FantasyCon 2012 has announced the addition of two Special Media Guests to complement our already stellar line-up of Guests of Honor.

Actor, author and playwright Mark Gatiss is a quarter of the team who created the award-winning comedy/horror series The League of Gentlemen for the BBC. He also scripted the three-part Christmas portmanteau Crooked House and the 2010 TV movie of H.G. Wells’ First Men in the Moon, and he co-created the international hit TV series Sherlock with Steven Moffat.

As an actor, he has appeared in all the above shows, along with episodes of Being Human, Psychoville, Nighty Night, Clone, Jekyll, Funland, Dr. Terrible’s House of Horrible, Randall & Hopkirk {Deceased}, The Wind in the Willows and Midsomer Murders.

Mark is also an author, and his books include the “Lucifer Box” trilogy, The Vesuvius Club, The Devil in Amber and Black Butterfly, and four Doctor Who novels, along with a biography of Hollywood film director James Whale.

Robin Hardy is an author, playwright, film director and producer, best known for his 1973 cult classic The Wicker Man, starring Edward Woodward, Christopher Lee and Diane Cilento. Today it is justifiably regarded as a classic of British cinema.

He followed it in 1986 with the Irish serial killer thriller The Fantasist, featuring Christopher Cazenove and Timothy Bottoms, and he co-scripted and produced the rarely-seen Forbidden Sun (aka Bulldance, 1989), a mystery based around ancient Cretan rituals starring Lauren Hutton and Cliff De Young.

His latest release is The Wicker Tree, which will be screened at FantasyCon on the Friday evening, following a Q&A with Robin and screenwriter Stephen Volk. Neither a sequel nor a prequel, but inhabiting the same territory as the earlier film, it is based on the director’s novel, Cowboys for Christ.

Please note that Mark Gatiss and Robin Hardy will both be attending FantasyCon for a limited period only.

They join the Author Guests of Honor, legendary Texas “Mojo Story Writer” Joe R. Lansdale, broadcaster and novelist Muriel Gray 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 now announced its list of Nominees for this year’s British Fantasy Awards, and you can 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 we will be unable to add any more.

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, 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.

Publishers who wish to sponsor Launch/Signing Parties, have material included in the Delegate Bags or donate prizes to the Raffle should contact info@fantasycon2012.org. This is also the same e-mail to contact if you are interested in Advertising in the Souvenir Book or Pocket Programme.

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. 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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