STRANGERS – a dark and dirty horror novel

I wanted to tell you a bit more about STRANGERS (which is now open for pre-orders – place your order through Infected Books and you’ll get to read the ebook TODAY!). In the blurb it’s described as a ‘dark and dirty horror novel’, and I think that’s pretty apt.

The novel is a departure from the kind of books I usually write. I’d been toying with the idea of a spin on a vampire novel for a while, and though there are no vampires in STRANGERS, there are some similar themes. You might remember me getting to meet a literary hero of mine, James Herbert, a couple of years ago. Following Jim’s untimely passing last year, I binge read several of his novels, and it struck me that it would be good fun to try and write the kind of gory, frightening, self-contained horror novel he was so brilliant at. STRANGERS is the result. It’s about our fear of the unknown, and how people are quick to point the finger in order to deflect the heat from ourselves. It’s also a book about confronting personal demons, and that’s something I’m going to talk more about in a forthcoming blog post.

Until then, don’t forget you can pre-order the book from Infected Books and read STRANGERS today!

A spate of brutal murders occur in and around the small town of Thussock. The bodies of the dead – savagely mutilated, unspeakably defiled – are piling up with terrifying speed. There are no apparent motives and no obvious connections between the victims, but the killings only began when Scott Griffiths and his family arrived in Thussock…

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STRANGERS

I’ll keep this short and to the point. My new novel – STRANGERS – will be released on 1 December. Pre-orders are open now. Order a signed copy from Infected Books, and you’ll receive a link to download a complementary ebook copy TODAY. (Both Kindle and ePub – Nook, iBook, Kobo – versions are included). Click here to order.

Cover art is by the always excellent CRAIG PATON.

UPDATE: It seems the system we had in place to provide automatic ebook downloads hasn’t worked. If you’ve not received your ebook, it’ll be emailed to you within the next 24 hours. Apologies.

Last of the Living – out today

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 / Book Depository

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Look what I’ve got…

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.

LOTLarrivedThe 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.

LAST OF THE LIVING – pre-orders now open

LAST-OF-THE-LIVINGI’m pleased to announce that pre-orders for LAST OF THE LIVING are now open. The book will be officially released on 27 October, but these signed, pre-ordered copies will ship in advance of that date.

All pre-orders received before 20 October will be entered into a competition to win a rare copy of the original Infected Books edition of AUTUMN, along with a genuine (and ever rarer) AUTUMN manuscript from my archives.

Click here to place your order!

One more thing… in keeping with the Infected Books philosophy of not wanting folks to pay for the same thing twice, if you’ve already purchased the COST OF LIVING and ISOLATION ebooks, you can get a £2 discount on your pre-order. Simply use the name of Keith’s (from Isolation) manager as a coupon code at checkout (not case sensitive), and your discount will automatically be applied.

I hope you enjoy LAST OF THE LIVING. As always, don’t hesitate to shout if you have any questions or if you experience any problems placing your order.

Announcing LAST OF THE LIVING

lastofthelivingMany of you have been asking if THE COST OF LIVING and ISOLATION will ever appear in print. The short answer is yes.

I’m really pleased to be able to announce the imminent launch of LAST OF THE LIVING – a paperback collection bringing together the two novellas and associated short stories (i.e. the short story and flash fiction versions of THE COST OF LIVING, as well as WHO WE USED TO BE, TIGHTROPES, MURIEL and WISH I WAS HERE).

Pre-orders will open next week.

ISOLATION – additional short stories

I’ve talked a lot about ISOLATION recently, but I’m conscious I haven’t told you very much about the four additional zombie stories which come bundled with the new novella. I’m going to put that right today.

IsolationSlideTHE COST OF LIVING and ISOLATION ebook releases represent all of my non-AUTUMN zombie output. If you remember, THE COST OF LIVING includes two previous versions of the story. With ISOLATION, I’ve included two previously published shorts, and two which were written specifically to close out this collection.

WHO WE USED TO BE
Originally appeared in John Joseph Adams’ excellent THE LIVING DEAD 2 anthology, and I’ve grown to think of it as the antithesis to THE COST OF LIVING. One minute, everyone in the world dies unexpectedly. A minute later, they all reanimate. The story focuses on a small family unit as they try to prolong their increasingly precarious existence for as long as possible…

MURIEL
Was written for an SFX magazine zombie special. I make no apologies for it being a more mainstream zombie tale than anything else I’ve written, as I was writing for a specific audience. It’s a quick, gory and fun tale of a lone survivor living on his nerves in his parents’ house.

TIGHTROPES
A brand new story set in a world which has just about managed to pull itself back from the brink of the zombie apocalypse. So when we’re used to living alongside the threat of the undead, how long will it be before we slip back into our old ways again…?

WISH I WAS HERE
I’ll say little about this final story, other than it was inspired by a thought that’s regularly struck me… No matter what the reason we’re given for the dead beginning to rise, at the outset there’s a stark difference between us and them. But the longer the situation goes on, the less noticeable those differences become. When the dead walk the Earth, can there be any winners?

I hope you enjoy ISOLATION – early reviews have been great (the ever-reliable BookBloke said: I was once again blown away by the recognisable settings and relatable yet engrossing characters. A gripping read. Treated to four more short stories within this book, all with different takes on zombie fiction, it’s a must have for zombie lovers, people who love gore and violence and people who love stories with exceptional characterisation. It’s one that’s not to be missed”). And finally, for those who’ve been asking, in the coming weeks I’ll be formally announcing LAST OF THE LIVING – a new paperback release which will include ISOLATION, THE COST OF LIVING, and all the other stories I’ve talked about today.

The Black Fang Betrayal

And now for something completely different…

I made a decision early in 2014 to push myself out of my comfort zone more often this year, and the result of one such excursion is released today. THE BLACK FANG BETRAYAL is a collaborative novel produced by J 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.

Black Fang BetrayalLevi Phillips is a warlock living in the woods of rural Ohio. With his apprentice, Matthew, Levi operates one of the most ferocious covens in the world, known as The Black Fang. Managing the coven like an international corporation, Levi controls its enormous wealth while running a moonshine operation as a front. But when a plot to assassinate Levi is exposed, the warlock decides it’s time to destroy The Black Fang and the destruction could create a new beginning.

The Black Fang Betrayal features today’s best horror, dark fantasy and thriller writers collaborating on a unique and fascinating novel. Armed with nothing but a prompt and a character name, each author became a warlock of The Black Fang and wrote a first-person account as a member of the coven. Using themes and sequences woven throughout the complete narrative, a cohesive page-turner emerges.

It was great to be a part of such a unique project, and folks who’ve read the book so far seem to have really enjoyed it. It’s available at the astonishingly low introductory price of $0.99 for a limited time, so please do check it out. Visit www.theblackfangbetrayal.com for more information and an opportunity to enter an exclusive competition. Can you match the authors to their stories?

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Isolation Locations

I hope by now you’ve had chance to read ISOLATION, and I hope you enjoyed it. Early reviews certainly have been reassuringly positive. Shadowlocked said “Isolation is a taut piece of character driven writing“, and BookBloke said “it’s a must have for zombie lovers, people who love gore and violence and people who love stories with exceptional characterisation“.

One thing you probably didn’t know, is that the park-keepers bungalow – the location where most of the action in ISOLATION takes place – actually exists. When we were planning the original short movie, I did a little location filming which you can see embedded below. It’s only a minute long, and it was filmed at completely the wrong time of year, but hopefully seeing where Keith and Anna make their last stand will enhance your enjoyment of the book.

This footage was, in fact, taken in a park near my parents’ house in Birmingham where I grew up. Like Keith, as a child I spent many days mucking around in the streams and fields in the park, building dens and hiding from imaginary monsters and aliens and the like. Fortunately for me, unlike Keith, all my monsters were make-believe.

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