I’ve just posted my first entry over at Babel Clash – the Borders Scifi blog. It’s about zombies (wouldn’t you know) and why they scare me as much today as they did 25+ years ago when I first watched Night of the Living Dead. Please click here to check it out, and feel free to add to the conversation – it would be great to hear what you think it is about zombies that scares the heck out of so many of us. While you’re there, check out Jonathan Maberry’s post from yesterday about the horror books and movies which have inspired him.
It’s been a busy day today. I’m working flat out on AUTUMN: AFTERMATH right now, but I took time out this afternoon to speak to Ian Berriman from SFX magazine. Ian interviewed me for their forthcoming zombie special (on sale in September). I’ll tell you more about that nearer the time. I think you’ll like what they’ve got planned…
And in other news, the postman delivered issue #5 of SCREAM magazine (with some great features including interviews with Doug Bradley – Pin Head from Hellraiser, and Frank Henenlotter – director of Basket Case, Frankenhooker and various other cult movies I loved watching on VHS back in the day).
And finally, this morning I was asked to blurb the final volume in a hugely popular trilogy of zombie novels. It’s a book many of us thought might never see the light of day, and one I know many of you are looking forward to. Can’t wait to get into that!
Please check out the Babel Clash blog, and come back here tomorrow when another free AUTUMN short will be going online.
If you haven’t already gathered from my other posts this week, I’m off on holiday tomorrow. I’ve added next week’s free Last of the Living story to the website early, and I hope you enjoy it. It’s a brief introduction to Peter Guest – a character who sits in pretty much a catatonic daze throughout Autumn: The City, but who finally comes around from the shock of the apocalypse to play a important role in Autumn: Purification.
There’s loads more to come next month… new short stories (and at least one novella in amongst them) every week in the run-up to the US release of Purification, a very cool AUTUMN competition, and plenty more besides.
Those of you who’ve read AUTUMN: PURIFICATION (out now in the UK, August 16 in the US) will have already been introduced to Harry Stayt. Harry plays a key role in the third AUTUMN book, and has a penchant for using a sword stolen from a museum to hack his way through what’s left of the dead population (good man – a sword will definitely be my weapon of choice come the zombie apocalypse!).
A brief story has just been added to www.lastoftheliving.net. Find out where Harry was and what he was doing when the world ended.
No new story over at www.lastoftheliving.net this week (or next) I’m afraid, but I do have something for you…
With AUTUMN: PURIFICATION being released in the UK next Thursday, head over to the official AUTUMN website now to read the prologue and get yourselves in the mood for the next book in the series.
CARE – don’t read this if you haven’t read the first two books!
A very quick post to update a couple of things.
Firstly, thanks to all of you who made bids in the Genre for Japan auctions. An incredible total of £11, 139.36 was raised which I think surpassed all expectations. The AUTUMN auction went for an amazing £290!
Second, you may remember a while back (November, actually – click here for the post), I announced that I’d be making a donation to charity for every book sold in my annual end of year signed book sale. I’m pleased to have recently been able to send a cheque for £75 to SMIRA, an organisation that’s very close to my heart (and here’s a reminder why).
Thanks to everyone who contributed so generously, either by bidding on the auction or buying books. You can still get signed books, by the way. Click here to visit the Infected Books website and find out more. Copies of the new UK edition of AUTUMN: PURIFICATION will be available later this month.
I’ve added another quick story to www.lastoftheliving.net: an increasingly unpleasant morning in an already unpleasant job suddenly gets much worse for Karen Chase. Yet again, David Naughton-Shires has provided the excellent artwork.
That’s all for March, but there’s plenty of free fiction planned for April. More Amy Steadman, an extract or two from AUTUMN: PURIFICATION (which, of course, gets its UK release on April 21st), and a 10,000 word novella.
I thought it would be useful to list the new releases I have coming up for the rest of 2011 because there are quite a few. As always, please remember that these dates may be subject to change. You can always check my regularly updated FAQ page for the most up-to-date information.
And there will be an anthology appearance or two and, I think, several more foreign language editions to add to this list. So it’s looking like a busy year, and I’m really pleased. I know lots of people have been waiting for AUTUMN: DISINTEGRATION and THEM OR US for far too long…
Another week, another brief slug of free zombie fiction… This week an excerpt from the beginning of AUTUMN: THE CITY has been added to www.lastoftheliving.net, and a new story BRIGID CULTHORPE (brilliantly illustrated once again by David Naughton-Shires). Brigid’s another new character who appears in AUTUMN: PURIFICATION.
Also added to the site this week are a number of great pieces of art from Antony White. Learn more about Antony by visiting his site www.blackpapersky.co.uk. And don’t forget, you can view all the artwork so far added to www.lastoftheliving.net in the ‘art’ section. Please keep checking back, because there’s loads more to come.
A new story has been added to www.lastoftheliving.net, the first of three shorts for this month. Jim Harper appears in the forthcoming Autumn: Purification (out in the UK on April 21st, US August 16th), and his story has been illustrated by David Naughton-Shires (see www.knightwatchpress.info for more of David’s work).