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

The GNS Convention 2015

 

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.

The GNS Convention

Every year Guy throws open his home and welcomes fans both old and new. The annual convention will be held on Sunday, September 7th this year starting at 1.00pm. Families and children are more than welcome. There will be the usual on-going buffet, wine, soft drinks, tea and coffee etc.

There will be an opportunity to browse and buy Guy’s books and on offer at the auction will be the original manuscript for his latest book ‘Hangman’s Hotel’.

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 will be conducting vampire research. His books will be available at the convention including his latest, ‘Written in Blood’, a Cultural History of the British Vampire.

If you plan to attend 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

The GNS 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