Year of the Zombie month #2 – THE PLAGUE WINTER by Rich Hawkins

I’m over the moon that ADAM BAKER‘s KILLCHAIN – the first book in Infected Books’ YEAR OF THE ZOMBIE – has been so well-received. It really has gone down a storm. I’m equally excited to announce that book two – THE PLAGUE WINTER by RICH HAWKINS – is now available. Set in the world of his brilliant novels, THE LAST PLAGUE and THE LAST OUTPOST, THE PLAGUE WINTER is an intensely personal story of hope and hopelessness at the end of everything. Grab it now from Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk.

Following the devastating outbreak of an alien virus, Eddie and his young grandson struggle to survive within the wasteland of Great Britain. They live day-to-day, scavenging among the ruins, trying to avoid the deadly infected that now roam the land. But Eddie has other demons to conquer: a longstanding drink problem that needs to be kept in check if he wants to keep both himself and his young charge alive.

When a stranger enters their lives, seeking help, Eddie is forced to make a choice that could alter their lives forever.

Tex Montana Will Survive!

You might remember me waxing lyrical about a superb indie zombie film from a couple of years back called THE BATTERY. It was an excellent example of how low budgets and limited resources are no obstacle to success if you’ve got a strong vision and are dedicated to your project. THE BATTERY was an extremely original movie, and it looks like the film-makers’ next release – TEX MONTANA WILL SURVIVE! – is going to be equally inventive.

There’s a Kickstarter campaign running throughout February, and I urge you to support it. Not least because this is a campaign with a HUGE difference. The film is complete, already in the can, and the team behind it intend to use their crowdfunding campaign to release it FOR FREE, WORLDWIDE, as soon as the campaign ends (27 days and counting). As someone whose career was launched by giving their work away for free (if you’re late to the party, the first AUTUMN novel was available as a free download in the early 2000’s), I completely appreciate how big a deal this is for Jeremy Gardner, Christian Stella, and Adam Cronheim. Please view the Kickstarter video I’ve embedded here, check out the campaign, and pledge your support.

Trust: Alien Invasion

My earlier news story might have been overlooked in the chaos of new year – the book was released on 31 December – so I just wanted to announce (again) that the German language edition of TRUST is available now from Voodoo Press. TRUST was the first of my rewrites of my early, non-zombie Infected Books novels (followed by STRAIGHT TO YOU and AUTUMN: THE HUMAN CONDITION), and I’m delighted with the way it turned out. It’s great that the novel is now available to even more readers around the world. You can snag an eBook or paperback copy now from Amazon.de.

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Want to be Infected Books’ 12th Year of the Zombie author?

YOZpandpMost of you will know by now that 2016 has been officially designated YEAR OF THE ZOMBIE by Infected Books – 12 months, 12 original zombie novellas. We kicked things off in style earlier this month with Adam Baker’s well-received KILLCHAIN, and we’re looking forward to launching novella #2 at the beginning of February.

As I’ve mentioned previously, 11 of the 12 slots have already been filled by a host of well-known zombie authors. We’re planning on finding author number 12 by running an exclusive PITCH AND PAGE competition (we want you to sell your story to us by submitting a 25 word pitch and a 250 word first page). I’ll be judging entries alongside respected literary agent Gina Panettieri and head of Voodoo Press, Michael Preissl. The competition will run for 6 months from 6 February and the winner will get the prestigious Halloween slot. We’ve just announced full entry details over at the Infected Books site and if you have any questions, feel free to ask via the dedicated thread on the IB Facebook page.

This is a great opportunity to be a part of a project I’m really excited about. After sharing my zombie stories with you for the last fifteen years, I’m looking forward to you finally getting your revenge and bombarding me with undead nightmares of your own. Good luck!

A couple of interviews and another 20 minutes of me talking…

I was recently interviewed by Michelle Baker for her www.successcircuit.com site, and you can read it here. I hope you enjoy it. Michelle asked some very interesting questions, which made for a great conversation.

And here, for your Sunday afternoon viewing pleasure (though there’s not much pleasure in looking at my mug) is the third part of my conversation about characters and plot development with Suzanne Robb and Emma Ennis of the Fresh and Untitled podcast.

Keep an eye on this site this week – some great stuff coming up, including details of how you could be a part of Infected Books’ YEAR OF THE ZOMBIE. There’s an interview with Adam Baker – author of KILLCHAIN, the first YoZ novella – live on the site right now.

The Rover

My first film recommendation of 2016 and wow, what a belter I have for you today. David Michôd‘s THE ROVER is a bleak and surprising dystopian tale which features a superb performance from the ever-reliable Guy Pearce. Watch the trailer and click the link below for my thoughts.

10 years after a global economic collapse, a hardened loner pursues the men who stole his only possession, his car. Along the way, he captures one of the thieves’ brother, and the duo form an uneasy bond during the dangerous journey.

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What Works for Me – Characters and Plot Development part #2

As promised, here’s the second part of my conversation with Suzanne Robb and Emma Ennis of the Fresh and Untitled podcast.

Such great people to talk to. As I’ve already said, we talked and talked. There are two more parts to follow, and I hope you’re enjoying listening as much as we did chatting.

2016 is Year of the Zombie

kcHappy New Year, all! As promised, today sees the launch of Infected Books’ YEAR OF THE ZOMBIE, and have we got a great story to kick off the project. I’m thrilled to announce that our first author is the brilliant ADAM BAKER with KILLCHAIN, a novella set in the world of his best-selling books OUTPOST, JUGGERNAUT, TERMINUS and IMPACT.

Elize arrives in Mogadishu with instructions to assassinate a Russian embassy official. She has tactical command of a US kill-team, CIA operatives, rookies and veterans of a dozen war zones. It should be a straightforward hit but her luck is about to run out. She will soon find herself trapped in a city gone to hell, struggling to complete her mission in the face of betrayal, a spreading pandemic and a population hungry for flesh…

KILLCHAIN is available now from Amazon. A print collection of all the novellas will be available at the end of the year, and you can find out more about YEAR OF THE ZOMBIE over at www.infectedbooks.co.uk. Don’t forget, we’ve got space for one more author… our ‘Pitch and Page’ competition will be launching shortly.

Here’s to an awesome, rot-filled 2016!