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Following is a report on the 1997 Fantasy Convention, held in London, England. This meeting was the twenty-first yearly; it is usually held in the United States, the only exception being the UK again, nine years ago. Fantasy, Horror and Science Fiction writers, critics, editors, publishers, artists and fans met October 30-November 2, 1997 to convivialize, regroup, and assess. There were panels in series over the course of the convention, including "Not in Kansas Any More": expatriates talk about living and working in another country (usually here, for Britons; there for Americans); "The Changing Image of the Vampire", a slide presentation; "Do Anthologies Sell?"; "Undead by Any Other Name": What exactly is a vampire?; and "How to become a Bestseller". The Art Show. All the art was entirely professional, ran the scope of Fantasy/Horror/SF, and was for the most part, available for purchase. There was a Meet the Artists Reception in the gallery. The Convention Artist Guest of Honor was Bob Eggleton, an American. Other artists included Jim Burns (space aliens, astronauts), Mark Harrison (dragons, European medieval), Leo Edwards (vampires), Anne Sudworth (fairies, dragons, misted forests of the North). Most artists represented were British. Shipping for display abroad is a complicated matter. This is the art one sees on the covers of paperbacks and on hardcover dustjackets. Quality was emphasized over quantity at this show. Pieces did not go to auction, as is the custom at many conventions. Concurrent with the convention, Sotheby's held an auction of British Fantasy Art. Works dated from Victorian times to the present, and included Aubrey Beardsley, Tenniel (Alice's Adventures...), Arthur Rackham, and Ralph Steadman. Christopher Lee. The actor attended the convention, and was interviewed before an audience (and tea and Perrier at table) by writer Douglas E. Winter. Lee is, of course, best known in the U.S. for his portrayal of Dracula, Hammer Productions. It is said be brought a new dimension to a role some thought closed by Bela Lugosi. This year, he went to Pakistan to portray Muhammad Ali Jinnah, the founder of that country. He and Patrick McNee (Avengers-TV) knew each other as children, and acted then. His favorite actor is Conrad Veidt; his favorite released work in film, The Wicker Man. The interviewer didn't ask much. The subject was quite a raconteur, and answered a lot. I recalled that he lived here in L.A. for a time. He has since returned to England. Now, at 75, he has rewritten and augmented his autobiography and issued an album of vocal music. The Ambience. It was cold, days (about 50F at noon) but cloudless in London. Evenings, the mist came in. The Thames seemed low. No rain before dark. About 750 persons registered for the Convention, fewer attended. There were no hall costumes, there was no masquerade or gaming rooms, no filksinging. The emphasis was on meeting and talking to people, something which was easy to do--the Convention was geared to this type of communication instead of passive entertainment and shows. There were many parties, and the professional societies met. All the people I spoke to, read; the Dealer's Room was almost exclusively booksellers, antiquarian and otherwise. Unlike the situation at many U.S. conventions, beer/wine could be consumed anywhere in the hotel, at the panel discussions, in the lobby, etc. The host hotel, the International, is located in the Docklands, on the banks of the Thames. 1997 Fantasy Convention Guests of Honor and Awards Guests of Honor: Iain Sinclair Joan Aiken Artist Guest of Honor: Bob Eggleton Special Media Guest: Doug Bradley Theme: The Centenary of Dracula

1997 World Fantasy Awards

Life Achievement Award: Madeleine L'Engle Novel: "Godmother Night" by Rachel Pollack Short Fiction: "Thirteen Phantasms" by James P. Blaylock Anthology: "Starlight", edited by Patrick Nielsen Hayden Collection: "The Wall of the Sky, The Wall of the Eye" by Jonathan Lethem Artist: Moebius (Jean Giraud) Professional: Mike Weldon for the "Psychotronic Video Guide to Film" The 1998 Fantasy Convention will be held in Monterey, California.
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