The Grim Gathering 2015

I wasn’t planning on writing any more posts until after the launch but the Grim Gathering was so fantastic I couldn’t resist.

For those of you that don’t know, the Grim Gathering is an annual event organised by Fantasy Faction, supported this year by Harper Voyager and hosted at Waterstones. It’s a chance for people who normally chat on the forums to meet each other. There are also books and authors!

Here’s a list of some of my favourite bits:

GG Signing Tables

OMG! (Photo by Agnes Meszaros)



Coming inside to see copies of The Vagrant set out and my own signing table.

Suddenly feels very real...

Suddenly feels very real…












The crowd arriving.

GG Crowd pic

I think this was the point I started to feel nervous.










The panel. I was quite nervous about it to be honest but the audience were warm and the other authors very supportive and it soon flew by.

Photo by Agnes Meszaros

Photo by Agnes Meszaros

I even managed to make Lord Grimdark laugh. (Photo by Agnes Meszaros)

I even managed to make Lord Grimdark laugh. (Photo by Agnes Meszaros)















The signing.

I still can't quite believe this happened.

I still can't quite believe this happened. (Photo by Agnes Meszaros)

I honestly didn't expect to get many people in my line. After all, my book doesn’t officially launch till the 23rd so I was beyond delighted with all the people that came and bought a copy. Thanks to everyone for making my first signing line so much fun!



The pub.

(Photo by Emma Varney)

Photo by Emma Varney




It was so good I stayed to the bitter end!




Photo by Jonathan Ashman

Photo by Jonathan Ashman


Big thanks to Marc Aplin (and the FF team), Harper Voyager, Waterstones, Peter V Brett, Mark Lawrence, Joe Abercrombie and everyone who came and made it such a special night.

8 responses to “The Grim Gathering 2015

  1. Thank you so much for this post, Pete. It was yet another truly special weekend – getting to meet so many authors, fantasy fans and publishing bods. Look forward to chatting more at future events ^_^
    Marc Aplin (Fantasy-Faction) recently posted..Arsenic and Old Leaves: The Art of Poisoning Your Fantasy Characters – Part 1My Profile

    • You're very welcome, Marc. I had the best time! Hope you're now basking in the glow of having organised another great event.

  2. It was great to meet you Pete and to hear your answers to some of the questions. "A one parent family in a post-demonic apocalypse" has got to be the best 8 word pitch for a book. I'm enjoying reading The Vagrant, still hoping to have it finished and reviewed (real life permitting) before the 23rd.
    tomunro recently posted..Grim Gathering II, aka "There's a queue outside a f**king bookshop"My Profile

  3. Looks like a great event 😀 Looking forward The Vagrant too, looks like it might be exactly my kind of thing 😀
    J. S. Collyer recently posted..Sequel Achievement Unlocked: Two Books Further Down the RoadMy Profile

  4. Hi, just wanted to tell you I posted my review of The Vagrant on the Fantasy-Faction forum, you might want to take a look (and check the forums some more, hehe).
    Not your usual book review, I really can't do those, hehe 😀

    • Thanks for taking the time to review the book. I will *try* to get on the forums more but things are very busy at the moment! 😉

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