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Johnny_mains (Johnny_mains)
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Posted on Tuesday, March 16, 2010 - 06:34 pm:   

Sadly not coming to the WHC (but you never know...)- Joe has just done a signing in Milton Keynes, will be appearing in Birmingham Waterstones tonight at 6pm and will be at the following places - promoting his book HORNS:

March 17th (Wed) - LIVERPOOL Waterstones, 12:30 PM (Signing only).

March 17th (Wed) - MANCHESTER Waterstones, 7 PM.

March 18th (Thurs) - LEEDS Waterstones, 1 PM. (Signing only).

March 18th (Thurs) - NOTTINGHAM Waterstones, 6:30 PM.

March 20 (Sat) - LONDON Forbidden Planet (time TBD)

Hope someone can get to go!
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Carolinec (Carolinec)
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Posted on Tuesday, March 16, 2010 - 10:50 pm:   

I'm going to see him in Leeds on Thursday. I mentioned this on the Joe Hill thread previously I think, Johnny. Looking forward to it!
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Craig (Craig)
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Posted on Tuesday, March 16, 2010 - 11:50 pm:   

Joe who? King?

... just a snarky little joke is all - lighten up!!!
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Mark_lynch (Mark_lynch)
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Posted on Wednesday, March 17, 2010 - 08:01 am:   

I'm a bit dodgy on my feet right now, so if there's an affordable car park nearby...

Mind, I suspect quite a lot of people will be turning up for the Leeds signing. (Not Craig's joke.) There's a half-chance I may get there but if the queue's out the door then I'm driving straight past...
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Mark_lynch (Mark_lynch)
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Posted on Wednesday, March 17, 2010 - 08:05 am:   

I am determined not to walk with a cane this year, so if you see someone hopping and with a grimace, that'll be me, Caroline.
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Johnny_mains (Johnny_mains)
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Posted on Wednesday, March 17, 2010 - 08:30 am:   

There's a Joe Hill thread? - fool me for not looking for it! Sorry Caroline!
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Weber_gregston (Weber_gregston)
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Posted on Wednesday, March 17, 2010 - 09:50 am:   

I've had tickets for tonight's Manchester wotsit for a while. I need to see if I can find a copy of Creepshow in HMV before I go though. Something else for him to sign.
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Carolinec (Carolinec)
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Posted on Wednesday, March 17, 2010 - 01:56 pm:   

>>..I'm a bit dodgy on my feet right now, so if there's an affordable car park nearby...
There's a half-chance I may get there but if the queue's out the door then I'm driving straight past...
I am determined not to walk with a cane this year, so if you see someone hopping and with a grimace, that'll be me, Caroline.<<

Me too, Mark. So if you see a plump middle-aged lady grimacing in pain, that'll probably be me too!


My aim is to get there early. I'm really hoping there aren't many people going to this one as I need to get away as soon as possible and get ready for work in the evening.

I've got a copy of 20th Century Ghosts I'd like him to sign as well as buying Horns on the day.

Johnny - I definitely wasn't getting at you for missing the Joe Hill thread. Please don't think that.

Weber - hope you enjoy the Manchester do. He's giving a talk there as well as the signing, isn't he? Let us know how it goes.
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Zed (Gary_mc)
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Posted on Wednesday, March 17, 2010 - 02:06 pm:   

I'm nimble and very light on my feet, so if I see either of you I'm going to push you over and run away giggling.
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Carolinec (Carolinec)
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Posted on Wednesday, March 17, 2010 - 02:10 pm:   

>>I'm nimble and very light on my feet, so if I see either of you I'm going to push you over and run away giggling.<<


You going too, Zed? I'll watch out for you.
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Mark_lynch (Mark_lynch)
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Posted on Wednesday, March 17, 2010 - 04:25 pm:   

I'll wear my 'Mr Perfect' undies so folk recognise me.
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Mark_lynch (Mark_lynch)
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Posted on Wednesday, March 17, 2010 - 04:26 pm:   

(Zed's about to post, saying he'll go commando, I betcha.)
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Carolinec (Carolinec)
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Posted on Wednesday, March 17, 2010 - 04:27 pm:   

Now Mark, I'm not going to go along the queue asking every man there to show me his undies so that I can see if it's you or not!
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Mark_lynch (Mark_lynch)
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Posted on Wednesday, March 17, 2010 - 04:29 pm:   

Caroline, do you have fybromyalgia as well as ME? It wasn't until recently that that particular route of pain was diagnosed in me. Up till then it was all a oneness with me as far as the medics were concerned. Neuropathy. Bloody hurts, doesn't it.
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Mark_lynch (Mark_lynch)
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Posted on Wednesday, March 17, 2010 - 04:33 pm:   

-'I'm not going to go asking every man there to show me his undies so that I can see if it's you or not!'

Damn. That one worked on Zed when I first met him...! Mind, I think he enjoyed asking a little too much...
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Carolinec (Carolinec)
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Posted on Wednesday, March 17, 2010 - 04:42 pm:   

>>Caroline, do you have fybromyalgia as well as ME? It wasn't until recently that that particular route of pain was diagnosed in me. Up till then it was all a oneness with me as far as the medics were concerned. Neuropathy. Bloody hurts, doesn't it.<<

Yes, Mark. ME was diagnosed in 1999 (I'd had it much longer but doctors didn't recognise it then), and then a few years ago I started getting lots of pain as well as the fatigue, so I got a FM diagnosis about 18 months ago, and it's just got worse from that time onwards. You as well with ME *and* FM then? Not pleasant at all.

Still, we can talk about it tomorrow if we meet - or you might not want to! Hey, you're not on the Fibromyalgia Association forum, are you?

Sorry to other folks here - we've digressed into talking about illness again ...
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Tony (Tony)
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Posted on Wednesday, March 17, 2010 - 04:51 pm:   

I'm sure Mark will be pleased to - it's good to find you're not alone in suffering from something, isn't it?
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Mark_lynch (Mark_lynch)
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Posted on Wednesday, March 17, 2010 - 05:51 pm:   

I'm a bit too liberal for a lot of the ME Fybro sites and support groups, Caroline. I'm open-minded to the causes of the 'diseases', which means if someone suggests there's a mental health percentage to the problem, I'm not gonna write it off. Certainly some people benefit from cognitive behavioural approaches, but some of the support places I've been to make 80s Liverpool union officials look like simpering peacemakers. My liberal approach soon stirs up trouble, I've noticed, and I don't want to cause harm to already vulnerable folk so tend to stay away.

Having said that, I did attend an ME sufferers group in Kent last year which I was able to navigate without bringing about armageddon. It was mostly a discussion about chocolate, though.

Very few guys suffer from ME and talk about it openly, which is probably why the suicide rate is higher in blokes than blokettes who have the condition. But I'm not a great example or pin up boy for ME. I've had it since I was a kid, spent 5 or 6 years of my early 20s in bed, and coming up on 40 still suffer terribly. Tell folk - especially youngsters - this, and I worry it steals hope and can become a self-fulfilling prophecy for them.

I do like kicking ass, mind, and insisting people live their lives as they are now and not wait till they're 'better' to do things.

John Lennon, is it: Life's what happens while you're busy making other plans.

Make the best of what you've got.
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Mark_lynch (Mark_lynch)
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Posted on Wednesday, March 17, 2010 - 05:53 pm:   

Having said that, it has been bloody hard of late for me.

Gotta keep that sense of humour to hand, see. Can be hard when your brain's messed and your coping strategies don't always pay off.

The worst thing about it, I find, is that mental inability to stay focused for long, to lose threads and track of what you were...

Uh.

Where was I?
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Mark_lynch (Mark_lynch)
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Posted on Wednesday, March 17, 2010 - 05:57 pm:   

Incidentally, an example of my brain going kaputt is in my previous but one post. I couldn't find the word 'component' in my head, so replaced it with 'per centage.'

(Try writing a novel like that! Kind of eats up your time!)
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Mark_lynch (Mark_lynch)
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Posted on Wednesday, March 17, 2010 - 06:08 pm:   

By the way, should I give Joe Hill his dad's toothpick back?
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Johnny_mains (Johnny_mains)
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Posted on Wednesday, March 17, 2010 - 06:34 pm:   

Took part in an online webchat with Joe today - here are the questions that I managed to get to him.

JM: I once read an interview you did where you talked about a novel you were doing called THE BRIARS. What has happened to it? Is it finished?

JH: The Briars was one of four novels I worked on before HEART-SHAPED BOX, and like those other manuscripts, I don't ever expect it to see the light of day. Buuuuut.... some elements of THE BRIARS have found their way into another story. THE BRIARS concerned a bright but emotionally disturbed young man and his thuggish friend who go on a killing spree one hot summer, acting on the orders of a dark supernatural figure named Dodge. the disturbed young man was named Sam Lesser, and the story took place in a rotting New England mansion called The Briars. Years later I renamed that mansion Keyhouse, and transplanted the basic plot to my comic book, LOCKE & KEY.

JM: How different do you find the critical reception to your work in both the US and UK? And is it true that Stephen Jones first published a short story by you in this country and introduced you to PS Publishing?

JH: Y'know, when I was struggling to break in, I had much better luck selling short stories over here then I did in The States. There's a very small, but fiercely passionate collective of fantasy-horror publishers here in the UK, and they relentlessly offer opportunities for new writers. So a lot of my first stories were sold to Andy Cox at THE THIRD ALTERNATIVE and CRIMEWAVE. And when I finally sold my short story collection (which was really my first book, not H-SB), it was to a small English publishing house, PS. The editor at PS Publishing, Peter Crowther, is himself a writer of short weird tales, and I was really speaking his language.

Stephen Jones spotted one of my short stories, "20th Century Ghost," in an American literary journal, and included it in one of his Best of anthologies... an enormous break for me. And I think one reason Pete Crowther took a chance on my book of stories was because Steve gave me his vote of confidence. I owe the whole horror-fantasy community in the UK a great deal, and probably wouldn't have any kind of career at all without Stephen Jones, Pete Crowther, Andy Cox, Jo Fletcher, and a few others.

JM: How has 'Bobby Conroy Comes Back From the Dead' been received by Dawn of the Dead fans? And what is it about the film (apart from it being the best film on the planet) that made you want to write about it?

JH:
I was, briefly, a child actor - I had eight lines in a George Romero movie, CREEPSHOW. So when I wrote "Bobby Conroy," that was my way of addressing that, of sort of exploring my memories of Mr. Romero and Tom Savini. Savini, in particular, awed me, seemed (and still seems) like a complete rock star.

I don't know that the short story has produced any particular reaction among Deadheads. I do know that one of the best parts of my current book tour was a side trip to the Monroeville Mall, where the original DAWN OF THE DEAD was filmed. It hasn't changed a bit since 1978.
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Carolinec (Carolinec)
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Posted on Wednesday, March 17, 2010 - 09:22 pm:   

Nice bits of the online discussion, Johnny - thanks for sharing that. That's funny, I knew one of Stephen King's kids had a small role in Creepshow, but it just hadn't registered that it might be Joe Hill!

Mark - I know exactly where you're coming from in what you say above. Same feelings as me for the most part. If you do want to chat about it - without us both driving the folks here nuts talking about our illnesses - email me at cacallag at yahoo dot co dot uk (obviously with the at and dots replaced as they should be).
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Mark_lynch (Mark_lynch)
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Posted on Thursday, March 18, 2010 - 07:04 am:   

Cheers, Caroline. Hope to see you later today along with Zed, though we may miss each other in the crowd.

Hey, if you look on Joe Hill's website, there's a pic of him with Ramsey at the Liverpool signing! Nice to see Ramsey looking good and healthy.
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Mark_lynch (Mark_lynch)
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Posted on Thursday, March 18, 2010 - 07:12 am:   

And I think it's safe to say there will be something of a queue, dawgornit.
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Zed (Gary_mc)
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Posted on Thursday, March 18, 2010 - 09:40 am:   

I'm not going to the signign, but my wife is (she has instructions to get me a signed copy of "Horns"). She works in leeds city; I work out in the chavvy suburbs, so won't have time to get there in my lunch break.
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Zed (Gary_mc)
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Posted on Thursday, March 18, 2010 - 09:40 am:   

I'll tell her to ask Joe what kind of skivvies he's wearing.
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Mark_lynch (Mark_lynch)
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Posted on Thursday, March 18, 2010 - 11:01 am:   

Aw, sorry you can't make it, mate. Would've been cool to see you again. Mind, I'm assuming I'm going still, which all depends on the queue...!

Which suburbs, btw? I used to do a fair bit of work near Elland Road, the industrial units round there.

Oh, and I promise that if I see Emily (AKA The Wife), I'll leave her alone and not pester her with my undies...
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Mark_lynch (Mark_lynch)
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Posted on Thursday, March 18, 2010 - 11:03 am:   

Caroline, as well as my Mr Perfect undies, I've got my James Lee Burke t-shirt on (to stir up trouble), and bluejeans, a pair of red sneakers.
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Weber_gregston (Weber_gregston)
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Posted on Thursday, March 18, 2010 - 11:05 am:   

It's a shame it's just a signing. He's a very entertaining bloke. Last night was a really fun event.
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Zed (Gary_mc)
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Posted on Thursday, March 18, 2010 - 11:05 am:   

Are sneakers American trainers?

Mark - I work in Bramley. A right shithole (I live in the area, too...for now: our house went on the market last week).
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Mark_lynch (Mark_lynch)
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Posted on Thursday, March 18, 2010 - 11:32 am:   

Fuck. I know Bramley. Got my car scratched up there about 7 years ago, tried to stay away since. Endless estates, if I remember. Good luck selling, mate, I hope you find somewhere nice. If you don't mind a commute, I can advise on the 'nicer' areas around Huddersfield, where to look, where to avoid.
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Mark_lynch (Mark_lynch)
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Posted on Thursday, March 18, 2010 - 11:34 am:   

Yeah, Puma trainers. Got them in a designer outlet that stocks stuff from all over the place. I actually think I got the European brand rather than the US ones, but they were branded 'sneakers' on the box. They're not as red as they used to be, but still noticably redder than not red.
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Mark_lynch (Mark_lynch)
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Posted on Thursday, March 18, 2010 - 11:35 am:   

Webber, was Hill cool about signing Creepshow? Or was he restricted to signing copies of Horns?
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Zed (Gary_mc)
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Posted on Thursday, March 18, 2010 - 11:37 am:   

The whole of Leeds is just endless estates, mate...actually, the whole of West Yorkshire...a real shitehole. Never thought I'd miss London or Watford as much as I do.

We're moving to either Pudsey or Farsely - both decent areas. For Leeds. Which is, as previously noted, a shitehole.
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Weber_gregston (Weber_gregston)
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Posted on Thursday, March 18, 2010 - 11:40 am:   

As long as it's the DVD he's got no problem signing it. He even drew a pair of horns on the picture of his 10 year old self on the front cover. He does little doodles in all his books as well.
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Zed (Gary_mc)
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Posted on Thursday, March 18, 2010 - 11:44 am:   

He's actually a really nice guy - met him a coupel of times at FCon. he even made a point of buying my first book, Rough Cut. I'd like to have popped over there today. I'm really looking forward to reading "Horns", too.
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Mark_lynch (Mark_lynch)
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Posted on Thursday, March 18, 2010 - 11:46 am:   

There're some nice areas of Pudsey. And they've got a Massive Asda, which I think is its major feature now!

That's cool, Webber. I'll take my 20th C Ghosts, see if he'll scribble in that too...

Is Herr Docktor Fry not in Leeds today? Is he not attending the signing?
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Zed (Gary_mc)
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Posted on Thursday, March 18, 2010 - 11:49 am:   

We're after a Victorian stone terrace; already seen one we love.

Pudsey's a decent little town centre, bult around a crossroads. The massive Asda at the Owlcoates Centre is next to Pudsey station, which curiously is nowhere near Pudsey.
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Mark_lynch (Mark_lynch)
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Posted on Thursday, March 18, 2010 - 12:13 pm:   

I dislike Victorian houses. Cruel windows and not enough light. Hope it works out for you both, though.
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Zed (Gary_mc)
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Posted on Thursday, March 18, 2010 - 12:16 pm:   

I adore all Victorian Architecture. The big stone through-terraces in West Yorkshire are one of the few things I like about the area.

I hate all modern buildings with a passion (despite the fact my livelihood depends on them).
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Mark_lynch (Mark_lynch)
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Posted on Thursday, March 18, 2010 - 12:17 pm:   

Ah, a pal of mine may be at the Hill gig too. So there may be two of us. He may put you off, looking as he does, a proper horror fan, but it's ok, I'm still approachable!
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Zed (Gary_mc)
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Posted on Thursday, March 18, 2010 - 12:21 pm:   

Will he be wearing underpants?
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Mick Curtis (Mick)
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Posted on Thursday, March 18, 2010 - 12:29 pm:   

I love Victorian houses; some friends have one, and it's great to see brick walls in the gardens rather than fences.
Another friend has an Edwardian semi in Cheshire - that's beautiful too, although draughty.
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Mark_lynch (Mark_lynch)
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Posted on Thursday, March 18, 2010 - 12:59 pm:   

>Will he be wearing underpants?

He's not the sort of person you ask...
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Mark_lynch (Mark_lynch)
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Posted on Thursday, March 18, 2010 - 01:00 pm:   

Victorian places always feel cold to me. Dunno why. I feel unwelcome in them.
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Zed (Gary_mc)
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Posted on Thursday, March 18, 2010 - 01:08 pm:   

Clearly, the ghosts don't like you.
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Mark_lynch (Mark_lynch)
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Posted on Thursday, March 18, 2010 - 01:43 pm:   

Well, Im here! There's no queue but an awful lot of folk in the horror section! I've jsut arranged Hungry Hearts more favourably and someone just picked it up ... Then put it down again.

What's Caroline look like?
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Mark_lynch (Mark_lynch)
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Posted on Thursday, March 18, 2010 - 01:47 pm:   

Shit. Just asked someone if they're Caroline, got a look like 'You a weirdo, trying to pick me up?'
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Weber_gregston (Weber_gregston)
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Posted on Thursday, March 18, 2010 - 02:06 pm:   

Haggard, old and bent over a walking stick. large wart on left side of the nose. Black cat on a leash tied to an old style wood bristle broomstick and a large pointy black hat.
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Weber_gregston (Weber_gregston)
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Posted on Thursday, March 18, 2010 - 02:07 pm:   

Just shout her name out loud. Stand in the middle of the shop and scream "Caroline Callaghan I love you" at the top of your voice.
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Zed (Gary_mc)
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Posted on Thursday, March 18, 2010 - 02:29 pm:   

Is my missus there yet? tel her to get a move on.
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Mark_lynch (Mark_lynch)
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Posted on Thursday, March 18, 2010 - 02:30 pm:   

Scary hairy bloke was there. Yikes. He came and stood next to me. He's a nutter. Met him before. So I let someone else deal with him!

Zed's missus turned up and was at the back of the queue just as I was getting my stuff signed. I didn't show her my undies.

Hill was nice. Good fella.
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Weber_gregston (Weber_gregston)
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Posted on Thursday, March 18, 2010 - 02:31 pm:   

That's another woman matching the description I gave earlier to look out for.
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Zed (Gary_mc)
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Posted on Thursday, March 18, 2010 - 02:35 pm:   

Just to reassure you, the scary hairy bloke to which Mark refers is not my missus. She isn't scary.
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Zed (Gary_mc)
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Posted on Thursday, March 18, 2010 - 03:13 pm:   

Huzzah! Emily got me an inscribed copy - and Joe even remembered who I was. Which was nice. because I rarely can.
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Carolinec (Carolinec)
Username: Carolinec

Registered: 06-2009
Posted From: 82.38.75.85
Posted on Thursday, March 18, 2010 - 05:32 pm:   

>>Shit. Just asked someone if they're Caroline, got a look like 'You a weirdo, trying to pick me up?'<<

Aww, sorry Mark, I've only just seen this thread. I should have given you a better description of me! (Weber's hit it on the head by the way ... no, he hasn't really ). I didn't feel confident enough of recognising you or Gary to ask any of the young, hairy fellas there if I could look at their underpants, and I hadn't seen your description of you before I left as this is the first time I've logged on today.

And sorry you couldn't make it Gary - I was looking for a man (aren't I always ) as I thought you'd be there, not Mrs M.

Anyway, nice trip out for me. Surprised that there were so few people there. I arrived over an hour early, thinking there'd be a queue, but it was quite dead. Perhaps more turned up after 1pm, but I was near the front of the queue and had to go asap as I've got to go back to Leeds for work tonight.

Anyway, Hill seems like a really nice guy. You don't get much chance to talk or ask questions of course, when it's just a signing like that, but I did say to him I was surprised he wasn't going to WHC being in the UK at the moment, and he said it was bad timing as they wanted him to do the book signing now to coincide with the publication date, but he couldn't stay another week as he had to get back for the kids.

He signed and doodled my copies of Horns and 20th Century Ghosts. I have a thing about doodles as well as signatures, so I'm mighty chuffed with that.
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Johnny_mains (Johnny_mains)
Username: Johnny_mains

Registered: 01-2010
Posted From: 82.22.70.137
Posted on Friday, March 19, 2010 - 04:58 pm:   

Have just completed a 30-odd minute interview with Joe via the phone and will put the link up for people to see as soon as it's typed up. Really lovely guy to talk to!
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Mark_lynch (Mark_lynch)
Username: Mark_lynch

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 217.171.129.68
Posted on Saturday, March 20, 2010 - 08:37 am:   

Ah, well, I obviously missed you, Caroline. Maybe you were being a bit down on yorself descriptively, as the girls I saw at the front of the queue weren't particularly plump, except for the one who thought I was trying to pick her up...

Hill's signing at the Forbidden Planet in London today. Any RCMBers going?

Looking forward to reading the interview, Johnny.
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Steve Bacon (Stevebacon)
Username: Stevebacon

Registered: 09-2008
Posted From: 90.210.209.136
Posted on Saturday, March 20, 2010 - 09:10 am:   

It's a pity he can't come to Brighton next week...
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Mark_lynch (Mark_lynch)
Username: Mark_lynch

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 212.74.96.200
Posted on Saturday, March 20, 2010 - 11:35 am:   

Brighton's still the murder capital of the UK, I believe. . . Certainly the serious crime capital. Becaus eof its direct routes to London and quick escape options across the Channel, a lot of major league crims hang out down there.

Plus, it's got a beach and you can sit on the front with an ice cream. All crims love that.
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Mick Curtis (Mick)
Username: Mick

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 86.179.37.211
Posted on Saturday, March 20, 2010 - 01:49 pm:   

No sand though - just miles of pebbles...
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Carolinec (Carolinec)
Username: Carolinec

Registered: 06-2009
Posted From: 82.38.75.85
Posted on Sunday, March 21, 2010 - 12:17 pm:   

>>Ah, well, I obviously missed you, Caroline. Maybe you were being a bit down on yorself descriptively, as the girls I saw at the front of the queue weren't particularly plump, except for the one who thought I was trying to pick her up...<<

There was one lady in front of me - much younger than me, tall and absolutely huge. I hope it wasn't her you thought was me! I'm older, short and slightly plump, rather than absolutely enormous!

Yes, my dad keeps warning me about Brighton. I thought it was full of retired folk myself, but it seems it has changed a lot in recent years. Still, I shouldn't be venturing out of the convention hotel - especially not after dark.

Looking forward to it - but still not absolutely certain I can make it until the day really. Just have to see how I am ...
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Mick Curtis (Mick)
Username: Mick

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 86.179.37.211
Posted on Sunday, March 21, 2010 - 12:47 pm:   

Brighton can be boisterous but it's neither scary nor dangerous!
Hope you do come down, Caroline - and yes, you should dare to come out of the convention hotel!
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Mick Curtis (Mick)
Username: Mick

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 86.179.37.211
Posted on Sunday, March 21, 2010 - 12:51 pm:   

...although, according to a friend who's lived in Brighton for most of her life, the National Front used to have meetings at the Royal Albion. Mind you, they may have chosen it simply for the name, I guess.
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Carolinec (Carolinec)
Username: Carolinec

Registered: 06-2009
Posted From: 82.38.75.85
Posted on Sunday, March 21, 2010 - 03:11 pm:   

>>Brighton can be boisterous but it's neither scary nor dangerous!
Hope you do come down, Caroline - and yes, you should dare to come out of the convention hotel!<<

Just to add to my comment above about my dad warning me about Brighton, he's been telling me that the place I'm going to is full of strange, scary and dangerous people. I honestly didn't think you lot were all that bad really!
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Ramsey Campbell (Ramsey)
Username: Ramsey

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 195.93.21.74
Posted on Monday, March 22, 2010 - 08:59 am:   

Well, do remember Graham Greene. Was it ever idyllic?
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Ramsey Campbell (Ramsey)
Username: Ramsey

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 195.93.21.74
Posted on Monday, March 22, 2010 - 09:16 am:   

Hope you can make it, though, Caroline. But if it's a last-minute decision, for heaven's sake don't forget to bring ID.
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Carolinec (Carolinec)
Username: Carolinec

Registered: 06-2009
Posted From: 82.38.75.85
Posted on Monday, March 22, 2010 - 03:01 pm:   

Thanks, Ramsey. I hope I can make it too. Good thinking about the ID. I'd hate to manage to get there only to be turned away!
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Tony (Tony)
Username: Tony

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 86.148.31.179
Posted on Monday, March 22, 2010 - 03:03 pm:   

I don't like Brighton. Tattier than Blackpool last time I went. And yes - pebbly beach. Ugh.
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Zed (Gary_mc)
Username: Gary_mc

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 213.219.8.243
Posted on Monday, March 22, 2010 - 03:04 pm:   

To be fair, most of us won't leave the hotel for more than a couple of hours over the entire weekend...
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Mark_lynch (Mark_lynch)
Username: Mark_lynch

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 62.254.173.34
Posted on Monday, March 22, 2010 - 03:09 pm:   

>>For heaven's sake don't forget to bring ID.

So your body can be identified later . . .
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Carolinec (Carolinec)
Username: Carolinec

Registered: 06-2009
Posted From: 82.38.75.85
Posted on Monday, March 22, 2010 - 03:16 pm:   

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Ramsey Campbell (Ramsey)
Username: Ramsey

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 195.93.21.74
Posted on Tuesday, March 23, 2010 - 08:15 am:   

Just to clarify, Caroline - everyone attending World Horror will need to present a recognised form of ID at registration. I've often had to myself at American conventions.
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Zed (Gary_mc)
Username: Gary_mc

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 213.219.8.243
Posted on Tuesday, March 23, 2010 - 11:09 am:   

So what is a "recognised form of ID"? All a bit vague, innit?
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Weber_gregston (Weber_gregston)
Username: Weber_gregston

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 194.176.105.56
Posted on Tuesday, March 23, 2010 - 11:40 am:   

Paassport, driving licence. All quite standard stuff Id guess. Unless you're paranoid - in which case it turns into a conspiracy to try to stop you getting in.
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Carolinec (Carolinec)
Username: Carolinec

Registered: 06-2009
Posted From: 82.38.75.85
Posted on Tuesday, March 23, 2010 - 12:42 pm:   

>>Just to clarify, Caroline - everyone attending World Horror will need to present a recognised form of ID at registration. I've often had to myself at American conventions.<<

Don't worry, Ramsey, I knew exactly what you meant - it was the rather naughty Mark who took it the wrong way.

If I make it (beginning to have doubts now ), I'm actually flying to Southampton and getting the train from there, so I have to have my passport or something with me as ID for the flight anyway. Doesn't help my carbon footprint at all, but it's the best way to shorten the journey for me and make it do-able.

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