The Black Fang Betrayal – Booktrack competition

Remember THE BLACK FANG BETRAYAL? It’s a great collaborative novel that I co-wrote with a host of incredible authors last year. The book was put together by James Thorn, and featured connected stories from TW Brown, Michaelbrent Collings, Mainak Dhar, J.C. Eggleton, Glynn James, Stephen Knight, T.W. Piperbrook and J.R. Rain. BOOKTRACK are running a BLACK FANG Halloween competition you might be interested in. Click here or on the image below for more information. You can win a heap of goodies, including a writing class with Thorn and a few free Booktracks written by some guy called Moody…

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Have you heard of BOOKTRACK before? It’s a really cool concept. Described as a movie-style soundtrack for ebooks, it adds a whole new level to your reading experience. It’s something I’m very excited about, and I’m even more excited to announce that the first wave of Infected Books Booktracks will be live on the site shortly. More news coming soon.

TOO YOUNG TO BE OLD – final parts available to read now

5WV_1SHT_TSR_05.inddJust a very quick post to let you know that the final two parts of my 5TH WAVE story – TOO YOUNG TO BE OLD – are now available to read at Wattpad. If you remember from my last post, I was approached by Wattpad and Sony Pictures to write a UK-based story as part of the publicity campaign for the forthcoming 5TH WAVE movie, and this is the result. I hope you enjoy it.

The 5TH WAVE movie hits the screen worldwide in January 2016.

The 5th Wave – London Under Attack

5th WaveHave you heard of THE 5TH WAVE? It’s a wildly successful apocalyptic YA book series by Rick Yancey. The novel first caught my eye thanks to a pretty spectacular trailer which accompanied its release back in 2013, and a big-budget movie adaptation (starring Chloë Grace Moretz and Liev Schreiberhits the screens early next year. When WATTPAD and SONY PICTURES asked me to write a UK-based short story about the first wave, I leapt at the chance.

You know, I think I’m generally pretty hard on my characters (and let’s face it, most of them deserve it), but I have nothing on Yancey. The 5th Wave deals with an alien invasion where the invaders inflict the titular apocalyptic waves on the planet in quick succession. The first wave – lights out – is an electromagnetic pulse which knocks out all electricity around the globe. That’s swiftly followed by literal waves as a series of tsunamis are triggered. As if that’s not enough, a devastating pandemic is then unleashed. The fourth wave is more subtle but no less deadly as the aliens appear among us, disguising themselves by taking human form. And the fifth wave…? Who knows. All will soon be revealed. The final book in the series is due out next year.TooYoung

The first two parts of my story (called TOO YOUNG TO BE OLD) are available to read right now at Wattpad. Please head over and check them out or use the widget I’ve embedded below. The final two parts will follow later this year. It would make me very happy if you’d read, vote, comment and share the story.

And to get you in the mood and whet your appetite, here’s the trailer for the movie:

And here’s the story:

SCREAM issue 32

321-212x300I owe my friends at SCREAM MAGAZINE an apology. I’ve been meaning to post for a while to let you know that issue 32 is out, but various things have conspired to get in the way and I’ve not had chance to put anything together until now.

As usual, this month’s issue is filled with great articles including a feature on the classic Hammer horror films THE VAMPIRE LOVERS, LUST FOR A VAMPIRE and TWINS OF EVIL – known collectively as The Karnstein Trilogy. There’s something timeless and unique about Hammer movies. This box set is one of my prized horror possessions, and I’d recommend it without hesitation to anyone with even a passing interest in the horror genre. Required viewing.

Back to the mag and, as always, the team behind SCREAM have proved their horror credentials. Where else could you find an interview with Mike Christopher aka Hare Krishna zombie in George Romero‘s 1978 original DAWN OF THE DEAD.

From the earlier days of the zombie sub-genre to the bang up to date. SCREAM 32 includes a piece on FEAR THE WALKING DEAD which features interviews with Robert Kirkman and others. I recently watched the first episode of FEAR and was completely underwhelmed. if you’ve been watching, answer me this: should I stick with it?

To get hold of SCREAM, visit www.screamhorrormag.com. You can also pick up the magazine from any branch of HMV, Forbidden Planet, or any of the newsagents listed hereSCREAM is also available digitally as iSCREAM!

Arm N Toof’s Dead Time Podcast

I was absolutely honoured to be interviewed by best-selling authors ARMAND ROSAMILIA and MARK TUFO recently for their ARM N TOOF’S DEAD TIME PODCAST. I had a great time talking to Armand and Mark, and you can listen to the interview now on the podcast. Click the player below.

And do yourself a favour while you’re at it… subscribe to the show because it’s excellent: iTunes / Android / RSS

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Story Behind the Book

51nx7vZHruLBack in November 2013 I was asked to contribute an article about the genesis of the AUTUMN series to the fine folk at upcoming4.me, a great literary site. You can read the piece I wrote at this link.

I’m pleased to advise that my article has been collected alongside numerous others and released in print form as part of THE STORY BEHIND THE BOOK VOLUME 5 which is available now. It contains essays from a large number of writers, some of whom will no doubt be familiar to you… Sarah Pinborough, Paul Kane, Stephen Volk, Charlaine Harris, and Gareth L Powell to name but five. The collection is available from Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.com.

In case you were wondering (because I’m sure you were), the front cover shows a computer manipulated image of pFAK protein in RPMI-7951, taken by Ivana, one of the book’s editors.

And if you’re interested in a little more behind-the-scenes AUTUMN, check out this link to the retrospective pieces I wrote about each book in the series a few years ago.

Das Mädchen im Keller: Psychothriller

dasmaedchenimkeller-223x335I’m very pleased to announce the first fruits of the Infected Books and Voodoo Press partnership… THE GIRL IN THE BASEMENTWayne Simmons‘ nasty little bestselling tale, is now available in German. German readers, pick up a copy of Das Mädchen im Keller: Psychothriller from iBooks or Amazon.

And there will be more Infected Books titles getting the Voodoo Press treatment in the near future. Next up is my own anti-science fiction novel, TRUST.