Not long now until AUTUMN: PURIFICATION is out in the US. The book’s released on 16 August and in the run-up to publication I’ll be posting more stories on www.lastoftheliving.net to introduce some of the new characters from the book. I’ve just added two more to the site: Gary ‘Tuggie’ Keele and Jackie Soames. Both of these folks play a major part in the third AUTUMN novel.
Watch out for a PURIFICATION related competition in the next couple of weeks.
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.
If you haven’t already gathered from my other posts this week, I’m off on holiday tomorrow. I’ve added next week’s free Last of the Living story to the website early, and I hope you enjoy it. It’s a brief introduction to Peter Guest – a character who sits in pretty much a catatonic daze throughout Autumn: The City, but who finally comes around from the shock of the apocalypse to play a important role in Autumn: Purification.
There’s loads more to come next month… new short stories (and at least one novella in amongst them) every week in the run-up to the US release of Purification, a very cool AUTUMN competition, and plenty more besides.
Jacob Flynn is not a particularly nice person, but even he doesn’t deserve what’s about to happen to him. You see, because of certain things Jacob did recently, he’s found himself in absolutely the worst place to be when the world ends.
Those of you who’ve read AUTUMN: PURIFICATION (out now in the UK, August 16 in the US) will have already been introduced to Harry Stayt. Harry plays a key role in the third AUTUMN book, and has a penchant for using a sword stolen from a museum to hack his way through what’s left of the dead population (good man – a sword will definitely be my weapon of choice come the zombie apocalypse!).
The new UK hardcover edition of AUTUMN: PURIFICATION is out now!
One day in September a virulent plague spread throughout the world, killing billions. Even now the full horror of the plague is just beginning, for the dead are not just dead…
One small group of survivors is imprisoned in an underground base, trapped between the door to the outside world and the sealed entrance to an airtight cocoon where hundreds of soldiers sit and wait for rescue.
On the surface the crowd of bodies is growing in size every day, drawn there by the heat and the noise of the people hiding underground beneath their rotting feet. The sheer mass of decaying flesh above begins to cause problems for the military when vents become blocked, but a mission to clear the dead starts a vicious battle. And there are far more of the dead…
Firstly, thanks to all of you who made bids in the Genre for Japan auctions. An incredible total of £11, 139.36 was raised which I think surpassed all expectations. The AUTUMN auction went for an amazing £290!
Second, you may remember a while back (November, actually – click here for the post), I announced that I’d be making a donation to charity for every book sold in my annual end of year signed book sale. I’m pleased to have recently been able to send a cheque for £75 to SMIRA, an organisation that’s very close to my heart (and here’s a reminder why).
I’ve added another quick story to www.lastoftheliving.net: an increasingly unpleasant morning in an already unpleasant job suddenly gets much worse for Karen Chase. Yet again, David Naughton-Shires has provided the excellent artwork.
That’s all for March, but there’s plenty of free fiction planned for April. More Amy Steadman, an extract or two from AUTUMN: PURIFICATION (which, of course, gets its UK release on April 21st), and a 10,000 word novella.
I thought it would be useful to list the new releases I have coming up for the rest of 2011 because there are quite a few. As always, please remember that these dates may be subject to change. You can always check my regularly updated FAQ page for the most up-to-date information.
And there will be an anthology appearance or two and, I think, several more foreign language editions to add to this list. So it’s looking like a busy year, and I’m really pleased. I know lots of people have been waiting for AUTUMN: DISINTEGRATION and THEM OR US for far too long…