This will be the last post of the year – a very quiet year, but enjoyable nonetheless. All that remains is for me to say thanks to each and every one of you who’ve bought a book, recommended a book, come to an event, sent me an email, joined the Survivors, liked a post, retweeted a tweet and so on… in fact everyone who’s supported me and my writing in any way, shape or form. I don’t say it enough, but it’s all hugely appreciated.
I feel like post after post recently has been me trying to sell you stuff (I guess that’s what this site’s all about, really). Anyway, if you’ve been following progress on Facebook you’ll have seen a number of Infected Books special offers come and go. This is the last week for posting before Christmas, so I thought I’d summarise things here.
Any UK orders placed via www.infectedbooks.co.uk before midnight Wednesday 18 December will be shipped first class at no extra charge (and don’t forget, UK postage is free until the end of 2013 as it is). And before you get fed up and tune out because I haven’t provided a proper update or told you about any new books recently, hold fire. There’s news coming shortly…
DOG BLOOD and THEM OR US bundles – two signed hardcovers for the price of one from the original US pressings (£10 – only five sets left)
THEM OR US UK hardcover (now out of print) reduced to £7.50
AUTUMN: THE HUMAN CONDITION limited edition hardcover reduced to £15
AUTUMN: THE HUMAN CONDITION paperback reduced to £7.50
These prices are good until close of play Wednesday 18 December.
After a series of unavoidable delays, I’m delighted to be able to announce that the long-overdue limited edition hardcover edition of AUTUMN: AFTERMATH is about to become a reality. The ink is drying on the contracts, and pre-orders will be opening on Monday 9 December. All those folks who’ve registered their interest will be contacted directly on Monday, and a further announcement will appear here on davidmoody.net. Until then, here’s a brief summary of the important points:
the book will be published by Infected Books in arrangement with Gollancz
it’ll exactly match the look and feel of the previous Gollancz AUTUMN hardcovers (the same printers are being used)
it’s envisaged that the book will now be published in late January 2014
it’ll cost £20 plus postage, though there will be a loyalty bonus/discount of 10% for those folks who’ve bought the Infected Books hardcover of AUTUMN: THE HUMAN CONDITION (see below)
everyone who pre-orders before 10 January 2014 will have their name included in a special thank you section in the book, exclusive to this edition
Again, huge apologies for the long delays in making this book a reality and rounding out the series for those of you who’ve been collecting the UK hardcovers. Thank you for your patience and support.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.