My wife often says ‘there’s no such thing as coincidence’.
A couple of weeks back I was reading INFECTED by Scott Sigler. For those who don’t know him, Scott has a similar background to me in that he initially built up a readership by giving away his stories for free online. The main difference between us is that Scott has an extremely cool approach where he distributes his books as top-quality, episodic podcasts.
Anyway, while I was reading the book, I got an email from an associate who mentioned that Scott was reading HATER. A few days later, this great review appeared on www.scottsigler.com. A very cool review. Thanks, Scott!
I’d been meaning to write this post for some time but I held off for a few days because I didn’t want it to read like a bout of planned mutual backslapping between me and Mr Sigler! The truth of the matter is that INFECTED was a cracking read which I thoroughly recommend. On the face of it, there are similarities between INFECTED and HATER in that both books feature ‘ordinary’ people becoming inexplicably psychotic, but the rest of the stories couldn’t be more different…
Sigler writes with a cool, conversational style which wrong-foots you from the start. It’s like having a good friend promise to look after you, only for them to take you to the darkest, most horrific places you can imagine. Not only that, once you get there they force you to watch everything that’s happening, eyes wide open. No matter how horrific the events in INFECTED become (and that’s pretty bloody horrific, trust me), he doesn’t let you look away for even a second. This is the first book in a long time that I had to take a break from while I was reading to get my head around what had just happened!
But it’s not all blood and guts. Sigler has crafted a cracking story that grips you from the start and doesn’t let up. There are some truly bizarre twists and turns, but they’re handled with a real skill and enthusiasm which carries you along. Extreme gore, intense action, intelligent writing. Magnificent!
Visit www.scottsigler.com and listen to INFECTED, CONTAGIOUS or any of his other novels to see what I mean!
As I reported previously, the Polish edition of HATER – AMOK – is released by Amber tomorrow. I thought I’d give you a quick update on several other editions which are coming soon…
On 5th June, Milady will release RAGE, the French edition of the book. You can pre-order it here from Amazon.fr.
Then, on 1st August, Goldmann releases IM WAHN, the German language edition (which can be pre-ordered here).
Finally, also on 1st August, an unabridged (9 hour!) audio book will be available from Blackstone Audio. More details as they become available!
You can now listen to the first chapter of HATER, as read by Mark Yoshimoto Namcoff.
Huge thanks to Mark for this. Click on the following link to listen…
HATER is released in the UK today. You can pick up a copy from all the usual online stores and also from most branches of Waterstones.
Graeme Flory was kind enough to publish a great review of the book here, and has today published a brief interview I did with him here!
HATER is now available in the US and Canada!
For those readers in the UK, the book will be released here on Thursday. In the meantime, you can find reviews in this month’s SFX Magazine and SciFi Now (where you’ll also find an interview!).
Update: the SciFi Now interview is now online here.
You can now read chapter 3 of HATER at Tor.com and Fangoria.
You can now read chapter two of HATER on Tor.com, Fangoria.com and various other websites. I’ve also taken the opportunity to play with the HATER section of this website and on the Store page you can find all the pre-order links you’ll ever need!
The team at Bookgeeks (who recently posted this great review) are hosting a HATER giveaway. Click here for your chance to win one of three copies of the book.
I was really pleased to be asked to blog on Tor.com recently. My first post ‘Addicted to Armageddon‘ has just gone live so please check it out.
What’s more, starting today, Tor.com are exclusively serializing the first four chapters of HATER.
UPDATE – you can now follow the HATER serialization with Fangoria, Bookgasm and various other sites! A chapter will be posted each Wednesday from now until release on 17 February.