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!
Voting closes tomorrow at the FREEDOM BOOK CLUB in their poll to decide the book of the month for October. As I mentioned recently, HATER is one of the four contenders. I’d really appreciate your support, so please vote for HATER! Thanks in advance!
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!
I was really pleased to find out just now that the Freedom Book Club have selected HATER as one of the four finalists for their Book of the Month for October. It’s a straightforward vote which decides the winner, so can I ask for your help please? If you feel so inclined, would you head over to this page and vote for HATER? Thank you!
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?
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…
Back 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…!
Regular readers of this site will know I’m a fan of Scott Sigler and his books Infected, Contagious and Ancestor. Scott recently read DOG BLOOD, and I was really pleased to find this very cool endorsement of the book on his site.
I’ve been doing a lot of press for DOG BLOOD recently and I’ve regularly been asked about my favourite movies. As you’ve probably guessed from my books (it doesn’t take a genius!), post-apocalyptic films are my thing.
My brain needs some serious recharging right now, and talking about all those classics has made me want to watch them again. So that’s what I’m planning to do. And I’ve decided I’ll write something about each of them for this site: what I liked about them, what I didn’t like, how they’ve been an influence etc. etc. etc.
There are many comprehensive lists around the internet (such as this one over at www.quietearth.us), but I was thinking – what are your favourite apocalyptic films? I’m always on the lookout for new films or ones that I’ve missed, so please leave a comment and recommend your top end of the world movies. As a starter, here are the first few I’ve got lined up:
And remember, as fans of BBC’s Mitchell and Webb know, Armageddon doesn’t have to be all doom and gloom. Just Remain Indoors!
A very limited number of signed copies of the UK edition of DOG BLOOD (both hardback and paperback versions) have just been made available to buy via www.infectedbooks.co.uk.
With DOG BLOOD finally available in the UK now (click here to order a copy – I’ll have some signed copies available through www.infectedbooks.co.uk from early next week), I thought the time was right for a very quick and easy competition for UK readers.
All you need to do is send me a photograph of yourself with your copy of the book. Email it to email@example.com by Friday 25th June. Next Saturday I’ll pick 15 – FIFTEEN! – names from the electronic hat, and each one will win a signed HATER T-shirt.
(Winners will be chosen at random. My decision is final, UK only readers for this one please – sorry, and please let me know in your email message whether you’re happy for your image to appear on this site. Thanks!)
UPDATE – 24th June – I’ve had a few messages asking for an extension to the deadline for those people who’ve ordered books direct from www.infectedbooks.co.uk this week. Everyone who’s sent me a picture so far is already guaranteed a T-shirt, but I’m now extending the giveaway until Wednesday 30th June to give everyone else time to get their cameras out and their pictures in!