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Remain Indoors!

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!

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UK T-shirt giveaway!

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 competition@infectedbooks.co.uk 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!

Don’t forget – DOG BLOOD signing at Forbidden Planet tomorrow

Hope to see some of you tomorrow at Forbidden Planet in London where I’ll be signing DOG BLOOD on the day of its UK release. I’ll be there from 6pm – 7pm.

More information here…

And stay tuned UK readers, for a DOG BLOOD giveaway at the end of the week. In the meantime, don’t forget to read EVERYTHING AND NOTHING, the free prequel to DOG BLOOD. Visit www.thehatertrilogy.com for more details.

Everything and Nothing – free DOG BLOOD prequel

Here’s something for those of you who are about to start reading DOG BLOOD (or those UK readers impatiently waiting for the book’s release on Thursday!)

The Danny McCoyne we meet at the beginning of DOG BLOOD is a different man to who we last saw at the end of HATER. Several months of fighting and several hundred kills have taken their toll…

Everything and Nothing - the free prequel to DOG BLOOD

Find out more by downloading EVERYTHING AND NOTHING – the free prequel to DOG BLOOD.

Read it, enjoy it, tell your friends about it, Twitter about it, share the link on Facebook etc. etc. etc.

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!

A quick AUTUMN competition

Three weeks since I last posted . . . that’s not good!

I’ve been trying to get the bulk of the third HATER book written before DOG BLOOD hits the shelves next month. I’m a third of the way in to what I hope will be the final(ish) draft, and there are another few weeks work ahead of me yet. If I can get it done and delivered then that gives me much more opportunity to get out and about to promote DOG BLOOD (which, I’m pleased to report, seems to be going down well so far).

The AUTUMN movie was released on DVD in the UK this week. Bizarrely (and I didn’t know about this until I saw it listed on Play.com), they’ve stuck me on the front cover! People will start to think I’m vain, what with this and the cover of RAGE – the French edition of HATER which came out last year. Just for the record – I’m not, and I had nothing to do with either of these. Honest.

Anyway, to celebrate the release of the DVD, I’m giving away the copy I’m holding in the picture. Just answer this stupidly easy question before 31st May to be in with a chance of winning (form removed as the competition has now closed).

In the meantime, a couple of quick bits of news:

The German edition of DOG BLOODTODESHUNGER – is available to pre-order from Amazon.de and other sites. The book will be released by Goldmann on 18th October.

Finally, I know I promised more information about the ‘Projekt’ in my last post, but some unexpected (and very interesting) complications have arisen and I can’t say anything yet. Hopefully there will be some news about this in the next couple of weeks.

The Day of the Triffids

After an Easter weekend away at the mother-in-law’s in East Anglia, researching the third HATER book (no blood was spilled – that comment will make sense in about 18 months time!), I’m back with a few quick updates.

First off, I was recently asked by Mathew F. Riley to answer the question “which book would I like to be buried with?” for Horror Reanimated. My answer won’t be a surprise to anyone who has followed me for any length of time: it was John Wyndham’s classic 1951 post-apocalyptic tale of a blinded population and carnivorous, moving plants, The Day of the Triffids.

I’m often asked in interviews which authors and books have influenced me, but I don’t often get chance to explain why in any great detail. So here are my reasons why the book has been such a massive influence on me and my writing, and why Triffids is the book I’d like to be buried with.