2019 GNS Fan Club Convention

2019 GNS Convention 1st Sept 2019

We have been holding a GNS Fan Club Convention at my home in the Shropshire hills every year on the first Sunday in September. This year was the 17th and it was surely the best ever, one which I will remember for many years to come.

Fans came from Poland and the USA as well as from various parts of the UK. The usual splendid buffet was provided by Marina Palmer.

Primarily a social occasion and an opportunity to meet up with my fans, we always have a theme and this year it was the pendulum. This device was given to me many years ago by a white witch who lived locally. It works like any other pendulum on one’s body electrics. 

Everybody enjoyed experimenting with it.

We always launch my latest book at these gatherings. This year it was the latest Sabat novel, No.6 “The Return”. Numerous copies were sold on the day to be followed by a string of orders the next day via the Fan Club website. With the Sabat books 1-5 permanently in demand I think that No.6 will also be one of my top sellers. 

It was a truly tremendous occasion , renewing my acquaintance with many fans from past years as newcomers on the scene. 

All but a couple of items on offer at our annual auction sold.

I cannot recall having signed so many books on a single day before.

My sincere thanks to all who made the effort to attend from afar. I do like to keep in touch with my fans and I look forward to seeing them again in 2020.

2017 GNS Fan Club Convention

2017 GNS Convention 3rd Sept 2017

 

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.

Guy

2016 GNS Fan Club Convention

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GNS Convention 2016

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.

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Guy’s first look at “Hell of a Guy”

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!

Guy

2015 GNS Fan Club Convention

 

GNS Convention 2015

GNS Convention 2015

The 2015 Convention was one of the best ever, a truly memorable occasion with a much larger attendance that we have had for some years.  Fortunately the weather was dry even if it was slightly cool so we were able to sit out on the patio.

This is the one time in the year when I have an opportunity to renew old acquaintances and meet up with new fans.

We launched my latest book “Crabs Omnibus”, a volume of short stories featuring the giant crustaceans, which included both new and previously published material.  This is one for the completist collector, a compliment to the seven novels over the last 40 years.

My thanks to my wife Jean, Annie my assistant and Phil Ellett who manages my website and creates my e-books.  They were stalwarts on a very busy day.  Phil has run the GNS website since its beginning and has done an excellent job with the new version which was launched earlier this year.  If you have not visited yet then take a look.

Next year will be the 25th anniversary of the GNS Fan Club Convention so it will be something rather special.  We are reverting to the original date of the first Sunday in September so it will be held on September 4th 2016.  Make a note in your diary so that you don’t miss it.

Thank you to everyone who attended this year and to all of my fans for their support throughout the year.  I really do appreciate it.

GNS Fan Club Convention 2014

The GNS Convention 2013Every year Guy throws open his home and welcomes fans both old and new. The 2014 annual convention was held on Sunday, September 7th starting at 1.00pm. Families and children were welcomed and there was the usual on-going buffet, wine, soft drinks, tea and coffee etc.

There was an opportunity to browse and buy Guy’s books and the original manuscript for his latest book ‘Hangman’s Hotel’ was auctioned.

Paul Adams, who is a long-time fan and good friend of mine, was kind enough to write the foreword for Hangman’s Hotel.

We had hoped that he would be attending the convention but he has a trip booked to Romania where he was conducting vampire research. His books were available at the convention including his latest, ‘Written in Blood’, a Cultural History of the British Vampire.

If you would like to attend the 2015 convention please drop Guy a line at blackhillbooks@hotmail.com or phone 01588 640551 to let him know so he can cater for the numbers.

If you would like information on local B&B’s or directions to Guy’s house please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Hope you can make it…

Guy