The Convention this year certainly ranks amongst one of the best. I have now been organising these for 26 years and they get better and better. The only downside this time was the dreadful weather, pouring rain all day, which prevented us from sitting outside. I don’t remember a wet one over the years so I guess by the law of averages we had to have one sometime.
So it was an indoor event, somewhat cramped with a tremendous turnout, but it certainly did not spoil the day. My only regret is that I didn’t have enough time to chat to everybody at length.
Familiar faces, new faces, and then there were those that sadly could not make it due to last minute circumstances. Nevertheless, we turned back the clock to the “good old days,” discussed early books and launched a new edition of the “Night of the Crabs”. Alongside this was my latest book “Nightmares from the Black Hill,” an anthology of horror, mystery and suspense originally penned for the iconic London Mystery Magazine back in the 1970s.
Virtually everything that I have written has been penned here over the past 40 years so the house is steeped in horror and mystery. It is also haunted by my mother. A few years ago she pinched the bottom of one of the attending fans! However, there was no sign of her this time, maybe next year!
The theme this year was “Dangerous Wild Animal in Britain” of which there are a few around here, principally Big Cats. We held a free raffle this time, just one prize that being the skull of a roe deer which had been killed by a Big Cat. Believe me, no dog, fox nor badger could have cause the mutilation that I saw. I found the skull 20 yards away in the undergrowth. The winner was Chris Hall and he was absolutely delighted with it.
The auction was as busy, if not more so, than usual. All in all a most memorable day. I cannot thank my fans enough for their continued loyalty, especially those that travelled long distances to attend. I know that I have said it before but I genuinely consider my fans to be personal friends.
So, it’s back to writing, more books scheduled for Xmas and the summer and something very special to be launched at the 2018 Convention. This is a novel which many of you have asked me to write.
Please keep in touch in the meantime. I love to hear from you.