Sunday September 4th 2016 was an occasion which will remain with me for the rest of my life. The 25th anniversary of the annual Guy N. Smith Fan Club Convention was destined to become the most memorable of all although I had no inkling of what was in store.
Fans began arriving around 1pm, both familiar and new faces. After a day of torrential rain on the Saturday the skies slowly cleared and some of us sat outside. Our regular caterer had put on a superb buffet.
Paul Adams, the well known paranormal author, gave a fascinating talk on hauntings through the ages. Then it was time to browse the sales table and the GNS backlist.
My latest horror novel ‘Carnage’ was launched on the day. It was a bit touch and go whether we would have enough copies but fortunately a late order arrived in the afternoon so all was well.
Then just as the occasion was drawing to a close, following a group photograph, one of the fans, Justin Park, stood up and announced that he had a presentation to make to me on behalf of all of my fans.
This was a beautifully produced hardcover book of over 300 pages entitled “Hell of a Guy”. The stunning cover depicted a decapitation of GNS by one of his own giant crabs, along with a caracal, a bat out of hell, snakes, locusts and many more. My creations, the figments of my imagination over the last 40 years were taking their revenge upon me.
I was overcome, there were tears in my eyes and my voice shook as I thanked those concerned. What a magnificent gesture of their appreciation of my work. I would add that the short story contributions by 18 fans were exceptionally well written. Any one of them could have been standing in my shoes on that day. I’d better up my game!
My sincere thanks and congratulations to Justin Park and Chris Hall for a truly splendid book which will have pride of place in my collection.
Sadly the day came to an end. One or two of my fans had been concerned that this 25th Anniversary might signal my retirement. It has crossed my mind but not yet. Already I have the 2017 Convention in mind. I even have a theme for it!