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Peter Atkins at FantasyCon 2011

21/03/2011. Contributed by Jessica Martin

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FantasyCon 2011 has announced author and screenwriter Peter Atkins as its third Guest of Honour. Peter was born in Liverpool and now lives in Los Angeles. He is the author of the novels Morningstar, Big Thunder, and Moontown and the screenplays Hellraiser II, Hellraiser III, Hellraiser IV, Wishmaster, and Prisoners of the Sun.

His short fiction has appeared in such anthologies as The Museum of Horrors, Dark Delicacies II, and Hellbound Hearts and has been selected four times for the award-winning annual Best New Horror. Magazines to which he has contributed include Weird Tales, The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, Postscripts and Cemetery Dance and he has also written for the stage and for television.

He is the co-founder, with Dennis Etchison and Glen Hirshberg, of The Rolling Darkness Revue, who tour the west coast annually bringing ghost stories and live music to any venue thatíll put up with them. 2009ís Spook City was a three-author collection featuring him alongside his fellow Liverpudlians Clive Barker and Ramsey Campbell, and a new collection of his short fiction is to be published in October 2011.

Fantasycon 2011 will be held over the weekend of 30th September to 2nd October 2011 at the Royal Albion Hotel, Brighton; venue for the 2010 World Horror Convention.

Peter joins existing Guests of Honour: World Fantasy author and critic Gwyneth Jones, also known as Ann Halam, and Swedish horror writer John Ajvide Lindqvist, author of Let The Right One In, which was adapted into a movie first in his native Sweden and more recently remade in the U.S. as Let Me In, starring Chloe Moretz from Kick Ass.

Their first Special Guest is Brian Aldiss, author of eighty novels, both mainstream and science fiction, including Frankenstein Unbound,The Helliconia Trilogy and Harm to name just a few; and short stories, including 'Super-Toys Last All Summer Long,' which was filmed as A.I. Brian has also edited anthologies, acted in performances of his plays, and is also an artist. Brian will be attending on the Saturday and Sunday of the Convention ( 1st and 2nd October)

Mistress Of Ceremonies is Sarah Pinborough, British Fantasy Award-winning Author of The Language of Dying and A Matter of Blood.

Other professional writers, artists, editors and publishers already registered as attending FantasyCon 2011 include: Guy Adams, Scott Andrews, James Barclay, Anne Billson, Ramsey Campbell, Mike Carey, Vincent Chong, Peter Crowther (PS Publishing), Joseph DíLacey, Les Edwards, Christopher Fowler, Simon R. Green, David J. Howe (Telos Books), Stephen Jones, Paul Kane, Jasper Kent, M.D. Lachlan, Michael Marshall Smith, Suzanne McLeod, Gary McMahon, Adam L.G. Nevill, Kim Newman, Nicholas Royle, Robert Shearman, Mike Shevdon, Steve Tribe (BBC Books), Lisa Tuttle, Ian Whates (Newcon Press), Rio Youers and many more.

Current cost of registration stands at £50 (£45 to BFS members), costs will increase incrementally between now and the convention (next increase due on 1st April 2011).

To book your ticket, and for more information about the Guests or MC, please visit the website:

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