50 Years of Fantasy and Horror – Interview with Ramsey Campbell

When looking back over the history of both the BFS and of the genre community in the UK, it would be impossible not to notice the contribution of Ramsey Campbell. With a career spanning over 50 years, and many years of service as the president of the BFS, I’m sure an hour for the interview won’t feel like enough, but we’ll leave that in the capable hands of Marie O’Regan.

Join us at 11:30am on Saturday 25/06/2022 via zoom. Tickets are available here: Buy tickets / Join the guestlist – 50 Years of Fantasy and Horror – Zoom, Sat 25 Jun 2022 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM (tickettailor.com) free for members and £5 for everyone else.

Ramsey Campbell was born in Liverpool in 1946 and now lives in Wallasey. The Oxford Companion to English Literature describes him as “Britain’s most respected living horror writer”, and the Washington Post sums up his work as “one of the monumental accomplishments of modern popular fiction”. He has received the Grand Master Award of the World Horror Convention, the Lifetime Achievement Award of the Horror Writers Association, the Living Legend Award of the International Horror Guild and the World Fantasy Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2015 he was made an Honorary Fellow of Liverpool John Moores University for outstanding services to literature. PS Publishing have brought out two volumes of Phantasmagorical Stories, a sixty-year retrospective of his short fiction, and a companion collection, The Village Killings and Other Novellas. His latest novel is Somebody’s Voice from Flame Tree Press, who have also recently published his Brichester Mythos trilogy.

Marie O’Regan is a Shirley Jackson, Australian Shadows and British Fantasy Award-nominated author and editor, based in Derbyshire. Her first collection, Mirror Mere, was published in 2006 by Rainfall Books; her second, In Times of Want, came out in September 2016 from Hersham Horror Books. Her third, The Last Ghost and Other Stories, was published by Luna Press early in 2019. Her short fiction has appeared in a number of genre magazines and anthologies in the UK, US, Canada, Italy and Germany, including Best British Horror 2014, Great British Horror: Dark Satanic Mills (2017), and The Mammoth Book of Halloween Stories. Her novella, Bury Them Deep, was published by Hersham Horror Books in September 2017. Her first novel, Celeste, was published in February 2022 by Silver Shamrock Publishing. She was shortlisted for the British Fantasy Society Award for Best Short Story in 2006 (‘Can You See Me’), and Best Anthology in 2010 (Hellbound Hearts), 2012 (Mammoth Book of Ghost Stories by Women), and 2019 (Wonderland). Wonderland was also shortlisted for a Shirley Jackson award for Best Anthology. Her genre journalism has appeared in magazines like The Dark SideRue Morgue and Fortean Times, and her interview book with prominent figures from the horror genre, Voices in the Dark, was released in 2011. An essay on ‘The Changeling’ was published in PS Publishing’s Cinema Macabre, edited by Mark Morris. She is co-editor of the bestselling Hellbound HeartsMammoth Book of Body HorrorA Carnivàle of Horror – Dark Tales from the FairgroundExit Wounds (four stories from which have been shortlisted for a CWA dagger for Best Short Story), Wonderland (nominated for a Shirley Jackson award and BFS award), and Cursed, as well as the charity anthology Trickster’s Treats #3 (nominated for an Aurealis award). She is also the editor of bestselling The Mammoth Book of Ghost Stories by Women and Phantoms. Marie was on the British Fantasy Society Committee from 2001 to 2008, editing both Prism and Dark Horizons before becoming Chair in 2004, and worked on several FantasyCons over the years, sometimes as Chair. She is Co-Chair of the UK Chapter of the Horror Writers’ Association, and recently ran ChillerCon UK, which took place in Scarborough in May 2022. She is working on another novel and several further anthologies, among other things. Marie is also Managing Editor of PS Publishing’s novella imprint, Absinthe Books, with the next three titles being released in Autumn 2022.

Don’t forget that we also have a panel on Feminism in SFFH and one on Queer History in SFFH along with one more panel to be announced. There will be readings throughout the day, and we’ll top it all off with an open mic session/some social time. We can’t wait to see you there.