Jared Shurin (of Pandemonium Fiction) checking out the night's auction lots.
The Magic Circle's very own magic circle.
Magic through the ages.
David Devant - first President of the Magic Circle.
Ravenheart Award (Best Cover Art)
Raymond Swanland - Blood of Aenarion
Morningstar Award (Best Debut)
Helen Lowe - Heir of Night
Legend Award (Best Fantasy Novel)
Patrick Rothfuss - The Wiseman's Fear
The name's King... William King.
Mr and Mrs Joe Abercrombie.
Anyway, after the awards it was back to the Magic Museum for more drinks and some nibbles too, and plenty of socialising with a very entertaining crowd. Highlights for me included having a good old chin-wag with Bill King, meeting BL editor Graeme Lyon, catching up with Jenni Hill, Anne Perry and Jared Shurin, chatting with Tom Pollock about the very cool ideas he's putting into his next novel (that's a cross between Alice Through the Looking Glass and 1984), and meeting Marc and Paul from Fantasy Faction - especially as Marc told me he must have played Theme Park Panic about 200 times as a child!
Marc Aplin and Paul Wiseall of Fantasy Faction.
(Sonic fan and Turtles fan, respectively.)
Den Patrick and Sarah Pinborough - and there's David Devant again, looking on, with eyebrow raised.
Anne Perry and Jenni Hill - both of whom have had the dubious pleasure of editing my work.
Having said my goodbyes a number of us then moved on to the bar at a local hotel, only for me to bump into everyone I'd just said goodbye to again.
Paul Kane and Marie O'Regan - horror's happiest couple.