An update

I thought it was about time I posted a quick writing update. I’m balancing a number of projects at the moment that I hope will come to fruition in the near future. It’s been a busy twelve months and I’ve had to shelve or delay some projects to focus on others. Here’s a quick summary:

Is the first book in the second HATER trilogy, and I’m well into writing it. I’m scheduled to be done by April 2016, and I hope to be able to announce some exciting news about publication plans for the new series once negotiations are complete.

Producer Ed Barratt is currently talking to a number of potentially interested partners about the movie. The script is in cracking shape. More news as soon as I can announce it.

My book in this World War II zombie series is due out in early 2016. Timothy Long’s first volume will be hitting the shelves shortly, with Craig DiLouie’s book following mine. Very exciting.

I’m just tormenting you! Watch for an announcement about something special coming next week.

Is proving to be a real bugger to write. I’ve spoken about this science-fiction/ horror series on numerous occasions previously (and I’ve a host of competition winners lined up to appear as characters). Thing is, it’s such a huge project set in a really expansive world, that I can’t quite settle on the format and structure. Right now it looks like it’s going to be six volumes long (I’d previously said four): OCTOBER 12, THE COLLECTOR, ELYSIAN FIELDS, MESSIANIC, THE LOW PLACES and ASCENSION DAY. This one will definitely be worth the wait… I’m just sorry that the wait’s proving to be so long.

More soon.


Remember that time I said I was finished with zombies (and I was very wrong)

Remember that time I said I was finished with #zombies (and I was very wrong)

Hate to keep teasing announcements, but as well as THE FRONT (coming soon from me, Craig DiLouie and Tim Long), we’re getting ready to announce a MASSIVE Infected Books zombie event for 2016.

By the way, I’ve been beavering away behind the scenes here, and I missed an anniversary. It’s five years last month since Thomas Dunne Books released AUTUMN. The picture above was taken by me in Barnes & Noble on E 17th Street, New York, on the day of release back in 2010. I still find it hard to believe that my little zombie story – which started out as a free pdf I used to email to folks in the pre-ebook days of the turn of the century – turned into such a monster. Five novels, a short story collection, a movie, a radio adaptation… there’s clearly still a lot of love for the undead.

So let’s have some more.

Scream Magazine – issue 33 now out

As usual the latest issue of SCREAM MAGAZINE strikes an excellent balance between looking back at horror classics and looking forward to what’s new in the genre. This month there are retrospective looks at Coppola’s DRACULA and Hitchcock’s PSYCHO, as well as features on new movies including BITETHE HALLOW, TREMORS 5, and VICTOR FRANKENSTEIN.

Highly recommended as always. To get your hands on a copy of SCREAM, visit You can also pick up the magazine from any branch of HMVForbidden Planet, or any of the newsagents listed hereSCREAM is also available digitally as iSCREAM.

Follow SCREAM on Facebook and Twitter @ScreamHorrorMag.

Moody zombie goodness for your listening/ reading pleasure

Very pleased to announce that BOOKTRACK have released soundtracks to ISOLATION, THE COST OF LIVING and STRANGERS. If you’ve never listened to/read a booktrack before, you’re in for a treat. You get the entire ebook which is synchronised to a soundtrack of music and effects designed to enhance the reading experience. And believe me, it really does.

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To celebrate the launch of these three titles, I’ve written a guest blog over at the Booktrack site in which I talk about how music affects my writing. And I’ve even shared the writing playlist I use which has grown organically over many years. I hope you enjoy the booktracks. Please let me know what you think.


Voodoo Child by Wayne Simmons and Andre Duza – out now from Infected Books

It’s a retro-inspired pulp horror classic in the making! Available now. Grab a signed copy from Infected Books (click here) and get a complementary ebook version.

It's a retro-inspired #pulp #horror Classic in the making. #Voodoo Child by Wayne Simmons and Andre Duza. Out now from #infectedbooks

With back-cover blurbs from Steve Johnson (SFX genius who worked on Ghostbusters, Big Trouble in Little China, An American Werewolf in London) and Harry Manfredini (who wrote the iconic score for Friday 13th), this blood-soaked beauty of a book comes very highly recommended.

Voodoo Child is also available from Amazon and other online retailers.

What We Do in the Shadows

final1.inddIt’s been a while since I’ve recommended a movie, and what better day to put that right than today. I don’t know what it’s like elsewhere but, here in the UK, Halloween is increasingly over-commercialised and family friendly. It’s about sweets and toys and parties now, with the true horror of the season and its dark origins long-forgotten.

Today I present for you a no-holds-barred, warts-and-all documentary about that most revered and reviled of monsters, the vampire. WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS is a chilling and revealing peek into the dark, depraved and sordid lives of the undead. Actually it’s not. WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS is, in fact, that rare movie beast: a horror comedy that works. It’s bloody hilarious, actually, and I don’t hesitate to recommend it for your Halloween evening viewing pleasure.

Follow the lives of Viago (Taika Waititi), Deacon (Jonathan Brugh), and Vladislav (Jemaine Clement) – three flatmates who are just trying to get by and overcome life’s obstacles – like being immortal vampires who must feast on human blood. Hundreds of years old, the vampires are finding that beyond sunlight catastrophes, hitting the main artery, and not being able to get a sense of their wardrobe without a reflection – modern society has them struggling with the mundane like paying rent, keeping up with the chore wheel, trying to get into nightclubs, and overcoming flatmate conflicts.

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It’s Horror Week on Goodreads…

…and I’m one of the authors answering questions. Alan Moore, Clive Barker, Justin Cronin, Brian Keene, Scott Sigler – click here to see the list of horror authors taking part.

Hanging out with the people of Lowestoft. At Horror in the East with @neen_uk

The HATER movie, the new HATER books, AUTUMN, STRANGERS, THE SPACES BETWEEN – this is your chance to ask me anything (within reason). Click here and ask away. I’ll be answering throughout the week.


Halloween event at Waterstones Birmingham – this Friday!

Just a few days now before our huge Halloween event at Waterstones, Birmingham New Street. We’ve got loads planned for the evening including exclusive readings and announcements, special guests and more. You can win stuff by liking and sharing this Facebook post. Click the image below to find out more. Remember – the event is free admission, but we recommend you tweet @WstonesNewSt to reserve your place. Looking forward to seeing you there!


The Black Fang Betrayal – Booktrack competition

Remember THE BLACK FANG BETRAYAL? It’s a great collaborative novel that I co-wrote with a host of incredible authors last year. The book was put together by James Thorn, and featured connected stories from TW Brown, Michaelbrent Collings, Mainak Dhar, J.C. Eggleton, Glynn James, Stephen Knight, T.W. Piperbrook and J.R. Rain. BOOKTRACK are running a BLACK FANG Halloween competition you might be interested in. Click here or on the image below for more information. You can win a heap of goodies, including a writing class with Thorn and a few free Booktracks written by some guy called Moody…


Have you heard of BOOKTRACK before? It’s a really cool concept. Described as a movie-style soundtrack for ebooks, it adds a whole new level to your reading experience. It’s something I’m very excited about, and I’m even more excited to announce that the first wave of Infected Books Booktracks will be live on the site shortly. More news coming soon.

HATER – US and Canada ebook price drop

Not read HATER yet? Need to get into the series in readiness for the new books coming soon? Want to read the story again ready for next year’s movie? Now’s the perfect time to do it. The price of the ebook version of the book from St Martin’s Press has just been slashed to $2.99! Get in quick! Get it from Amazon, B&N, or iBooks.

Hater (Thomas Dunne Books, 2009)