Guests of Honor / Special Guests

Guest of Honor:

Priya Sharma

Priya Sharma is a British fantasy and horror writer. Her fiction has appeared in venues such as Interzone, Black Static, Nightmare, The Dark and Tor. Her short story “Fabulous Beasts” won a British Fantasy Award and was Shirley Jackson Award finalist. “All The Fabulous Beasts” is her short story collection from Undertow Publications was a British Fantasy Award and Shirley Jackson Award winner and a Locus Award finalist. “Ormeshadow”, her first novella (available from Tor), won a Shirley Jackson Award and a British Fantasy Award. Her stories have been translated into Spanish, French, Italian, Czech, and Polish. More information can be found at priyasharmafiction.wordpress.com
Photo: Mark Greenwood

Lauren Beukes

Lauren Beukes is the international best-selling and award-winning author of “The Shining Girls”, now an AppleTV+ show starring Elisabeth Moss, “Zoo City”, “Broken Monsters” and “Afterland” among other books. She writes across genres, including science fiction, horror, crime, fantasy and realism. Her novels have been

published in 24 countries and translated into 26 languages. She’s also a comics writer, screenwriter, journalist and documentary maker.

As a journalist, she covered stories on electricity cable thieves, HIV+ beauty pageants and has done ride-alongs with Cape Town’s police through the ganglands. Her prizes include the Arthur C Clarke Award, the Strand Critics Choice Aware, the University of Johannesburg Prize, the August Derleth prize and the Tähtivaeltaja Award. She’s currently developing original TV shows and has just finished a new novel, Bridge, due out next year.

The South African author lives in London with her daughter and two cats.

You can read about Lauren and her books, comics and TV-works at her website: https://laurenbeukes.com/

Special Guest:

Øystein Runde

Øystein Runde er primært er kendt som tegneserieskaber, men også har gjort sig gældende indenfor mange andre medier, såsom podcast, film, børnebøger og illustreret videnskabsformidling. I sine serier leger han ofte med norsk historie og kultur, idet han blander moderniserede folkeeventyr og vikingaction med superhelte, retrofuturisme og steampunk.

Øystein Runde står bl.a. bag serierne ”Futen,” som blander amerikansk superheltemytologi, norske eventyrtraditioner og skattebureaukrati, ”Bjartmann,” hvor superheltegenren mødes med teenagelivet i den norske provinsby Ulsteinvik, ”De fire store” hvor Henrik Ibsen, Alexander Kielland, Jonas Lie og Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson udgør Norges sidste skanse i kamp mod overnaturlige kræfter som trolde og zombier, og ”Olav Sjegga,” en sagafortælling delvist inspireret af Frank Miller og den japanske samuraiserie Lone Wolf and Cub.
I andre serier bevæger han sig i helt anderledes retninger, såsom de fabulerende tegneseriereportager ”Moskva” og ”Hvordan kan Los Angeles knuse hjertet mitt,” eller de to illustrerede faktabøger ”Stamceller: Kroppens superhelter,” og ”Antibiotika.”
Nogle serier har Øystein Runde tegnet selv, andre har han lavet i samarbejde med tegnere som André Solberg og Geir Moen og Ida Eva Neverdahl.
Øystein Runde har også skrevet og illustreret børnebogen ”Elefanten Tommy (2012)”, og sammen med Kristopher Schau and Frode Hanssen udgav han i 2019-20 videnskabs- og humorpodcasten ”80%”.