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.

A fall in THE COST OF LIVING

CostofLivingJust a few weeks now until the release of LAST OF THE LIVING – the new paperback collection which includes my zombie survival novellas THE COST OF LIVING and ISOLATION and much more. In readiness for the new release, the price of the ebook edition of THE COST OF LIVING has been reduced to around 99c/70p – an absolute steal. More information at this link.

In keeping with the Infected Books approach to ebooks, if you’ve already bought THE COST OF LIVING and ISOLATION, you can get a £2 discount on LAST OF THE LIVING (use the name of Keith’s manager as a discount code during checkout). Likewise, when you receive LAST OF THE LIVING, you’ll be able to download complementary copies of the ebooks.

I’m hoping the LAST OF THE LIVING signed pre-orders will start shipping later this week, and I’ll update here again as soon as they do. In the meantime, don’t forget you can pre-order copies here, and that everyone who pre-orders by 20 October will be entered into a draw to win an original AUTUMN manuscript and other rare memorabilia. Good luck!

Win rare AUTUMN goodies

Thanks to those of you who’ve already pre-ordered LAST OF THE LIVING. I wanted to try and tempt a few more of you in…

I mentioned in my last post that everyone who pre-orders will be entered into a draw to win an original AUTUMN manuscript. This is a truly one-of-a-kind prize, and I thought I’d give you a better look at what’s up for grabs.

In my introduction to the new paperback, I talk about hunting through my notes and finding drafts of AUTUMN from as far back as 1997. This is that draft: 400 pages of yellowing A4 paper. The writing’s clunky and rough as hell, and the book needed many more drafts and severe editing before I released it into the wild in 2001, but it’s still recognisably AUTUMN.

Along with the manuscript, I’m also throwing in a one-off ‘Spread the Infection’ T-shirt (who’s been here long enough to remember theinfected.co.uk?), and a rare copy of the original Infected Books release of AUTUMN. All you have to do to be in with a chance of winning all of this is pre-order LAST OF THE LIVING before 20 October.

Click here to do so!

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What Works For Me

It’s been several months since I last posted anything in my What Works For Me series of writing tips/ thoughts. There are several very good reasons for that. Most importantly, I’ve been spending a lot of time trying to work out what exactly does work for me.

You’ll probably have seen endless debate online over the last few months about the merits of independent versus traditional publishing, and also about the position/ value of indie authors as highlighted by the ongoing Hachette vs. Amazon debacle.

I started out Indie. I was Indie before most. I’m so old school that I genuinely used to email pdf and Word versions of AUTUMN to interested folks back in the day. I did well from it, and if I hadn’t done what I’d done, I’d probably have never written HATER and it might not have found its way onto the desk of the folks who passed it on to Guillermo del Toro all those years ago… When Thomas Dunne Books of New York made an offer for the publishing rights back in 2007, I didn’t hesitate to accept.

CostofLivingSo now we’re another seven years or so down the line, and the marketplace has changed beyond all recognition. Indie authors are in a better place now: more accepted, and with better tools and technologies at their disposal.

THE COST OF LIVING proved to be a turning point for me. I’ve been stunned by the success of my little ebook – it’s sold remarkably well and has opened my eyes to the full potential of independent publishing again. With the recent relaunch/ rebranding of INFECTED BOOKS, I feel like I’ve regained the control you inevitably lose when you publish traditionally, and I’m ready to take full advantage of that.

So, to stop a long story getting any longer, I’ll just say this: for now, although I’m technically what you’d call a Hybrid author, I feel 100% Indie again. So what does this mean? Well, for a start you should watch for another surprise release later this week (you can pre-order it now – I’ll tell you more tomorrow), and then look out for STRANGERS – my brand new, full-length novel, coming from Infected Books in November this year.

Gollancz 2014 Festival

GOLLANCZ – publishers of the AUTUMN and HATER books in the UK and elsewhere, are running a multi-media festival on 13 August. As well as live events at Waterstones Piccadilly from 6pm, there will be online events taking place all day via social media. You can find a full schedule for the evening at the Gollancz website here, and you can register to take part in the online events by visiting www.gollancz.co.uk/gollanczfestival2014. I’ll be taking part in a Facebook fantasy panel starting at 10:00am, and I hope a few of you will be able to join us online.

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