Announcing Concise!

Hello there everyone! We hope you're having a non-negative response to Sol's current level of atmospheric heating! It sure is weather-like in some places on the globe!

Now that the pleasantries are out of the way, here is another pleasant thing! Team Octocon are organising an evening-long convention called Concise this coming May 10th! Huzzah!

We'll have such excellent guests as Michael Carroll (2000 AD, Quantum Prophecy), C.E. Murphy (The Walker Papers), and Peadar Ó Guilín (The Inferior) taking part in our singular panel, a short reading of a classic piece of speculative fiction, a screening of one Golden Blasters film, and more!*

We'll also be taking memberships for Octocon 2012 if you happen to want to grab one while you're there. ;)

All this will take place in Exchange Dublin (Exchange Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2) from 7pm and it's FREE! Bring your friends and prepare to be dazzled by how brilliant conventions can be!**

We can't wait to see you all there!

Team Octocon

*everything listed subject to change at the last minute due to guest work commitments, technical difficulties, and/or inter-dimensional rifts

**dazzling not a guarantee

Lots Of News!!

Welcome, one and all, to the latest iteration of! You can check out the first batch of our guest bios here, the Golden Blasters page here (which is taking submissions for this year's competition, by the way!), and...

We know the site is late, and still coming together, but to make it up to you, we have a little something for you!

*drum roll*

It’s The 2012 Octocon Anthology and writing contest! Tada!

Take a gander and find inside the luminaries Derek Gunn, Ruth Frances Long, Oisin McGann, C.E. Murphy, Alan Nolan, Peadar Ó Guilin, and of course, last year’s writing contest winner Damien Kelly!

Our codemonkey is still working out the kinks in the new registration page, so for those looking to sign up soon, you can find us at P-Con IX this weekend! P-Con IX takes place in the Dublin Writers’ Centre on Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th of March.

We look forward to seeing you there!

The Octocon Team

R.F. Long Launches The Scroll Thief At Octocon '09

R.F. Long, reknowned romantic fantasy writer, has decided to launch her latest novel, The Scroll Thief, at Octocon 2009! The book launch will take place on Saturday evening at 5.30pm. R.F., or Ruth as we sometimes call her, will be selling the first copies of the book, signing them, reading, it and maybe even taking questions if you're all good! :)

Be there!

The Scroll Thief

From the publisher:

Love is the wiliest thief of all.

A Tale of Ithian

Malachy and his sister rely on his talents as a thief to survive the dangerous streets of Klathport, former capital of the once-great kingdom of Ithian. Stealing a few papers should have been a simple job. Instead, it nearly costs their lives and throws them into an improbable alliance with a shape-shifting official, a desert tribeswoman, and a healer of enchanting beauty.

Cerys is far more than a simple healer—and the roots of her mission go deeper into the past than anyone can know. She needs Malachy’s skills to recover a stolen scroll, one that can be used to rewrite history and, in the wrong hands, release the dark powers of the Demon Realm.

Her mission was supposed to atone for a dreadful, long-ago act. Instead, it unleashes a chain of events which sees them pursued through city and desert by the fearsome Dune Witch and a killer known only as His Lordship. Romance, tragedy, and adventure blend in a tale of a magical land on the brink of war, and five unlikely allies who, by putting their lives—and their hearts—on the line, have the opportunity to finally set things right.

But at a terrible cost.

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