First guest for FANTASTIQ V – April 28 to May 1

We are thrilled to be able to announce our first guest for FANTASTIQ V: it’s only director Alan JW Bell, the man who turned Douglas Adams’ radio series Hitch Hiker’s into ’80s TV reality. This is the first time Alan has spoken at a festival about the show. He’ll also be signing copies of his book about the making of the series. DON’T PANIC!  

Fantastiq IV Dates Announced

We’re delighted to be able to announce the dates for FANTASTIQ IV. Join us at Derby QUAD over the weekend of May 6-8 2016 for another weekend of frightful delights, petrifying premieres and previews, red-blooded retro classics and shocking special guests. We’re taking requests now. Already on the list: Lifeforce, John Carpenter, Quatermass and a double-bill comprising Blood on Satan’s Claw/Venom For updates follow us on Twitter and Facebook

FANTASTIQ III – coming in May!

Fantastiq is back for another packed weekend of films and events! With special guests – including JENNY AGUTTER and director PETER SASDY – on hand to discuss their work in the world of fantasy, sci-fi and horror cinema plus many exciting screenings including previews, short films and 35mm classics from the vaults, FANTASTIQ III is not to be missed.   This year’s event once again takes place at Derby QUAD Friday…

Fantastiq presents… Wicker Man and Robin Hardy

Fantastiq presents…  THE WICKER MAN: THE FINAL CUT + Director Robin Hardy in conversation  Saturday 9 November, 7.30pm Derby QUAD Fantastiq is delighted to welcome filmmaker and patron Robin Hardy to a special event showcasing one of the most talked about British films ever made. Written by Anthony (Sleuth) Shaffer and directed by Robin Hardy, The Wicker Man endured an abortive release and years in the wilderness before it was…

Stephen Volk joins Fantastiq line up

We are thrilled to announce that the first special guest on the Fantastiq line-up will be the incredible Stephen Volk. Novelist, anthologist and screenwriter, Stephen is the man behind Gothic, The Guardian, The Awakening, Afterlife and, of course, the classic “Halloween Hoax” that was Ghostwatch. Stephen will be in conversation about his career. And to tie-in with the centenary of Peter Cushing he will be officially launching his latest novella, Whitstable, published by Spectral Press. The event,…

Richard Matheson, creator of I am Legend, dies at 87

Everyone at FANTASTIQ is saddened by the news that Richard Matheson has died at the age of 87. Undoubtedly Matheson was one of the great fantasy writers of the 20th century with I am Legend being perhaps the book that propelled him to fame and an enduring legacy as a writer of deep and compelling sci-fi/horror. An original and wholly unique, he sits among the giants of fantasy fiction. He…

Book your Fantastiq pass now

It’s getting closer. Delegate passes are now on sale for Fantastiq and can be booked via Derby QUAD here:

Cinema Retro presents… Vampire Circus

We are delighted to announce that  magazine ( is to sponsor the Fantastiq screening of Vampire Circus. Cinema Retro celebrates the classic films of the ’60s and ’70s. We couldn’t think of a better fit.

Special guest confirmed: Paul Annett joins Fantastiq line-up

+++ STOP PRESS +++ STOP PRESS +++ STOP PRESS +++ We are genuinely thrilled to announce that Paul Annett, director of cult ’70s werewolf fave The Beast Must Die, will be a special guest at Fantastiq on Saturday, 10 August. Don’t miss your chance to meet one of the Amicus stable’s young guns and to hear him speak about this unique and quirky take on the standard tale of modern-day…

Johnny Mains joins Fantastiq line-up

+++ STOP PRESS +++ STOP PRESS +++ STOP PRESS +++ Confirmed for Fantastiq – an appearance by writer, editor and publisher Johnny Mains, pictured here with cult writer John Burke. Johnny will be speaking about his latest book The Sorcerers: The Original Screenplay (PS Publishing). The book details Burke’s travails as he collaborated with Michael Reeves on his penultimate movie. Burke is also known for his numerous novelisations including Dr…