Well, how much fun was that? I’ll tell you: lots.

Marco and I spent the weekend at the Britannia Hotel in Nottingham for FantasyCon – the annual genre convention of the British Fantasy Society.

I’ve mentioned elsewhere how much FantasyCon means to me, so I won’t go into it again, here. Suffice to say, it was as enjoyable as ever, and it was gratifying to see (and hear) so much Robot love.*

nekropolis-rough30cm-72dpiAngry Robot sponsored the “Best Artist” award, which was won by one of our existing cover artists, the astonishingly talented and lovely Mr Vincent Chong, who produced the wonderful zombie PI cover for Nekropolis.

We also got to speak to a bunch of our authors who were there (Andy Remic, Mike Shevdon, Colin Harvey, Ian Whates and Guy Adams) as well as a couple who are currently going through Contracts (so we can’t yet talk about them) and a few who are sitting comfortably on our submissions pile. We also talked to a few other people about working with us on future projects. All in all, an excellent weekend – even if the banquet meal was of the usual shockingly poor quality.


The winners of the British Fantasy Awards 2009 are:

Best Novel (The August Derleth Fantasy Award)
Memoirs of a Master Forger, by Graham Joyce, writing as William Heaney  (Gollancz)

Best Novella
The Reach of Children, by Tim Lebbon (Humdrumming)

Best Short Fiction
Do You See, by Sarah Pinborough, from Myth-Understandings, ed. by Ian Whates (Newcon Press)

Best Collection
Bull Running for Girls, by Allyson Bird (Screaming Dreams)

Best Anthology
The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror 19, ed. Stephen Jones (Constable & Robinson)

The PS Publishing Best Small Press Award
Elastic Press, run by Andrew Hook

Best Non-Fiction
Basil Copper: A Life in Books, by Basil Copper, ed. Stephen Jones (PS Publishing)

Best Magazine/Periodical
Postscripts, ed. Peter Crowther and Nick Gevers (PS Publishing)

Best Artist
Vincent Chong

Best Comic/Graphic Novel
Locke and Key, by Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez (IDW Publishing)

Best Televison
Doctor Who, head writer Russell T. Davies (BBC Wales)

Best Film
The Dark Knight, directed by Christopher Nolan (Warner Brothers)

The Sydney J. Bounds Award for Best Newcomer
Joseph D’Lacey, for Meat (Bloody Books)

The Karl Edward Wagner Award (the Special Award)
Hayao Miyazaki


Our congratulations go to all the winners, and as the winner of the award we sponsored, Vincent will receive another commission for an Angry Robot book cover (subject to all the usual criteria around suitability, timescales, etc).

Next weekend: BristolCon


*you’re making up your own jokes, now – stop it!


  1. Yep, it was good to see everyone there.

  2. Missed meeting you, Lee, but it was good to catch up with Marco. Best Fcon for a while, I think.

  3. It was most excellent to see you and Marco at Fantasycon. Looks like Bristolcon is going to be fab too. I shall be sat at home feeling sorry for myself for not being there.

  4. I can’t wait to read Nekropolis. Bought it a few weeks ago. Looks and sounds fab! Glad you had a good time at Fantasy Con. Think I will try and make it next year myself 🙂

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