Remember that time I said I was finished with zombies (and I was very wrong)

Hate to keep teasing announcements, but as well as THE FRONT (coming soon from me, Craig DiLouie and Tim Long), we’re getting ready to announce a MASSIVE Infected Books zombie event for 2016.

By the way, I’ve been beavering away behind the scenes here, and I missed an anniversary. It’s five years last month since Thomas Dunne Books released AUTUMN. The picture above was taken by me in Barnes & Noble on E 17th Street, New York, on the day of release back in 2010. I still find it hard to believe that my little zombie story – which started out as a free pdf I used to email to folks in the pre-ebook days of the turn of the century – turned into such a monster. Five novels, a short story collection, a movie, a radio adaptation… there’s clearly still a lot of love for the undead.

So let’s have some more.

It’s Horror Week on Goodreads…

…and I’m one of the authors answering questions. Alan Moore, Clive Barker, Justin Cronin, Brian Keene, Scott Sigler – click here to see the list of horror authors taking part.

Hanging out with the people of Lowestoft. At Horror in the East with @neen_uk

The HATER movie, the new HATER books, AUTUMN, STRANGERS, THE SPACES BETWEEN – this is your chance to ask me anything (within reason). Click here and ask away. I’ll be answering throughout the week.

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Story Behind the Book

51nx7vZHruLBack in November 2013 I was asked to contribute an article about the genesis of the AUTUMN series to the fine folk at upcoming4.me, a great literary site. You can read the piece I wrote at this link.

I’m pleased to advise that my article has been collected alongside numerous others and released in print form as part of THE STORY BEHIND THE BOOK VOLUME 5 which is available now. It contains essays from a large number of writers, some of whom will no doubt be familiar to you… Sarah Pinborough, Paul Kane, Stephen Volk, Charlaine Harris, and Gareth L Powell to name but five. The collection is available from Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.com.

In case you were wondering (because I’m sure you were), the front cover shows a computer manipulated image of pFAK protein in RPMI-7951, taken by Ivana, one of the book’s editors.

And if you’re interested in a little more behind-the-scenes AUTUMN, check out this link to the retrospective pieces I wrote about each book in the series a few years ago.

28 Weeks Later

28wlBack in January I wrote a piece about 28 DAYS LATER. The film went down reasonably well with my kids and we soon settled down together to watch the sequel, 2007’s 28 WEEKS LATER.

Interestingly, if you look back at my earlier piece, you’ll see that I enjoyed 28DL more than I had previously. I felt like it had improved with age. 28WL had the opposite effect, however, and I didn’t warm to it as I had the earlier film. As always, a synopsis and trailer follows, and my thoughts are after the jump.

Six months after the rage virus was inflicted on the population of Great Britain, the US Army helps to secure a small area of London for the survivors to repopulate and start again. But not everything goes to plan.

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28 Days Later

twenty_eight_days_laterAs a responsible father, I think it’s important to ensure my kids have a solid all round education. As such, I see it as my duty to introduce them to cultural milestones. Last night I did just that (I am being sarcastic here, by the way), sitting down with the girls for a family viewing of Danny Boyle‘s seminal 28 DAYS LATER. It had been many years since I’d seen the film, and I was interested to see how it stood up today: what was considered ground-breaking in 2002 might have appeared cliched today. To my surprise, I think I enjoyed the movie more than I ever have done.

A quick glance at my Recommendations page revealed that I’ve never written about this hugely influential movie for this site, so I thought I’d remedy that right now. As usual, a brief synopsis and trailer follows. Click on the link for my thoughts.

An infirmary patient awakens from a coma to an empty room…in a vacant hospital…in a deserted city. A powerful virus, which locks victims into a permanent state of murderous rage, has transformed the world around him into a seemingly desolate wasteland. Now a handful of survivors must fight to stay alive, unaware that the worst is yet to come…

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Joe & Me – download and listen NOW!

The free audio version of JOE & ME is now available. Click here to listen and/or download. Happy Christmas from me, This is Horror and Infected Books! Please share far and wide!

Joe and Me (This is Horror, 2012)Joe is anything but an ordinary eight year old. His father’s a stay-at-home dad and his mom’s going to save the world.

Forced to live in cramped quarters after the military pull funding on his mother’s research, Joe is thrown into the midst of a race against the clock to save mankind. As tensions rise and the family disintegrates, they must face an uncomfortable ultimatum.

Do they save each other or humanity?

We’ll be following up this release early in 2015 with a unique LIVE This is Horror podcast. If you have any questions you’d like me to answer on air, please email them to Michael@thisishorror.co.uk.

I hope you enjoy JOE & ME. I had a lot of fun writing and recording it. In case you’re unaware, the story explains a pivotal piece of the overall AUTUMN story. It appears in the 2013 edition of AUTUMN: THE HUMAN CONDITION, and using the discount code thisishorrorjoeandme (original, eh?!), you can order a signed copy of the limited edition hardcover direct from Infected Books for just £10, with free UK delivery (RRP £20).

Finally, as this will probably be my last post here for a while, I’d like to take this opportunity to thank you for your support and enthusiasm over the past year, and to wish you and your families all the best for the holiday season.

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A free Christmas audiobook – Joe & Me

I’m excited to announce the release of a free JOE & ME audiobook. A joint production between This is Horror and Infected Books, and narrated by yours truly, it’ll be free to download from 2pm GMT on Tuesday 23 December. Happy Christmas!

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And if you enjoy the story, why not help yourself to a festively-priced (£10 plus free delivery in the UK)  copy of the limited edition hardcover edition of AUTUMN: THE HUMAN CONDITION? Simply head over to www.infectedbooks.co.uk, add the book to your cart and use code thisishorrorjoeandme at checkout.

JOE & ME is a story I’m extremely proud of. It’s a great little tale that offers a very personal glimpse into the early hours of the world-wide chaos which unfolds throughout the AUTUMN series. I’ll tell you more about it on Tuesday…

Last Chance!

A friendly reminder… You only have until midnight Monday to enter the LAST OF THE LIVING competition where the prize is an original AUTUMN manuscript from 1997. Simply order LAST OF THE LIVING directly from Infected Books to enter (and please be quick… initial supplies are starting to run very low). There’s free and immediate shipping in the UK, and you can get a £2 discount if you enter the name of Keith’s (from ISOLATION) manager at the checkout. The winner of the manuscript (and other prizes) will be announced early next week. Until then, have a great weekend!

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Look what I’ve got…

Way ahead of schedule (a first for me!) I’ve taken delivery of a massive pile of copies of LAST OF THE LIVING. Pre-orders will start shipping this weekend. You can still pre-order and enter the competition to win a few incredibly rare pieces of AUTUMN history (see this post), as long as your order is placed via the Infected Books website before 20 October. All the details you need can be found by clicking here or on the image below.

LOTLarrivedThe book is also now available to pre-order via Amazon and other outlets. Here are some handy links: AMAZON.COM / AMAZON.CO.UK / B&N / Waterstones

But why wait? Get your hands on a signed copy NOW! Just click here…

Hope you enjoy the book. Have a great weekend.