Listen up my Hothouse Flowers, if you are in London on Saturday 25 October, head down to Forbidden Planet (179 Shaftesbury Avenue, WC2A 8JR). And get there in plenty of time, too. You see, from 1pm you have got just one hour to get around 25 of the UK’s top horror writers in what must be the The Greatest Hallowe’en Signing of All Time.
Naturally, there will be tons of terror inducing tomes to get signed so bring plenty of cash.
The featured books, authors and artists are:
AN ENGLISH GHOST STORY (Titan Books)
QUATERMASS AND THE PIT (Palgrave-Macmillan/BFI Film Classics)
FEARIE TALES: STORIES OF THE GRIMM AND GRUESOME (Jo Fletcher Books)
Stephen Jones, Ramsey Campbell, Peter Crowther, Christopher Fowler, Reggie Oliver, Robert Shearman.
THE MAMMOTH BOOK OF BEST NEW HORROR #25 (Robinson Publishing)
Stephen Jones, Ramsey Campbell, Michael Chislett, Kim Newman, Thana Niveau, Reggie Oliver, Lynda E. Rucker, Robert Shearman, Lavie Tidhar, Stephen Volk.
BEST NEW HORROR #1: 25TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION (PS Publishing)
Stephen Jones, Ramsey Campbell, Stephen Gallagher, Kim Newman, Laurence Staig.
ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE! ENDGAME (Robinson Publishing)
Stephen Jones, Ramsey Campbell, Peter Crowther, Jo Fletcher, Paul Kane, Alison Littlewood, Paul McAuley, Gary McMahon, Lou Morgan, Kim Newman, Thana Niveau, John Llewellyn Probert, Joe Roberts, Conrad Williams.
ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE! (Robinson Publishing)
Stephen Jones, Pat Cadigan, Peter Crowther, Jo Fletcher, Christopher Fowler, Paul McAuley, Kim Newman, Sarah Pinborough, John Llewellyn Probert, Joe Roberts, Mark Samuels.
ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE! FIGHTBACK (Robinson Publishing)
Stephen Jones, Pat Cadigan, Peter Crowther, Les Edwards, Jo Fletcher, Amanda Foubister, Christopher Fowler, Paul McAuley, Reggie Oliver, Sarah Pinborough, John Llewellyn Probert, , Joe Roberts, Robert Shearman.
ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE! WASHINGTON DECEASED (Robinson Publishing)
Stephen Jones, Joe Roberts.
ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE! HORROR HOSPITAL (Robinson Publishing)
Mark Morris, Stephen Jones, Joe Roberts.
THE WOLVES OF LONDON: OBSIDIAN HEART: BOOK ONE (Titan Books)
BRAZIL (Palgrave-Macmillan/BFI Film Classics)
SHADOWS OVER INNSMOUTH (Titan Books)
Stephen Jones, Ramsey Campbell, Adrian Cole, Kim Newman.
WEIRD SHADOWS OVER INNSMOUTH (Titan Books)
Stephen Jones, Ramsey Campbell, Les Edwards, Paul McAuley, Kim Newman.
There will be in-store giveaways and, for the first 10 people to buy all five ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE! titles on the day, a prize draw for the latest Sony XperiaTM Z3 phone (worth more than £470!) to tie-in with the publication of ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE! ENDGAME.
Naturally other titles by the featured authors will also be available for signing.
What’s more, after the record breaking signing, many of the authors will wander over to The Bloomsbury Tavern (236 Shaftesbury Avenue), where The British Fantasy Society is hosting an open day. Head to the upstairs bar to socialise with writers, artists and publishers into the early evening. There will also be a raffle of books featuring some of the authors present.
If you can’t make it into London, you can pre-order signed books from the Forbidden Planet website.
Words by Simon Ball
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