Year of the Zombie – Pitch and Page winner announcement

It’s with great pleasure that I’m able to announce the winner of the Infected Books Year of the Zombie Pitch and Page competition. It’s taken a while for the judging process to be completed, and I’m sorry to have kept folks waiting for the result. We had a good number of entries, but there was a clear favourite which judges Michael Preissl, Gina Panettieri and I unanimously picked.

Congratulations to SCOTT MCGLASSON. Scott’s novella NOCK will be October’s Year of the Zombie release.

Huge thanks to EVERYONE who entered the competition. I’d like to particularly mention a number of other great writers who were highly commended by the judges: Dan Howarth, Matthew Gilman, Angela Bodine and Mouse-Diver Dudfield.

Straight to You – final two weeks

The free serialisation of STRAIGHT TO YOU at WATTPAD will soon be complete. The book will be 20 years old on 26 September, and the entire novel will be available to read online from that date. Now is a great time to start reading (if you haven’t already). Chapter 23 has just gone live.

UPDATED 15 SEPTEMBER – the second of this week’s chapters has now been added.

Mummified bodies and nuclear meltdowns

Just a few chapters left to go now in the free serialisation of STRAIGHT TO YOU at WATTPAD. The second of this week’s chapters is now available to read, and Steven begins to realise the full enormity of what’s happening to the world around him (hence the clickbait title of this post). Click here to read.

In other news, I’d like to make you aware of a great new edition of the THIS IS HORROR podcast wherein a load of great authors (and me) offer up their most valuable piece of writing advice. Listen here or click the graphic below.

tih-109-writers-craft-talk-best-writing-advice-with-20-writers

Your last phone call home

Straight to You coverWe’re on the last leg of STRAIGHT TO YOU now. Steven’s nearing either a). his destination, b). the impending apocalypse, or c). both. Post-apocalyptic movies and fiction are often filled with big, spectacular show-stopping moments, but it’s often the quieter, more personal scenes which affect me most. I remember feeling desperately sad when I wrote the chapter of the novel which has been posted over at WATTPAD today.

You’re hundreds of miles away, with no hope of ever getting back to the people you love that you’ve left behind. Imagine the pain of your last phone call home.

A blast from the past

1975It’s the first of the month, and that can only mean one thing – the release of the next YEAR OF THE ZOMBIE novella. This month we have a real blast from the past, as the brilliant SEAN T. PAGE takes us back to 1975 and a top-secret bunker in the middle of zombie-infested London. Sean is one of my all-time favourite zombie people and an expert in his field, and it’s a real honour to have him on board. 1975 is available now from Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.de and other sites worldwide for just 99c.

The Ark is a secret Ministry bunker hidden deep beneath the streets of London and humanity’s last hope for survival.

Sealed inside, a small team oversees 5,000 cryogenically frozen humans whilst the world above disintegrates.

But, as bunker fever spreads through the concrete walls of the Ark, those still awake begin to wonder if they’d be safer on the outside.

Random murders, claustrophobic violence and plastic mannequins… far too many plastic mannequins.

Polyester flares and the Osmonds aren’t the only things to be afraid of in 1975.

Continue reading

Chapters 19 and 20 of Straight to You now available

STRAIGHT TO YOU chapter 19 is now available to read at WATTPAD. Steven has a little company to help him through this part of his increasingly testing journey. It’s midway through October, and the temperature’s at least 25 degrees higher than it should be. Things are getting tougher by the minute (and it’s looking like there probably aren’t too many minutes left…)

STY

UPDATE 1 September: chapter 20, the second of this week’s chapters, has now been added to Wattpad. Read it here.

Congratulations to my friends at SCREAM

Issue 38 of SCREAM MAGAZINE dropped through my door this week. As usual, it’s packed with loads of great stuff from new movies like Fede Alvarez’s DON’T BREATHE through to a feature on the kind of classy VHS flicks I watched in my formative years such as CREEPOZOIDS, FROGS and RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD.

Cover38bannerBut the big news from SCREAM this month is that, after 6 years, they’ve secured a great distribution deal in the US. US readers can now pick up the mag from Barnes & Noble stores. I couldn’t be happier for Rich and the team.

To get your hands on a copy, visit www.screamhorrormag.com. You can also pick up the magazine in the UK from any branch of HMVForbidden Planet, or any of the newsagents listed here. SCREAM is available digitally as iSCREAM and you can follow the mag on Facebook and Twitter @ScreamHorrorMag.

The crazy British weather

Two days ago I was writing about a heatwave. Today it’s been foggy all day and it’s now pouring with rain. The British summer is a truly bizarre thing at times.

And that’s what makes Steven Johnson’s plight all the more remarkable. It’s October in STRAIGHT TO YOU. It should be about 10 – 14 degrees centigrade and pretty wet, but it isn’t. It’s hotter than ever. The temperature’s in the high thirties and is climbing daily. The world is on the brink of oblivion…

Read the second of this week’s free STRAIGHT TO YOU chapters over at WATTPAD now.

Heatwave reading

We’ve had a mini-heatwave here in the UK today (and by mini, I mean just that – one scorching day, then we’re back to normal tomorrow). Still, even a short blast of heat should be enough to get you in the mood for reading this week’s free STRAIGHT TO YOU chapters over at WATTPAD. Distance-wise, Steven’s about halfway through his journey now. He needs to get a move on if he wants to reach his wife on the other side of the country before all life on Earth is wiped out. It shouldn’t take him long in his car, now he’s got it back. Let’s hope nothing bad happens, eh?

 

One year to go

H4dummyOne of the major differences between traditional and independent publishing is timescales. Indie publishers tend to have very short lead times between a book being finished and being released. Traditional publishers, on the other hand, do not. So bear that in mind as I tell you that ONE OF US WILL BE DEAD BY MORNING, the fourth HATER novel, will be released by Thomas Dunne Books on 17 August 2017 (ie one year yesterday). I’ll share more details as soon as I’m able. There’s lots of HATER stuff going on behind the scenes. Lots of HATER stuff.

I know it’s going to be a long wait. Keep yourself busy by reading the free STRAIGHT TO YOU serialisation on WATTPAD. The second of this week’s chapters has just gone live.