Guest post at SFSignal – The Post-Post Apocalypse

I like SFSignal a heck of a lot. They said lovely things about HATER, DOG BLOOD and THEM OR US when they were released, so I was really pleased to be invited to guest post there today. You can find my piece – about the Post-Post-Apocalypse – online now. Click here to read it.

Obviously, as I pinched the term post-post-apocalypse from the recent Kirkus review, the piece ties in to the release of AUTUMN: AFTERMATH next week. I was fantastically pleased to read another excellent review of AFTERMATH, this time courtesy of STARBURST: “The last few chapters are the greatest yet, and the questions posed stay with you long after the book has been put down… British horror at its absolute best.

I cannot wait for you all to be able to read this book.

AUTUMN: AFTERMATH – first reviews are in!

Forgive me blowing my own trumpet for a moment… I’ve got several more posts and stories lined up before the release of AUTUMN: AFTERMATH on 13 March, but I just wanted to share a couple of really positive industry reviews the book has received.

Kirkus Reviews said: “While the earlier books in the series were more focused on adrenaline-pumping escapes from the undead, Moody always took time for character development, and it pays off here. His world is well rendered and well thought-out, and by taking the long view, Moody gets to try something new: asking what happens after the reanimated corpses are gone, when humans must decide whether, after all they’ve seen and experienced, merely surviving is enough. A fine study of the human race’s chances in a post-post-apocalyptic world.

And Booklist trump that by saying: “As demonstrated throughout his previous novels, readers should crown Moody king of the zombie horror novel, and his final book in the Autumn series adds a much-deserved jewel to his crown. Certainly, this is action-packed, with corpses attacking on every other page, but the novel truly succeeds when Moody slows down the action and looks at human nature in the face of utter annihilation.

As you can probably gather from the way I’m boasting, I’m thrilled with those responses! I can’t wait for you to get chance to read the final part of the AUTUMN story.

You can pre-order AFTERMATH from AMAZON, Barnes and Noble, and the Book Depository. The UK and German editions of the novel will follow later in 2012.

AUTUMN: AFTERMATH – Jackson

Let me briefly introduce you to Alan Jackson. Jackson made his first appearance in the original HUMAN CONDITION anthology (long-time readers will probably remember him more clearly when they read next week’s free short). He also plays a key role in the final AUTUMN book – AUTUMN: AFTERMATH – out next month.

Click here to visit www.lastoftheliving.net and read a quick introduction to Jackson in his own words, then come back again next week to find out how this very focused and insular man deals with the discovery of another lone survivor and a school gym full of dead people!

AUTUMN: AFTERMATH

With the US release of AUTUMN: AFTERMATH now just over a month away (UK and German releases to follow later in 2012) I thought it was about time I told you a little more about the book. I’ve deliberately not said too much, because this is a direct sequel to both PURIFICATION and DISINTEGRATION and it was important for everyone to have had chance to read the preceding books first.

So, to whet your appetites, here’s the blurb…

“It’s been almost one hundred days since a killer disease wiped out 99% of the population. Three months since the dead reanimated. Survivors are few and far between now, and those who remain stick together to give themselves the best possible chance of continuing to stay alive. They are the last of the living.

A band of refugees has taken shelter in a medieval castle – a fortress that has stood strong for hundreds of years. Besieged by the dead, they only emerge when it’s absolutely necessary. As autumn turns to winter, however, the balance of power slowly begins to shift.

The unexpected appearance of survivors from another group changes everything. They bring choice, and an alternative way of life which is a far cry from the world everyone has been forced to leave behind. Society as we know it has crumbled beyond repair and things will never be the same again. Some people are ready to embrace this change, others can’t let go of the past. The choice is divisive.

Are we entering mankind’s final days? In the aftermath of the disease, will the last survivors destroy each other, or will the dead destroy them all?”

Just to clear up any confusion, this is very definitely the final book in the AUTUMN timeline. There are a few more short stories to share, but is the last chapter in the series. And yes, in case you’re wondering, the ‘survivors from another group’ mentioned in the blurb are from the island of Cormansey…

Next week I’ll introduce you to one of the key characters from the book, and those of you who read THE HUMAN CONDITION first time around might remember him!

The Human Condition – new free fiction now available

It’s been a while, but I’ve finally added some new free fiction to www.lastoftheliving.net. It’s part one of THE HUMAN CONDITION – the novella from which this book originally took its name.

Later this month I’ll start telling you more about AUTUMN: AFTERMATH, the final book in the AUTUMN series. In the run up to the novel’s US release in March, there will also be more free fiction appearing. For those of you who read AUTUMN: THE HUMAN CONDITION first time around, you might have noticed that a couple of stories are still missing from www.lastoftheliving.net. You’ll find out why when you learn more about AFTERMATH…

Until then, come back next week for the concluding part of THE HUMAN CONDITION, and check back again later this week for more ISOLATION news.

AUTUMN: DISINTEGRATION – out now

I’ve been waiting years to be able to type that sentence! AUTUMN: DISINTEGRATION was finally released today through Thomas Dunne/St Martin’s Griffin in the US. First announced in 2006 and finished in 2008, it’s taken far longer than I ever expected to get the book out. It seems to be going down well, though…

Library Journal said: “In Disintegration, the best installment, Moody ventures into Lord of the Flies territory. The juxtaposition of the two groups of survivors and the consequent tension between them produces excruciating suspense not seen before in the series. The ending is utterly chilling…

28dayslateranalysis.com said: “The wait was well worth it.

And after keeping you waiting for several years too many, I can’t wait to hear what you think of it. Please grab the book and let me know. The UK edition, by the way, is out on December 29th. Apologies for the extra delay, UK readers.

Coming soon – more short stories featuring the new characters from DISINTEGRATION, a chance to win some original AUTUMN artwork, and your first glimpse into the dead world of AUTUMN: AFTERMATH.

A new edition of AUTUMN and a brand new free story

As I was working on the final edits for the US edition of AUTUMN: AFTERMATH recently, it occurred to me that it’s an incredible ten years in November since the free download of AUTUMN was released. It’s also a year since the book’s first ‘official’ release. The success of the series has been really humbling, and completely unexpected. Thanks to all of you who’ve enjoyed and supported the books.

Completely coincidentally, a new mass-market paperback version of AUTUMN has been released in the UK this week by Gollancz (with the rest of the books to follow in this format a year after the hardback releases – next February for THE CITY, April for PURIFICATION etc.).

To celebrate the new edition and the ten year anniversary of the book, I thought it would be a good to share a brand new, previously unpublished AUTUMN short story with you. Have you ever wondered what happened to Michael and Emma in the week or so between the end of the first book and their eventual re-appearance in THE CITY? Head over to www.lastoftheliving.net and read Breaking Point to find out. I hope you enjoy it.

Autumn: Aftermath

I know I’m going way out of sequence here, but I thought you might like to see the cover art for the US release of AUTUMN: AFTERMATH, the final book in the AUTUMN series which is due out next March. I really like it – it captures certain aspects of the book perfectly. Unfortunately I can’t tell you what those aspects are or give you any information about the plot just yet, because that’d mean giving away spoilers for both PURIFICATION and DISINTEGRATION.

Now I’ve just got to get the damn thing finished!

The Autumn artists – Craig Paton

No updates from me in quite a while… Very sorry. I’ve been working flat out to get AUTUMN: AFTERMATH delivered, and this week I’m actually sat in a caravan in Wales with the family, so my time online has been massively reduced. We’re taking a short break around the locations which originally inspired the first AUTUMN book and STRAIGHT TO YOU. I’ll share some holiday pictures when I get back.

In the meantime, I’ve been planning to put together a series of features about the artists who’ve contributed to www.lastoftheliving.net. Craig Paton, who you’ll know from his magnificent Amy Steadman artwork as well as the covers for Iain McKinnons Domain and Remains of the Dead, has put together a fascinating piece on his blog about how Amy came into being. Head over to his site here and read it.

I’ll be back up to speed shortly and will catch up on my outstanding emails etc. as soon as I’m home. Oh, and I’ll have an AUTUMN: PURIFICATION giveaway for you next week.

An AUTUMN update and even more stories added to www.lastoftheliving.net

Two more brief stories have just been added to www.lastoftheliving.net. That brings the current total to 24 shorts, and there’s still much more to come. More about that in a minute.

Today’s first story concerns Robert Woolgrave – a young man who makes a few rash decisions in his fight to survive. Read his story first, because Robert also makes an uncredited appearance in today’s second short, the fifth part of the tale of Amy Steadman. She’s been dead for 17 days now, and as you can see from Craig Paton’s excellent illustration, she’s not looking too good! Robert’s story, by the way, is illustrated by a beautiful photograph by Antony White. You’ll see more of Antony’s pictures in the coming weeks, and later in the year I’ll be featuring interviews with all the artists involved with the project on this site.

Empty Building by Antony White (www.blackpapersky.co.uk)

I thought it would be good to give you a little more detail about what’s planned for www.lastoftheliving.net and the AUTUMN series in general…

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