SFX WEEKENDER COUNTDOWN: In the Company of Ghosts Free at Weekender

Well most of you SFX Weekender attendees will be packing your bags and getting set for the weekender this weekender (wow a lot of weekenders in one sentence). Geek Syndicate will still be giving you our countdown posts right up until the last out of us turns out the light here at the GS HQ for the long trek up to the weekender. Remember if you can spot us all at the Weekender you may win yourself some prizes.

For today’s countdown we have the cool news that author Stephen Hunt, one of the guest at the weekender, has announced that he will be making his latest novella ‘In the Company of Ghosts’ free to download on the Amazon Kindle for duration of the weekender (Thursday 2nd to Sunday 5th February)

Check out the full details in the press release below.

PRESS RELEASE: A touch of Spy-Fi at the SFX Weekender

February 1st, 2012 11:25 AM Eastern Time.

LONDON/NEW YORK—This weekend sees the UK’s answer to Comic-con in California, the SFX Weekender, arrive in Wales’ Prestatyn Sands holiday camp. To help mark the event, one of the event’s guest stars, author Stephen Hunt, is making his novella ‘In the Company of Ghosts’ free for download world-wide on Amazon Kindle from Thursday 2nd to Sunday 5th February – the actual days of the event.

‘In the Company of Ghosts’ is a thriller with elements of fantasy and horror, and is the first in Stephen Hunt’s new ‘Spy-Fi’ series.

Agatha Witchley used to be a spy in the Cold War, but now she’s locked up in the UK’s premier maximum-security mental institution. She believes that the ghosts of the celebrity dead visit her padded cell and whisper the world’s secrets in her ears. Which is a big problem for the British government, because she’s the only one who can help them when an American billionaire is murdered in London in one of the strangest killings yet.

The Home Secretary needs the case locked down and solved before the entrepreneur’s death becomes public knowledge and economic chaos ensures. The woman he has in mind for the job might be paranoid, she might be lethal, she might half-insane and drawing a pension, but it’s amazing how you can forgive that in a genius when it’s a genius’s help you need.

Yes, the security forces need Agatha Witchley again. It’s just the ghosts of Churchill, Elvis and Groucho Marx they could do without.

Hunt’s Kindle e-book can be downloaded free from Thursday 2nd to Sunday 5th February 2012 at these URLs…

Amazon UK

Amazon USA

Amazon Germany

Amazon France

Amazon Italy

Amazon Spain

A cover graphic for the novel can be downloaded from http://www.StephenHunt.net/inthecompanyofghosts_cover.jpg


The SFX Weekender, the ultimate European sci-fi and fantasy get-together, takes place this year at Prestatyn Sands holiday camp in Wales from 2nd-5th February 2012, and is due to set a record for attendance at the con. The residential event is sold out, although there’s still space to get day tickets for entry for fans wanting to meet the stars.

There will be thousands of people filling the halls of Prestatyn Sands holiday park, enjoying autograph sessions, actor Q&As, panel games, late night films, author discussions, music and more.

Guests include TV and film stars like Anthony Head, Brian Blessed, Eve Myles and Sylvester McCoy, as well as top genre authors such as Stephen Hunt, Alastair Reynolds, Peter F Hamilton, China Mieville, Stephen Baxter, Robert Rankin and Joe Abercrombie. Comic-book stars this year include the co-creators of Judge Dredd and Strontium Dog, John Wagner and Carlos Ezquerra. The official 2000AD 35th birthday party will also be held at the Weekender.

The SFX Weekender is run by the leading news-stand sci-fi and fantasy magazine SFX, which can be found online at www.sfx.co.uk

More on the SFX Weekender at www.sfxweekender.com


Stephen Hunt is a best-selling writer of adventure, thriller, science fiction and fantasy novels. His latest novel, ‘From the Deep of the Dark’, is published 16th February 2012 (from HarperCollins Voyager). His print novels are published by HarperCollins in the UK, Australia, Canada and New Zealand, and by Macmillan Tor in the USA. They have appeared in translation in China, Japan, Portugal, Spain, France, Germany and Russia.

An online trailblazer before becoming an author, Hunt was a digital publisher and editor for the Financial Times and launched some of the world’s first online magazines such as Nature.com. His own web site can be found at www.StephenHunt.net

GS Reporter: Nuge

Source: SFX Weekender

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