Octocon 2012 Guests of Honour

Liz Williams

Octocon are delighted to have Liz Williams as our 2012 Guest of Honour.
 
Liz Williams was born in 1965 to a stage magician and a gothic novelist. In 1997 she had her first short story, “A Child of the Dead” published in Interzone. Since then her short fiction  has appeared regularly in publications such as Asimov’s,  Electric Velocipede, Realms of Fantasy,  and Visionary Tongue.

The Ghost Sister, her first novel, was published in 2001 and nominated for the Philip K. Dick Award.  Since then Liz has been nominated for the Philip K. Dick Award twice more, in 2002 for Empire of Bones and in 2004 for Banner of Souls.

She is also the author of the Detective Inspector Chen series, which feature detective Chen, - the detective in charge of supernatural and mystical investigations in Singapore Three -  teaming up with  one of Hell's own vice officers, Seneschal Zhu Irzh to solve mysteries.

Liz, aka Dr. Williams, has a Ph.D.  in the philosophy of science from Cambridge. She has worked as a Tarot reader on Brighton pier, run an IT programme at Brighton’s Women Centre and is involved in teaching projects in ex-Soviet Central Asia, which informed her 2003 novel Nine Layers of Sky.  Liz lives in Glastonbury, England; where she currently runs a witchcraft supply shop with her partner Trevor Jones.

Liz and Trevor wrote a book about their experience, Diary of a Witchcraft Shop. Liz is the secretary of the Milford SF Writers' Workshop and has written articles about spirituality for The Guardian.

Liz’s next book, Worldsoul, is out now and asks the question, what if being a librarian was the most dangerous job in the world?