BristolCon 2016: pre-con

I’m going to BristolCon this year! It was my very first con ever last year, and I really enjoyed it; it’s a small, friendly and sociable convention with a lot of interesting people.

This year, I’m on one panel with Will Macmillan Jones, Lucy Hounsom and Thomas David Parker, and moderated by Jonathan L. Howard. We’re talking about…The “F” Word.

The late Graham Joyce believed in fairies. He wrote about fairies. He lit candles on his lawn for fairies. But he didn’t like to use the F word (not ‘f**k’. He said ‘f**k’ all the time). He said they didn’t like it. And Graham’s fairies were not people you’d want to cross. “…when the shadow steps out, not only is it sometimes not sweet, but sometimes it stays out…” The panel discusses the darkly numinous otherworld where fairytale meets nightmare.

The full programme is up on the website, so go check it out! There’s a whole load of interesting panels and talks, plus a book launch (a Grimbold book, woot! I haven’t got my hands on Amunet yet but I’m really looking forward to it) with cake, then games in the evening, along with the inevitable talking at the bar. I’m steampunking it up with minor amounts of cosplay (may include a hat) and looking forward to seeing everyone! If you’re coming along, come and say hi to all of us on the Grimbold stall.

Amunet has a unique talent; she can talk to the dead. She has been told all her life that this is the key to rescuing her mother, who has been taken by mysterious and powerful forces. To unlock her mother’s prison, all she has to do is find the Locksmith. Posing as a medium, she scours Europe for the one person who can help her.

Harry and his father are investigators, employed by the Church to hunt down mediums and hand them over to the mercies of the Inquisition. Harry has always believed he, and the Church, were doing the right thing. Until now.

Refusing to believe the Church claim that Amunet is evil, Harry risks his own life, and his relationship with his father, to free her from under the eyes of the Church. As Harry loses his heart to Amunet, she guides him on a journey to prevent a terrible evil being set loose in the world.