Then make sure you come back here early next week. That’s all I’m saying for now.
Happy Halloween. Hope you all have a great weekend!
Stuck for Christmas ideas this year? Want to get that certain someone a present that a). they’ll like, b). will keep them occupied for hours and c). might just save their life? Look no further.
My good friend SEAN PAGE has released a follow up to last year’s smash hit ZOMBIE SURVIVAL HAYNES MANUAL. This year he’s turned his attention to the ever-present threat of ALIEN INVASION. As always, Sean’s take on things is frighteningly comprehensive, and incredibly funny. Looking for an authoritative history of alien contact? It’s here. Want to know how to prep yourself for the aliens’ arrival? Sean’s your man. First-contact protocols, alien combat techniques, space defences… this book covers everything.
You can get hold of a copy now from Amazon, The Book Depository, Hive, Indiebound, Waterstones, WHSmith and many other retailers.
And I don’t know if Sean was trying to tell me something or if this really was a genuine mix-up by the good folk at Haynes, but the Alien Invasion manual wasn’t the first book they sent me…
I know I’ve been banging on about it for weeks, but LAST OF THE LIVING is officially released today. Containing two novellas and a host of zombie short stories, it’s my last word (for a while, anyway) on the living dead.
Pick up a signed copy direct from Infected Books, ebay, or Amazon.co.uk (free shipping for all UK orders from Infected Books and ebay).
You can also get the book from: AMAZON.COM / AMAZON.CO.UK / B&N / Waterstones
My final event for 2014 will be a return to Leicester for Zombie Ed’s annual DAY OF THE UNDEAD. This is a day no self-respecting zombie fan should miss: 12 hours of zombie movies, alongside a whole host of authors, special effects artists, cosplayers, film-makers and traders. The full movie line-up for this year is still to be confirmed, but Bombshell Bloodbath, Go Goa Gone, and I Survived A Zombie Holocaust have already been announced.
The event takes place at the Phoenix Arts Centre, Leicester, on 15 November. Ticket details and further information is available from this site.
If you’ve not come across festival organiser Zombie Ed before, where have you been? He’s a legend in zombie circles, and is the brains behind THE ZOMBIE TIMES the world’s only zombie newspaper (which gets delivered free to more than 14,000 folks each month – subscribe here). He’s a great guy, and it’s worth a trip to Leicester just for the experience of meeting him.
I’m looking forward to catching up with the regulars and hopefully seeing a few new faces in Leicester next month.
Aaron Rayner and I pictured at (I think) the AUTUMN movie premier at the first Grimmfest, October 2009
I’m very pleased to announce that the winner of the LAST OF THE LIVING competition is the one and only Aaron Rayner. Aaron’s name was selected randomly from all the folks who’d ordered the new book over the last few weeks. Thanks to everyone who did.
I’m really pleased that Aaron won. Some of you will recognise the name (he’s one of Moody’s Survivors). He’s also one of the most vocal supporters of my work and has attended events in places as far apart as Manchester, Lowestoft, Leicester and London over the years. He’s a good man with a lovely family. Congratulations, Aaron, and thanks!
You can still order signed copies of LAST OF THE LIVING (though initial stocks are running frighteningly low). Head over to www.infectedbooks.co.uk to find out more.
Cast your minds back to the beginning of September when I talked about THE BLACK FANG BETRAYAL, a collaborative novel produced by James Thorn and written by Thorn, TW Brown, Michaelbrent Collings, Mainak Dhar, J.C. Eggleton, Glynn James, Stephen Knight, T.W. Piperbrook, J.R. Rain, and myself. Full details can be found at this link.
Working on the book was an unusual experience to say the least, and I recently wrote a guest post about it for Thorn’s blog. You can read the piece here.
I hope you’ve enjoyed THE BLACK FANG BETRAYAL if you’ve read it. It seems to have really gone down well with a lot of people around the world. It was a unique concept which I really enjoyed being a part of. Thanks again to James and the other writers involved.
A friendly reminder… You only have until midnight Monday to enter the LAST OF THE LIVING competition where the prize is an original AUTUMN manuscript from 1997. Simply order LAST OF THE LIVING directly from Infected Books to enter (and please be quick… initial supplies are starting to run very low). There’s free and immediate shipping in the UK, and you can get a £2 discount if you enter the name of Keith’s (from ISOLATION) manager at the checkout. The winner of the manuscript (and other prizes) will be announced early next week. Until then, have a great weekend!
I’m very pleased to confirm that I’ll be at the HORROR IN THE EAST convention in Lowestoft again this year. As you might remember, this event is particularly close to my heart, as it was born from the launch event for THEM OR US I held in Lowestoft back in 2011. As you might also remember, Lowestoft and the surrounding area is where the final chapters of Danny McCoyne’s story are played out…
The convention’s taking place on 8 November, and this year we’re in a great new venue (The Marina Theatre, alongside a horror film festival). Admission to the con is FREE. Plenty of authors will be in attendance, and there’ll be loads of great panels and events taking place throughout the day. Find out more on Facebook.
Way ahead of schedule (a first for me!) I’ve taken delivery of a massive pile of copies of LAST OF THE LIVING. Pre-orders will start shipping this weekend. You can still pre-order and enter the competition to win a few incredibly rare pieces of AUTUMN history (see this post), as long as your order is placed via the Infected Books website before 20 October. All the details you need can be found by clicking here or on the image below.
The book is also now available to pre-order via Amazon and other outlets. Here are some handy links: AMAZON.COM / AMAZON.CO.UK / B&N / Waterstones
But why wait? Get your hands on a signed copy NOW! Just click here…
Hope you enjoy the book. Have a great weekend.
I’m thrilled to announce that I’ll be appearing alongside Joseph D’Lacey and Sarah Pinborough this Halloween at the second TASTES AND TALES event at Delish Deli and Kitchen, Rugby. Tickets (which are selling fast) are £22.50 and include canapes, fine wines and local craft beers. See the poster below for more details.
Tickets can be booked directly from Delish or via credit card by calling 01788 578060. Hope to see some of you there. It’s going to be a cracking event, and I’m hard pushed to think of a better way of spending Halloween!