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Charleston, South Carolina

Home > 2018 Clive Cussler Collector's Society Convention

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The Clive Cussler Collector's Society is proud to announce its 14th Annual Convention. This event will be held in Charleston, South Carolina on October 5th, 6th, and 7th of 2018. The same location where we held our 2007 convention 11 years ago!

This event is open to the public and you do not need to be a member to attend.

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Town & Country Inn and Suites
2008 Savannah Highway
Charleston, SC 29407

Lodging is not included in your Convention ticket price.



 We also accept mailed personal checks 30 days before the event, and at the door with prior arrangements, made out to:

Clive Cussler Collector's Society
PO Box 5729
Pahrump, Nevada 89041

We do not send out paper tickets for this event, we'll be expecting you. When you arrive, check in at our registration desk and get your ID Badge and convention program. Your ID badge must be with you to attend all scheduled events.

Tickets sold at the door, or within 30 days of the event may be subject to addition charges.

Tickets for the Clive Cussler Collector's Society Convention can only be purchased through the Clive Cussler Collector's Society official web site at: www.cusslersociety.com

Tickets purchased from third parties will not be honored!


The scheduled events are not limited to this initial listing and are subject to change.

Your convention ticket price includes but is not limited to; Friday night reception with with co-writers and Special Guests, Saturday morning meeting with Special Guest Speakers, Shuttle to/from the Hunley and Museum Tour, Banquet Dinner, raffle's and book signing event.


Thursday October 4th, 2018

7:00 PM - *"Kick-Off Dinner" for early attendees. Thursday, October 4th at 7:00 PM.

Dinner will be at the Town & Country Inn and Suites in Trotters Restaurant. We will be ordering off their menu.

*The "Kick-Off Dinner" is not part of your convention ticket price, each person will be paying for their own meal.

Friday October 5th, 2018

9:00 AM - 5:00 PM - Salon C, Registration/Meeting room open.

7:00 PM - 10:00 PM - Oak Rooms, "Meet and Greet" with co-writers and Special Guests.

Cash Bar
Hors d' oeuvers

Saturday, October 6th, 2018

8:30 AM - 11:30 AM - Salons AB, John Vinson will welcome the group, make special announcements, award raffle prizes and introduce guest speakers:

Guests Speakers:

Jeff Edwards - From the Page to the Screen: A Frequently Interrupted Journey Fraught with Unnecessary Hurdles... "Turning an adventure story into a major motion picture is a task difficult and dangerous enough to be worthy of a Dirk Pitt novel.  If you're not very (very) lucky, your beloved project can hit an iceberg or get stranded in the middle of the desert.  Please pretend to remain awake while novelist and fellow Cussler fan Jeff Edwards shares his thoughts and personal experiences on the journey from manuscript to movie script."

Graham Brown - Coauthor of the "NUMA FILES" series. Graham has also written several
successful novels on his own.

Paul Kemprecos - #1 NYT Best selling Author. Past coauthor with Clive on the first eight novels in the "NUMA FILES" series. Paul has published eight novels in his "Soc" Socarides series and also has a Matinicus "Matt" Hawkins series.

Ralph Wilbanks

Harry Pecorelli

Jack DuBrul - Jack has a big surprise announcement for the group. Sounds pretty interesting! JACK IS BACK!!!!!

Q&A with Ralph Wilbanks and Brian Hicks.

Special Guests:

Dirk Cussler - President of NUMA and member of it's board of trustees and coauthor of the Dirk Pitt series.

Teri Cussler - Teri runs the Cussler Museum in Arvada, Colorado.

Dayna Cussler - Film producer, screenwriter, costume designer and actress. Dayna was the photographer for "Built For Adventure II", showcasing classic cars from Clive's collection.

Brian Hicks - Columnist for the Post & Courier and the author of the two most notable books on the Hunley Project.

11:30 AM - 1:00 PM - Lunch break (on your own).

1:00 PM - Shuttle to Hunley Museum

1:30 PM - Hunley Tour
Includes admission. Tour by Ralph Wilbanks. Accompanied by all our special guests.

3:30 PM - Shuttle back to Hotel

5:00 PM - Cocktail Hour Cash Bar, Dress casual.

6:00 PM - 10:00 PM - Salons AB, Banquet Dinner with assigned seating. Dress casual.

After dinner, John Vinson will make acknowledgments and announcements. Mark Adcock donated his painting, "The Escape of Captain Tombs" to be auctioned to the highest bidder with all proceeds going to the CCCS to help fund the event..

Competition and Panel Director Peter Greene will then take the stage to announce the winner of 2018 Adventure Writer's Competition and present the coveted Grandmaster Award and $1000 check.

Keynote Speaker Brian Hicks

We'll have a short break then start the book signing event.

Sunday, October 7th, 2018

9:00 AM - Tour of the Hunley crew burial site at the Magnolia Cemetery, Guided by Ralph Wilbanks and Harry Pecorelli. Signup sheet at registration desk for car pool to Cemetery. This tour is free and will take about an hour unless you want to walk the rest of the cemetery.

Final Dinner.- (On your own with remaining attendees). TO BE ANNOUNCED

These scheduled events are not limited to this initial listing and are subject to change.

The CCCS reserves the right to refuse admission to anyone for any reason. Your ID badge must be with you at all scheduled events.

Past Convention DVD Videos

Our Convention DVD Videos are on sale now, order yours today!

2018 Convention Raffle Items


NUMA Logo Jackets

Through the help of Dirk Cussler and Ralph Wilbanks, we are offering for sale, Official NUMA
Logo Jackets
. Click here to order yours today

The 2018 Adventure Writer's Competition

"Phaistos Paragon" by Nate Granzow won the 2017 Adventure Writers competition and $1,000 grand prize: The Adventure Writers Grand Master Award.

For more information about the 2018 Adventure Writer’s competition, click the link below:

The Adventure Writer's Competition


Will Clive Cussler be attending this years convention?

We are not expecting Clive to attend this years convention. If he is able to attend, an announcement will be sent out.

I didn't purchase my convention tickets from the "Clive Cussler Collector's Society" official web site, will my tickets still be good?

Only tickets purchased from the CCCS web site will be honored. If in doubt, contact the CCCS at cusslersociety@xpressdata.net or make a personal call to Bruce at (503-792-3208) during regular business hours PST..

Can I mail some books to the hotel so I don't have to pack them through the airport with me?

You certainly can, but be sure to check with the hotel first. Some hotels charge a daily storage and handling fee so make sure you understand their policy before you mail anything.

This is our first Cussler Society convention and we were wondering if we needed to wear formal attire at the banquet dinner.

The dress is casual at all our events, wear whatever makes you feel comfortable.

I won't be able to attend this years convention. Can I still purchase tickets for the raffle?

Our raffle items are an incentive to attract individuals to our conventions and are only available to paid convention attendees.

I'm a guest at the convention, am I eligible for the raffle drawings?

Only paid attendees are eligible for the raffle drawings. Guests with complimentary admission are not eligible for the drawings.

I'm not a member of the Clive Cussler Collector's Society, can I still buy tickets and attend?

Our Convention is open to the public, anyone can attend. The CCCS reserves the right to refuse admission to anyone for any reason.

I bought tickets to the convention, but they never came in the mail. When can I expect them to arrive?

We do not send out paper tickets. When you pay for your convention ticket, your name and contact information is added to the attendee list. When you arrive at the convention, check in at our registration booth and sign in. You'll receive an information packet with event details and an ID Badge. You must wear your ID Badge to attend the events.

What happens if I paid for my convention tickets in advance and it turns out that I will not be able to attend, will I get my money back?

You will be refunded 100% of your ticket cost, less any PayPal fees or expenses we incurred in the transaction, up to 30 days before the event. After the 30 day deadline, any cancellation will be handled on a case by case basis and up to the discretion of the CCCS event organizers.

I was wondering if the convention events could be separated so I would only be paying for the events I wished to attend?

Sorry, our convention tickets are only sold as a package deal. We do our best to put on an event that everyone will enjoy and get the best value for their ticket price.

What type of presentations we can expect?

We have speakers who may or may not provide a slide show/Power Point presentation–that will depend on them. We'll have a meeting room set up and the subject matter and presentation will be at the discretion of the speaker. However, in this setting John Vinson will address the group to convey information, introductions, acknowledge individuals and, hopefully, have several types of drawings, in which Cussler and Cussler-related collectibles will be given away.

The CCCS reserves the right to refuse admission to anyone for any reason.

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