A couple weekends back I had the privilege of joining Fantasticon in Copenhagen for their 2022 convention, titled Strange Creatures, as their guest of honour alongside the talented Priya Sharma. I featured on two panels: Twisting the Folklore and Body Horror from a Medical Perspective. Seb Doubinsky chatted to me on the Sunday about all things The Shining Girls as well as new and most recent work.

Thank you so much to everyone at the Con who I met and spoke to. It was an absolute honour.

Via their website:

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.

Lauren’s 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.

Image by photographer Rasmus Barfoed


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