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Signings round up

I’ve had a blast over the last couple of weeks getting out and about. I usually spend too much time sat in front of this computer, so it’s been great actually getting out and meeting people again! With three more AUTUMN novels and the final book in the HATER series out in 2011, I’m planning to arrange many more events like these. If you want me to come visit your neck of the woods, drop me a line and I’ll see what I can do!

There’s a slideshow below (if you really want to see a series of photos of an angry looking bald man and some books), but I wanted to share some of the best bits with you. Firstly, it was brilliant to finally meet some of the folks I’d only ever spoken to by email before: Dawn, Peter, Ryan, Will, Scott, Clym (one of the stars of the Darker Projects adaptation of Autumn no less!), Richard from Scream Magazine and many others.

Grimm up North was a success again this year in its new venue (The Dancehouse theatre, Manchester). The Adaptations panel was particularly good fun when I shared the stage with Conrad Williams (author of the superb One), and genre favourites Christopher Priest and Ramsey Campbell. But for me, my evening with Wayne Simmons at No Alibis in Belfast was the undoubted highlight of the week.

No Alibis is a fantastic little independent bookstore in the Botanic area of Belfast. They specialise in Crime and our event was their first (but hopefully not the last) foray into horror. It was an exceptionally cool evening as Wayne and I read from our books then discussed our writing and the differences and similarities between our approaches to the living dead in front of a really appreciative audience. A wonderful night.

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Every stop on my brief mini-tour of the UK was fantastic, and I want to thank everyone who helped put the events together: Emily at Waterstone’s Oxford Street, Sim, Steve and the team from Grimm Up North, Steven at Waterstone’s Leicester (bookseller extraordinaire and part time zombie construction worker), Adele from Un:Bound (read Un:Bound’s coverage of the Leicester signing here), Wayne and Rebecca, Dave at No Alibis, and Mark and Adam at Waterstone’s Colchester. And thanks too to everyone who came out to say hello.

Nenavistni – the Hate reaches the Czechs!

Another new edition of HATER is released on 20th October – Nenavistni – the Czech translation of the book from Vikend. Not sure who the chap on the cover is… definitely not me this time!

It’s been very quiet around here recently, but there’s lots going on in the background. Regular news posts will recommence very soon so check back over the coming days for: another Post-apocalyptic movie review (this time it’s The Day After), an interview with the author of one of the best new zombie novels I’ve read in a long time, an exclusive AUTUMN giveaway and the launch of my annual signed book sale!

Zombie week on Tor.com

This week is zombie week on Tor.com. Head on over here and enter their caption competition for a chance to win a huge zombie prize pack which includes copies of THE LIVING DEAD and THE LIVING DEAD 2 (out this week!), as well as copies of the original Infected Books editions of AUTUMN, AUTUMN: THE CITY and AUTUMN: PURIFICATION!

Oh, and while I’m posting, please don’t forget to vote for HATER as book of the month for October over at the Freedom Book Club. Thank you!

The Post-Apocalyptic Movie Club and the Secret Nuclear Bunker

Forgive the bizarre title of this post – it will make sense!

I never really intended to use this website to tell you what I did on my summer holidays, but today I’m making an exception.

I’m sure any writers who are reading this will agree: we never really stop working. Even when you’re not sat at your desk staring at your computer screen, banging away at the keyboard or reading through reams of papers, signing and posting books, answering emails etc., you’re still working. You’re still thinking – thinking about the book you’re writing now or the book you’re planning to write next, or the one you were supposed to have finished last month… Being away on holiday is no exception, and often the new places you visit and the people you meet along the way provide huge amounts of unexpected inspiration.

Back in 2004 when I was writing Autumn: Purification, I started looking into the large number of underground structures which can be found along the length and breadth of the UK. Have a look at Subterranea Britannica if this isn’t something you’ve come across before – it’s fascinating. Bunkers are a mainstay of countless end-of-the-world stories and I’ve been researching them again recently for something I’m currently working on (not telling you what!). Just before the school holidays began in July and my daily writing routine went completely to pot, I posted Remain Indoors – a brief article about my intention to re-watch and write about as many post-apocalyptic movies as I could get my hands on. The response was phenomenal and even now, more than six weeks later, I’m still getting film suggestions emailed to me regularly. (Thanks to everyone who got in touch – please keep your ideas coming).

So as you can probably imagine, even though I was supposed to be on holiday, with my head swimming with post-apocalyptic movies and stories of Cold War bunkers, when the opportunity to visit such a site unexpectedly presented itself, I was in there like a shot.

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THEM OR US

The end of the school holidays are finally in sight and I’ll be back to posting here with more regularity again very soon!

As I’m currently trying to finish up and polish the final book in the HATER series, I thought a little tease would be in order. Please don’t read any further if you haven’t yet read HATER and/or DOG BLOOD!

I can reveal that the title of the third book will be THEM OR US, and it will hit the shelves in late Summer / Autumn 2011 (exact date to be confirmed). Just to whet your appetite, here’s a short blurb I recently prepared…

The war which has torn the human race apart is finally nearing its end. The population has been devastated and the world reduced to a poisoned, rubble-strewn ruin. With most towns and cities now uninhabitable, and with the country in the grip of a savage nuclear winter, both Hater and Unchanged alike struggle to survive through each day.

Hundreds of Hater fighters have settled on the east coast in the abandoned remains of a relatively undamaged town under the command of Hinchcliffe – a ruthless bastard who’ll stop at nothing to eradicate the last few Unchanged and consolidate his position at the top of this new world order. This fledgling society is harsh and unforgiving – your place in the ranks decided by how long and how hard you’re prepared to fight.

Danny McCoyne is the exception to the rule. His ability to hold the Hate and to use it to hunt out the remaining Unchanged has given him a unique position in Hinchcliffe’s army of fighters. But as the enemy’s numbers reduce, so the pressure on McCoyne increases until he finds himself at the very centre of a pivotal confrontation, the outcome of which will have repercussions on the future of everyone who is left alive.

A year ago, Danny McCoyne was an overlooked nobody living a miserable, empty life. Today it’s down to him alone to make a crucial series of decisions and decide who prevails. Will it be them, or us?

Grimm Up North 2

Apologies for the serious lack of updates recently – I’ve got plenty to tell you about, but finding time to post has been impossible. Ahh… that great British tradition of 6 week long summer holidays from school. As a kid it was immense – an undoubted highlight of the year. As a dad of many, trying to balance a stack of deadlines and work from home, it’s a complete bitch! I’ve been for a flight in a hot air balloon, spent a week at the seaside, made a few trips to the cinema and we’re only at week 3! Meanwhile, Hater #3 is sitting on my desk, frustratingly close to being finished, and there’s a pile of Autumn edits waiting…

Grimm Up North 2Back to business. I’m really pleased to announce that I’ll be a guest at the Grimm Up North festival in Manchester this Halloween, talking about book to film adaptations and signing copies of AUTUMN which will be released on 28th October. Click here for more information. I’ll hopefully see some of you there.

Right. Back to work while the kids are temporarily occupied…!

Thank you!

With DOG BLOOD finally hitting the shelves tomorrow (in the US and Canada at least, UK readers have one more week left to wait, release dates for other countries coming soon), I thought now would be a good time to say thank you.

What am I thanking you for?

Firstly, your patience. The last few years really have been incredible, and I could never have predicted what would happen when I first made AUTUMN available as a free download back in 2001. But there has been an unfortunate downside to this success, and that’s the fact that many of you who’ve been reading my books since the beginning have had an unacceptably long wait (four years to the month in fact!) to get your hands on something new. You know, things were chugging along nicely back in Summer 2006 – I’d just released HATER through Infected Books and it was selling at a decent rate, I was ready to start work on a new AUTUMN novel and DOG BLOOD . . . and then out of the blue I got an offer to talk about film rights which then turned into a deal, which resulted in a publishing contract for the HATER series, which then expanded to include the five AUTUMN books . . . I still have to pinch myself sometimes.

But four years is a long time in anyone’s book, and I hope when you finally get your hands on DOG BLOOD that you enjoy it and that it was worth the wait. Please let me know what you think of it.

I also want to thank you for your ongoing support.

I spend a lot of time sat in my tiny office staring at the screen, completely isolated from everyone else. It’s humbling when I do emerge from my little cage and I realise how much support I have around the world. As cheesy and clichéd as it might sound, it also happens to be true. Thank you for your emails, reviews, Facebook messages, Twitter follows etc. etc. Please keep them coming. I appreciate all your feedback!

So what’s next?

There are a few things planned around the release of DOG BLOOD, and you’ll hear more about them very soon. I’m currently working on the final HATER book for release next year, and I hope to share some details about that in the near future, as well as an update on the HATER movie. In October this year, the AUTUMN re-releases begin (and in 2011 you’ll FINALLY get to read AUTUMN: DISINTEGRATION!). I have big plans to promote the series online, and I’ll reveal more about those plans towards the end of this year.

Until then, sincere thanks again, and enjoy DOG BLOOD!

FLU by Wayne Simmons

A quick plug for Wayne’s new book FLU, which is due out from Snowbooks this month. Wayne, as you may remember, is also the author of Drop Dead Gorgeous which I talked about a while back.

“There’s a nasty flu going round. An epidemic, they call it. The posters say to cover your mouth when you sneeze, and throw away the tissue. But such simple measures won’t stop this flu. Because when you catch the flu, armed police come and lock you in your house to die alone. When you catch this flu, it kills you in days. And when you catch this flu, two hours after it’s killed you, your eyelids snap open again…”Flu” is a pacey, terrifying, frighteningly real zombie horror story.”

FLU is available now from Amazon.co.uk. For those of you who are in Northern Ireland, Wayne and I will be doing a book signing together on 1st May at the Queens Film Theatre in Belfast, prior to a 10pm screening of AUTUMN. More details about the event will follow shortly.