Dog Blood US cover art

I posted this a couple of days ago on my Facebook page, but I’m not sure how many of you saw it. If you missed it, here’s the cover for the US hardcover edition of DOG BLOOD, out 8th June.

By the way, I’ve been making a few changes to this site (in my usual ham-fisted way). As well as managing to delete the last couple of months worth of forum posts (sorry about that – can anyone who understands MySql help me get them back?) I’ve also set up a new announcement mailing list. You can find a sign-up box on the right-hand sidebar, below the new releases. I promise I won’t fill your inboxes with rubbish, instead I plan to just use the list to announce release dates, breaking news etc. etc. Please sign up if you have a few seconds.

BSCreview Book Tournament

Over on the BSCreview website (you might have seen their great review of HATER last year), the 4th annual book tournament has just begun. If you’ve got a spare couple of minutes, why not head over and cast a vote? HATER is on the shortlist, and it’s up against Nights of Villjamur by Mark Charan Newton in the first round.

All votes will be gratefully received…!

The Living Dead 2

Did any of you get to read The Living Dead? If you haven’t read it, maybe you should. Edited by John Joseph Adams, it’s 100,000+ words of zombie fiction and includes stories by the likes of Stephen King, Neil Gaiman and Clive Barker. I’m really excited to announce that The Living Dead 2 is set to be released in September, and I’m even more excited to announce that there’s a story of mine in it!

‘Who We Used To Be’ – a brand new, non-AUTUMN zombie tale, is amongst the 43 (43!!!) stories in the collection. And with authors including Max Brooks, David Wellington and Jonathan Maberry involved, this is something no serious zombie fan can afford to miss. Head over here to see the full table of contents.

Infected Books competition winner

You may remember that I had a clear-out before Christmas and offered a stack of books for sale through www.infectedbooks.co.uk. The sale’s pretty much over now with just a handful of foreign language editions and a few copies of Straight to You left.

Everyone who bought books from the sale automatically got entered into a draw for a few special prizes. I’m pleased to announce that the winner was Alan Hickey from Lancashire, UK. Congratulations, Alan! The following goodies will be on their way to you shortly:

That’s a copy of the HATER audiobook on CD (worth around £60!), a framed AUTUMN movie print signed by Dickon Tolson (who plays Carl) and myself, and a copy of 666: The Number Of The Beast – a YA anthology containing a story of mine, Grandma Kelly.

Congratulations again, Alan! For those of you who missed out on the sale, don’t worry. I’m planning something similar for later in the year to coincide with the release of DOG BLOOD.

Nominations for HATER

Sorry it’s been so quiet around here this last week. I’ve been flat out (honest!) and you’ll start seeing what I’ve been up to before long.

I’ve been made aware of a couple of awards that HATER has been nominated for. Firstly, RAGE, the French edition of the book, is up for the prestigious Masterton award, and you can read more about it here on the Milady blog.

Secondly, HATER has been nominated in the Best Zombie Book (Fiction) category of the Mail Order Zombie Dead Letter Awards (it’s not technically a zombie novel, I know, but hey…!). Please click here to vote and pick your favourite zombie books and films of the last 12 months.

In similar news, Mihai, owner of the very popular Dark Wolf’s Fantasy Reviews blog, listed HATER as number three in his top ten books of 2009. Mihai also listed Danny McCoyne as his favourite male character of last year! Cheers Mihai.

And finally, I was really pleased to hear that the audiobook of HATER recently won an ‘earphones award’ from AudioFile Magazine. For those of you who enjoyed the audiobook (you can download it from Audible and iTunes amongst others if you haven’t yet heard it), you’ll be pleased to hear that DOG BLOOD will also be released as an audiobook by Blackstone Audio on 8th June.

Septiembre Zombie

Spanish readers will be interested to know that Septiembre Zombie, the Spanish edition of Autumn, will be released by Minotauro on 23rd February.

Before you hit me with another thousand emails about the re-release of the Autumn books in English, here’s a little teaser for you. Book one, as you may know, will be released in September this year. The rest of the books, including the long-awaited debut of Autumn: Disintegration will follow VERY soon after. I’ll let you know exact dates as soon as they’re confirmed.

And by the way, if you were planning on picking up one of the spare copies of the Infected Books edition of Autumn I’ve been selling, you’d better get in quick. There are just a handful left. You can get them over at www.infectedbooks.co.uk.

A very belated Happy New Year!

I intended to write this a week ago, but the beginning of 2010 has proved to be even busier than the end of 2009! I hope you all enjoyed the holidays and best wishes to everyone for 2010.

Down to business…

There’s lots going on here, and I’m trying to take advantage of the UK’s coldest winter and heaviest snowfall for 30 years to try and catch up. I’ve got a lot of book, film and other news to share, but my first priority for 2010 is to tidy up this website and give it a lick of paint. Over the next few days, therefore, you might find the site breaks or goes down for a while. Please bear with me.

If you’re in the UK, you can pass the time by watching the AUTUMN movie on Zone Horror. It’s showing again on Tuesday 12th January at 12:50am.

I also just wanted to mention that my sale of signed books is coming to an end over at www.infectedbooks.co.uk. I now have the last few copies of the Infected Books edition of AUTUMN to hand but please get in quick if you want one as they’re disappearing fast. I’ll be announcing the winner of the competition I mentioned here next week.

That’s all for now. Check back next week for more! Don’t forget, to be notified when I update, you can follow me on Twitter, Facebook, Amazon, Goodreads, MySpace, Friendfeed and probably a few other places I’ve forgotten.

A couple of US pre-orders for 2010

My first US releases for 2010 have started to appear online. You can now pre-order the paperback edition of HATER, which hits stores on 13 April next year. Click the cover for more information.

And then, just a couple of months later, DOG BLOOD will be released. The US hardback edition from Thomas Dunne Books can now be pre-ordered here.

More details for more countries to follow very soon!

About that book sale…

Thanks to everyone who has already ordered books from my impromptu book sale. Some titles have already sold out and I seem to have spent more time in the post office than I have at my desk this last week!

I just wanted to say a couple of things…

  1. if you’re thinking of ordering, get in fast!
  2. I’m going to hold a quick competition to thank everyone for their interest and their orders

At the end of 2009 (or when my stock of books is gone, whichever comes sooner) I’ll put the names of everyone who has made an order since the sale was announced into a hat. One name will be drawn at random and that person will receive:

  • a piece of AUTUMN artwork signed by Dickon Tolson (who plays Carl in the movie) and myself
  • a HATER t-shirt
  • a couple of additional signed books which are so limited they didn’t even make it into the sale!

Thanks again for your enthusiasm and your orders. To learn more, please visit www.infectedbooks.co.uk, and if you have any questions, contact me here.

Infected Books