Announcing Conflux 13’s International Guest of Honour: Ellen Datlow

We have to keep pinching ourselves to make sure this is real, but (deep breath) Conflux 13 is bringing none other than Ellen Datlow to Australia!!!

Ellen Datlow has been editing science fiction, fantasy, and horror short fiction for over thirty-five years as fiction editor of OMNI Magazine and editor of Event Horizon and SCIFICTION. She currently acquires short fiction for Tor.com. In addition, she has edited more than ninety science fiction, fantasy, and horror anthologies, including the annual The Best Horror of the Year, Lovecraft’s Monsters, Fearful Symmetries, The Doll Collection, The Monstrous, Children of Lovecraft, Nightmares: A New Decade of Modern Horror, and Black Feathers.  Forthcoming are, Hallows’ Eve (with Lisa Morton), and Mad Hatters and March Hares (stories inspired by Alice’s Adventures in in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass and What Alice Found There).

She’s won multiple World Fantasy Awards, Locus Awards, Hugo Awards, Stoker Awards, International Horror Guild Awards, Shirley Jackson Awards, and the 2012 Il Posto Nero Black Spot Award for Excellence as Best Foreign Editor. Datlow was named recipient of the 2007 Karl Edward Wagner Award, given at the British Fantasy Convention for “outstanding contribution to the genre,” was honored with the Life Achievement Award by the Horror Writers Association, in acknowledgment of superior achievement over an entire career, and honored with the World Fantasy Life Achievement Award at the 2014 World Fantasy Convention.

She lives in New York and co-hosts the monthly Fantastic Fiction Reading Series at KGB Bar.  More information can be found at www.datlow.com, on Facebook, and on twitter as @EllenDatlow.

We are beyond excited to bring you this giant of genre fiction. There’s not much she doesn’t know about this industry and we’re really looking forward to hearing everything she has to say. We’re going to be super-professional about it all. But, just know we’ll all be fangirling/fanboying on the inside.

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Announcing our MC for Conflux 13: Kaaron Warren

And now for our second exciting reveal: we are very happy to announce that your MC for Conflux 13 will be the multi-award winning writer of intelligent, terrifying and unsettling “ghost stories for grown ups”, Kaaron Warren!

Kaaron Warren has been writing stories since she was five, around the same time she discovered Grimm’s Fairy tales. The chilling thrill of Hansel and Gretel, Rumplestiltskin tearing himself in two; all of these helped her become a writer. She’s been publishing fiction since she was 28, with 4 novels and 6 short story collections to show for it. She still reads Grimm’s, every now and then.

We have it on good authority that Kaaron is, even now, plotting just exactly how she will traumatise us all shepherd us through the shadowy halls of our 13th Conflux to emerge, pale and blinking (from the con bar?), back into the sunlight of a subtly altered reality…

Stay tuned for more exciting Conflux 13 news in the next few days!

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Announcing our first Conflux 13 GOH: Angela Slatter

We are thrilled to be able to reveal our first Guest of Honour to you: the supremely talented and intimidatingly brilliant Angela Slatter!

Angela Slatter is the author of the collections The Girl with No Hands and Other Tales, Sourdough and Other Stories, The Bitterwood Bible and Other Recountings, Black-Winged Angels, Winter Children and Other Chilling Tales and A Feast of Sorrows: Stories, as well as the novellas Ripper and Of Sorrow and Such. With co-conspirator Lisa L. Hannett she has written Midnight and Moonshine and The Female Factory. Angela has won a World Fantasy Award, a British Fantasy Award, one Ditmar Award, and five Aurealis Awards. She has an MA and a PhD in Creative Writing, is a graduate of Clarion South and the Tin House Summer Writers Workshop. She was an inaugural Queensland Writers Fellow in 2013, and the Established Writer-in-Residence at the Katharine Susannah Prichard Writers Centre in Perth in 2016. Her work has been adapted for the screen, and translated into Japanese, Russian, and Bulgarian. Angela’s debut novel, Vigil, was released by Jo Fletcher Books (Quercus/Hachette) in July 2016, and the sequels, Corpselight and Restoration will follow in 2017 and 2018 respectively.

And, as of today, she has received a further 5 Aurealis Award nominations for best horror story (“The Red Forest”, from Winter Children and Other Chilling Tales), best fantasy novella (Finnegan’s Field), best collection (for both Winter Children and Other Chilling Tales AND A Feast of Sorrows: Stories) and best novel (Vigil). Phew.

We are really looking forward to hanging out with Angela and hearing what she has to say on all the fascinating topics we’re going to throw at her over the first weekend in October. Hoping you can join us!

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Conflux 12 – Closing Ceremony Photos

Conflux is done for another year, the guests have all departed and the Red Fire Monkey has returned, hooting with mischievous joy, to its slightly singed forest home.

The convention did not have an official photographer, however Cat Sparks captured a few candid shots near the bar: you can access Cat’s flickr galley via her website.

(If anyone else has an online gallery of great photos they would like us to link to, leave the details in the comments and we’ll highlight them here).

Here are just a few photos from the closing ceremony:

MC Sean Williams with convention Co-Chair Leife Shallcross

Sean Williams and Leife ShallcrossGuest of Honour Alan Baxter with Leife

Guest of Honour Alan Baxter with Leife

International Guest Dave Wolverton with Leife

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Musical Guest Meri Amber with Leife

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Guest of Honour shortlisted for Aurealis Awards

kaaron1Conflux 9 Guest of Honour Kaaron Warren has been shortlisted for the Aurealis Awards with her science fiction short story “The Lighthouse Keepers’ Club” (Exotic Gothic 4, PS Publishing) and her horror short story “Sky” (Through Splintered Walls, Twelfth Planet Press). Through Splintered Walls was also shortlisted in the Collection category.

Congratulations to Kaaron and other Conflux 9 panellists and members shortlisted for the awards, which will be announced at a gala ceremony in Sydney on 18 May 2013. For more information about the Aurealis Awards and for a full list of finalists, visit www.aurealisawards.org

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Conflux’s Kaaron Warren recommended by Locus

Locus Magazine has included Conflux 9 Special Guest Kaaron Warren in its 2012 Recommended Reading List.

Karen’s novella ‘Sky’ (which appeared in her four-story collection Through Splintered Wallsis featured in the list, which reads like a veritable ‘who’s who’ of speculative fiction.

You can find out more about Kaaron on the Guests page.

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Locus recommends Conflux 9 international guest of honour

verdigrisLocus Magazine has included Conflux 9 International Guest of Honour Nalo Hopkinson in its 2012 Recommended Reading List.

Nalo’s young adult novel The Chaos and her short story ‘The Easthound’ feature on the list alongside an absolute swag of the best speculative stories on the planet (and possibly off the planet too).

Don’t forget to pre-order Nalo’s books so you can collect them at Conflux.

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Pre-orders open for Nalo Hopkinson books

verdigrisThe International Guest of Honour for Conflux 9/Natcon 2013 is Nalo Hopkinson.

As nearly all of Nalo Hopkinson’s titles have no distribution in Australia, Slow Glass Books is offering the below titles for pre-order. All orders will be available for pick up in the Dealers Room at Conflux 9. Orders may be arranged by emailing Justin at slowglass dot com dot au.

SISTER MINE – Hardcover – $34.95**

http://www.hachettebookgroup.com/titles/nalo-hopkinson/sister-mine/9780446576925/

REPORT FROM PLANET MIDNIGHT – Trade Paperback – $19.95

http://www.pmpress.org/content/article.php/NaloHopkinson

THE CHAOS – Hardcover – $24.95 or Trade Paperback – $16.95

http://books.simonandschuster.com/Chaos/Nalo-Hopkinson/9781416954880

THE NEW MOON’S ARMS – Trade Paperback – $19.95

http://www.hachettebookgroup.com/titles/nalo-hopkinson/the-new-moons-arms/9780446581974/

THE SALT ROADS – Trade Paperback/Print-on-Demand – $29.95

http://www.hachettebookgroup.com/titles/nalo-hopkinson/the-salt-roads/9780446677134/

SKIN FOLK – Trade Paperback/Print-on-Demand – $29.95

http://www.hachettebookgroup.com/titles/nalo-hopkinson/skin-folk/9780446678032/

MIDNIGHT ROBBER – Trade Paperback – $19.95

http://www.hachettebookgroup.com/titles/nalo-hopkinson/midnight-robber/9780446675604/

BROWN GIRL IN THE RING – Trade Paperback – $19.95

http://www.hachettebookgroup.com/titles/nalo-hopkinson/brown-girl-in-the-ring/9780446674331/

Edited by NALO HOPKINSON:

MOJO: CONJURE STORIES – Trade Paperback/Print-on-Demand – $29.95

http://www.hachettebookgroup.com/titles/nalo-hopkinson/mojo/9780446679299/

SO LONG BEEN DREAMING: Postcolonial Science Fiction & Fantasy – Trade Paperback – $34.95

http://www.arsenalpulp.com/bookinfo.php?index=192

PLEASE PLACE ORDERS BY EMAILING: Justin at slowglass dot com dot au

***        Please note that the links for each title list the US prices.

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