Fantasycon 2012 has announced author, broadcaster and columnist Muriel Gray as their third Author Guest of Honor. Best remembered as co-presenter of Channel 4’s seminal early 1980s music program The Tube, alongside Jools Holland and Paula Yates, she began her writing career in 1995 with the best-selling horror novel The Trickster (shortlisted for the British Fantasy Award). It was followed by two more, Furnace (1996) and The Ancient (2000), which Stephen King described as “scary and unputdownable.”

She has also contributed many short stories to anthologies and magazines, written for comics, and produced columns for Time Out, the Sunday Correspondent, the Sunday Mirror, Bliss magazine and the Sunday Herald. In 2001 she won Columnist of the Year in the Scottish Press Awards.

Muriel joins our other Author Guests of Honor, legendary Texas “Mojo Story Writer” Joe R. Lansdale and New York Times best-selling fantasy author Brent Weeks, Special Editor Guest Mary Danby, and Master of Ceremonies Tim Lebbon.

The British Fantasy Society has recently announced its list of Nominees for this year’s British Fantasy Awards, and you can now book your place at the Awards Banquet on the Sunday afternoon. This gala event is always the highlight of the convention, but please be aware that places are strictly limited and that once the allocated number of banquet meals have been sold, then they will be unable to add any more.

They are also now starting to put together their Programming for the convention. As always, there will be panels, talks and presentations on a wide variety of genre-related topics presented over the weekend. If you are interested in being considered for programming, then please register at Program, where you will find more details. And if you are interested in doing a Reading from your own work, then go to Readings to register. Please remember, you cannot be considered for Programming or Readings, if you are not a registered member of the convention.

Publishers who wish to sponsor Launch/Signing Parties, have material included in the Delegate Bags or donate prizes to the Raffle should contact [email protected]. This is also the same e-mail to contact if you are interested in Advertising in the Souvenir Book or Pocket Program. The Dealers’ Room is currently sold out, but if you want to be put on a waiting list, in case anybody drops out, then please contact [email protected]

FantasyCon 2012 is being held in the historic seaside town of Brighton, East Sussex, over September 27-30. If you haven’t joined up yet, then please do so now as membership prices will be increased from June 1st. All you have to do is go to the How to Join page on the website, submit the form with your details and then pay via the PayPal buttons. Alternately, you can print out the form and mail it with a cheque to the address given.

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