FLU by Wayne Simmons

A quick plug for Wayne’s new book FLU, which is due out from Snowbooks this month. Wayne, as you may remember, is also the author of Drop Dead Gorgeous which I talked about a while back.

“There’s a nasty flu going round. An epidemic, they call it. The posters say to cover your mouth when you sneeze, and throw away the tissue. But such simple measures won’t stop this flu. Because when you catch the flu, armed police come and lock you in your house to die alone. When you catch this flu, it kills you in days. And when you catch this flu, two hours after it’s killed you, your eyelids snap open again…”Flu” is a pacey, terrifying, frighteningly real zombie horror story.”

FLU is available now from Amazon.co.uk. For those of you who are in Northern Ireland, Wayne and I will be doing a book signing together on 1st May at the Queens Film Theatre in Belfast, prior to a 10pm screening of AUTUMN. More details about the event will follow shortly.

AUTUMN – US DVD released today

It seems like we’ve been waiting forever, but from today the AUTUMN movie is finally available (legally available!) on DVD in the US. You can order a copy from Amazon.com, get it via Netflix or rent it from Redbox. I’m told it’ll soon be available from over 20,000 retail outlets too.

AUTUMN has always been a polarising story: lots of people like it, plenty more hate it. It’s an unconventional approach to zombies that seems to annoy as many readers as it pleases, and the movie adaptation is proving to be no different. In fact if anything, the reviews of the film have so far been even more divisive. I always knew a zombie story without flesh eating and mindless blood, guts and violence wouldn’t be to everyone’s taste!

I’m going to talk more about the film in the coming weeks (I’m trying to time my coverage to take advantage of today’s release, the UK DVD release in early May, and a screening I’m going to be introducing in Northern Ireland on 1st May), so I’ll not say much more today. All I ask is that you watch the film with an open mind and remember that it was made with huge enthusiasm but on a very low budget. I’m really interested to hear what you all think of it. Add a comment below or sign up and discuss the film on the forum.

The Autumn movie – UK DVD release date


Here’s some news that I know a lot of you have been waiting for.

The AUTUMN movie will be released on DVD in the UK on 10th May 2010, and you can pre-order it now from all the usual places…

And before anyone asks: no, I don’t know when the US DVD will be out, but I do know it won’t be long before an announcement will be made (any day now, I hope).

Check back nearer the release date for some more AUTUMN related posts.

Portrait of a Zombie

Like many of you, I’m a sucker for a good zombie movie, and bloody hell, this looks like it’s going to be a good zombie movie…

I recently spoke to the director of the film, Bing Bailey, who told me about a couple of publicity campaigns he has running at the moment. When the film’s Facebook fan page (click here) hits 10,000 fans, 10 randomly selected fans will receive limited edition posters signed by cast and crew members. Tell your Facebook friends and get them to sign up too. Ask them to leave a comment with your name because, when the page hits 100,000 fans, 5 props from the movie will be given to the people who’s names appear most. And who wouldn’t want to get a hold of a bloody meat cleaver, a slingshot, a bloody severed hand, a bloody straight jacket or some zombie eyes…?!

The AUTUMN movie – another 2 UK TV showings

The AUTUMN movie is showing on the Zone Horror channel in the UK again next week. You can catch the film on Monday 15th February at 1:05am and again the following day at 9:00pm.

Not got Sky or Virgin? Did you know that you can watch a stack of UK TV channels via www.tvcatchup.com? And Zone Horror just so happens to be available…

Grimm Up North

Just a quick, belated word about the Grimm Up North festival in Manchester last weekend.

It was a cracking event with a well-supported screening of Autumn taking place on the Sunday. Dickon Tolson (who plays Carl in the movie) was also there and the two of us sat down for a Q&A session after the showing. Huge thanks to fellow author Iain McKinnon (remember that name – more news about Iain coming in the next couple of weeks) for stepping in at the last moment and hosting the session. The Q&A was taped, and as soon as the footage surfaces I’ll post a link.

Thanks to the organisers of the event for showing Autumn and for inviting me along. Thanks to them also for shoving us in a room with a load of props from the workshop of legendary monster maker Bob Keen. As a horror geek it was very cool to be interviewed surrounded by bits of dead animal and severed limbs from Dog Soldiers, Cenobites from Hellraiser and the like…!

Special thanks to those fans who came along to see the film – I really appreciate your support and I hope you enjoyed the event. It was great to meet you all and to finally put faces to the names and email addresses!

Congratulations to the organising team for putting together a very successful weekend. Congratulations also to Carl Whiteley and the Zombie-Aid team for successfully breaking a few zombie-related records on the Sunday: a UK record for the number of people taking part in a Thriller dance, a double zombie wedding and, finally, taking the world record for the number of zombies in a shopping mall (beating even the world-famous Monroeville Mall immortalised in Romero’s Dawn of the Dead!). As we left the festival the streets of Manchester were filling with more than 1800 zombies – a very surreal experience! I thought I’d be getting used to the undead by now…?!

Did you see the film, either at Grimmfest or on TV? Why not click here and add your thoughts to the discussions on the forum?

New AUTUMN teaser…

As promised, here’s an exclusive look at the new AUTUMN teaser…

Now, about that announcement for UK readers…

If I’m honest, I’m a little embarrassed about this after the build-up we’ve been giving to Grimm as the UK premier. What I’m going to tell you now is something that was arranged by the film’s distributors and I only found out about it a couple of days ago. On one hand I feel pretty awkward (particularly for those of you travelling to Grimm), but on the other hand, I’m really pleased because anyone in the UK will be able to watch the film much sooner than they’d probably have expected.

The AUTUMN movie will be shown on Zone Horror (Sky 319, Virgin Media 170, Freesat 138), on Saturday 24th October at 10:55pm. It’ll be repeated the following evening.

I hope many of you will watch it and enjoy it. As I’ve said previously, if you’re looking for a traditional zombie flick full of blood and guts, violence and flesh-eating then you’ll be disappointed. If you’re looking for something different… something creepier and more introspective, something unsettling as oppose to something repulsive… then you should enjoy the movie.

I’ll be posting another AUTUMN blog later this week. I hope many of you will enjoy the movie (either this weekend on TV or next weekend at Grimm) and that you’ll come back here when you’ve seen it to let me know what you thought.

Exclusive AUTUMN teaser premier

Come back here at midday tomorrow (UK time) when I’ll be posting a new AUTUMN movie teaser courtesy of my friends at Renegade Motion Pictures. And this will be an exclusive – the clip won’t officially appear anywhere else for a couple of days.

Oh, and there’s something else: UK readers, brace yourselves for a surprising announcement tomorrow too…