The World Fantasy Convention will be returning to the British Isles for the first time in sixteen years over Halloween 2013.

The key organizers of the 1988 and 1997 WFCs in London, the 2007 and 2010 World Horror Conventions in Toronto and Brighton, and some of the most successful British FantasyCons ever held, are all involved in the planning of this unmissable event for fans of the fantastic in literature and the arts.

The location will be the picturesque and vibrant seaside town of Brighton, on the south coast of England, and will use the historic Hilton Brighton Metropole Hotel, which stands right on the seafront. Just an hour’s train journey from the center of London, and with easy links to both Heathrow and Gatwick Airports, the Metropole is the ideal venue for a world-class event, having hosted two World Science Fiction Conventions. So there is plenty of space to hold one of the most memorable WFCs in the convention’s history.

Over the next couple of years additional information will be released on the official website about Guests of Honour, Themes, Dealers’ Room, Art Show, Room Rates, Programming, the World Fantasy Awards, special events, promotions, advertising and all the other things that make WFC the one date in the convention calendar that no professional or fan can afford to miss. You can also follow the latest news on special Twitter, Facebook and RSS feeds.

Please be aware that there is a firm limit on the number of Attending Memberships, so once the convention is sold out there will be no more memberships available. Remember, World Horror Convention in Brighton sold out in advance last year, as has this year’s World Fantasy Convention in San Diego (eight months prior to the event!), so the sooner you join, the sooner you are guaranteed a place. Plus the membership rate will increase at regular intervals as the dates of the convention approach.

Those who want to book now can get an “Early Bird” Attending Membership rate. For just £75.00 you are entitled to attend all four days of the convention, receive all convention publications, and have the right to make nominations for the World Fantasy Awards (nominating ballots will be available towards the end of 2012). Membership does not include the World Fantasy Awards Banquet on the Sunday, tickets for which must be purchased separately.

All the information can be found on the website, under “How to Join” on the left-hand menu. You can easily sign up by following the instructions on the page and paying via the PayPal buttons. The membership fee will be automatically converted into your local currency at the time of the transaction.

This very special rate is only available until October 30, 2011, when the price will rise.

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