Year of the Zombie month #3 – THE YACHT by Iain Rob Wright

How can it be March already? We’re onto book #3 of YEAR OF THE ZOMBIE, and I’m thrilled to introduce a cracking little tale from a star of indie publishing. THE YACHT by IAIN ROB WRIGHT hooks you in from the very first line and doesn’t let you go. I know I’m biased, but it’s brilliant. Pick up a copy now from AMAZON.COM or AMAZON.CO.UK.

Even millionaires get seasick…

What’s intended as a little quality time aboard their luxury yacht quickly turns deadly for Emily and Ross Tyler. Something else came aboard their yacht, you see. Something besides their marital difficulties and stresses of the world. And it’s out for blood.

On the high seas, paranoia will get you killed.

Year of the Zombie month #2 – THE PLAGUE WINTER by Rich Hawkins

I’m over the moon that ADAM BAKER‘s KILLCHAIN – the first book in Infected Books’ YEAR OF THE ZOMBIE – has been so well-received. It really has gone down a storm. I’m equally excited to announce that book two – THE PLAGUE WINTER by RICH HAWKINS – is now available. Set in the world of his brilliant novels, THE LAST PLAGUE and THE LAST OUTPOST, THE PLAGUE WINTER is an intensely personal story of hope and hopelessness at the end of everything. Grab it now from Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk.

Following the devastating outbreak of an alien virus, Eddie and his young grandson struggle to survive within the wasteland of Great Britain. They live day-to-day, scavenging among the ruins, trying to avoid the deadly infected that now roam the land. But Eddie has other demons to conquer: a longstanding drink problem that needs to be kept in check if he wants to keep both himself and his young charge alive.

When a stranger enters their lives, seeking help, Eddie is forced to make a choice that could alter their lives forever.

Tex Montana Will Survive!

You might remember me waxing lyrical about a superb indie zombie film from a couple of years back called THE BATTERY. It was an excellent example of how low budgets and limited resources are no obstacle to success if you’ve got a strong vision and are dedicated to your project. THE BATTERY was an extremely original movie, and it looks like the film-makers’ next release – TEX MONTANA WILL SURVIVE! – is going to be equally inventive.

There’s a Kickstarter campaign running throughout February, and I urge you to support it. Not least because this is a campaign with a HUGE difference. The film is complete, already in the can, and the team behind it intend to use their crowdfunding campaign to release it FOR FREE, WORLDWIDE, as soon as the campaign ends (27 days and counting). As someone whose career was launched by giving their work away for free (if you’re late to the party, the first AUTUMN novel was available as a free download in the early 2000’s), I completely appreciate how big a deal this is for Jeremy Gardner, Christian Stella, and Adam Cronheim. Please view the Kickstarter video I’ve embedded here, check out the campaign, and pledge your support.

Want to be Infected Books’ 12th Year of the Zombie author?

YOZpandpMost of you will know by now that 2016 has been officially designated YEAR OF THE ZOMBIE by Infected Books – 12 months, 12 original zombie novellas. We kicked things off in style earlier this month with Adam Baker’s well-received KILLCHAIN, and we’re looking forward to launching novella #2 at the beginning of February.

As I’ve mentioned previously, 11 of the 12 slots have already been filled by a host of well-known zombie authors. We’re planning on finding author number 12 by running an exclusive PITCH AND PAGE competition (we want you to sell your story to us by submitting a 25 word pitch and a 250 word first page). I’ll be judging entries alongside respected literary agent Gina Panettieri and head of Voodoo Press, Michael Preissl. The competition will run for 6 months from 6 February and the winner will get the prestigious Halloween slot. We’ve just announced full entry details over at the Infected Books site and if you have any questions, feel free to ask via the dedicated thread on the IB Facebook page.

This is a great opportunity to be a part of a project I’m really excited about. After sharing my zombie stories with you for the last fifteen years, I’m looking forward to you finally getting your revenge and bombarding me with undead nightmares of your own. Good luck!

A couple of interviews and another 20 minutes of me talking…

I was recently interviewed by Michelle Baker for her www.successcircuit.com site, and you can read it here. I hope you enjoy it. Michelle asked some very interesting questions, which made for a great conversation.

And here, for your Sunday afternoon viewing pleasure (though there’s not much pleasure in looking at my mug) is the third part of my conversation about characters and plot development with Suzanne Robb and Emma Ennis of the Fresh and Untitled podcast.

Keep an eye on this site this week – some great stuff coming up, including details of how you could be a part of Infected Books’ YEAR OF THE ZOMBIE. There’s an interview with Adam Baker – author of KILLCHAIN, the first YoZ novella – live on the site right now.

The 5th Wave – in cinemas today

THE 5TH WAVE hits cinema screens around the world today. If you remember, last summer I was asked by Wattpad and Sony to write a UK-based story set in the world of the book/ film, and you can read it by clicking on the widget below.

And here’s the trailer for the movie which stars Chloë Grace Moretz and Liev Schreiber

 

2016 is Year of the Zombie

kcHappy New Year, all! As promised, today sees the launch of Infected Books’ YEAR OF THE ZOMBIE, and have we got a great story to kick off the project. I’m thrilled to announce that our first author is the brilliant ADAM BAKER with KILLCHAIN, a novella set in the world of his best-selling books OUTPOST, JUGGERNAUT, TERMINUS and IMPACT.

Elize arrives in Mogadishu with instructions to assassinate a Russian embassy official. She has tactical command of a US kill-team, CIA operatives, rookies and veterans of a dozen war zones. It should be a straightforward hit but her luck is about to run out. She will soon find herself trapped in a city gone to hell, struggling to complete her mission in the face of betrayal, a spreading pandemic and a population hungry for flesh…

KILLCHAIN is available now from Amazon. A print collection of all the novellas will be available at the end of the year, and you can find out more about YEAR OF THE ZOMBIE over at www.infectedbooks.co.uk. Don’t forget, we’ve got space for one more author… our ‘Pitch and Page’ competition will be launching shortly.

Here’s to an awesome, rot-filled 2016!

Scream Issue 34

Hope you’ve all had a good Christmas and are looking forward to New Year. I am. I’ve a lot of stuff in the pipeline for 2016, and it’s been too quiet around here for too long.

One of the great things about the holidays, I find, is that I get chance to catch up on a few of the films I’ve missed or that I’ve been meaning to watch again. My pile of as yet unwatched Blu-ray discs (which, I’m ashamed to admit, still includes a few of the gifts I received last Christmas) has substantially increased in size. I’m particularly looking forward to re-watching the final QUATERMASS series from 1979, and to working my way through the entire NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET series in HD.

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I’m particularly looking forward to watching the NIGHTMARE films again. Coincidentally, this morning the latest issue of SCREAM MAGAZINE dropped through my letterbox, which includes a fascinating interview with Mark Patton, the star of the second ELM STREET movie. As usual, there’s plenty of other stuff in the mag, including a look back at the Hammer cult classic VAMPIRE CIRCUS, and features on Turkish horror, CHILDREN OF THE CORN, and much more. As always, SCREAM comes with the Moody seal of approval.

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

THE FRONT: SCREAMING EAGLES

Congratulations to Tim Long on the release of THE FRONT: SCREAMING EAGLES, the first book in the World War II series I’m honoured to be writing alongside Tim and Craig DiLouie. I think Tim summed it up perfectly when he described THE FRONT as ‘Band of Brothers meets Dead Snow‘.

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SCREAMING EAGLES is available now, and I’m currently working on book two, RED DEVILS which will be out in early 2016. To celebrate the release, SCREAMING EAGLES is available for 99c for the next couple of days. To add to the fun, Craig and I have reduced the price of a couple of our books too. You can currently grab ISOLATION and Craig’s CRASH DIVE for pennies too!

Happy birthday to the STRANGERS

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A spate of brutal murders occur in and around the small town of Thussock. The bodies of the dead – savagely mutilated, unspeakably defiled – are piling up with terrifying speed. There are no apparent motives and no obvious connections between the victims, but the killings only began when Scott Griffiths and his family arrived in Thussock…

Time flies. It’s a year today since STRANGERS was released, so I thought I’d give the book a little first anniversary love. It’s a novel I’m very proud of. I set out to write a quick and bloody horror story – the kind of pulpy tale I’ve always loved to read – and that’s exactly what I did. The book’s had some great reviews, but I think what I’ve been most pleased about is the reaction to the characters. I can’t recall ever writing about quite anyone like Scott Griffiths before. He’s an arrogant, misogynist prick, and your reactions to him have been great. You’ve found him as vile as I hoped you would!

STRANGERS is easily Moody’s best work to date, a dark, disturbing and visceral book that gives him a legitimate claim to the title of Britain’s Best Living Horror Author that was left vacant by James Herbert’s untimely death.” — This is Horror

“I can’t stress enough how utterly captivating STRANGERS is.  It’s addictive reading from start to finish.  And it proves once and for all that there’s a hell of a lot more to Moody than the end of the world.” —DLS Reviews

STRANGERS is available now from all the usual outlets. You can get hold of a signed copy of the paperback (along with a free ebook version and free UK delivery) for the bargain price of £7.50 as part of the Infected Books BLACK CHRISTMAS promotion.