Spread the Infection – the AUTUMN books are coming back!

Those of you who caught the AUTUMN books first time around will probably remember my ‘Spread the Infection’ tagline. I used it for years, and I’m sure it was responsible to some degree for the book’s journey from free pdf to half a million downloads, a movie, an audio adaptation, and now mainstream publication.

They’ve been unavailable for far too long, but the re-release of the AUTUMN series is close at hand. The first book is out in late October (US and UK – click the covers for information, Spain and Germany – you already have it!), and books two, three and four will be following in quick succession throughout 2011.

I’ll be able to give you more details about the release very soon. In the meantime, I wanted to ask a couple of favours…

First off, I want your memories of AUTUMN first time around for some articles I’m putting together. I’ve had emails from people who were freaked out reading the free download while working alone on the night shift, others who printed the pdf off and read it in class… please let me know how you found out about the series. Also, if you were involved in the book in any way and we haven’t spoken for a while (I’ve particularly been trying to get hold of Dave Joseph who created the face on the original cover if anyone can help), then please get in touch.

Secondly, I’d really appreciate it if you’d help me ‘Spread the Infection’ again. Follow me on Facebook, Friend Feed or Twitter, sign up for the newsletter (see sidebar), and invite your friends to do the same…

There’s going to be a lot going on with the accelerated re-release of the novels – including plenty of free fiction and much more – and there will be many opportunities to get involved so I’d like as many people as possible to know!

Thanks! More very soon!

Thank you!

With DOG BLOOD finally hitting the shelves tomorrow (in the US and Canada at least, UK readers have one more week left to wait, release dates for other countries coming soon), I thought now would be a good time to say thank you.

What am I thanking you for?

Firstly, your patience. The last few years really have been incredible, and I could never have predicted what would happen when I first made AUTUMN available as a free download back in 2001. But there has been an unfortunate downside to this success, and that’s the fact that many of you who’ve been reading my books since the beginning have had an unacceptably long wait (four years to the month in fact!) to get your hands on something new. You know, things were chugging along nicely back in Summer 2006 – I’d just released HATER through Infected Books and it was selling at a decent rate, I was ready to start work on a new AUTUMN novel and DOG BLOOD . . . and then out of the blue I got an offer to talk about film rights which then turned into a deal, which resulted in a publishing contract for the HATER series, which then expanded to include the five AUTUMN books . . . I still have to pinch myself sometimes.

But four years is a long time in anyone’s book, and I hope when you finally get your hands on DOG BLOOD that you enjoy it and that it was worth the wait. Please let me know what you think of it.

I also want to thank you for your ongoing support.

I spend a lot of time sat in my tiny office staring at the screen, completely isolated from everyone else. It’s humbling when I do emerge from my little cage and I realise how much support I have around the world. As cheesy and clichéd as it might sound, it also happens to be true. Thank you for your emails, reviews, Facebook messages, Twitter follows etc. etc. Please keep them coming. I appreciate all your feedback!

So what’s next?

There are a few things planned around the release of DOG BLOOD, and you’ll hear more about them very soon. I’m currently working on the final HATER book for release next year, and I hope to share some details about that in the near future, as well as an update on the HATER movie. In October this year, the AUTUMN re-releases begin (and in 2011 you’ll FINALLY get to read AUTUMN: DISINTEGRATION!). I have big plans to promote the series online, and I’ll reveal more about those plans towards the end of this year.

Until then, sincere thanks again, and enjoy DOG BLOOD!

A quick AUTUMN competition

Three weeks since I last posted . . . that’s not good!

I’ve been trying to get the bulk of the third HATER book written before DOG BLOOD hits the shelves next month. I’m a third of the way in to what I hope will be the final(ish) draft, and there are another few weeks work ahead of me yet. If I can get it done and delivered then that gives me much more opportunity to get out and about to promote DOG BLOOD (which, I’m pleased to report, seems to be going down well so far).

The AUTUMN movie was released on DVD in the UK this week. Bizarrely (and I didn’t know about this until I saw it listed on Play.com), they’ve stuck me on the front cover! People will start to think I’m vain, what with this and the cover of RAGE – the French edition of HATER which came out last year. Just for the record – I’m not, and I had nothing to do with either of these. Honest.

Anyway, to celebrate the release of the DVD, I’m giving away the copy I’m holding in the picture. Just answer this stupidly easy question before 31st May to be in with a chance of winning (form removed as the competition has now closed).

In the meantime, a couple of quick bits of news:

The German edition of DOG BLOODTODESHUNGER – is available to pre-order from Amazon.de and other sites. The book will be released by Goldmann on 18th October.

Finally, I know I promised more information about the ‘Projekt’ in my last post, but some unexpected (and very interesting) complications have arisen and I can’t say anything yet. Hopefully there will be some news about this in the next couple of weeks.

AUTUMN at the QFT in Belfast

Here’s the information I promised in my last post about the screening of AUTUMN in Northern Ireland next month.

I’ll be introducing a 10pm screening of the film at the Queens Film Theatre in Belfast on Saturday 1st May. Prior to the film (from around 6pm) I’ll be doing a joint book signing with Wayne Simmons. You can find more information and book your tickets here.

It promises to be a great event. It’ll be my first time in Northern Ireland, and it would be fantastic to meet any of you who are able to attend.

FLU by Wayne Simmons

A quick plug for Wayne’s new book FLU, which is due out from Snowbooks this month. Wayne, as you may remember, is also the author of Drop Dead Gorgeous which I talked about a while back.

“There’s a nasty flu going round. An epidemic, they call it. The posters say to cover your mouth when you sneeze, and throw away the tissue. But such simple measures won’t stop this flu. Because when you catch the flu, armed police come and lock you in your house to die alone. When you catch this flu, it kills you in days. And when you catch this flu, two hours after it’s killed you, your eyelids snap open again…”Flu” is a pacey, terrifying, frighteningly real zombie horror story.”

FLU is available now from Amazon.co.uk. For those of you who are in Northern Ireland, Wayne and I will be doing a book signing together on 1st May at the Queens Film Theatre in Belfast, prior to a 10pm screening of AUTUMN. More details about the event will follow shortly.

Don’t spend $$$’s on second hand copies of the AUTUMN books

…because the re-issues are coming! I’ve just found out that the US paperback edition of the book (now scheduled for release in October 2010) is available for pre-orders on Amazon.com.

“With AUTUMN, David Moody paints a picture of a marvelously bleak dystopian future where the world belongs to the hungry dead. It’s the creepy start to a compelling series.” –Jonathan Maberry, multiple Bram Stoker Award-winning author of Patient Zero and Zombie CSU

“Zombie fans rejoice!  One of the original zombie novels is back from the grave to remind us all why the walking dead are so scary, and what it means to have a front-row seat for the end of the world.  AUTUMN is genuinely creepy, an atmospheric study of what happens when the dead come back–and what we have to do just to survive.” –David Wellington, author of Monster Island, Monster Nation, 99 Coffins

And the UK release can also be pre-ordered too. Click here for details.

AUTUMN – US DVD released today

It seems like we’ve been waiting forever, but from today the AUTUMN movie is finally available (legally available!) on DVD in the US. You can order a copy from Amazon.com, get it via Netflix or rent it from Redbox. I’m told it’ll soon be available from over 20,000 retail outlets too.

AUTUMN has always been a polarising story: lots of people like it, plenty more hate it. It’s an unconventional approach to zombies that seems to annoy as many readers as it pleases, and the movie adaptation is proving to be no different. In fact if anything, the reviews of the film have so far been even more divisive. I always knew a zombie story without flesh eating and mindless blood, guts and violence wouldn’t be to everyone’s taste!

I’m going to talk more about the film in the coming weeks (I’m trying to time my coverage to take advantage of today’s release, the UK DVD release in early May, and a screening I’m going to be introducing in Northern Ireland on 1st May), so I’ll not say much more today. All I ask is that you watch the film with an open mind and remember that it was made with huge enthusiasm but on a very low budget. I’m really interested to hear what you all think of it. Add a comment below or sign up and discuss the film on the forum.

The Living Dead 2

Did any of you get to read The Living Dead? If you haven’t read it, maybe you should. Edited by John Joseph Adams, it’s 100,000+ words of zombie fiction and includes stories by the likes of Stephen King, Neil Gaiman and Clive Barker. I’m really excited to announce that The Living Dead 2 is set to be released in September, and I’m even more excited to announce that there’s a story of mine in it!

‘Who We Used To Be’ – a brand new, non-AUTUMN zombie tale, is amongst the 43 (43!!!) stories in the collection. And with authors including Max Brooks, David Wellington and Jonathan Maberry involved, this is something no serious zombie fan can afford to miss. Head over here to see the full table of contents.

The AUTUMN movie – another 2 UK TV showings

The AUTUMN movie is showing on the Zone Horror channel in the UK again next week. You can catch the film on Monday 15th February at 1:05am and again the following day at 9:00pm.

Not got Sky or Virgin? Did you know that you can watch a stack of UK TV channels via www.tvcatchup.com? And Zone Horror just so happens to be available…