Two Bald Blokes – Back on the Road

Remember when Wayne Simmons and I embarked on our ‘Never Trust a Man with Hair‘ tour a couple of years back? Well, we’re getting the band back together!

I’m very excited to announce we’ll be appearing together at Southcart Books in Walsall on February 21 at 3:00pm. Hear us read, bicker, reminisce, talk about the future of Infected Books and publishing as a whole, and generally put the world to rights.

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This was originally to be an event hosted by Jasper Bark to support the release of his new Prime Cuts but, unfortunately, Jasper can no longer make it. Keep an eye on Southcart Books, though, as he’ll now be appearing there in March.

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Recommended Reading: Dead World Resurrection

deadworldWind the clock back a decade, and you’d have found far fewer zombie novels on the shelves than today. There was just a handful of us telling tales of the undead back then… myself, Brian Keene, David Wellington, and Joe McKinney to name but a few. Back to today, and it’s great to see all of my old undead compatriots still producing plenty of top-quality horror fiction. Joe, in particular, has been consistently prolific.

I was honoured a while back to be asked to write an introduction for DEAD WORLD RESURRECTION: THE COLLECTED ZOMBIE SHORT STORIES OF JOE MCKINNEY and I of course jumped at the chance. In this collection (which was recently released by Journalstone), all of Joe’s zombie shorts are gathered together. I hardly need to do the hard sell, do I? This is definitely a book I’d recommend you pick up, and I’ll quote myself as proof (if that’s not too pretentious): “In this collection, by writing about the living dead, Joe has reminded us what’s so great about being one of the living. I hope you enjoy reading (or re-reading) these stories as much as I have.”

DEAD WORLD RESURRECTION is available now.

The Mammoth Book of Sherlock Holmes Abroad

51+5hzeNvFLI mentioned last year that I’d been trying to push myself out of my comfort zone… with this commission I couldn’t have been much further from the kind of stories I usually write: different genre, different era, different setting, different pace. Daunting, yet very rewarding.

I’m very pleased to announce that my Greenland-set story A CONCURRENCE OF COINCIDENCES will appear in THE MAMMOTH BOOK OF SHERLOCK HOLMES ABROAD, published by Constable & Robinson in the UK on 2 April, and by Running Press in the US on 14 July.

Edited by the great Simon Clark, the book contains stories by Andrew Darlington; Paul Finch; Nev Fountain; Carole Johnstone; Paul Kane; Alison Littlewood; Johnny Mains; William Meikle; David Moody; Mark Morris; Cavan Scott; Denis O. Smith; Sam Stone and Stephen Volk.

In this wonderful anthology of ‘hitherto lost’ tales, the Great Detective travels to the far ends of the earth in pursuit of truth and justice.

A host of singularly talented writers present a thrilling new dimension to Holmes’s career whilst superbly capturing the spirit, style, suspense and atmosphere of Conan Doyle’s best work.

The book is already available to pre-order. Here are a few handy links: AMAZON.COM / AMAZON.CO.UK / The Book Depository / Waterstones / Barnes & Noble / Indiebound. ebook links and a full list of contents to follow shortly.

28 Days Later

twenty_eight_days_laterAs a responsible father, I think it’s important to ensure my kids have a solid all round education. As such, I see it as my duty to introduce them to cultural milestones. Last night I did just that (I am being sarcastic here, by the way), sitting down with the girls for a family viewing of Danny Boyle‘s seminal 28 DAYS LATER. It had been many years since I’d seen the film, and I was interested to see how it stood up today: what was considered ground-breaking in 2002 might have appeared cliched today. To my surprise, I think I enjoyed the movie more than I ever have done.

A quick glance at my Recommendations page revealed that I’ve never written about this hugely influential movie for this site, so I thought I’d remedy that right now. As usual, a brief synopsis and trailer follows. Click on the link for my thoughts.

An infirmary patient awakens from a coma to an empty room…in a vacant hospital…in a deserted city. A powerful virus, which locks victims into a permanent state of murderous rage, has transformed the world around him into a seemingly desolate wasteland. Now a handful of survivors must fight to stay alive, unaware that the worst is yet to come…

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Signed books back in stock

Signed copies of STRANGERS are back in stock over at www.infectedbooks.co.uk. They’re disappearing fast (again) so please order quickly if you want one.

I know it’s probably the wrong side of Christmas to be telling you this, but there are a few other interesting things available at Infected Books right now. There’s a copy of the rare and very limited hardcover edition of TRUST, and copies of my last zombie-release LAST OF THE LIVING. If you use the exclusive This is Horror discount code, you can also get the limited hardcover of AUTUMN: THE HUMAN CONDITION for the ridiculously low price of £10 (with free delivery if you’re in the UK).

You can find the This is Horror discount code on the JOE & ME free download page. This seems like an ideal opportunity to mention that I’ll be taking part in a live This is Horror podcast in February. If you have any questions, email them to the address on the download page.

The Ultimate Undead Collection

I’m pleased to report that AUTUMN: THE HUMAN CONDITION will be available as part of the ULTIMATE UNDEAD COLLECTION – an ebook release which includes a huge 10 books (more than 2500 pages) of zombie goodness for the ridiculous price of $0.99!

The collection – which also features Joe McKinney, Tim Long, Shawn Chesser, Bobby Adair and Michaelbrent Collins amongst others – is released on 31 January. You can pre-order your download now from AMAZON.COM or AMAZON.CO.UK.61CdV-7+4VL

The Wave

A lesser-known movie recommendation for a lazy Sunday afternoon…

thewaveMy family has a thing about Psychology. My wife has three degrees in the subject (yes, three!), one of my daughters is following in her footsteps having recently graduated with first class honours, and another of the girls has just embarked on her first Psychology qualification. Me? I’m interested too, but in a far less academic way. I’ve said it countless times, but I’ll say it again anyway – I’m a people watcher. I’m not much interested in who did what study or experiment or anything like that, I just like to sit back and watch what happens when people are forced to endure extreme circumstances (ie, in most of my books, the end of the world).

This week I want to recommend a film that should appeal to the psychology academics in your life (like my missus) as well as the dystopian thrill-seekers (like me). THE WAVE (DIE WELLE) is a 2008 German production directed by Dennis Gansel and based on a 1981 novel by Todd StrasserA high school teacher’s unusual experiment to demonstrate to his students what life is like under a dictatorship spins horribly out of control when he forms a social unit with a life of its own.

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Happy New Year!

Happy New Year to you all. I thought I’d kick off 2015 with a quick look back at my 2014 releases (just in case you missed any), and a peek at my plans for 2015. Despite being a pig of a year for me on many levels, I was surprisingly productive, releasing two full-length novels (STRAIGHT TO YOU and STRANGERS), a zombie novella collection (LAST OF THE LIVING, which included ISOLATION and THE COST OF LIVING along with a number of other shorts), and the long-overdue limited edition hardcover of AUTUMN: AFTERMATH.

I also managed a couple of short stories too, most notably THE LUCKY ONES (which appeared in DEAD WATER), THE DEVIL (from THE BLACK FANG BETRAYAL) and THE DEAL – a story which is exclusively available to newsletter subscribers. And, of course, there’s the free audio download of JOE & ME.

So what does 2015 hold? There’s a lot being planned behind the scenes, and I thought I’d pile the pressure on myself by announcing the major projects I’m working on this year. Notice there are no timescales quoted here (I never seem to keep to them anyway!) but this is the order I’m tackling these novels.

KAI
My first middle-grade novel. Think ET meets GODZILLA and you’re halfway there.

THE SPACES BETWEEN: ELYSIAN FIELDS
The first book in my long-teased horror/ science-fiction/ noir crime series. If you’ve not heard me talking about this one before, here’s a quick tease: Several years ago London was destroyed in a white-hot nuclear haze. Millions of people were displaced, and huge numbers ended up in rapidly constructed newcities like Elysian Fields. Designed to house around one hundred thousand, the population of Elysian Fields is several times that. It’s a dangerous, sprawling hell-hole of a place ruled by gangs, violence and fear. When a prominent business leader’s son disappears, social worker Greg Dawson becomes embroiled in the mission to snatch him back. But the more Dawson discovers about Elysian Fields, the more he comes to realise there’s a huge gulf between what we’re being told and reality. In the spaces between the two, absolutely everything changes.

17 DAYS
Yes, I know… I’ve finished this book twice already, but I’ve still not got it quite right. I had a rollercoaster year last year, and in the midst of all the ups and downs, I’ve realised where I was going wrong. Mark Thane is a downtrodden and overlooked nobody. When he discovers he only has 17 days left to live, he’s forced to question everything. The country is on the verge of revolution, and Mark unwittingly finds himself at the eye of the storm. This time last week no one knew who Mark Thane was. By the time his number’s up, the entire world will be watching his every move.

FOCUS
A sick and twisted love story. Adam’s wife died last summer. He’s not going to let her die again.

So there you go. Plenty of work ahead. Add to this more signing events and the continued expansion of the Infected empire (Infected Films and Infected Audio, anyone?) and that’s more than enough to keep me busy. I hope you’ll stick around, because 2015 is going to be a cracker!

Joe & Me – download and listen NOW!

The free audio version of JOE & ME is now available. Click here to listen and/or download. Happy Christmas from me, This is Horror and Infected Books! Please share far and wide!

Joe and Me (This is Horror, 2012)Joe is anything but an ordinary eight year old. His father’s a stay-at-home dad and his mom’s going to save the world.

Forced to live in cramped quarters after the military pull funding on his mother’s research, Joe is thrown into the midst of a race against the clock to save mankind. As tensions rise and the family disintegrates, they must face an uncomfortable ultimatum.

Do they save each other or humanity?

We’ll be following up this release early in 2015 with a unique LIVE This is Horror podcast. If you have any questions you’d like me to answer on air, please email them to Michael@thisishorror.co.uk.

I hope you enjoy JOE & ME. I had a lot of fun writing and recording it. In case you’re unaware, the story explains a pivotal piece of the overall AUTUMN story. It appears in the 2013 edition of AUTUMN: THE HUMAN CONDITION, and using the discount code thisishorrorjoeandme (original, eh?!), you can order a signed copy of the limited edition hardcover direct from Infected Books for just £10, with free UK delivery (RRP £20).

Finally, as this will probably be my last post here for a while, I’d like to take this opportunity to thank you for your support and enthusiasm over the past year, and to wish you and your families all the best for the holiday season.

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A free Christmas audiobook – Joe & Me

I’m excited to announce the release of a free JOE & ME audiobook. A joint production between This is Horror and Infected Books, and narrated by yours truly, it’ll be free to download from 2pm GMT on Tuesday 23 December. Happy Christmas!

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And if you enjoy the story, why not help yourself to a festively-priced (£10 plus free delivery in the UK)  copy of the limited edition hardcover edition of AUTUMN: THE HUMAN CONDITION? Simply head over to www.infectedbooks.co.uk, add the book to your cart and use code thisishorrorjoeandme at checkout.

JOE & ME is a story I’m extremely proud of. It’s a great little tale that offers a very personal glimpse into the early hours of the world-wide chaos which unfolds throughout the AUTUMN series. I’ll tell you more about it on Tuesday…