Special Guests

Conflux 13 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.

Conflux 13 Guest of Honour: 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.

Conflux 13 MC: 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.

 

Conflux 13 Music Guest: Meri Amber

Meri Amber is a geek pop singer-songwriter from Sydney. Her sound can be likened to a mesh of bright pop with a smidgen of 90s punk rock stirred in, topped off with a generous sprinkling of pop culture samples and computer game synths. She lists Lily Allen, Mika and Aqua as some of her influences as well as Pokémon, Starbucks and Tim Minchin.

Meri has been a star attraction at previous Conflux events and we are delighted that she will be returning this year with a delightful surprise: Grimm Tales, a brand new EP, launching at Conflux 13!

Meri says:

I am extraordinarily excited for Conflux 13. There are a wealth of reasons why. Firstly, 13 is my favourite number (I was born on a Friday the 13th at 1pm… Which is the 13th hour). Secondly, the Grimm Brothers theme caught my imagination in a big way.
 
Unlike the previous Conflux events I’ve been too, I didn’t have any Grimm Brothers songs I could perform at Conflux 13, so I decided to go create an EP of them! I’m going to be sharing my EP and giving it a fittingly eerie launch as part of the event.
 
Many know my songs as very upbeat and chirpy, so an EP of truly dark, often cinematic songs was a different direction for me. There’s everything from big instrumental sections, to spoken word poetry to a cappella choral sections weaved in there between edgy, indie-pop style, filk songs.
 
I simply can’t wait for Conflux, it’s bound to be a highlight of my year!

As a special preview, Meri has shared the first track from the EP: “Saved by Murder”. Click on the link below to hear the song.

Saved by Murder – Meri Amber

 

 

Keep watching the news page for more details about our other special guests!

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