In The Beast Must Die Paul Annett created a wholly unique horror movie complete with the much-maligned gimmick of “the werewolf break”. His break with Hammer rivals Amicus led to a busy career in television and in the 1980s he was one of the key directors of Granada’s Sherlock Holmes series, with Jeremy Brett. Paul will be present on Saturday, August 10, to discuss The Beast Must Die and its enduring appeal among aficionados.
Johnny Mains’ various books include 2010’s Back From The Dead: The Legacy of the Pan Book of Horror Stories and 2011’s Lest You Should Suffer Nightmares, the official biography of Herbert van Thal. Johnny will take part in a Q&A about the John Burke/Michael Reeves partnership on The Sorcerers. His book The Sorcerers: The Original Screenplay will also be on sale.
The legend that is Dez Skinn will join the ranks of Fantastiq in August. Dez was the brains behind House of Hammer magazine – a prime slice of ’70s comic gothic and a man who lured many a fan into the folds of fantasy films. We hope Dez will present a masterclass on how to run magazines as well as reminisce about his time on the all-too-brief glory days of HoH.
We are thrilled to welcome the incredible Stephen Volk to Fantastiq. A 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.
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One of Hammer’s stable of talented Young Turks in the 1970s, Robert Young made an impact with Vampire Circus and later returned to the Hammer fold with Charlie Boy, an acclaimed episode of the Hammer House of Horror TV series. His other genre credits include the BBC rabies thriller The Mad Death, The Infinite Worlds of H.G. Wells and The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles. We are delighted to welcome him to Fantastiq.