 450 might not include the 18 persons who make up the GoHs and the core conrunners. So, if I was you, I'd assume the attendance limit is not much more than 468. If possible, see if you can't beg, borrow or steal the funds to take out a membership!  ;D
Title: Re: World Horror Convention 2010, Brighton
Post by: Paul Campbell on January 15, 2010, 10:20:00 am
As the 450 member limit was only ever mentioned verbally by the conrunners at Fantasycon 2009 (there is no print or web mention of it) I think it is safe to say that they'll lifted the limit on how many folk can attend: as of the 7th January the website lists 509 members - so looks like people can still sign up!  ;D
Title: Re: World Horror Convention 2010, Brighton
Post by: ChrisT on January 18, 2010, 02:35:35 pm
Crikey... 500. If I sell 50 books (10% of the attendance) I'll be very happy.  ;D
Title: Re: World Horror Convention 2010, Brighton
Post by: neilw on January 26, 2010, 06:06:48 pm
Sadly it looks like I'm now not going to be able to attend WHC. So, I'm selling my membership at cost (£60).

Anyone's interested, mail me.

Neil
Title: Re: World Horror Convention 2010, Brighton
Post by: Andrew Hook on January 26, 2010, 06:17:40 pm
That's a shame Neil, are you still going to EasterCon?
Title: Re: World Horror Convention 2010, Brighton
Post by: neilw on January 27, 2010, 09:05:56 am
Yes, absolutely, Andrew. It's just that several conflicting things have arisen that occur the weekend that WHC runs.
Title: Re: World Horror Convention 2010, Brighton
Post by: Paul Campbell on January 29, 2010, 11:01:46 am
Ah, bummer Neil: Audrey and I were looking forward to seeing you again in Brighton, especially as I never got a chance to chinwag with you at Fantasycon last year.
Title: Re: World Horror Convention 2010, Brighton
Post by: ChrisT on January 29, 2010, 03:42:25 pm
Yes, absolutely, Andrew. It's just that several conflicting things have arisen that occur the weekend that WHC runs.

Will probably be bumping into you at Eastercon then Neil. Hope everything is fine.
Title: Re: World Horror Convention 2010, Brighton
Post by: Mathew F. Riley on February 04, 2010, 03:09:11 pm
Having just had my first child my mind's been elsewhere recently, so needless to say I forgot to register for WHC, if anyone's looking to transfer their membership for the weekend please do get in touch!

Thanks

Mathew
Title: Re: World Horror Convention 2010, Brighton
Post by: iamacanadian on February 04, 2010, 10:39:11 pm
Mathew: they're creating a list of people as a 'wait list' for those whose plans have changed. Hit the WHC site for deatils of how to add yourself.

You might try Guy Adams as well: it seems he's busier than a very busy thing and might have a registration he's no longer able to use.
Title: Re: World Horror Convention 2010, Brighton
Post by: neilw on February 05, 2010, 09:45:20 am
Just for completeness sake, I've passed my membership on to someone else. Good luck to those who are still looking.
Title: Re: World Horror Convention 2010, Brighton
Post by: Paul Campbell on February 05, 2010, 09:51:48 am
WOW!!! This is shaping up to be a busy weekend - the WHC website lists 573 members!!!  :o
Title: Re: World Horror Convention 2010, Brighton
Post by: iamacanadian on February 06, 2010, 03:51:43 am
WOW!!! This is shaping up to be a busy weekend - the WHC website lists 573 members!!!  :o

Some count as equal to more than just one.  Probert, for instance.
Title: Re: World Horror Convention 2010, Brighton
Post by: CarolineC on February 06, 2010, 04:21:53 pm
WOW!!! This is shaping up to be a busy weekend - the WHC website lists 573 members!!!  :o

Some count as equal to more than just one.  Probert, for instance.

Eh? I don't quite follow that. Do you mean there's more than one JLP?!  :o
Title: Re: World Horror Convention 2010, Brighton
Post by: iamacanadian on February 06, 2010, 09:50:10 pm
WOW!!! This is shaping up to be a busy weekend - the WHC website lists 573 members!!!  :o
Some count as equal to more than just one.  Probert, for instance.
Eh? I don't quite follow that. Do you mean there's more than one JLP?!  :o

No no! God knows one of him is enough!

The point is that he's more than one simple man: physically he's a single person, but he's the equal of ten when he's up to full steam.

…in bed, anyway.
Title: Re: World Horror Convention 2010, Brighton
Post by: CarolineC on February 07, 2010, 01:50:57 pm
 :o :o
I take your word for it, Ian!  :D
Title: Re: World Horror Convention 2010, Brighton
Post by: Peter Coleborn on February 07, 2010, 02:26:23 pm
I take your word for it, Ian!  :D

I didn't want to say anything  ;)
Title: Re: World Horror Convention 2010, Brighton
Post by: tartarusrussell on February 17, 2010, 09:49:38 am
I've been to a couple of conventions where I didn't know anyone and it can appear to be quite daunting. Anyone feeling shy or overwhelmed is welcome to come up to my Tartarus Press table in the dealers room - I'll be standing behind it for four days and will be happy to talk to anyone!
Title: Re: World Horror Convention 2010, Brighton
Post by: Peter Coleborn on February 17, 2010, 05:38:47 pm
I've been to a couple of conventions where I didn't know anyone and it can appear to be quite daunting. Anyone feeling shy or overwhelmed is welcome to come up to my Tartarus Press table in the dealers room - I'll be standing behind it for four days and will be happy to talk to anyone!


Ah, won't they give you a chair? The meanies...
Title: Re: World Horror Convention 2010, Brighton
Post by: CarolineC on February 17, 2010, 07:44:20 pm
I'm sure I'll be shy and overwhelmed, Ray - I generally am. But you won't try and sell me any books if I do come and talk to you will you, you naughty man?  :o
Title: Re: World Horror Convention 2010, Brighton
Post by: Stephen Bacon on February 17, 2010, 09:21:40 pm
I'm attending on my own, too. The first time I went to a convention was Fantasycon several years ago. I found it a bit daunting in the bar (everybody seemed to be deep in conversation with each other), but the dealer room was the place to be. Loads of eager people willing to chat and be friendly. Nobod really gives a toss about anything - you won't look odd being on your own.
Title: Re: World Horror Convention 2010, Brighton
Post by: tartarusrussell on February 18, 2010, 08:36:59 am
Well, I won't try and dissuade anybody from buying a book or two, but over the four days I am rather hoping to talk to people about a few things other than Tartarus Press  :)
Title: Re: World Horror Convention 2010, Brighton
Post by: iamacanadian on February 18, 2010, 06:20:41 pm
Well, I won't try and dissuade anybody from buying a book or two, but over the four days I am rather hoping to talk to people about a few things other than Tartarus Press  :)

Yes, for instance, he'll be talking about how incredibly affordable, colourful and desirable all of the Atomic Fez Publishing books are!

…or perhaps not.
Title: Re: World Horror Convention 2010, Brighton
Post by: tartarusrussell on February 18, 2010, 07:56:55 pm

Yes, for instance, he'll be talking about how incredibly affordable, colourful and desirable all of the Atomic Fez Publishing books are!

…or perhaps not.

Ian - I feel very strongly that all the small presses should support each other so yes, I'd recommend people check out your books too  :)  We've lost a few small presses in the last couple of years, which is a shame. I reckon we all need a thriving, vibrant small press scene with us all publishing a range of books.

It looks like the WHC is going to see the launch of a heck of a lot of new titles this year, which is great news (if a little hard on the wallet.)

All the best

Ray
Title: Re: World Horror Convention 2010, Brighton
Post by: LouM on February 19, 2010, 11:12:36 am
I'm going to have to bring an empty suitcase with me, aren't I? It feels like it's going to be a Big Book-Buying sort of event...  ;D
Title: Re: World Horror Convention 2010, Brighton
Post by: iamacanadian on February 20, 2010, 02:53:54 am

Yes, for instance, he'll be talking about how incredibly affordable, colourful and desirable all of the Atomic Fez Publishing books are!

…or perhaps not.

Ian - I feel very strongly that all the small presses should support each other so yes, I'd recommend people check out your books too  :)  We've lost a few small presses in the last couple of years, which is a shame. I reckon we all need a thriving, vibrant small press scene with us all publishing a range of books.

It looks like the WHC is going to see the launch of a heck of a lot of new titles this year, which is great news (if a little hard on the wallet.)

I feel the same way, Ray. Pete Crowther always says, and quite rightly, that good-natured competition among any people is the best way to keep everyone working harder to be the best that they can be. Eventually, some sadly try too hard and those are the ones we lose. A shame, really.

Ash Tree Press is launching four books (possibly more, I think), PS is doing a launch of a couple of titles as well as their Poetry imprint, Screaming Dreams is launching three, Pendragon is doing the same number I believe… Yes: lots of money and luggage space to lug it all home afterwards.
Title: Re: World Horror Convention 2010, Brighton
Post by: DavidJHowe on February 20, 2010, 08:02:52 am
*Jumps up waving*

Telos has a couple of new titles as well :)

And I agree, there are so many good looking books these days that it can get very hard on the wallet indeed. We need competition to keep innovating and keep the good books and good ideas coming. It also keeps us all on our toes, knowing that we have to keep trying to improve.

See you all at the event!
Title: Re: World Horror Convention 2010, Brighton
Post by: ChrisT on February 27, 2010, 08:04:25 pm
If anyone wishes to haggle at the Pendragon table, then I'm open to offers.

No shekels, though (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3n3LL338aGA).  ;D
Title: Re: World Horror Convention 2010, Brighton
Post by: Matthew Fryer on March 08, 2010, 01:39:38 am
Really starting to twitch that I can't make it now. Dagnabbit.
Title: Re: World Horror Convention 2010, Brighton
Post by: allybird on March 10, 2010, 10:53:36 am
A little about the Stokers and what it means to the writers...

http://darkwolfsfantasyreviews.blogspot.com/2010/03/2-questions-round-2009-bram-stoker.html

Title: Re: World Horror Convention 2010, Brighton
Post by: David A. Riley on March 10, 2010, 08:20:14 pm
Although I am an Active member of the HWA, this will be the second year running that I won't be voting for anything in the Stoker Awards - simply because I haven't read any of the nominations.

I did put forward a number of recommendations, but none got more than one other member, usually Ellen Datlow, to nominate them too. Perhaps because those I recommended were either in British publications or, in one case, Romanian. The finalists are predominantly American, many from the smaller presses.

David
Title: Re: World Horror Convention 2010, Brighton
Post by: ChrisT on March 10, 2010, 08:28:37 pm
I have Gene O'Neill's collection, but not read - purely on the strength of his Prime collection a few years ago, hope he wins. Apart from that, not read any of the short-list.

Perhaps this highlights the difficulty in the US authors reaching the UK market?
Title: Re: World Horror Convention 2010, Brighton
Post by: David A. Riley on March 11, 2010, 09:19:06 am
I have Gene O'Neill's collection, but not read - purely on the strength of his Prime collection a few years ago, hope he wins. Apart from that, not read any of the short-list.

Perhaps this highlights the difficulty in the US authors reaching the UK market?

There would, also, seem to be a difficulty in UK authors reaching the Stoker lists unless they get published in the US. Very few UK or non-US publishers get much of a look in. Inevitable really, as the HWA, even though it changed the "A" from America to Association some years ago, is still overwhelmingly a US dominated organisation.

David
Title: Re: World Horror Convention 2010, Brighton
Post by: Peter Coleborn on March 12, 2010, 06:21:05 pm
And now there's a BA strike scheduled -- hope it doesn't f*** up too many travelling arrangements.
Title: Re: World Horror Convention 2010, Brighton
Post by: iamacanadian on March 12, 2010, 10:47:05 pm
Thank goodness I booked an Air Canada flight, which was almost BA but changed at the last minute due to currency conversion rates. Yay me!
Title: Re: World Horror Convention 2010, Brighton
Post by: Craig Herbertson on March 17, 2010, 12:11:47 pm
Never been to a con - should I go? What should I expect? The idea sounds great but am a bit worried that everyone there will know each other and I will end up in the corner pretending to check my phone for texts (again).

So any brief summaries of the con experience would be gratefully received.

I haven't been out of the house for ten years Colin. Make yourself known to me and my brother (we'll be lying by the bar talking in garbled Scottish) and we'll see you alright.
Title: Re: World Horror Convention 2010, Brighton
Post by: Jen on March 18, 2010, 06:59:48 am
And now there's a BA strike scheduled -- hope it doesn't f*** up too many travelling arrangements.

Sod the strike, what about the bloody parking?  Where in hell does one park in Brighton without going totally bankrupt?

Why has no one invented teleportation yet?  It's the only sensible option...  ;D
Title: Re: World Horror Convention 2010, Brighton
Post by: Peter Coleborn on March 18, 2010, 01:34:27 pm

Sod the strike, what about the bloody parking?  Where in hell does one park in Brighton without going totally bankrupt?

Why has no one invented teleportation yet?  It's the only sensible option...  ;D
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Sorry, Jen -- you'll have to pay for car parking (like me). The hotel doesn't have its own car park. Wonder if they have a discount arrangement...
Title: Re: World Horror Convention 2010, Brighton
Post by: Mike Chinn on March 18, 2010, 03:13:38 pm

Sod the strike, what about the bloody parking?  Where in hell does one park in Brighton without going totally bankrupt?

Why has no one invented teleportation yet?  It's the only sensible option...  ;D

Sorry, Jen -- you'll have to pay for car parking (like me). The hotel doesn't have its own car park. Wonder if they have a discount arrangement...

Catching the train might be long and arduous (and limit the amount of luggage I can carry) - but at least I won't have to worry about parking the infernal combustion machine.  :-\
Title: Re: World Horror Convention 2010, Brighton
Post by: Pigasus on March 18, 2010, 04:29:05 pm
The hotel doesn't have its own car park. Wonder if they have a discount arrangement...

Has anyone asked WHC organisers about that?
(I can't see anything about cheaper parking for the con on WHC site.)
 ???
Title: Re: World Horror Convention 2010, Brighton
Post by: Colin (Black Abyss) on March 18, 2010, 06:29:57 pm
>>Make yourself known to me and my brother (we'll be lying by the bar talking in garbled Scottish) and we'll see you alright<<

Unfortunately, by the time I had plucked up the courage, all the tickets were gone so I won't be there Craig. I shall however be setting up a room in my house where I shall be signing my own books, Taking part in panels featuring among others...me and getting drunk (and talking in garbled Scots). Good thing is the parking is much cheaper. Have a great time Craig...and everyone else  :D
Title: Re: World Horror Convention 2010, Brighton
Post by: Selina on March 18, 2010, 06:41:43 pm
Hope everyone going to WHC has a really good time (and has some money left for books after paying for parking...). Jay & I can't make it, so we hope to see some of you at ALT Fiction instead.
Title: Re: World Horror Convention 2010, Brighton
Post by: Craig Herbertson on March 18, 2010, 07:23:02 pm
>>Make yourself known to me and my brother (we'll be lying by the bar talking in garbled Scottish) and we'll see you alright<<

Unfortunately, by the time I had plucked up the courage, all the tickets were gone so I won't be there Craig. I shall however be setting up a room in my house where I shall be signing my own books, Taking part in panels featuring among others...me and getting drunk (and talking in garbled Scots). Good thing is the parking is much cheaper. Have a great time Craig...and everyone else  :D

Are you coming over to Brighton though?
Title: Re: World Horror Convention 2010, Brighton
Post by: Colin (Black Abyss) on March 18, 2010, 07:35:42 pm

Are you coming over to Brighton though?

No, unfortunately Craig the price of travel from Inverness to Brighton would involve me selling one of my kidneys or both my children...actually that second option doesn't sound so bad!
Title: Re: World Horror Convention 2010, Brighton
Post by: Ellen Datlow on March 19, 2010, 04:54:41 am
I know someone with a ticket to sell, if anyone still wants to go but wasn't able to buy a ticket to the convention at Brighton.
Ellen


>>Make yourself known to me and my brother (we'll be lying by the bar talking in garbled Scottish) and we'll see you alright<<

Unfortunately, by the time I had plucked up the courage, all the tickets were gone so I won't be there Craig. I shall however be setting up a room in my house where I shall be signing my own books, Taking part in panels featuring among others...me and getting drunk (and talking in garbled Scots). Good thing is the parking is much cheaper. Have a great time Craig...and everyone else  :D
Title: Re: World Horror Convention 2010, Brighton
Post by: Craig Herbertson on March 19, 2010, 11:12:38 am
Ah well, another time.
Title: Re: World Horror Convention 2010, Brighton
Post by: DavidJHowe on March 22, 2010, 08:00:47 pm
(http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f23/Davidjhowe/Other/LaunchPoster-s.jpg)

If you're attending the World Horror Convention in Brighton over the coming weekend, then be sure to stop by Bar Rouge on Saturday Morning for some tea, coffee and biscuits courtesy of Telos Publishing, and to pick up signed copies of two fantastic new books from Telos:

HUMPTY'S BONES - a fantastic new chiller by Simon Clark
and
ALTERED VISIONS - the incredible art of Vincent Chong showcased in a special publication for WHC

Saturday 27th March, 11-12am in Bar Rouge

See you there?
Title: Re: World Horror Convention 2010, Brighton
Post by: allybird on March 22, 2010, 09:04:41 pm
Mark West said he wanted a ticket (I think). I've just emailed him on facebook.
Title: Re: World Horror Convention 2010, Brighton
Post by: ChrisT on March 23, 2010, 10:14:09 am
Saturday 27th March, 11-12am in Bar Rouge

See you there?

I think I can crawl out of bed...
Title: Re: World Horror Convention 2010, Brighton
Post by: Craig Herbertson on March 23, 2010, 06:47:59 pm
In a vast publicity campaign extending to this post I announce that I can bring a few copies of my deathless classic 'School: The Seventh Silence' termed a' brilliant first novel' by Mike Glyer chairperson of the world fantasy con: an optimistic message that largely fell on deaf ears. If you want one please let me know because my airplane  luggage will consist of my extra y's, a bottle of whisky and a book. I'm prepared even to sign the book and if pressed will make a small unique drawing on your arm, tee-shirt or the inside of the cover if you bring a pen or pencil. This will only cost you about 25 quid and a drink at the bar. Discounts will be offered to anyone who looks more impoverished than me or can tell me  a joke I haven't heard. But I warn you, I am a termagant when it comes to humour and I must display at least a quirk of the lower lip before the offer is validated.


email contact@craigherbertson.com
Title: Re: World Horror Convention 2010, Brighton
Post by: David A. Riley on March 23, 2010, 08:35:09 pm
Look forward to seeing you, Craig, especially as a fellow contributor to the Pan Books of Horror.

David
Title: Re: World Horror Convention 2010, Brighton
Post by: Craig Herbertson on March 23, 2010, 09:11:25 pm
It will be a real pleasure David. We must get you over to ours on one of your trips.

Craig
Title: Re: World Horror Convention 2010, Brighton
Post by: David A. Riley on March 24, 2010, 08:21:27 am
Thanks, Craig. We do plan to stop over somewhere in Germany the next time we drive to Bulgaria sometime this year.

David
Title: Re: World Horror Convention 2010, Brighton
Post by: Steppedonwolf on March 24, 2010, 05:17:37 pm

Sod the strike, what about the bloody parking?  Where in hell does one park in Brighton without going totally bankrupt?

Why has no one invented teleportation yet?  It's the only sensible option...  ;D

Sorry, Jen -- you'll have to pay for car parking (like me). The hotel doesn't have its own car park. Wonder if they have a discount arrangement...
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Anyone know of any back streets where I can park without annoying any residents? I just got my car out of dry dock today and it left a gaping hole in the bank balance - I don't want to feed the meter machines with money better spent on booze'n'books! ;)
Title: Re: World Horror Convention 2010, Brighton
Post by: Steppedonwolf on March 29, 2010, 03:13:20 am
Ah, WHC 2010. A fantastic experience - loved it! Great to meet all the authors, get books signed and find that the Pitch Black session on Thursday wasn't going to be the Dragons' Den I thought it would be...the editors and agents were so damn nice. Even if the project wasn't right for them they spent time with you, talking about your work and showing real interest. One agent was interested in my novel and took the first three chapters away. Two of the small presses were also intrigued, another one I met later when talking to Simon Maginn in Smoker's Corner and I was fortunate enough to have one of the cover sheets and a synopsis with me. It's a shame Snowbooks wern't there, though. I'd love to have been able to have a chat with them.

The Friday night party at the Horace Bar on the pier was fantastic. Free bar all night - that's right, you didn't have to put your hand in your pocket once! Shame I lost my camera afterwards, but that's my own fault.

BTW - if anyone comes across a Sony cybershot DSC-P200 with pics of the convention on the memory stick please let me know. There's a video of my godson trying to say his first word, as well as snaps of the recent archery club make&mend session, so I'm gutted that I lost it. My fault for being drunk, though. (Hangs head in shame.)

Still, nice to know I wasn't the only alcoholic chainsmoker there... ;D
Title: Re: World Horror Convention 2010, Brighton
Post by: DFL on March 29, 2010, 02:30:01 pm
Thanks to everyone I met who made it such an enjoyable occasion.

One alternate world type memory was being on the pier during an amazing sunset through the wreck of the other pier and over the sea front - with clouds of starlings (murmurations) wheeling above me and the carousels and massive crane-like rides.

(http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2009/6/21/1245617289837/A-murmuration-of-starling-002.jpg)
Title: Re: World Horror Convention 2010, Brighton
Post by: Matthew Fryer on March 29, 2010, 05:09:01 pm
Beautiful picture Des.
I expected the first picture I saw of the weekend to be of drunken horror writers on the ghost train, but that is so much more  ;D
Title: Re: World Horror Convention 2010, Brighton
Post by: LouM on March 29, 2010, 08:32:46 pm
Ah, the ghost train. Everyone kept telling me it was terrifying, so when I finally went on it, I laughed so hard I cried.  :D

I cannot remember the last time I had so much fun in one weekend. It was absolutely fantastic, and I've come back with some wonderful memories. Thank you to everyone who was so friendly (which, to be honest, was pretty much everybody I met) and made my first Con such an experience. I feel like I made some really good friends, and you're going to need some seriously big bouncers if you're going to try and keep me away from Fantasycon...
Title: Re: World Horror Convention 2010, Brighton
Post by: Pigasus on March 29, 2010, 09:46:12 pm
Three brief posts about WHC on my blog...
http://pigasuspress.blogspot.com/ (http://pigasuspress.blogspot.com/)

A great con!
 ;D
Title: Re: World Horror Convention 2010, Brighton
Post by: David A. Riley on March 29, 2010, 10:18:08 pm
I can certainly say that this year's WHC in Brighton was one of the very best conventions I have ever attended, and much credit must go to the organisers and to everyone who participated in the various activities to make it as outstandingly good as it was, even though the hotel itself was somewhat more rundown than I expected. Perhaps that helped the atmosphere, though, especially with its warren of passages and seemingly endless series of rooms.

It was also great to meet so many people I had previously only known as names.

The only downside was the video at the beginning of the Stokers from current HWA president, Debra Leblanc, which seemed inappropriately infantile and poorly done. I had thought the HWA was desperate to give itself a more professional look, which this video very seriously undermined. Thankfully, this was soon over and the Stoker awards proper were soon underway.
Title: Re: World Horror Convention 2010, Brighton
Post by: tartarusrussell on March 30, 2010, 10:59:29 am
I agree that it was a thoroughly enjoyable convention, in great company. Steve and Co will have to drag the Americans back over here again!
Title: Re: World Horror Convention 2010, Brighton
Post by: Natt on March 30, 2010, 11:07:24 am
It was my first convention, and, although I was commuting home most evenings, I had a great time. Hello to everyone I met, and I look forward to seeing you all again soon...
Title: Re: World Horror Convention 2010, Brighton
Post by: David A. Riley on March 30, 2010, 11:31:31 am
It was my first convention, and, although I was commuting home most evenings, I had a great time. Hello to everyone I met, and I look forward to seeing you all again soon...

But you're so scary, Natt.  :o

In the Gloaming were brilliant.

David
Title: Re: World Horror Convention 2010, Brighton
Post by: Cate Gardner on March 30, 2010, 11:52:31 am
Gorgeous picture, Des. Good to hear everyone had a good time. A little bit jealous that I wasn't there.
Title: Re: World Horror Convention 2010, Brighton
Post by: Natt on March 31, 2010, 10:23:23 am
Thank you, David! We had a great time!

Now to convince Guy to get us to perform it at Fantasycon...
Title: Re: World Horror Convention 2010, Brighton
Post by: Craig Herbertson on March 31, 2010, 01:47:34 pm
It was a superbly run conference. Thanks to everyone who made it happen. Great fun and it'll take about a year to recover.
Title: Re: World Horror Convention 2010, Brighton
Post by: Peter Coleborn on March 31, 2010, 03:57:18 pm
Des, I'm miffed I didn't get to see the starlings' acrobatic display. Jan mentioned them and when I finally got to a window they'd all vanished. Birds!
Title: Re: World Horror Convention 2010, Brighton
Post by: Shaun Jeffrey on March 31, 2010, 07:39:13 pm
Des, I'm miffed I didn't get to see the starlings' acrobatic display. Jan mentioned them and when I finally got to a window they'd all vanished. Birds!

You're welcome to come sit in my house and watch them out of the window. Just don't blame me when your car's covered in bird muck!  >:(
Title: Re: World Horror Convention 2010, Brighton
Post by: Craig Herbertson on April 01, 2010, 12:03:45 pm
One of the unexpected highlights for me was when the thunder broke in the sky. An ominous feeling slunk into the atmosphere. Me and my brother got on the lift shortly afterward and were joined by a large silent man wearing a tradesman 's outfit and carrying a power drill. We were on the second floor but the lift doors closed to the words 'going down'...
Title: Re: World Horror Convention 2010, Brighton
Post by: Pelagon on April 02, 2010, 02:30:31 pm
What an amazing convention! Pitch Black was an interesting experience - just got to wait for all those offers to roll in - hah! There is a gallery on my website ( www.garysstrangeworld.com ). There's a few more piccies to go on yet. I've put a link on the homepage so you don't have to trawl through my banal bantering.

James Herbert was very intuiging with his 'revelations'. I spent far too much on books - now I've just got to find the time to read them.
Title: Re: World Horror Convention 2010, Brighton
Post by: John Forth on April 05, 2010, 09:22:12 pm
It was my first convention, but both me and the other half had a great time. Lots on - Reggie Oliver's shows were terrific - and plenty of good, friendly people. A really great experience. A rather alarming amount of free wine kicking about as well...
Title: Re: World Horror Convention 2010, Brighton
Post by: Peter Coleborn on April 06, 2010, 06:47:53 pm
It was my first convention, but both me and the other half had a great time. Lots on - Reggie Oliver's shows were terrific - and plenty of good, friendly people. A really great experience. A rather alarming amount of free wine kicking about as well...

Glad you enjoyed yourself. Of course, you can't be a REAL fantasy/horror/SF fan until you've drunk every drop of booze available, and then some more...
Title: Re: World Horror Convention 2010, Brighton
Post by: John Forth on April 13, 2010, 06:20:27 pm
It was my first convention, but both me and the other half had a great time. Lots on - Reggie Oliver's shows were terrific - and plenty of good, friendly people. A really great experience. A rather alarming amount of free wine kicking about as well...

Glad you enjoyed yourself. Of course, you can't be a REAL fantasy/horror/SF fan until you've drunk every drop of booze available, and then some more...

Hah - maybe at FantasyCon then.
Title: Re: World Horror Convention 2010, Brighton
Post by: allybird on April 13, 2010, 06:55:40 pm
Convention report and comments.....

http://www.whc2010.org/photos01.html
Title: Re: World Horror Convention 2010, Brighton
Post by: Peter Coleborn on April 14, 2010, 12:09:38 am
With lots of nice photos  ;)
Title: Re: World Horror Convention 2010, Brighton
Post by: Craig Herbertson on April 14, 2010, 06:02:02 am
'The Harry Preston and Victoria rooms, was demolished' - very sad indictment of modern society. The rooms were full of character (and characters). At least the whc was a good funeral pyre.

I'd like to say again that  I've been to many large scale events as a musician (none as a writer) and this was a superbly run event from start to finish. Couldn't fault it except perhaps an overabundance of great things to do and see ( and I heard a rumour that the chips were a bit dried out on Brighton pier but i didn't have any) Big congratulations to all those who were instrumental in making it happen. You did a fantastic job.
Title: Re: World Horror Convention 2010, Brighton
Post by: ChrisT on April 14, 2010, 07:35:11 am
'The Harry Preston and Victoria rooms, was demolished' - very sad indictment of modern society. The rooms were full of character (and characters). At least the whc was a good funeral pyre.

Aye, that was a surprise to read...
Title: Re: World Horror Convention 2010, Brighton
Post by: David A. Riley on April 14, 2010, 08:30:35 am
It was a surprise to me to read that these rooms had been demolished. If the hotel needed anything, it was more space for residents, not less. And a complete revamp of the existing bedrooms, which looked tired at the very least. Much though I enjoyed the convention, most of this came about because of the superb organisational skills of its committee and team of helpers. The hotel bedrooms in particular could have done with a good cleaning. The carpet in mine was filthy. A beige kind of colour to start with, it was streaked with what looked like trodden-in makeup - years of it.

On another note, I hope the Fantasycon banquet this year is better than the Stoker banquet at the WHC. I have never eaten - or tried to eat - worse fish and chips in my life. For £32, the three course farce was disgusting. Mind you, I can't for the life of me ever remember going to a banquet at a convention that was worth even a third the price paid or memorable for anything except how bad the food was. Perhaps it's an inevitability.

I notice this years banquet at Fantasycon is a staggering £40.  ???

David
Title: Re: World Horror Convention 2010, Brighton
Post by: DavidJHowe on April 14, 2010, 04:00:23 pm
I agree with you David, the 'Banquet' was a tremendous disappointment.  My fish was full of bones and I couldn't eat it, and the chips were of a very low standard stodgy chipshop kind, rather than something which a proper kitchen produced.  Given that the HWA paid for the wine ... I really can't see how the restaurant could justify the price for the meal alone.  I'm not blaming the committee for this as I know that they will have done their best, but I think the restaurant perhaps saw them coming ... it was also way too hot in there on the side I was sitting, and apparently too cold on the other side of the room ... very uncomfortable for the duration.

Our room (on the 5th floor) was also very grubby, dirty and torn carpet, bathroom was dirty - bizaarely we had a jacuzzi bath which was rather nice - and no heating in the room other than a portable radiator - not really a problem as it wasn't that cold but still. The bed was dreadful and after three complaints to reception they managed to put another cover on it to try and reduce the impact. We wanted another mattress but apparently they didn't have any.

The Dealer room was too small and hot and airless - we were all crammed in there and the people behind the tables had little room to move. Not very pleasant really - and very few attendees seemed to get to the Dealer room anyway - I guess the programme of events was too good (and it was) to afford the time for people to come and browse. I know a few dealers were commenting that sales were disappointing.

But overall it was fun, and certainly a credit to the organisers who did a sterling job.  It was great to see so many new faces from the USA and Canada and everywhere else, as well as fellow writers and editors who don't come to the usual FantasyCon in the UK.

David