Before you read the story, please take a few moments to watch the beautiful and incredibly atmospheric accompanying animation, which was put together for me by the very talented Daniel Boucher (of www.thenovelblog.com). A huge public thank you to Dan. Centrepiece of this artwork is the original 1950’s public safety movie from the US which gave this story its title and inspiration. Leave it playing in the background while you’re reading… it adds to the effect!
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…
Today sees the release by Minotauro of CIUDAD ZOMBIE – the Spanish edition of AUTUMN: THE CITY, the first sequel to AUTUMN (SEPTIEMBRE ZOMBIE in Spain).
Una agresiva enfermedad ha acabado con el noventa y nueve por ciento de la población mundial y ha transformado la faz del planeta. Un pequeño grupo de supervivientes encuentra refugio entre las ruinas de una ciudad devastada. Sobreviven entre los escombros, aterrorizados por los efectos que la horrible infección tiene en los cuerpos de los muertos. La repentina aparición de una compañía desoldados vuelve a amenazar la frágil existencia de los supervivientes. ¿Traerán con ellos esperanza, ayuda y respuestas, o tan sólo más miedo y sufrimiento?
«¡Regocijaos, fans de los zombies! Una de las más originales novelas de muertos vivientes ha salido de la tumba para recordarnos lo que realmente significa tener un asiento de primera fila en el fin del mundo. Ciudad Zombie es escalofriante, un estudio sociológico de lo que ocurre cuando los muertos vuelven y de lo que debemos hacer para sobrevivir.»
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).
This week over at www.lastoftheliving.net, another day in the life (death?) of my favourite reanimated corpse, Amy Steadman, beautifully illustrated as usual by the outrageously talented Craig Paton.
“Amy Steadman has been dead for almost five days. Her body has deteriorated to a remarkable extent. She is weakening physically, but now other, far more ominous changes are beginning to occur. Amy is becoming aware.”
The Genre for Japan auction finishes at midnight tonight (BST), so you’ve got less than three hours to get any final bids in. It’s been a huge success, with over £10,000 in bids already placed – a phenomenal result.
No-one can fail to have been moved by the events which happened (and which continue to happen) in Japan two weeks ago. Sitting here, it’s impossible to fully comprehend the scale of the devastation and the number of lives which have been either ended or affected.
GENRE FOR JAPAN has been formed to raise funds for the Red Cross Japanese Tsunami Appeal. It’s doing this by auctioning donations from people who work in the science-fiction, fantasy and horror community. Bidding starts on Monday, and I’d like to urge all of you to consider either bidding on an item(s) or making a direct donation to the appeal.
I’m sure you’ll be tempted by many of the lots which have been donated, but I’d like to draw your attention to my donation. If you’re a fan of AUTUMN (and I sincerely hope you are!), then you might want to put a bid in…
I’m offering an exclusive opportunity for the winning bidder to become part of the AUTUMN series. As well as receiving signed copies of all the UK hardcover editions (you’ll get books 1 and 2 straightaway, book 3 next month, book 4 in November and the final book on release in 2012), you’ll also appear as a character in the final book – AUTUMN: AFTERMATH. Not only that – you’ll be able to chose whether you appear as a survivor or a zombie. Not only that – your character will get their own, original, illustrated short story published on www.lastoftheliving.net.
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…
Another week, another brief slug of free zombie fiction… This week an excerpt from the beginning of AUTUMN: THE CITY has been added to www.lastoftheliving.net, and a new story BRIGID CULTHORPE (brilliantly illustrated once again by David Naughton-Shires). Brigid’s another new character who appears in AUTUMN: PURIFICATION.
Also added to the site this week are a number of great pieces of art from Antony White. Learn more about Antony by visiting his site www.blackpapersky.co.uk. And don’t forget, you can view all the artwork so far added to www.lastoftheliving.net in the ‘art’ section. Please keep checking back, because there’s loads more to come.