A quick plug for a good friend – David Shires, the COST OF LIVING cover artist

CostofLivingI just wanted to take a moment to publicly thank David Shires of The Image Designs for his stirling work in putting together the brilliant cover art for THE COST OF LIVING at short notice recently. Often when I’m working on an Infected Books release, I’ll have an idea what kind of design I want to use and I’ll give the artist a very general brief. In this case I had an idea and I’d made an incredibly amateurish attempt to produce the artwork myself. I emailed David all the details, and received the finished piece within a day. Phenomenal!

David’s done work for me previously and has been featured on this site before. You might remember his AUTUMN illustrations which are on display over at www.lastoftheliving.net. My personal favourites are the images he produced for OFFICE POLITICS and SKIN.

For more information about David’s work, email create@theimagedesigns.com or visit www.theimagedesigns.com or facebook.com/theimagedesigns. Once again, huge thanks to David for his work on THE COST OF LIVING which has been a massive factor in the book’s success. I’m incredibly grateful.

Office Politics - illustration by David Naughton-Shires www.knightwatchpress.infoTHE COST OF LIVING is available now from AMAZON.COM | AMAZON.CO.UK | AMAZON.DE | AMAZON.ES | AMAZON.IT | AMAZON.CA | AMAZON.COM.AU.

Watch for an announcement in the next few weeks about another zombie-themed novella and an undead print collection coming soon from Infected Books.

Infected Bookstore closing Tuesday at midnight!

One final post to advise that the Infected Bookstore will close its virtual doors tomorrow at around midnight UK time. Head over there now for one last look around…

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And just to confirm, signed books will still be available from Amazon and eBay (and eventually from this site too). This is a ‘repositioning’ (to use a horrible corporate term). Infected Books is a publisher first and foremost, not a book shop!

Remember also, every signed book bought gets you ten entries in the exclusive THE SPACES BETWEEN competition.

Please click here to see what’s still available.

The genesis of THE COST OF LIVING

CostofLivingIf you’ve already got the book, you’ll already know this but, if not, I thought it would make an interesting post. Did you know that I wrote three entirely different versions of THE COST OF LIVING, and that all three are included in the ebook?

It just goes to show the effect a format can have on the story you’re trying to tell.

The first incarnation of THE COST OF LIVING came back in 2010 when I was invited to put together a story for John Joseph Adams’ excellent LIVING DEAD 2 anthology. A different tale altogether ended up in the book (WHO WE USED TO BE), but I also finished PRIORITIES – the 5,000 word short story of mom, dad and disgruntled older son, trapped in their home at Dad’s insistence with no way out, surrounded by hordes of zombies.

I wasn’t entirely satisfied with the story. A while later I was invited to write a piece of flash fiction by my friends at THIS IS HORROR, and I decided to strip back THE COST OF LIVING to bare bones. Just 750 words.

But I still wasn’t happy. It seemed to me that whenever I tried to write the story, I was being curtailed by its length. I never saw THE COST OF LIVING as being long enough to make a full novel, but I knew it needed more than the short formats I’d already tried. So, at the beginning of this year, I started writing again with the sole aim of telling the story I wanted, irrespective of word count and length.

And I’m absolutely blown away by the reception you’ve given the 38,000 word novella version of THE COST OF LIVING, so much so that I’m planning to return to the format sooner rather than later. One novella a month, perhaps?

Wayne Simmons says: “THE COST OF LIVING is character-driven zombie horror at its very best. No fan of the genre should be without it.” And Chris Hall at DLSReviews.com says the book is: “A truly superb post-apocalyptic story.”

If you haven’t yet read THE COST OF LIVING, it’s available for $1.99/£1.22 from AMAZON.COM | AMAZON.CO.UK | AMAZON.DE | AMAZON.ES | AMAZON.IT | AMAZON.CA | AMAZON.COM.AU

New event – Birmingham Readers’ Map Spoken Word Event

I’m very pleased to announce that I’ll be taking part in this event in Longbridge, Birmingham on 9th July at 7:00pm. The venue is Ashton Levi Coffee (5 & 6 Longbridge Lane, Birmingham, B31 2AJ) and there’s a Facebook event you can join here.

You might have seen me posting about the Birmingham Readers’ Map on Facebook a while ago. It’s a great initiative from Pigeon Park Press, and you can see it below.

A number of local authors have contributed to the map with links to where their stories took place in and around the city. It’s fascinating to explore. It came as a huge surprise to me, for example, to find that the place where Tom Winter grew up in TRUST, is just a couple of streets away from where Cal in Clive Barker’s WEAVEWORLD visited a psychic investigator!

On 9th July I’ll be joining some of the other Birmingham-based authors for an evening of readings, and it would be great to see some of you there.

Rare signed book sale – update

Not long left now before the Infected Bookstore closes its virtual doors for good (though some signed books will still be available via this site and eBay and Amazon). I just wanted to update you on what’s still available.

I’ve just found a few original Infected Books editions, and there are still some AUTUMN and HATER bundles. Click the link below for more details or go straight to www.infectedbooks.co.uk.

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Infected Bookstore to close – rare and out-of-print books for sale

It seems like I’m always trying to get you to buy signed books from www.infectedbooks.co.uk, but please allow me one last post…

I’ve decided that I’ll be closing the Infected Bookstore shortly. Signed books will still be available (direct from this site, eventually), but running the store as is just isn’t working out as I’d hoped.

Just before it disappears, however, I have one last announcement to make. I need to free up some space in my office, so I’m selling off a large number of rare and out-of-print books. You can see everything that’s available by visiting this link or clicking the image below. There are plenty of AUTUMN and HATER bundles to be found.

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All the books are in mint condition and will be personally signed.

Rest assured, this isn’t the end of me or of Infected Books, just a re-focus. I hope you’ll find something of interest in the store, and do please check back regularly over the coming days as I put more of my inventory online. If you’re looking for a specific title to complete your collection, drop me a line and I’ll see what I can find.

The Omega Man blog 2014

Regular visitors here will know my friend Sean T Page. He’s a man of many talents, not least as author of the Zombie Survival Haynes Manual (soon to be followed by the Alien Invasion Manual – I kid you not!), and head honcho over at the Ministry of Zombies. Sean’s also one of the linchpins of Moody’s Survivors.

Sean, cunningly disguised as Shaun, with his invaluable guide (photo: Grace Elkin - www.graceelkinphotography.co.uk)

Sean, cunningly disguised as Shaun, with his invaluable guide (photo: Grace Elkin – www.graceelkinphotography.co.uk)

You might also remember that, last year, Sean sealed himself into a bunker for five days and blogged about his experiences. You can remind yourself of that at this link. Well, this year he’s back with another survival challenge: the Sinai desert. He’s just returned from a week in Egypt, and you can watch his fascinating video blogs here:

Special offer (in lieu of interesting blog post)

I’ve a number of great features lined up for this site, but time has got the better of me this week so I don’t have anything ready to post*. In lieu of interesting content, therefore, I’ll give you this:

SIGNED COPIES OF STRAIGHT TO YOU, TRUST AND AUTUMN: THE HUMAN CONDITION ARE HALF PRICE UNTIL MONDAY 12 MAY. ALL PURCHASES INCLUDE FREE EBOOK VERSION**

* You shouldn’t have too long to wait to see what I’ve been working on.
** You’ll need to complete a short form to download your complementary ebook – details can be found here.

Follow me (please)

I know news about my books and film adaptations has been pretty thin on the ground recently, hopefully that’ll change in the near future. I’ve nothing to announce just yet, but there’s plenty of work going on in the background and a number of projects should soon see the light of day.

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A picture of me as a zombie in the Autumn movie. For no other reason than to say if you don’t follow me, maybe I’ll follow you…

It seems that no matter how loud/frequently/often I mention things, though, someone always seems to miss the announcement. So the point of this brief post is simple: if you’re keen to keep up to date with my work, please follow me.

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Also, please consider signing up to my mailing list. In the past I’ve been guilty of just using the list to sell books, but that’s changing too. And don’t worry – your data’s safe and won’t be shared/sold/used for any reason other than to keep you updated about my work.