Infected Bookstore relaunched! Book sale!!

The Infected Bookstore has been given a long-overdue lick of paint. It was about time – there will be more books coming soon, as well as the additional merchandise I’ve been teasing since the beginning of the year. Head on over now to www.infectedbooks.co.uk, and don’t hesitate to let me know if you have any problems with the new site.

To celebrate the relaunch, the limited edition Infected Books hardcovers of AUTUMN: THE HUMAN CONDITION and TRUST have had their prices slashed to £15.00 for the next two weeks only. Click here to visit the site and take advantage of this offer. There are lots of other Gollancz and Thomas Dunne books available at very low prices too…

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And remember, those of you who purchase the hardcover version of THE HUMAN CONDITION will automatically qualify for a discount on the forthcoming Infected Books/Gollancz (even more limited) edition of AUTUMN: AFTERMATH.

AUTUMN: AFTERMATH – limited edition

Autumn-Aftermath-9780575091498At long last I’m able to provide you with a little more information about the AUTUMN: AFTERMATH hardcover being published by Infected Books in association with Gollancz.

In case you don’t remember, the situation is this: after publishing the first four AUTUMN novels in hardcover, a change in policy meant Gollancz decided not to produce AFTERMATH in the same format. I was understandably unhappy about this – not least because many of you had already bought the first four hardcovers and wanted the fifth to complete the set. I’m pleased to report that agreement has now been reached to publish the book through Infected Books using the Gollancz art and interior files so it’ll match perfectly.

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The hardcover will cost £20 and will be published in November 2013. I want to stress that this isn’t something I’m doing to make a few quid – it’s something I want to do because I know a lot of folks were disappointed when the Gollancz hardcover was pulled. For this reason, I’ve decided to produce the book to order – the total number of copies wanted by people will pretty much be the total number of copies printed. I need to be sure, therefore, that the project is financially viable before signing it off and having a few thousand quids worth of books delivered.

Next month I’ll be writing to everyone on the limited edition mailing list (click here to sign up if you haven’t already) to ascertain numbers. I’ll also post here again. Please respond quickly if you want a copy, because this will be the only printing of the book in this format. Again, make sure you’re signed up to the mailing list.

One final thing to mention for now… When I’m working independently like this, I try to reward loyalty and be as fair as possible. For this reason, anyone who has purchased the limited edition hardcover of AUTUMN: THE HUMAN CONDITION will be eligible for a discount on this AUTUMN: AFTERMATH hardcover release. You can find out more about the HUMAN CONDITION here.

Thanks as always for your ongoing support of my work. I don’t say it enough, but it’s hugely appreciated. Have a great weekend!

The Ups and Downs and Ups of Writing

I thought it was time for a quick update to bring you up to speed with a few projects I’m working on now that AUTUMN: THE HUMAN CONDITION is done and dusted. You should know me well enough by now… everything here is subject to change and nothing’s set in stone. The first part of this update will give you an indication of why that’s true.

The Ups and Downs and Ups of Writing. Weird name for a post, I guess, but I think it’s quite apt. You see, I reckon this is one of the best jobs in the world. In fact, I love it so much it feels wrong to call it a job… most of the time. Things don’t always go to plan.

17 DAYS

You’ll probably remember me posting about this novel earlier this year – round about the time I’d put the finishing touches to it and sent it to my agent to hear his thoughts. Well, those thoughts came back, and after another couple of reads, I added a few thoughts of my own too.

The book’s not right. It needs more work. The themes are there, the story is there, but it’s not quite working. There are a couple of reasons why which I won’t go into in detail here because they wouldn’t make a whole lot of sense out of context. Suffice to say I’d made a huge character misstep along the way, and had also misjudged the tone of parts of the book.

Up. Down. Up. I was on a high when I delivered the manuscript, followed by a crushing low when I realised it hadn’t hit the mark. But now, with the benefit of discussion with my agent and a couple more months thinking about the story, I know exactly what I need to do. Up. Down. Up. Strangely enough, I’ve done this once before. The exact same thing happened when I was writing DOG BLOOD, and that turned out okay…

I remain insanely excited about 17 DAYS, more so than ever in fact, but the rework is inevitably having a knock-on effect on other projects as I’ll be giving it priority over the coming months.

STRANGERS

I’m about 40,000 words into the third and (hopefully) final draft of this book, and hope to have it done by the end of July. I’ll then start thinking about how best to release it. Expect to hear more about STRANGERS – the closest I’ll probably ever get to a vampire novel – later this year.

STRAIGHT TO YOU

Is going really well… first draft is done, ready to start work on the second. I’d previously talked about serialising the second draft online from this month as the book was being written, but I’m putting that on hold temporarily for a couple of reasons. Firstly, because I need to work something into the second draft which I don’t want to do ‘live’, so to speak. Secondly, because the additional work on 17 DAYS means STY won’t be touched again for a while. At the moment, if I can get some work done on the second draft of the book over the summer, I’d hope to serialise the third draft online as I’m writing it from September/October onwards. I’ll tell you more about this completely new version of my debut novel in the coming weeks to whet your appetite. Incidentally, I started writing the original book on 1st January 1994 – I want to properly release the new edition in January 2014 to mark its twentieth anniversary. Bloody hell, twenty years. Now that makes me feel really old…

More news soon.

Recommended reading – James Herbert’s DOMAIN

Domain-James-HerbertWhen I’m asked to name books which have influenced me, I regularly mention DOMAIN by James Herbert. In fact, when I’m talking about books which have influenced my writing career, DOMAIN is the book.

For those who don’t know, DOMAIN is the third and final book in Herbert’s RATS trilogy (beginning with RATS in 1974, then LAIR in 1979). Set in the immediate aftermath of a nuclear attack on London, it remains a visceral and relentless read. To this day it’s still the only book I’ve ever finished reading, only to turn back to the beginning and immediately start again. Following the author’s untimely passing back in March, I thought I’d dig out my old yellowed paperback edition (now signed by the man himself – see this link to find out how) to see if the book still resonated with this forty-something bloke as it had when I was in my teens.

Short answer: not quite, but it was still a bloody good read.

Here’s the back cover blurb. Click the link below for my thoughts.

The long-dreaded nuclear conflict. The city torn apart, shattered, its people destroyed or mutilated beyond hope. For just a few, survival is possible only beneath the wrecked streets – if there is time to avoid the slow-descending poisonous ashes. But below, the rats, demonic offspring of their irradiated forebears, are waiting. They know that Man is weakened, become frail. Has become their prey…

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Important update for those who’ve ordered THE HUMAN CONDITION from Infected Books

autumn_human_conditionA quick post and an apology for those who’ve ordered AUTUMN: THE HUMAN CONDITION direct from Infected Books.

For someone who communicates for a living, I’ve not been doing too well with this release. I’m guilty of not keeping folks properly updated.

I’d advertised dispatch by last Friday but, due to a couple of errors by the printer, the books weren’t delivered to me until late on Monday. All orders have, however, now been signed, sealed and posted, so all books should be received shortly (tomorrow for UK orders, I hope).

Apologies once again for the delay and the lack of updates. It makes me look and feel unprofessional, and I’m sorry. If anyone has any concerns, please do get in touch.

On a more positive note, signed hardcovers and paperbacks are now available from Infected Books (for immediate dispatch!) See this link for more information.

AUTUMN: THE HUMAN CONDITION – now available!

autumn_human_conditionThe title of this post says it all really… AUTUMN: THE HUMAN CONDITION – the final book in the AUTUMN series – is now available for the first time since 2008.

Experience the end of the world as seen from almost fifty different perspectives. Part-companion, part-guidebook and part-sequel, AUTUMN: THE HUMAN CONDITION follows the individual stories of these desperate survivors through their final dark days.

LIMITED EDITION HARDCOVERS AND SIGNED PAPERBACKS

…are now shipping. They’re also disappearing fast, so if you want one, please get in quick and use the links below to secure your copy:

UK hardcover orders (£20 + £2 p&p) – click here

European hardcover orders (£20 + £4 p&p) – click here

Rest of World hardcover orders (£20 + £6 p&p) – click here

UK paperback orders (£10 + £1 p&p) – click here

European paperback orders (£10 + £3 p&p) – click here

Rest of World paperback orders (£10 + £4 p&p) – click here

Signed paperbacks and hardcovers are also available from AMAZON.CO.UK

EBOOKS

Are available in all the usual formats:

KINDLE (US) / KINDLE (UK) / NOOK (US) / NOOK (UK) / IBOOKS (US) / IBOOK (UK) / SMASHWORDS

(KOBO due any day now…)

Don’t forget that with this book if you buy a print copy, you’ll be able to download a free ebook version, and if you buy an ebook, you’ll be able to claim a discount on a signed print copy direct from Infected Books. See this page for more information.

TRADE PAPERBACKS

Are also available from the usual online retailers:

AMAZON.COM / AMAZON.CO.UK / BARNES & NOBLE / BOOK DEPOSITORY / WATERSTONES / HIVE

A new approach to ebooks

With the Infected Books release of AUTUMN: THE HUMAN CONDITION next week, I’m taking a new approach to ebooks. You see, I’m a big fan both of ebooks and traditional print editions. I love the physicality of ‘real’ books, but also appreciate the immediacy and portability of ebooks. What really, really annoys me is the lack of flexibility between the two, and also the inherent belief that when you make a purchase, you can only have one or the other.

There’s a slightly more detailed explanation of the approach I’m taking on this page, but here’s the briefest of summaries:

  1. If you buy a print edition of AUTUMN: THE HUMAN CONDITION, on the last page there’s a link you can follow to download a complementary ebook version.
  2. If you buy an ebook then decide you wish you’d bought the print version, click the link at the end of the ebook, enter a few details, and you’ll receive a voucher to the value of the ebook you bought, redeemable against the print version.

There are terms and conditions (there always are, aren’t there?) and they can be found here. I think this is a fairer way of doing things, and it’ll be interesting to see how it pans out in practice. I’d be interested to hear what folks think, so please let me have your thoughts…

isbn9781473201668And on the subject of ebooks, I thought now would be a good time to mention this:

On 10th October, Gollancz will release THE COMPLETE AUTUMN. It’s an ebook collection of all five original AUTUMN novels, available for Kindle, iBook and all other formats.

Priced at £19.99, it effectively means you get one of the novels free. If you’re in the UK and you haven’t yet read the series, this will be a great way of doing so!

Forthcoming appearances

fight nightA quick update to let you know about some upcoming events.

THIS IS HORROR PRESENTS SIMMONS vs MOODY

First off, a reminder that this Saturday, June 29, Wayne Simmons and I will be at Esquires Coffee Bar in Coventry between 7pm and 9pm, reading, signing, answering questions and talking about horror and our writing in general. Tickets are £3, with £2 redeemable against book purchases on the night. For tickets, email Michael@ThisisHorror.co.uk or visit Waterstones Coventry. Copies of Autumn: The Human Condition will be available to pick up on the night. More information about the event can be found here at www.thisishorror.co.uk.

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Between July 31 and August 3, I’ll be a guest at Celsius in Avilés, Spain. Details can be found here. Very much looking forward to my first event in Spain!

SCARDIFF 2013

Scardiff is a new horror expo taking place in Cardiff on October 27. I’ll be there alongside a number of really exciting guests including Dominic Brunt and Bobby Rhodes (yes, the Bobby Rhodes of Demons fame!). Scardiff is the brainchild of Wayne Simmons, Fantasy Events, and Shock Horror Magazine. Reduced price advance tickets are now available, and all the information you need can be found right here.

HORROR IN THE EAST

And then it’s back to Lowestoft on November 8 – 9 for the second Horror in the East convention. Have a look at last year’s report to see what an excellent event it was, then make a note in your diaries to come and join us for this year’s convention. Very relaxed, hugely enjoyable, and all taking place in the town where Them or Us was set! More details can be found here.

They’re here…

…and they’re beautiful. It’s great to have AUTUMN: THE HUMAN CONDITION in print again.

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The full delivery is expected from the printer early next week, and pre-ordered books will be dispatched by 28 June.

I need to make an apology to those people who’ve already pre-ordered the limited edition – it seems the confirmation emails didn’t go out as expected. I’ll get that sorted as a matter of urgency. If you’ve received a Paypal receipt, then we’ve got your order and your book is secure.

Limited editions are disappearing fast (huge thanks to everyone who’s already picked one up), but there are still some available and you can order one from www.infectedbooks.co.uk by clicking here.

The official release date is 1st July, but the book is already appearing online. You can order the paperback from Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk, or The Book Depository, and the ebook is available from Amazon and Smashwords.

AUTUMN: THE HUMAN CONDITION – now available to order

autumn_human_conditionI’m very pleased to announce that AUTUMN: THE HUMAN CONDITION is now available to order from Infected Books. Weighing in at a whopping 49 stories/part-stories and around 158,000 words, it’s a fitting end to the AUTUMN series and I hope you enjoy it. The official release date is 1st July, but you can secure a copy of the trade paperback or limited edition hardcover now.

LIMITED EDITION HARDCOVER

Signed and numbered and strictly limited to just 500 copies, the book comes in a beautiful Craig Paton designed jacket. Books will ship by 28th June. It’s likely these will go fast, so if you want to get your hands on a copy, please order one sooner rather than later. Either visit this page or use these links:

UK hardcover orders (£20 + £2 p&p) – click here

European hardcover orders (£20 + £4 p&p) – click here

Rest of World hardcover orders (£20 + £6 p&p) – click here

TRADE PAPERBACK
The paperback edition will be available online at all the usual retailers from 1st July. You can order a signed copy now direct from Infected Books by visiting this page or using the following links:

UK paperback orders (£10 + £1 p&p) – click here

European paperback orders (£10 + £3 p&p) – click here

Rest of World paperback orders (£10 + £4 p&p) – click here

A WORD ABOUT EBOOKS…
DRM-free Kindle, Nook, iBook, and Kobo versions of the book will be available on 1st July (if not before). I’m trying something new with this release so you have as much choice/flexibility as possible. Basically, if you buy a print copy of the book, you’ll be entitled to download a complementary ebook version. Likewise, if you buy the ebook then decide you’d rather have had a paperback or hardcover, you’ll be able to buy one from Infected Books at a price discounted by the amount you paid for your original ebook. Sound good? There’s a little more about this scheme at this link.

I know this update has been a long time coming, and I apologise. Please check back in the coming days for more updates including a number of HUMAN CONDITION giveaways and competitions.