Fan art

It always means a lot when something you’ve written has such an effect on someone that it inspires them to create something themselves.

I recently came across this illustration by MishaChanX on Deviantart – the cutest Hater I’ve yet seen! (Click the image for a larger version). Being a typical angry 40 year-old bloke who writes about the end of the world for a living, I always picture the Haters as desperate, vicious, blood-soaked animals. Misha’s approach is very different, but somehow equally disturbing…

Many of you will probably remember the cover of the Infected Books edition of AUTUMN which was itself originally a piece of artwork submitted by a reader (Dave Joseph, if you’re reading this, please get in touch again – I’ve been trying to track you down).

Nick ‘Pinchy’ Pinch, a body piercer who runs Voodoo Body Piercing in Devon, has had the AUTUMN face tattooed on his leg. A massive horror movie fan, Pinchy also has a huge interest in body mods. If you’re in Devon, you won’t have any trouble spotting the guy. Apart from the AUTUMN tattoo, he has horn implants, a split tongue, scarifications, sub dermal implants (including one magnetic one!), and a load more tattoos and piercings. He told me how he loved the cover of the book and it’s watercolour-like appearance.

To find out more about Pinchy and his work, visit him (Nick Pinch) or Voodoo Body Piercing on Facebook.

Nick Pinchy's Autumn tattoo

SCREAM Magazine – issue 2 now out

Scream magazineThe second issue of UK horror magazine SCREAM has just been released, and it’s well worth your time. Click here to order a copy. As with issue one, it’s a great read which focuses more on in-depth interviews and articles than most similar mags. This month, there are features on the Zombie Flesh Eaters films, the classic 1931 Frankenstein movie, the new Video Nasties documentary from Jake West and Marc Morris, and Fulci’s The Beyond to name but a few. There’s also a comprehensive round up of October’s Grimm Up North festival.

Ducked and Covered

Thanks to www.quietearth.us (an invaluable site for post-apocalyptic news and reviews) for drawing attention to this incredible public information movie from Nathaniel Lindsay. I’ve spent years trying to imagine what I’d need to do to survive in a post-apocalyptic world. This video sums it all up in less than 9 minutes. Genius.

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Suspense Magazine lists AUTUMN as one of their best of 2010!

Suspense Magazine today announced their Best of 2010 list, and I’m really pleased that they’ve chosen AUTUMN as one of the best horror books of 2010.

I recently appeared on the Suspense Magazine radio show, and you can listen to the broadcast here. Unfortunately technical issues prevented me from getting on until 40 minutes into the hour long show (it was 2:40am by then, so forgive me if I sound like a tired and frustrated Brummie!).

Autumn article in new issue of SciFiNow

Thanks to the team at SciFiNow for including ‘Self-Made Man’ – a piece I put together for them about the re-publication of AUTUMN – in issue 48 of the magazine which has just hit the shelves.

As well as the AUTUMN article, the mag also includes features on Tron Legacy, Rise of the Apes, 25 movies that changed SciFi, a visit to Skywalker ranch… It’s a cracking issue this month. Just go and get it!

Scream Magazine

Scream Magazine - Issue 1 available nowWe hear so much these days about magazines closing down, so it’s fantastic when publishers are able to buck the trend and announce new titles. Readers in the UK can now get their hands on issue 1 of SCREAM magazine – a glossy, bi-monthly mag filled with the latest horror news and reviews.

Click here to get yourself a copy!

The Post-Apocalyptic Movie Club and the Secret Nuclear Bunker

Forgive the bizarre title of this post – it will make sense!

I never really intended to use this website to tell you what I did on my summer holidays, but today I’m making an exception.

I’m sure any writers who are reading this will agree: we never really stop working. Even when you’re not sat at your desk staring at your computer screen, banging away at the keyboard or reading through reams of papers, signing and posting books, answering emails etc., you’re still working. You’re still thinking – thinking about the book you’re writing now or the book you’re planning to write next, or the one you were supposed to have finished last month… Being away on holiday is no exception, and often the new places you visit and the people you meet along the way provide huge amounts of unexpected inspiration.

Back in 2004 when I was writing Autumn: Purification, I started looking into the large number of underground structures which can be found along the length and breadth of the UK. Have a look at Subterranea Britannica if this isn’t something you’ve come across before – it’s fascinating. Bunkers are a mainstay of countless end-of-the-world stories and I’ve been researching them again recently for something I’m currently working on (not telling you what!). Just before the school holidays began in July and my daily writing routine went completely to pot, I posted Remain Indoors – a brief article about my intention to re-watch and write about as many post-apocalyptic movies as I could get my hands on. The response was phenomenal and even now, more than six weeks later, I’m still getting film suggestions emailed to me regularly. (Thanks to everyone who got in touch – please keep your ideas coming).

So as you can probably imagine, even though I was supposed to be on holiday, with my head swimming with post-apocalyptic movies and stories of Cold War bunkers, when the opportunity to visit such a site unexpectedly presented itself, I was in there like a shot.

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