Introducing our Surprise Guest of Honour

Conflux is delighted to welcome the wonderful Lee Murray as our Conflux Guest of Honour.

Lee Murray is an award-winning writer of fantasy, science fiction, and horror. She lives with her family in the Land of the Long White Cloud where she conjures up stories for readers of all ages from her office overlooking a cow paddock.

Current

  • Acquiring Editor, Omnium Gatherum Publishing
  • Programme Director GeyserCon, Rotorua 2019
  • Mentor/assessor NZSA, AHWA, SpecFicNZ


Awards
Sir Julius Vogel Awards

  • Best Novel for Hounds of the Underworld with Dan Rabarts, 2018
  • Best Novel for Into the Mist, 2017
  • Best Collected Work for At the Edge with Dan Rabarts, 2017
  • Service to Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror, Lee Murray, 2017
  • Best Short Story for The Thief’s Tale, 2016
  • Best Short Story for Inside Ferndale, 2015
  • Best Novella/Novelette for Cave Fever, in Regeneration, 2014
  • Best Collected Work for Baby Teeth with Dan Rabarts, 2014
  • Best Short Story for Hope is the Thing With Feathers 2013
  • Best Youth Novel for Battle of the Birds, 2012

Australasian Shadows Awards

  • Award Best Edited Work for Baby Teeth with Dan Rabarts, 2014

You will see her in her Guest of Honour presentation today at 11.45am and Kaffeeklatsche at 2.30pm along with the other panels she is on. She is also taking pitches on behalf of Omnium Gatherum so check with registration if there are spots left.

Share

Conflux 14 Local Author Spotlight: Robert Hood

This year, Conflux 14 is doing a local author spotlight  on none other than Aussie horror’s wicked godfather…

Rob Hood

Rob has published over 200 short stories, novellas, articles and short books for kids, in the genres of Horror, SF, Fantasy, Crime and other generally Weird mutations of these categories. His stories have appeared in Australian and overseas magazines and anthologies, as well as in several personal collections and in various Year’s Best anthologies.

He has also written novels, including the award-winning epic fantasy Fragments of a Broken Land: Valarl Undead (Wildside Press, 2013). His most recent book is Peripheral Visions: The Collected Ghost Stories (IFWG Australia Publishing, 2015), a career defining tome that gained him the Australian Shadows Award for Best Collection. His latest short stories include a Lovecraftian weird tale, “Time and Tide”, which appears in the newly released anthology Cthulhu Deep Down Under, Vol. 2 (ed. Steve Proposch, Christopher Sequeira and Bryce Stevens, IFWG Publishing Australia) and a Halloween tale, “A Man Totally Alone”, to be published in The Mammoth Book of Halloween Stories (ed. Stephen Jones, Skyhorse Publishing) later in the year.

He is currently writing (and is theoretically nearing completion of) several novels, which he would love to rant on about if you care to ask. He, his long-time partner, award-winning author Cat Sparks, and their 3 cats moved to Canberra nearly two years ago, after Rob decided working for the University of Wollongong for 27 years was quite enough. Now he writes full-time, which means his productivity has diminished. Weird.

You can track Rob down in the internet by starting at www.roberthood.net.

Share

And that’s a wrap!

And that’s Conflux over for (at least) another year!

Thank you to everyone who came along and made it such a fab con. It wouldn’t be what it is without the wonderful community of people it draws on and that is you. Yes, you.

An especial thank you to our wonderful guests and MC: Ellen Datlow, Angela Slatter, Meri Amber and Kaaron Warren.

A huge thank you to everyone who volunteered their time and energy to participate in panels, or moderate the discussions; to our amazing workshop convenors; to the authors and publishers who launched their books at Conflux; to the publishers who took pitches; to the cosplayers who kept everything colourful; to the staff of the Hotel Vibe who where just awesome; and of course to the Conflux Committee who organised the whole thing and made it run so smoothly and the brave souls who have volunteered their time and energy to making the next Conflux happen.

As usual, you can relive all your Conflux memories by checking out Conflux on Instagram, or by checking out Cat Spark’s spectacular portfolio of Flickr pics.

Some announcements! Winners of the CSFG/Conflux Short Story Competition were:

  • 1st place: Marianna Shek, with If the Shoe Fits
  • 2nd place: Leife Shallcross, with Flawless
  • 3rd place: Zena Shapter, with The Kind of Man

Winner of the E G Harvey Award for Australian SF Art for 2017 is Shauna O’Meara

The theme for Conflux 14 will be The Unconventional Hero. Stay tuned for more information about when and where Conflux 14 will be held.

Until then…

Thanks again for another great year!

– the Conflux 13 Committee

Share

Last day to enter our GOH Brekkie draw!

Today is the last day to go into the draw to win a ticket to the Conflux Guest of Honour Breakfast when you get your con membership!

Valued at $40, the Conflux GOH Breakfast is a delicious continental breakfast at 9am on Sunday 1 October at Vibe in the company of our two Guests of Honour, Ellen Datlow and Angela Slatter, and our MC Kaaron Warren. Spots at the GOH Brekkie are limited!

 

Share

One month to go!

There’s exactly one month to go until Conflux kicks off at Hotel Vibe!

Have you got your membership?

If not, get out your credit card, because every full con membership purchased between 1 – 7 September will go in the draw to win a ticket to the Conflux Guest of Honour Breakfast at 9am on Sunday, 1 October, valued at $40!

This is a new event for Conflux. We are offering a delicious continental breakfast at Vibe in the company of our two Guests of Honour, Ellen Datlow and Angela Slatter, and our MC Kaaron Warren. Spots at the GOH Brekkie are limited, so the mood is intimate and convivial.

Come along and enjoy the company and get caffeinated before hitting the con at 10am!

Share

Fablecroft announces a brand new Angela Slatter boutique gift book!

To celebrate her invitation as Guest of Honour at Conflux 13, FableCroft Publishing has just announced an exclusive project with multi-award winning writer Angela Slatter. Produced as a limited edition chapbook, The Tallow-Wife is a gorgeous hardcover boutique gift book, lavishly illustrated by the incredible Kathleen Jennings, and only available for purchase for a very short time.

This beautiful book contains Angela’s darkly mannered novella “The Tallow-Wife”, along with “Fragments from the Citadel”, and an exclusive essay on the art of the world by Kathleen Jennings.

Head over to the Fablecroft website to pre-order your copy now, for the special pre-order discount price of AUD$35.00 (plus postage if not collecting at Conflux)! A very limited quantity will be available to purchase at full price at Conflux, but for the next month only, until September 21, 2017, we will take pre-orders for pick up or post anywhere in the world.

Even better, if you pre-order now for collection at Conflux your book will be signed by Angela!

Share

Ellen Datlow wins a Hugo!

She’s done it again, folks. Conflux 13 is squeeing wildly extends its most heartfelt congratulations to our international Guest of Honour, Ellen Datlow, for winning another Hugo Award. We’re just so thrilled we can’t even.

Link to the full list of winners and nominees below.

Share

Announcing our Music Guest: Meri Amber

Conflux 13 is proud to announce its final guest for 2017: musical 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

Share

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.

Share

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!

Share