Birmingham Horror Group, 1st October 2016

Our guest in October was the author and award-winning editor David A Sutton, who discussed a career which began with small press magazines in the late 1960s and has included the launch of Fantasy Tales in 1977, such anthologies as Dark Terrors and his own imprint, Shadow Publishing. David was interviewed by Steve Green, who brought along a 1989 edition of Critical Wave in which he and co-editor Martin Tudor had profiled David and his own editorial partner Stephen Jones. [Photographs by Dave Shakes and Chrissie Harper.]

Birmingham Horror Group, 3rd September 2016

September’s meeting coincided with the anniversary of the birth of Albert DeSalvo, prime suspect for the “Boston Strangler” murders. As a result, we focused upon Society’s curious fascination with serial killers, from the factual (Ed Gein, Ted Bundy, Danny Rolling) through the fictional creations they inspired (Norman Bates, Buffalo Bill, Ghostface) to the outright bizarre and supernatural (Dr Phibes, Michael Myers, Freddy Krueger).

Afterwards, there was a short discussion of the Birmingham Horror Group’s developing plans to run a two-day convention next year, the first Birmingham FearFest.

Above: regulars Ray Holloway, Dave Shakes and Steve Green try to look as normal as possible in a (arguably vain) attempt to distance themselves from the evening’s subject matter. [Photograph by Chrissie Harper]