Okay, so the title of this post is deliberately misleading, but after being beaten in the popularity stakes by one of my cats yesterday (see this link – I got a handful of likes, the cat got hundreds), my ego needs massaging. Of course I’m not a magazine pin-up (who’d pay to look at my face?), but I do appear in a new publication which I wanted to tell you about.
In issue 18 of Diabolique Magazine, Chris Hallock has put together an excellent six page piece about me, my books, and my fascination with the end of the world. Please do check it out. You can find more details and order the magazine at the Diabolique website, and the digital version is available for ios and Android devices.
In early 2009, around about the time HATER was released, I spent a lot of time mooching around various dark corners of the Internet wondering what people were saying about my book. On many genre sites I visited I remember seeing the distinctive covers for Joseph D’Lacey’s books, MEAT and GARBAGE MAN. Who is this D’Lacey character, I wondered, and how come he’s got a quote from Stephen King on his books (D’Lacey Rocks!)? I thought we were destined to become adversaries, competing against each other to try and conquer the UK horror market.
I couldn’t have been more wrong.
Over the years I’ve got to know Joseph and we’ve appeared at several events together. He’s a lovely guy; very knowledgeable (check out his recent Guardian top ten horror novels piece), and a damn fine writer. He’s even a TV presenter now (more about that later…).
But it’s not all been plain sailing. Publishing is a fickle and sometimes cruel business, and through no fault of his own, MEAT and GARBAGE MAN failed to have the impact they should have. He told me “Going out of print is something I think a writer can quietly live with, difficult though it is to accept that a book’s life is over. However, having your books withdrawn from sale because your publisher goes bust is a situation most writers probably never even anticipate. It certainly came as a shock to me! I’d always believed that of my two Beautiful Books titles, MEAT was the one with the potential to grow a long tail. When the administrators stepped in at the end of 2011, though, I had to face the fact that any tail it was growing had been severed.”
Fast forward to today, and with a new agent, a new publisher and an expanding back catalogue behind him, both MEAT and GARBAGE MAN have been reborn. Not just reborn – revitalized. “The reissue was a perfect opportunity to improve the novels, so we edited them again and had them re-proofed. Garbage Man was originally published with all sorts of typos and problems with scene breaks. All that has been fixed. I’ve rewritten the acknowledgments section in each book, to make sure everyone who’s helped since their first publication gets a mention, and there’s a section of extra content in both novels. MEAT gets a new preface and Garbage Man a new afterword. The covers have been redesigned too, of course, and the eBooks are enhanced with extra content. I couldn’t be happier with the result.”
Click the link to find out more about the books.
A quick post to advise that INFECTED BOOKS has been fully re-stocked and, between now and the end of the year, there’s FREE SHIPPING on all UK orders.
Want to spoil a friend or loved one’s Christmas with a little end of the world misery? Looking for something apocalyptic to usher in the new year? Or maybe you’re not a festive person yourself… are you happier in the company of Haters, aliens and the living dead than snowmen, reindeers and Santa Claus? If so, www.infectedbooks.co.uk is the place for you.
All the AUTUMN and HATER books are available, as well as the limited editions of AUTUMN: THE HUMAN CONDITION and TRUST at specially reduced prices. Signed books are also available from ebay and AMAZON.CO.UK.
Finally, a quick word about the long delayed AUTUMN: AFTERMATH hardcover. It IS happening, but I’m still waiting on contract finalities. As soon as everything’s signed and sealed, pre-orders will open. Thanks for your patience, apologies for the long wait. (Information can be found here if this is news to you…)
HERBST: AUSKLANG – the German-language edition of AUTUMN: AFTERMATH is now available from MKrug Verlag. Ebook versions will follow shortly. The Herbst books were my first foreign language deal, agreed way back in the early days of Infected Books, and they’ve been a real success. The first release of DISINTEGRATION (HERBST: ZERFALL) anywhere in the world was in German but, for various reasons, this final release was delayed. It’s great to see the series coming to a conclusion at last, and I hope folks enjoy the book.
Available from Amazon.de.
Same content really, just given a fresh coat of paint and a better address in readiness for the new books (and more regular updates) which will soon be forthcoming. I thought I’d take this opportunity to let you know how the new novels stand…
Is with a crack team of beta-readers, who are currently beta-reading. I’m nervously awaiting their feedback…
STRAIGHT TO YOU
I’m well into the second draft, and on course to have this new version of my debut novel ready for January 2014 (terrifyingly, that’ll be twenty years since I started work on the original book).
Revamped, revitalised, and ready to start rewriting. The target is to have the book finished by the end of October.
Proof of work being done…
on my office floor from left to right, 17 DAYS, STRANGERS, STRAIGHT TO YOU
I always find it difficult to keep this site updated over the summer. I have a large family, and with the kids on holiday from school and university, finding time to work becomes frustratingly hard. Writing has to take precedence, so the website and Facebook, Twitter etc. inevitably suffer. The girls are all just about back studying now, so expect to hear from me more regularly again.
One final thing for now… the AUTUMN: AFTERMATH hardcover I mentioned in my last post. If you’re at all interested in getting hold of a copy of this, please let me know by filling in this short form so I can assess numbers. See this earlier blog post for more information. If you could do it by this time next week I’d be hugely grateful. I’ll level with you – it’s touch and go as to whether the book’s viable with the numbers I’ve got so far.
Don’t forget, you’ll qualify for a discount on AFTERMATH if you’ve bought the hardcover edition of AUTUMN: THE HUMAN CONDITION.
Thanks as always for sticking with me. Please keep doing so. Some good stuff on its way very soon…!
A quick post and an apology for those who’ve ordered AUTUMN: THE HUMAN CONDITION direct from Infected Books.
For someone who communicates for a living, I’ve not been doing too well with this release. I’m guilty of not keeping folks properly updated.
I’d advertised dispatch by last Friday but, due to a couple of errors by the printer, the books weren’t delivered to me until late on Monday. All orders have, however, now been signed, sealed and posted, so all books should be received shortly (tomorrow for UK orders, I hope).
Apologies once again for the delay and the lack of updates. It makes me look and feel unprofessional, and I’m sorry. If anyone has any concerns, please do get in touch.
On a more positive note, signed hardcovers and paperbacks are now available from Infected Books (for immediate dispatch!) See this link for more information.
With the Infected Books release of AUTUMN: THE HUMAN CONDITION next week, I’m taking a new approach to ebooks. You see, I’m a big fan both of ebooks and traditional print editions. I love the physicality of ‘real’ books, but also appreciate the immediacy and portability of ebooks. What really, really annoys me is the lack of flexibility between the two, and also the inherent belief that when you make a purchase, you can only have one or the other.
There’s a slightly more detailed explanation of the approach I’m taking on this page, but here’s the briefest of summaries:
- If you buy a print edition of AUTUMN: THE HUMAN CONDITION, on the last page there’s a link you can follow to download a complementary ebook version.
- If you buy an ebook then decide you wish you’d bought the print version, click the link at the end of the ebook, enter a few details, and you’ll receive a voucher to the value of the ebook you bought, redeemable against the print version.
There are terms and conditions (there always are, aren’t there?) and they can be found here. I think this is a fairer way of doing things, and it’ll be interesting to see how it pans out in practice. I’d be interested to hear what folks think, so please let me have your thoughts…
And on the subject of ebooks, I thought now would be a good time to mention this:
On 10th October, Gollancz will release THE COMPLETE AUTUMN. It’s an ebook collection of all five original AUTUMN novels, available for Kindle, iBook and all other formats.
Priced at £19.99, it effectively means you get one of the novels free. If you’re in the UK and you haven’t yet read the series, this will be a great way of doing so!
I’m sure by now you’ll have heard the very sad news of the death of Richard Matheson. He was a true giant of the genre who had a long and varied career. He certainly had a huge impact on me, but I don’t think I realised how great that impact actually was until I stopped and looked back at all the times I’d encountered his work over the last thirty years or so. I put together a brief piece about him for This is Horror, which you can find here.
I’m very pleased to announce that AUTUMN: THE HUMAN CONDITION is now available to order from Infected Books. Weighing in at a whopping 49 stories/part-stories and around 158,000 words, it’s a fitting end to the AUTUMN series and I hope you enjoy it. The official release date is 1st July, but you can secure a copy of the trade paperback or limited edition hardcover now.
LIMITED EDITION HARDCOVER
Signed and numbered and strictly limited to just 500 copies, the book comes in a beautiful Craig Paton designed jacket. Books will ship by 28th June. It’s likely these will go fast, so if you want to get your hands on a copy, please order one sooner rather than later. Either visit this page or use these links:
UK hardcover orders (£20 + £2 p&p) – click here
European hardcover orders (£20 + £4 p&p) – click here
Rest of World hardcover orders (£20 + £6 p&p) – click here
The paperback edition will be available online at all the usual retailers from 1st July. You can order a signed copy now direct from Infected Books by visiting this page or using the following links:
UK paperback orders (£10 + £1 p&p) – click here
European paperback orders (£10 + £3 p&p) – click here
Rest of World paperback orders (£10 + £4 p&p) – click here
A WORD ABOUT EBOOKS…
DRM-free Kindle, Nook, iBook, and Kobo versions of the book will be available on 1st July (if not before). I’m trying something new with this release so you have as much choice/flexibility as possible. Basically, if you buy a print copy of the book, you’ll be entitled to download a complementary ebook version. Likewise, if you buy the ebook then decide you’d rather have had a paperback or hardcover, you’ll be able to buy one from Infected Books at a price discounted by the amount you paid for your original ebook. Sound good? There’s a little more about this scheme at this link.
I know this update has been a long time coming, and I apologise. Please check back in the coming days for more updates including a number of HUMAN CONDITION giveaways and competitions.
I’m sure many of you have heard of Sean Page – best-selling author and head-honcho at the Ministry of Zombies. Sean’s a lovely guy who works tirelessly to educate the masses about the very real dangers of the impending zombie apocalypse. I’ve had the pleasure of meeting him on a number of occasions and I can say with real certainty that he’d make a vital member of your survival team when the shit hits the fan.
Cast your mind back a few years to this post, and my visit to the not-so secret nuclear bunker, also the site of the Last Survivors zombie experience.
So what do you get when you add Sean Page to the nuclear bunker? I’ll tell you – you get the Omega Man Project.
Starting tomorrow, Sean will seal himself into the lower levels of the bunker where he’ll remain in isolation for a week. His only contact with the rest of the world will be by way of a daily video/blog post at www.ministryofzombies.com. I urge you all to follow this brave hero as he attempts to recreate the aftereffects of an I AM LEGEND type viral apocalypse.
Click the link below for the full press release.