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Read an ebook week – free and discounted ebooks available

It’s the 9th annual READ AN EBOOK WEEK. It’s an event I’ve posted about numerous times before and I’m pleased to continue to support the initiative. I’ve been an advocate of ebooks right from the beginning – those pre-Kindle days where I’d email Word, pdf, Mobipocket or lit (remember Microsoft Reader?) copies of AUTUMN to anyone who showed interest. It worked a treat, with more than half a million free copies of AUTUMN being downloaded between 2001 and 2008 when the series was acquired by Thomas Dunne Books.

Ebooks haven’t proved to be the print killer that everyone initially feared. To me, they’re something that compliments but doesn’t replace the physical version. I travel a lot at the moment, and my trusty Kindle has been a godsend on many recent plane and train trips.

So please join me in celebrating the humble ebook by sharing this post and other READ AN EBOOK WEEK articles. To mark the occasion, I’ve got a number of titles on special offer:

Mummified bodies and nuclear meltdowns

Just a few chapters left to go now in the free serialisation of STRAIGHT TO YOU at WATTPAD. The second of this week’s chapters is now available to read, and Steven begins to realise the full enormity of what’s happening to the world around him (hence the clickbait title of this post). Click here to read.

In other news, I’d like to make you aware of a great new edition of the THIS IS HORROR podcast wherein a load of great authors (and me) offer up their most valuable piece of writing advice. Listen here or click the graphic below.

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The crazy British weather

Two days ago I was writing about a heatwave. Today it’s been foggy all day and it’s now pouring with rain. The British summer is a truly bizarre thing at times.

And that’s what makes Steven Johnson’s plight all the more remarkable. It’s October in STRAIGHT TO YOU. It should be about 10 – 14 degrees centigrade and pretty wet, but it isn’t. It’s hotter than ever. The temperature’s in the high thirties and is climbing daily. The world is on the brink of oblivion…

Read the second of this week’s free STRAIGHT TO YOU chapters over at WATTPAD now.

Heatwave reading

We’ve had a mini-heatwave here in the UK today (and by mini, I mean just that – one scorching day, then we’re back to normal tomorrow). Still, even a short blast of heat should be enough to get you in the mood for reading this week’s free STRAIGHT TO YOU chapters over at WATTPAD. Distance-wise, Steven’s about halfway through his journey now. He needs to get a move on if he wants to reach his wife on the other side of the country before all life on Earth is wiped out. It shouldn’t take him long in his car, now he’s got it back. Let’s hope nothing bad happens, eh?

 

One year to go

H4dummyOne of the major differences between traditional and independent publishing is timescales. Indie publishers tend to have very short lead times between a book being finished and being released. Traditional publishers, on the other hand, do not. So bear that in mind as I tell you that ONE OF US WILL BE DEAD BY MORNING, the fourth HATER novel, will be released by Thomas Dunne Books on 17 August 2017 (ie one year yesterday). I’ll share more details as soon as I’m able. There’s lots of HATER stuff going on behind the scenes. Lots of HATER stuff.

I know it’s going to be a long wait. Keep yourself busy by reading the free STRAIGHT TO YOU serialisation on WATTPAD. The second of this week’s chapters has just gone live.

Nightmare on the M6 – updated

Straight to You coverI’m late with the first of this week’s updates to the free serialisation of STRAIGHT TO YOU. My excuse is that I was at a meeting about the HATER movie (but, as you’ve no doubt come to expect, I can’t tell you anything about that just yet…).

In today’s instalment, Steven and Roy have a terrifying experience on the M6 north of Birmingham. Not unusual in itself – I’ve had more than a few experiences there myself – but they were nothing like this. The end of the world is getting nearer. Will they reach the end of their journey in time? Read the book on WATTPAD to find out.

Updated 11 August – the second of this week’s chapters has now been added. Enjoy!

Recommended Reading – On Writing

onwriting2Stephen King’s ON WRITING: A MEMOIR OF THE CRAFT was first published in 2000. Part-biography, part-toolbox and instructional manual, and part-something else entirely, it’s a unique read. But I’m guessing you already know that. I’m assuming many of you may have already read it. A lot of fellow horror/ suspense/ thriller writers visit here, and of those of you who are more interested in reading than writing, I’m sure a large proportion are die-hard King fans. So why am I recommending it now?

When I signed my first major publishing contract back in early 2008 (I’d worked almost exclusively by myself until that point, and the contract I signed for the first version of STRAIGHT TO YOU definitely was not major), I began to mix with a large number of fellow authors from many different walks of publishing life. A number of them suggested I should read ON WRITING, and I duly followed their advice. I ordered a copy and devoured it quickly. I took on board a lot of King’s sagely advice, and thoroughly enjoyed the read. And then I put the book on my over-crowded shelf and left it there.

A few months ago, though, while looking for summer holiday reads in advance of getting on a plane and doing bugger-all in the sun around a pool for a week, I picked it up again. I read it voraciously in a single day, and it was revelatory.

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Perfect reading for the heatwave – updated

We’re in the middle of a heatwave here – an ideal time for you to be reading STRAIGHT TO YOU. The first of this week’s free chapters has been added to the book at WATTPAD. Things are going from bad to worse for our sun-scorched hero Steven (and I’m not giving away any secrets when I tell you things are going to get a lot worse for him yet…)

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And yes, this map shows the weather in and around Birmingham as I write. 31 degrees at 8:00pm – that’s not normal. Is this the beginning of the end? (probably not, but I’ll happily start the rumour if it’ll help me shift a few more books!)

UPDATE – 21 July – the second of this week’s chapters has now been added. Read it here.

Books

The HATER series

“A head, spinning thrill ride…” (Guillermo del Toro). Includes the novels HATER, DOG BLOOD and THEM OR US. A second HATER trilogy is currently being written and a movie adaptation is in active development. ONE OF US WILL BE DEAD BY MORNING will be released in December 2017. For more information visit www.thehatertrilogy.com or click here for all HATER-related news.

STRANGERS

A dark and dirty horror novel: a spate of brutal murders occur in and around the small town of Thussock. The bodies of the dead – savagely mutilated, unspeakably defiled – are piling up with terrifying speed. There are no apparent motives and no obvious connections between the victims, but the killings only began when Scott Griffiths and his family arrived in town…

LAST OF THE LIVING
(includes THE COST OF LIVING and ISOLATION)

A collection of novellas and short stories focusing on those who’ve survived the unthinkable. Some thrive while others disintegrate; some fight while others capitulate. But no matter how each individual survivor reacts, one thing is certain: nothing will ever be the same again. Includes the novellas THE COST OF LIVING (“A truly superb post-apocalyptic story” –DLS Reviews) and ISOLATION (“a must have for zombie lovers, people who love gore and violence and people who love stories with exceptional characterisation… not to be missed” –BookBloke) and more…

The AUTUMN series

A vicious, virulent disease kills more than 99% of the world’s population in a single day. Before the handful of survivors that remain can even begin to come to terms with what has happened, the disease strikes again, and all hell breaks loose. Six books, a movie, an audio adaptation and more than 100,000 words of free zombie fiction. Visit www.lastoftheliving.net or click here for all AUTUMN-related news“Takes the genre in a fascinating new direction. If John Wyndham was alive and wrote zombie novels, they’d read like this.” –Jonathan Maberry, best-selling author of Patient Zero and Rot & Ruin.

 

STRAIGHT TO YOU

The sun is dying. The temperature around the world is rising by the hour with no sign of any respite. At this rate the planet will soon become uninhabitable; all life extinguished. It might be weeks away, it might be days… we may only have hours remaining. The burning world is descending into chaos. Steven Johnson’s wife is hundreds of miles away and all that matters is reaching her before the end. He has to act now, no time to stop and think. Every second is precious. Tomorrow is too late. Written in 1994, published in 1996, then re-written and re-published in 2014.

TRUST

The most important event in human history takes place in the middle of nowhere. Perspectives are altered. Perceptions are changed. Nothing will ever be the same again. Is this a moment of deliverance for the human race, or the beginning of its end? Tom Winter thinks he knows, but if he’s right, then seven billion other people are wrong. Find out more at www.trustdavidmoody.com.

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