Congratulations to Coscom Entertainment and Eric S Brown

It’s always great to hear about independent authors and publishers breaking into the mainstream. Congratulations to Coscom Entertainment who this week signed a deal with Simon & Schuster for a mass market release of two of their zombie / classics mash-up books, W. Bill Czolgosz’s take on Mark Twain’s tale: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and Zombie Jim, and Eric S Brown’s take on HG Wells: The War of the Worlds plus Blood, Guts and Zombies.

This is great news in particular for Eric who, as many of you may know, has been churning out popular zombie stories for the last few years. I’ve spoken with him on a number of occasions in the past – he’s a great guy who has a wild and unique perspective on the living dead. I’m really pleased that he’s going to find a wider audience with this deal. Well done, Eric!

Horror’s hidden treasures

I know I have a tendency to ramble on when I write, but I didn’t realise how bad I sometimes get! When I was asked to contribute to the SFX Collection special mentioned in my previous post, I geeked out and got a bit overexcited and churned out far more words than were required.

Now, in an extremely cool move, Ian Berriman from SFX has posted my ramblings in full on the SFX website, and you can read the piece here.

This in no way excuses you from buying the SFX special, by the way. Not only is it chock full of horror goodness, it also comes with some excellent free gifts. I now have a ‘Slaughtered Lamb’ beer mat which, as An American Werewolf in London has always been one of my favourite films, has pride of place on my desk!

SFX Collection: Horror

The team over at SFX magazine have just unveiled their latest creation. On sale in the UK from tomorrow is the SFX COLLECTION: HORROR – a massive horror collection full of cool features and free gifts. I have a couple of contributions in the ‘Hidden Treasures’ section – a load of horror directors, screenwriters and novelists were asked to reminisce about their favourite lost horror movies and books. I had a blast hunting through my boxes of dusty VHS tapes for the most obscure movies I could find, and it was great watching them again (once I’d managed to find a working video player!). Does anyone else remember such gems as THE ASPHYX, THE MUTATIONS and DEAD AND BURIED…? Why not grab yourself a copy of the SFX Collection and, while we’re on the subject, what are your favourite lesser known horror films? Got any good recommendations for me?

Happy Holidays

This is probably going to be my last post of the year, so I just wanted to take this opportunity to wish everyone a happy holiday season. I hope you’re able to relax, enjoy yourselves, and spend some decent time with the people who matter to you. I intend doing as little as possible for as long as possible (if the kids will let me!).

I also wanted to thank everyone – particularly those of you who’ve followed my writing for some time and who’ve been incredibly patient – for your support throughout 2009. It was a landmark year for me as I finally made the switch from independent to traditional publishing. I know it’s been a long time since I actually gave you anything new to read, but all that will change in 2010. As well as DOG BLOOD, the re-release of the first AUTUMN book, and the US and UK release of the AUTUMN movie on DVD, there will be plenty more to announce next year… release dates for the rest of the AUTUMN series (sooner than you might think), news about the HATER film, free HATER fiction and much more coming very, very soon!

Enjoy the holidays. Have a great time. See you back here in 2010!

Merry Christmas!

Author Z.A.Recht has died

Plague of the Dead

Permuted Press has announced that Z.A.Recht, author of Plague of the Dead and Thunder and Ashes, has died.

This is shocking, horrible news. I never had the pleasure of meeting Z in person, but I talked to him by email as recently as last month. He seemed like a genuinely good guy – polite, funny and enthusiastic about all things zombie. Plague of the Dead has been picked up as part of a deal between Permuted and Pocket Books and is due to be re-released later this month. Such a shame that Z won’t be here to see it.

My sincere condolences go out to his family and friends at this terrible time.

How did it get to be November already…?

I can’t believe how quickly this year is going. Hope everyone had a good Halloween weekend. I certainly did, because I got to watch the AUTUMN movie on the big screen at Grimmfest! A full report will follow later this week…

In the meantime, a couple of new interviews are now available to listen to.

First off, Gregory Solis (author of Rise And Walk) put me in touch with Celina Andrade of Pirate Cat Radio in San Francisco and we spoke last week. You can download our conversation by clicking here…

Secondly, the final part of my interview with Vatikanet in Norway is available to listen to by clicking here.

Thanks to both Celina and Knut from Vatikanet for the great questions!

Scott Sigler’s Rookie Tailgate Tour

Damn fine author (see this post) and marketing genius Scott Sigler is hitting the road for a 20 date bar tour of the US in support of the limited edition hardback release of ‘The Rookie’. Tour dates are as follows:

Set in a lethal pro football league 700 years in the future, Scotts says ‘The Rookie’ combines the intense gridiron action of “Any Given Sunday” with the space opera style of “Star Wars” and the criminal underworld of “The Godfather.” You can find out more about ‘The Rookie’ by clicking here or on the banner below.

Order through Scott’s site and use the coupon code “ALOHA” and get a $3 discount!