If you’ve already read HATER, you might remember the first scene which involves a very nasty attack by a character called Simmons. What you probably don’t know is that the attacker was named after Wayne Simmons, a long-time friend and supporter of my writing.
Wayne has just had his first novel released by Permuted Press, and I thought it was only right to make a bit of noise about it. Not only because he’s been shouting about my books for years, but also because DROP DEAD GORGEOUS is a damn good read. Here’s the publisher’s blurb to get you in the mood…
As tattoo artist Star begins to ink her first client on a spring Sunday morning, something goes horribly wrong with the world… Belfast’s hungover lapse into a deeper sleep than normal, their sudden deaths causing an unholy mess of crashing cars, smoldering televisions and falling aircraft. In the chaotic aftermath a group of post-apocalyptic survivors search for purpose in a devastated city. Ageing DJ Sean Magee and shifty-eyed Barry Rogan find drunken solace in a hotel bar. Ex-IRA operative Mairead Burns and RIR soldier Roy Beggs form an uneasy alliance to rebuild community life. Elsewhere, a mysterious Preacher Man lures shivering survivors out of the shadows with a promise of redemption. Choked by the smell of death, Ireland’s remaining few begin the journey toward a new life, fear and desperation giving rise to new tensions and dark old habits. But a new threat–as gorgeous as it is deadly–creeps slowly out of life’s wreckage. Fueled by feral hunger and a thirst for chaos, the corpses of the beautiful are rising…
Since I closed down Infected Books and sold my novels to other publishers, strange things have been happening with the price of the original Infected Books editions. HATER, in particular, has been on sale for stupid amounts of cash since the movie was announced. There were copies listed on Amazon a couple of weeks ago for almost $1000!
I just wanted to say a couple of things. Firstly, HATER and its two sequels and the five AUTUMN books will be published gradually over the next few years. I’m also working on plans for TRUST and STRAIGHT TO YOU. Please don’t pay the kind of prices that some people are asking on the web unless a). you’re too damn rich for your own good or b). you’re a collector and you’re desperate to get your hands on first edition copies.
Secondly, beware some of the listings on Amazon and similar websites. Infected Books used Print on Demand technology and it seems that many of the sellers listed on these sites are third parties or affiliated companies who have access to the printer’s digital catalogue. Unfortunately, these listings are out of date and it is physically impossible for any new orders made for Infected Books titles to be fulfilled.
I just don’t want anyone getting ripped off. I’d rather people waited a little longer to read the books than lost out.