Aussiecon 4, better known as Worldcon, is fast approaching. Looks like I’ll be doing a few bits and pieces there in the way of panels and workshops as well as having a top time with friends and colleagues. I’ll write more about that stuff later. In the meantime, check this out. I’ll be going and it should be quite a laugh.

The Nightmare Ball

The Nightmare Ball is a way to pursue your wildest dreams and face your deepest fears in the best possible way: behind a mask!

Staged by the Australian Horror Writers Association, the event is running as part of Aussiecon 4, the 68th International Science Fiction Convention. Tickets may be purchased from the AHWA website:

With refreshments provided by the MCEC (yes, this means alcohol), nightmare-themed decor, an art display, a dance floor and & DJs spinning the darkest hits of the 80’s and 90’s, the Ball promises to be an event to remember. And those memories will be shared by authors, editors, agents, publishers, reviewers & international guests!

Confirmed guests include Ellen Datlow, multiple award-winning editor of the Year’s Best Fantasy & Horror series; Rocky Wood, Chairman of the international Horror Writers Association Board; and Richard Harland, author of the best-selling Worldshaker. Award-winning Australian artist Shane Ryan will contribute his dark art to the Ball’s ambiance.

A door prize will be drawn and further prizes awarded for best mask and best costume.

* Date: Friday, 3 September 2010 (9pm to midnight)
* Venue: The Banquet Hall (Room 201), Melbourne Convention Centre
* Dress: Costumed or smart casual (mask required!)
* Tickets:
o AU$30.00 for AHWA members and their spouses/Aussiecon 4 members
o AU$40.00 for non-members AND AT THE DOOR