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Past Society Events in 2017
Spring Meeting and AGM
Saturday 22nd April 2017
"The Horrors Within"
After the business of our AGM, where we received our treasurer's and membership secretary's reports for 2016, we celebrated the genre work of the Society's very own authors!
We were pleased to hear that our membership numbers are now the highest that they have been for many years, and that the Society's finances are healthy.
Following the business part of the evening, member Tracy Lee chaired a discussion panel made up of five fellow members who are published authors, celebrating the depth of literary talent that we have present in the Society.
The panel consisted of Berni Stevens, Sue Gedge, Tina Rath, Jason Brawn, and Katherine Haynes.
All five read extracts from their work, and then took questions from Tracy, and from the floor, about how and why they started writing, and their inspirations.
March Literary Meeting
Saturday 11th March 2017
An evening with writer Ben Aaronovitch
Ben is the author of the acclaimed (and very Gothic!) fantasy series Rivers of London. We were delighted to welcome him to a Society event to be interviewed by Society member and fellow writer Tony Lee.
Ben gave us an extremely entertaining insight into his writing work in television and books over three decades, which includes two stories for the BBC TV series Doctor Who in the 1980s, and subsequently three "New Adventures" Doctor Who novels. He also wrote episodes for the short-lived "science fiction soap opera" TV series Jupiter Moon in the 1990s, and even wrote an episode of the long-running BBC TV medical drama Casualty!
His sources of inspiration for his current ongoing literary work, the Gothic fantasy "police procedural" series Rivers of London, are varied and fascinating. The series has now run to six books.
It revolves around the character of PC Peter Grant, apprenticed to a shadowy division of London's Metropolitan Police Force which deals with "magic and supernatural crime"!
This meeting was our first at a new venue, Ye Olde Cock Tavern public house in Fleet Street in central London, a street famous as the home of the British newspaper industry until about thirty years ago. The street is named after the Fleet river, a tributary of the Thames which now runs underground as part of London's original Victorian sewage system. As some of the main characters in Rivers of London are the "gods of the river", named after the tributaries of the Thames, this was a very appropriate location for Ben's interview!
New Year Meeting
Saturday 21st January 2017
A special screening of Theatre of Blood
Another first for the Society. We enjoyed a screening of the 1973 Vincent Price classic Theatre of Blood, with a live commentary from writer John Llewellyn Probert!
A former Society Children of the Night award winner (in 2006 for The Faculty of Terror) John has written the first of a series of "Midnight Movie Monographs" on this film, one of his all-time favourites, which he first watched on TV as a child!
While the film played, he regaled us with many fascinating facts about the production, its locations, and the use of incidental music.
He also told us many things about the film's cast, which reads like a "who's who" of the British character actors of the time.
Vincent Price plays a deranged Shakespearian actor, spurned by a circle of critics, on whom he wreaks murderous revenge one by one in the manner of killings in Shakespeare plays.
John considers this to be the role that Vincent was born for, and it was one of his favourite parts, helped no doubt by the fact that he met his future wife, co-star Coral Browne, while working on it!
As many of Vincent's horror films were not considered of any merit at the time by most critics, it was probably a very enjoyable part for him to play for other reasons too......