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Chairperson / Hotel Liaison
Amanda Foubister lives in North London. A professional seminar co-ordinator, she has attended and worked on conventions since 1994. She was also a founding Board member of the National Science Fiction and Fantasy Society (1994-97). After two years working in Programming with Toronto's local convention, Ad Astra, she was promoted to Head of the Department, where she led a team of eight people. Through her work with Ad Astra, she worked with several different Toronto fan groups. In 2004, she was voted Chairperson of Ad Astra, which Patrick and Teresa Nielsen Hayden have declared as one of the top ten of cons they have ever attended. She was Chairperson of the 2007 World Horror Convention in Toronto, Canada, which has been described by many as one of the best they have ever attended.
Associate Chairperson / Programming / Publications
Stephen Jones lives in North London. He is the winner of three World Fantasy Awards, three Horror Writers Association Bram Stoker Awards and three International Horror Guild Awards as well as being a seventeen-time recipient of the British Fantasy Award and a Hugo Award nominee. A former television producer/director and genre movie publicist and consultant (the first three Hellraiser movies, etc.) and one of Britain's most acclaimed anthology editors, he has published almost 100 books. He has co-chaired two World Fantasy Conventions and is a permanent board member of the World Fantasy steering committee. He co-chaired the 2007 World Horror Convention in Toronto, chaired or co-chaired a number of British FantasyCons, and has also served on the committees of two World Science Fiction Conventions. A regular convention attendee on both sides of the Atlantic for more than thirty-five years, he was a Guest of Honour at the 2002 World Fantasy Convention in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and the 2004 World Horror Convention in Phoenix, Arizona.
MICHAEL MARSHALL SMITH
Associate Chairperson / Publications
Michael Marshall Smith lives in North London and Brighton with his wife, a son, and two cats. His first novel, Only Forward, won the August Derleth and Philip K. Dick Awards, and his next two – Spares and One of Us – were both optioned by major Hollywood studios. His "Straw Men" books, written under the name "Michael Marshall", were Sunday Times and international best-sellers, and his most recent urban thriller, The Intruders, is currently in development as a series with the BBC. 2008 saw the publication of a short supernatural novel, The Servants, under yet a further pen-name, "M.M. Smith". His collection, More Tomorrow & Other Stories, won the International Horror Guild Award in 2003, and he is a five-time winner of British Fantasy Awards. He has also worked extensively as a screenwriter for clients in London and Hollywood, both individually and as a partner in Smith & Jones Productions. He was a Guest of Honour at the 2007 World Horror Convention in Toronto, Canada.
The Chairpersons at WHC 2007 in Toronto
Martel Sardina lives near Chicago, Illinois. She attended the World Horror Convention for the first time in 2005. Having enjoyed that experience so much, she has volunteered in some capacity at many of the conventions she's attended since. She hosted the Reading Café at the Toronto WHC, and again in Salt Lake City, and is happy to be reprising that role in Brighton for 2010. She is a Contributing Editor for the online Dark Scribe Magazine and her fiction and poetry have been published in several small press anthologies, as well as Space and Time. She is a member of the Horror Writers Association, and in her spare time she loves to sell books and help authors promote their work.
Dealers' Room Consultant
Andy Richards has been a full-time genre bookseller for 20 years (based in Surrey), after attending—and selling at—his first World SF Convention in Boston in 1989. Since then he has been represented at most World Fantasy Conventions and World SF Conventions held in the USA (and occasionally elsewhere). He also had dealers' tables at the 1993 World Horror Convention in Stamford, Connecticut, where attendees found themselves snowed in for the weekend! For many years he sold his books through Murder One bookshop in London's Charing Cross Road but—since the store's closure in 2009—now operates his business Cold Tonnage Books over the Internet.
Dealers' Room Liaison
An Irishman living in London, James Bacon is an express train driver in real life. He reads books and comics, collects comic book artwork and writes reviews. He is also a con-runner, his most recent two being Co-Chair of the 2009 Eastercon in Bradford, and the previous year he organised Zombiecon. James ran his first Dealers' Room in 1993 and hasn't looked back since.
Marie O'Regan is a British Fantasy Award-nominated horror author who lives in Derbyshire with her husband—author Paul Kane—and children. She has had fiction published in the UK, USA, Canada, Italy and Germany, and her first collection, Mirror Mere, was published by Rainfall Books in 2006. Her genre journalism has appeared in such magazines as Dark Side, Rue Morgue, Dreamwatch and Death Ray, among others. Marie also served in various roles on the British Fantasy Society Committee from 2001-08, including editing their publications and maintaining their website, and was Chairperson from 2004-08. Along with her husband, she Chaired FantasyCon 2008, having served on the FantasyCon Committee for several years before that.
Hospitality / Events Liaison
Paul Kane's genre journalism has featured in magazines like Fangoria, SFX and Rue Morgue, and his first non-fiction book was The Hellraiser Films and Their Legacy. His short stories have appeared in many magazines and anthologies on both sides of the Atlantic and have been collected in Alone (In the Dark), Touching the Flame, FunnyBones and Peripheral Visions. His novella Signs of Life reached the shortlist of the British Fantasy Awards 2006, and his others include The Lazarus Condition and RED. His first mass-market novel was Arrowhead, a post-apocalyptic reworking of the Robin Hood myth. A sequel, Broken Arrow, is forthcoming. His work has been broadcast on BBC Radio 2, and in 2008 his zombie story 'Dead Time' was turned into an episode of the Lionsgate/NBC TV series Fear Itself, adapted by Steve Niles (30 Days of Night) and directed by Darren Lynn Bousman (SAW II-IV). He also scripted the short film The Opportunity. Paul served as Special Publications Editor of the British Fantasy Society for five years and co-chaired FantasyCon in 2008 with his wife, Marie O'Regan.
ROBERT T. GARCIA
The first book that Robert Garcia published was the horror/fantasy anthology Tales by Moonlight edited by Jessica Amanda Salmonson in 1982. He hasn't stopped working in the field since, creating the fanzine American Fantasy, which grew into a newsstand magazine in the late 1980s (winning a World Fantasy Award). He did a short stint as Senior Editor at First Comics, became the principal book designer for DreamHaven Books and, after Stephen Jones brought Bob on board for Fedogan & Bremer's Shadows Over Innsmouth, was cover designer for F&B for several years. Bob wrote two huge cover stories for Cinefantastique and edited the horror anthology Chilled to the Bone. His Garcia Publishing Services has created books, magazines and websites for a wide variety of companies (including Subterranean Press and Twilight Tales), all-in-all working on over 100 publications since Tales by Moonlight. He and his wife Nancy also own American Fantasy Press, which has published the multiple award-winning The Man on the Ceiling novella by Steve Rasnic & Melanie Tem, the best-selling A Walking Tour of the Shambles by Neil Gaiman and Gene Wolfe (now in its 3rd printing), and the hardcover signed edition of Dennis Etchison's Darkside. He previously dealt with advertising for World Horror Convention 2007 in Toronto.
Rodger Turner is a Canadian who has read a lot of science fiction and fantasy over the past forty-five years (we're still trying to get him interested in horror). His love of the genre led to him becoming a partner in The House of SF, an Ottawa science fiction and fantasy bookstore, from 1979 until it closed in 1997. Around the same time, he got involved in SF Site, a Hugo-nominated web site featuring reviews, interviews and columns, for which he is now Publisher/Managing Editor. In addition, he has designed and maintained a number of web sites for other people and publications, including those for The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Charles de Lint, Stephen Jones and World Horror Convention 2007.