My wife often says ‘there’s no such thing as coincidence’.
A couple of weeks back I was reading INFECTED by Scott Sigler. For those who don’t know him, Scott has a similar background to me in that he initially built up a readership by giving away his stories for free online. The main difference between us is that Scott has an extremely cool approach where he distributes his books as top-quality, episodic podcasts.
Anyway, while I was reading the book, I got an email from an associate who mentioned that Scott was reading HATER. A few days later, this great review appeared on www.scottsigler.com. A very cool review. Thanks, Scott!
I’d been meaning to write this post for some time but I held off for a few days because I didn’t want it to read like a bout of planned mutual backslapping between me and Mr Sigler! The truth of the matter is that INFECTED was a cracking read which I thoroughly recommend. On the face of it, there are similarities between INFECTED and HATER in that both books feature ‘ordinary’ people becoming inexplicably psychotic, but the rest of the stories couldn’t be more different…
Sigler writes with a cool, conversational style which wrong-foots you from the start. It’s like having a good friend promise to look after you, only for them to take you to the darkest, most horrific places you can imagine. Not only that, once you get there they force you to watch everything that’s happening, eyes wide open. No matter how horrific the events in INFECTED become (and that’s pretty bloody horrific, trust me), he doesn’t let you look away for even a second. This is the first book in a long time that I had to take a break from while I was reading to get my head around what had just happened!
But it’s not all blood and guts. Sigler has crafted a cracking story that grips you from the start and doesn’t let up. There are some truly bizarre twists and turns, but they’re handled with a real skill and enthusiasm which carries you along. Extreme gore, intense action, intelligent writing. Magnificent!
Visit www.scottsigler.com and listen to INFECTED, CONTAGIOUS or any of his other novels to see what I mean!
Before I start… no, I don’t yet have any re-release dates for the books and no, I don’t know when the movie’s coming out. Sorry about that. Just so you know, as far as the books are concerned, I’m currently talking release dates with the US and UK publishers. And as for the film, I know that the team at Renegade wish you could see it tomorrow! As soon as I have any news I’ll post it here and update the site’s FAQ page.
On 19th April, Steven Rumbelow (Director of the Autumn movie) and Dickon Tolson (who plays Carl) will be answering questions about the film on Nocturnal Frequency Radio. Click here for details of the show. The show’s host, Steve Genier, is a great guy who recorded a huge amount of behind-the-scenes footage during the production of the movie. I know that news has been sparse recently (the filmmakers and I share your frustration) so this should be a great opportunity to learn more about the film.
In other news, I’m really pleased to announce that the German language edition of Autumn: Purification – Herbst: Läuterung is now available from Otherworldverlag. Click the cover below for more information (and check the FAQ page if you can’t understand why the German editions are out but you can’t get the books in English!):
Issue 282 of Fangoria contains a very positive review of HATER. For me this is extremely cool. Growing up in the horror-starved UK of the 1980’s (see this article if you’re not sure what I mean), Fango was a rare source of gore for my friends and I. So now, 20 years later (that makes me feel old!) it’s incredibly satisfying to see my work featured in the mag.
“Parceled out in lean, economical prose, Hater offers a slow-burn depiction of the modern world consumed by revulsion.”
While I was originally writing HATER in 2006, I got talking to Phil ‘Swill’ Odgers of the band The Men They Couldn’t Hang. One thing led to another and the end result was that the entire band made a brutal and unforgettable appearance in chapter 4 of the book!