No-one can fail to have been moved by the events which happened (and which continue to happen) in Japan two weeks ago. Sitting here, it’s impossible to fully comprehend the scale of the devastation and the number of lives which have been either ended or affected.
GENRE FOR JAPAN has been formed to raise funds for the Red Cross Japanese Tsunami Appeal. It’s doing this by auctioning donations from people who work in the science-fiction, fantasy and horror community. Bidding starts on Monday, and I’d like to urge all of you to consider either bidding on an item(s) or making a direct donation to the appeal.
I’m sure you’ll be tempted by many of the lots which have been donated, but I’d like to draw your attention to my donation. If you’re a fan of AUTUMN (and I sincerely hope you are!), then you might want to put a bid in…
I’m offering an exclusive opportunity for the winning bidder to become part of the AUTUMN series. As well as receiving signed copies of all the UK hardcover editions (you’ll get books 1 and 2 straightaway, book 3 next month, book 4 in November and the final book on release in 2012), you’ll also appear as a character in the final book – AUTUMN: AFTERMATH. Not only that – you’ll be able to chose whether you appear as a survivor or a zombie. Not only that – your character will get their own, original, illustrated short story published on www.lastoftheliving.net.
A disease of unimaginable ferocity has torn across the face of the planet leaving billions dead. A small group of survivors shelter in the remains of a devastated city, hiding in terror as the full effects of the horrific infection start to become clear. The sudden appearance of a company of soldiers again threatens the survivors’ fragile existence. Do they bring with them hope, help and answers, or more pain, fear and suffering?
Suspense Magazine today announced their Best of 2010 list, and I’m really pleased that they’ve chosen AUTUMN as one of the best horror books of 2010.
I recently appeared on the Suspense Magazine radio show, and you can listen to the broadcast here. Unfortunately technical issues prevented me from getting on until 40 minutes into the hour long show (it was 2:40am by then, so forgive me if I sound like a tired and frustrated Brummie!).
Thanks to the team at SciFiNow for including ‘Self-Made Man’ – a piece I put together for them about the re-publication of AUTUMN – in issue 48 of the magazine which has just hit the shelves.
As well as the AUTUMN article, the mag also includes features on Tron Legacy, Rise of the Apes, 25 movies that changed SciFi, a visit to Skywalker ranch… It’s a cracking issue this month. Just go and get it!
I’m getting ready to head out for Leicester shortly for tonight’s signing, so I’ll keep this brief. Tucked away in my last post were the details of an AUTUMN giveaway. Entries will close at midnight tomorrow, so here’s a recap of how to get your hands on one of five signed copies of the new UK hardback edition of the book:
For a chance to win a copy, just email firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject ‘Spread the Infection’. One email per person please, but you can earn yourself an extra entry or two by sharing this on Facebook or re-tweeting it on Twitter (just include details in your entry email). The winners will be chosen at random and, as always with my competitions, my decision is final! Good luck!
Hope to see some of you in Leicester tonight. Report and photos from this round of signings and events to come soon.
PLEASE NOTE – this competition is now closed. Winners will be announced shortly.
Hard to believe, but it’s nine years since the first version of AUTUMN appeared online. And now, four sequels, half a million free downloads, a movie and a free audio adaptation later, this week the book is getting its first ‘proper’ mainstream release from Thomas Dunne Books / St Martin’s Griffin in the US (26th October) and Gollancz in the UK (28th). You can find out more about the new editions by clicking the covers below.
To celebrate this long-overdue re-release, I’m giving away 5 copies of the brand new UK hardback. To enter for a chance to win a copy, just email email@example.com with the subject ‘Spread the Infection’. One email per person please, but you can earn yourself an extra entry or two by sharing this on Facebook or re-tweeting it on Twitter. The winners will be chosen at random and you have until Tuesday 2nd November to enter. As always with my competitions, my decision is final! Good luck!
I’m heading out on a short break with the family now before the Autumn book signings start next week, so please bear with me if you send emails, ask questions etc. over the coming days. I’ll get back to you as quickly as I can.
And just to answer a question I’ve been asked several times recently – yes I will be selling signed copies of the book through www.infectedbooks.co.uk. I’ll be holding my annual signed book sale in November. Watch this space!
PLEASE NOTE – the competition is now closed. Winners will be announced shortly.
Nothing for weeks then two posts in the space of a few minutes…!
It’s less than a month now until AUTUMN is re-released in the US and UK. I’m pleased to announce that a few UK signings are being arranged (I’m working on the US – bear with me). Here are the details. Hope to see as many of you there as possible.
Saturday 30th October (12pm – 1pm) – Waterstone’s Oxford Street Plaza, London
Sunday 31st October – Grimm Up North 2 festival, Manchester
Monday 1st November (6:30pm – 8pm) – Waterstone’s Leicester Highcross
Thursday 4th November (6:00pm) – No Alibis, Belfast (with Wayne Simmons)