Pan’s People

Reading & Writing

The Pan Books of Horror were Britain’s most influential collections of horror stories and ran from 1959 onward, producing volumes over the next thirty years. Toward the end of the run I was privileged to make it into the collections a couple of times. Now, the volume ‘Back From The Dead’ under editor Johnny Mains, has brought together the handful of writers who are still technically alive for a new collection to see if we still have the mojo. Our picture shows Craig Herbertson, moi, Johnny Mains, Tony Richards, David A Riley, David A Sutton, Annie Copper, Basil Copper, Nicholas Royle and Les we grimly leave ink all over the books for sale.

It was the end of the World Horror Convention is rainswept Brighton, home of some lovely Regency buildings that have survived despite the best efforts of the philistine town council to ruin the seafront architecture, home of an awful lot of hen parties (could someone in Britain start a trend for getting married quietly again, just for the novelty?) and home too of the best horror convention that has taken place anywhere for several years, with a massive turnout, packed readings, panels and events, surprise guests and a chance for a great many new writers to meet publishers firsthand. It’s always the sign of a great convention that you’ve lost your voice before it’s time to go home!

2 comments on “Pan’s People”

  1. Donna Hibburd says:

    Glad to hear you enjoyed the World Horror Convention much as I did. As a fan, it was great to see the authors, artists and editors enjoying themselves and appearing genuinely pleased that people like their work.
    My own regret was being so overwhelmed by the presence of so many authors whose work lines my bookshelves, I was pretty much dumbstruck when it came to the signings. So, Chris thank you for your books, thank you for taking the time to come to Brighton.


  2. stephen groves says:

    Hi Chris,
    Great Convention , shame about the weather.I was like a kid in a sweet shop, everywhere you turned there was a well known writer and long time hero of mine to see and talk to. Numerous writers where there that shaped my reading tastes when I was a teenager and I was also introduced to the work of many new writers who may now add to what I choose to read in the future.I Would like to personally thank you for signing the collection of your books I had brought with me to the convention.I do feel for the author when faced with a fan with a small library tucked under their arm.
    many thanks again

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