Alan Lee To Miss WFC 2013

World Fantasy Con 2013, which takes place in less than two weeks, is truly snakebit. The con has lost yet another guest, Alan Lee announcing he will be too busy working on the second Hobbit movie to attend.

In September, the con’s Master of Ceremonies China Miéville notified the committee he would be unable to attend “due to circumstances completely beyond my control.”

And, of course, Richard Matheson died in June, having already announced health would prevent him from attending. (His son, Richard Christian Matheson, also a GoH, still plans to be there.)

[Via Locus Online.]

Matheson Senior Will Miss WFC 2013

Although World Fantasy Con 2013 counted on hosting both Richard Matheson (Twilight Zone’s “Nightmare at 20,000 Feet,” The Legend of Hell House) and his son Richard Christian Matheson as guests of honor, it’s not going to work out. The elder Matheson’s health isn’t good enough to allow for a trip overseas.

Richard Christian Matheson’s message explaining his father’s decision was recently released by the comittee:

I have disappointing news. My father recently informed me that after much thought, he won’t be able to attend World Fantasy Convention 2013 because of ongoing health concerns. We are, of course, heavy-hearted, as I know you must be reading this. He wants you to know how much he appreciates the organiser’s dedication to making WFC 2013 the best yet, and how they’ve tried every means available to assure his safety and presence. Still, I’m afraid it’s just not in the cards and, while his challenges aren’t life threatening, travel for him is extremely taxing. I know he’s wise in this decision. He’ll be in Brighton, in spirit, and on our mutual behalf, I’ll still be attending and look forward to seeing old friends and meeting new ones. Thank you for your understanding.

Richard Senior also wrote a note:

I certainly appreciate the organisers of World Fantasy Convention 2013 choosing me and my son RC as Guests of Honour. I am very pleased and honoured. I am regretful I cannot respond to it and be there in person, due to health. I wish everyone a marvellous time.

WFC 2013 says Richard Matheson will remain an Honorary Guest of Honour and his career will be celebrated throughout the con’s program.

[Via Andrew Porter.]

August 26 Tripleheader

Mystery & Imagination Bookshop weaves together three events on Sunday, August 26 from 1:00-4:00 p.m.

The Devil’s Coattails signing party brings together the story collection’s editors, authors and publishers — William F. Nolan, Sunni K Brock, Jason V Brock, Marc Scott Zicree, R. C. Matheson, Paul G. Bens, Jr., Earl Hamner, Jr., and Paul J. Salamoff.

At the same time some of those same folks, plus others, will participate in “Ray Bradbury: A Celebration of Life” — William F. Nolan, George Clayton Johnson, Marc Scott Zicree, R. C. Matheson, Paul G. Bens, Jr., Earl Hamner, Jr., Stan Freberg, Terence McVicker, Dennis Etchison, Pete Atkinson, and Paul J. Salamoff.

And there will be a simultaneous signing party for The Nefertiti-Tut Express, the last book of Bradbury’s to appear before he left us. Publisher Terence McVicker, the publisher, will be in attendance. The book features illustrations by Gary Gianni.

Mystery & Imagination is located at 238 N. Brand Bl., Glendale, CA 91204.

[Thanks to John King Tarpinian for the story.]

WFC 2013 Names Mathesons as GoHs

Richard Matheson (Twilight Zone’s “Nightmare at 20,000 Feet,” The Legend of Hell House) and his son Richard Christian Matheson (TV, movie and short story writer) are the first authors to be announced as Guests of Honor at World Fantasy Con 2013.

The con takes place in Brighton, England over Halloween Weekend 2013.

The full press release follows the jump.

[Thanks to Andrew Porter for the story.]

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Tarpinian: 2011 Paperback Show

Niven Pournelle

Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle at 32nd Vintage Paperback Show.

By John King Tarpinian: The 32nd annual L.A. Vintage Paperback Collectors Show was held Sunday March 27.  There were 78 tables full of everything from old sci-fi pulps to hard-boiled lesbian detective novels and everything in-between.  Among the authors who were kind enough to sign just about anything put in from of them were, William F. Nolan & George Clayton Johnson, Dennis Etchison with Richard Christian Matheson, Jerry Pournelle & Larry Niven, Peters S. Beagle and Tim Powers.

Nolan Johnson

William F. Nolan & George Clayton Johnson

Etchison RC Matheson

Dennis Etchison & Richard Christian Matheson

Peter Beagle

Peter Beagle

Tim Powers

Tim Powers