I’m the guest on today’s episode of the HORROR WRITER’S PODCAST. Horror authors RICHARD BROWN and BLACK FANG BETRAYAL supremo JAMES THORN are the hosts. You can watch/ listen below (though I’d recommend you switch your monitor off and just listen, because otherwise you’ll be staring at my face for an hour or so…).
The new issue of SCREAM is out, and it’s another belter. Seriously… where else could you get interviews with Robert Englund, REC co-director and writer Jaume Balaguero, HORNS director Alexandre Aja, Rob Zombie, and Linda Hayden – star of the classic BLOOD ON SATAN’S CLAW, all in one place?
Seriously, as I say every issue, SCREAM is a great mag – recommended reading for the discerning horror fan.
Visit www.screamhorrormag.com, or pick up a copy from You can get hold of a copy from any branch of HMV, Forbidden Planet, or from any of the newsagents listed here. SCREAM is also now available digitally with the launch of the cunningly titled iSCREAM!.
I’m very pleased to announce that the winner of the LAST OF THE LIVING competition is the one and only Aaron Rayner. Aaron’s name was selected randomly from all the folks who’d ordered the new book over the last few weeks. Thanks to everyone who did.
I’m really pleased that Aaron won. Some of you will recognise the name (he’s one of Moody’s Survivors). He’s also one of the most vocal supporters of my work and has attended events in places as far apart as Manchester, Lowestoft, Leicester and London over the years. He’s a good man with a lovely family. Congratulations, Aaron, and thanks!
You can still order signed copies of LAST OF THE LIVING (though initial stocks are running frighteningly low). Head over to www.infectedbooks.co.uk to find out more.
A friendly reminder… You only have until midnight Monday to enter the LAST OF THE LIVING competition where the prize is an original AUTUMN manuscript from 1997. Simply order LAST OF THE LIVING directly from Infected Books to enter (and please be quick… initial supplies are starting to run very low). There’s free and immediate shipping in the UK, and you can get a £2 discount if you enter the name of Keith’s (from ISOLATION) manager at the checkout. The winner of the manuscript (and other prizes) will be announced early next week. Until then, have a great weekend!
Just a few weeks now until the release of LAST OF THE LIVING – the new paperback collection which includes my zombie survival novellas THE COST OF LIVING and ISOLATION and much more. In readiness for the new release, the price of the ebook edition of THE COST OF LIVING has been reduced to around 99c/70p – an absolute steal. More information at this link.
In keeping with the Infected Books approach to ebooks, if you’ve already bought THE COST OF LIVING and ISOLATION, you can get a £2 discount on LAST OF THE LIVING (use the name of Keith’s manager as a discount code during checkout). Likewise, when you receive LAST OF THE LIVING, you’ll be able to download complementary copies of the ebooks.
I’m hoping the LAST OF THE LIVING signed pre-orders will start shipping later this week, and I’ll update here again as soon as they do. In the meantime, don’t forget you can pre-order copies here, and that everyone who pre-orders by 20 October will be entered into a draw to win an original AUTUMN manuscript and other rare memorabilia. Good luck!
Thanks to those of you who’ve already pre-ordered LAST OF THE LIVING. I wanted to try and tempt a few more of you in…
I mentioned in my last post that everyone who pre-orders will be entered into a draw to win an original AUTUMN manuscript. This is a truly one-of-a-kind prize, and I thought I’d give you a better look at what’s up for grabs.
In my introduction to the new paperback, I talk about hunting through my notes and finding drafts of AUTUMN from as far back as 1997. This is that draft: 400 pages of yellowing A4 paper. The writing’s clunky and rough as hell, and the book needed many more drafts and severe editing before I released it into the wild in 2001, but it’s still recognisably AUTUMN.
Along with the manuscript, I’m also throwing in a one-off ‘Spread the Infection’ T-shirt (who’s been here long enough to remember theinfected.co.uk?), and a rare copy of the original Infected Books release of AUTUMN. All you have to do to be in with a chance of winning all of this is pre-order LAST OF THE LIVING before 20 October.
Time for my regular plug for one of my favourite magazines. SCREAM issue 26 is now available and, as usual, it’s packed with some great stuff. Highlights this issue include an excellent piece on the video nasty furore which swept the UK in the early 1980s, a couple of Walking Dead interviews, a feature about the horror movies of Vincent Price, and a look back at Army of Darkness written by a member of the crew who worked on the movie.
You can get hold of a copy from the website. UK readers can find the magazine at all branches of HMV and Forbidden Planet, or from any of the newsagents listed here. SCREAM is also now available digitally with the launch of the cunningly titled iSCREAM! Click here to find out more.
Summer’s definitely over now, and I’ve been looking back at some of the movies I managed to get to see. Without a doubt, DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES was the film I was looking forward to seeing most and, surprisingly, I thought it almost completely delivered.
It’ll serve little purpose if I review the movie this late in the day because I expect you’ve either a). already seen it and made up your own minds, or b). you’ve heard enough about it to know whether you want to see it or not. To summarise, though, it’s a technically stunning film with some great performances, an intense storyline, superb action scenes, and some of the most realistic animation you’re likely to see in a long time. I highly recommend it.
I’ve long been a fan of the APES movies. I’ve seen the original films countless number of times, and I’ve even managed to make it all the way through the abominable Tim Burton remake more than once. I was thinking about why I love the Apes concept so much when it struck me: it’s the same central conceit as zombies, isn’t it? Replace the apes with the undead, and you’ve got a very similar set-up. The apes are just another in a long line of variations on us versus them, and these movies work so well because of the increasingly thin line which separates one side from the other.
In fact, when I left the cinema after seeing DAWN, I couldn’t help thinking about HATER. With HATER, you could argue the only real difference between one side and the other is perspective. They’re pretty much otherwise indistinguishable from one another (unless you are a Hater, of course…).
Incredibly, it’s now seven long years since the HATER movie rights were first acquired, and although the cameras almost rolled back in 2009, there’s been very little movement on the project since then. But that might be about to change. I can’t say much at the moment (there’s not actually very much to say), but some positive initial discussions have been taking place with a view to getting HATER on the big screen.
So all this rambling finally leads me to my question. Seven years is a long time… do you still want to see a HATER movie? If so, what are your hopes and fears for the project? Personally, I think there’s never been a better time (as the success of our ape friends has illustrated), but what do you think? I’d really appreciate it if you could take a few minutes to let me know.
And as soon as I have any definite news, I’ll post it here.
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It’s been several months since I last posted anything in my What Works For Me series of writing tips/ thoughts. There are several very good reasons for that. Most importantly, I’ve been spending a lot of time trying to work out what exactly does work for me.
You’ll probably have seen endless debate online over the last few months about the merits of independent versus traditional publishing, and also about the position/ value of indie authors as highlighted by the ongoing Hachette vs. Amazon debacle.
I started out Indie. I was Indie before most. I’m so old school that I genuinely used to email pdf and Word versions of AUTUMN to interested folks back in the day. I did well from it, and if I hadn’t done what I’d done, I’d probably have never written HATER and it might not have found its way onto the desk of the folks who passed it on to Guillermo del Toro all those years ago… When Thomas Dunne Books of New York made an offer for the publishing rights back in 2007, I didn’t hesitate to accept.
So now we’re another seven years or so down the line, and the marketplace has changed beyond all recognition. Indie authors are in a better place now: more accepted, and with better tools and technologies at their disposal.
THE COST OF LIVING proved to be a turning point for me. I’ve been stunned by the success of my little ebook – it’s sold remarkably well and has opened my eyes to the full potential of independent publishing again. With the recent relaunch/ rebranding of INFECTED BOOKS, I feel like I’ve regained the control you inevitably lose when you publish traditionally, and I’m ready to take full advantage of that.
So, to stop a long story getting any longer, I’ll just say this: for now, although I’m technically what you’d call a Hybrid author, I feel 100% Indie again. So what does this mean? Well, for a start you should watch for another surprise release later this week (you can pre-order it now – I’ll tell you more tomorrow), and then look out for STRANGERS – my brand new, full-length novel, coming from Infected Books in November this year.