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FantasyCon 2007

08/01/2007. Contributed by Jessica Martin

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Following on from 2006, the British Fantasy Society have announced that Michael Marshall Smith and Stephen Jones will be the first two guests of honour for this year's FantasyCon 2007.

The 2007 event will be taking place once more at the Britannia Hotel, Nottingham, on the weekend of 21st-23rd September.

Michael Marshall Smith is a novelist and screenwriter. His first novel, Only Forward, won the August Derleth and Philip K.Dick awards, his second, Spares, was optioned by Steven Spielberg, and his third, One of Us, by Warner Bros. He is a three-times winner of the British Fantasy Award for his short stories, which are collected in What You Make It and the International Horror Guild award-winning More Tomorrow and Other Stories. Under the name Michael Marshall he has written three internationally bestselling thrillers - The Straw Men, The Lonely Dead and Blood of Angels.

Stephen Jones is the winner of three World Fantasy Awards, four Horror Writers Association Bram Stoker Awards and three International Horror Guild Awards as well as being a seventeen time recipient of the British Fantasy Award and a Hugo Award nominee. A former television producer/director and genre movie publicist and consultant (first three Hellraiser movies, Night Life, Nightbreed, Split Second, Mind Ripper, Last Gasp etc.), he has had around eighty books published, including Creepshows; The Illlustrated Stephen King Movie Guide, The Essential Monster Movie Guide, The Illustrated Vampire Movie Guide, The Illustrated Dinosaur Movie Guide, The Illustrated Frankenstein Movie Guide and The Illustrated Werewolf Movie Guide, as well as numerous horror anthologies, such as the annual Mammoth Book of Best New Horror series.

The weekend will also include guest interviews, readings and film screenings as well as the event's annual centrepiece, the FantasyCon Banquet culminating in the awards ceremony for the British Fantasy Society Awards 2007.

New to 2007 will be a workshop schedule, allowing budding authors of fantasy, horror and science-fiction the chance to gain insights from some of the most respected authors in those genres.

Master of Ceremonies for the weekend will be Peter Crowther, author of Forever Twilight, Escardy Gap (in collaboration with James Lovegrove) and The Longest Single Note.

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