We are truly excited and proud to present our first Guest of Honor for Fantasticon 2018 – The Steampunk Festival:
Mark Hodder (UK, born 1962)
Mark Hodder is a former BBC writer, editor and web producer, he has worked in all the new and traditional medias and was based in London for most of his working life until 2008, when he relocated to Valencia in Spain to de-stress, teach the English language, and write novels. He has a degree in Cultural Studies and loves history, delusions, gadgets, cult TV, Tom Waits, and assorted oddities. He quickly established himself with his six-part series of ‘Burton & Swinburne’ steampunk novels opened with The Strange Affair of Spring-Heeled Jack, which went on to win the 2010 Philip K. Dick Award. The following two novels, The Curious Case of the Clockwork-Man and Expedition to the Mountains of the Moon, were released in 2011 and 2012 respectively to wide acclaim from fans of the genre, with the latter nominated for a Sidewise Award. His fourth novel in the Burton & Swinburne series, The Secret of Abdu El Yezdi, was also nominated for a Sidewise Award. The standalone novel, A Red Sun Also Rises, released in December 2012, transplants a version of Victorian London to another planet. Several short stories have been released in the latest years.
In 2015, Hodder began writing a new series set in the far future, called The Oxford Equation.
Hodder is also a noted enthusiast for the fictional character of Sexton Blake. He was an advisor to several reprint volumes of Blake stories, and the author of the first book in the relaunched sixth series of the Sexton Blake Library, ‘The Silent Thunder Caper’.
Mark Hodder has previously blogged at http://markhodder.blogspot.dk/, has a twitter account at https://twitter.com/markhodderbooks and has a Patreon account at https://www.patreon.com/MarkHodder with exclusive contents and special previews for subscribers. He is also at Facebook, at https://www.facebook.com/mark.hodder.129 His homepage is at http://www.mark-hodder.com/ linking to all of the above, and more.
So LOTS of things to talk with him about at Fantasticon 2018! Now go prepare – read his books!