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.

Scott Sigler’s ‘The Starter’

Regular visitors to this site will know that I’m a big fan of Scott’s (in fact, he was kind enough to say this about a a certain new novel being released in early June: “Moody nails what it means to be human by making humans into something else. A brilliant, savage, species-wide look in the mirror.”).

Last year, Scott released THE ROOKIE, and now he’s back with the sequel: THE STARTER. Out in September but available now for pre-order, it’s described as “Star Wars meets The Godfather meets Any Given Sunday” – how can you resist that? From Scott’s site:

It’s high-stakes, win-or-die football action in the far future, as aliens and humans fill positions based on physiology and leave their blood, sweat and tears on gridirons across the galaxy.

Last season, 19-year-old rookie quarterback Quentin Barnes overcame his racism and unified his team. He led the Ionath Krakens to a lower-tier championship, a championship that earns them promotion into the meat grinder known as “Tier One.”

Now, he and the Krakens have to compete against the greatest football teams ever assembled and do far more than just survive each game. As he rebuilds the team in his own image, Quentin’s quest for a Tier One championship begins in THE STARTER.

Scott is again releasing this title independently. Demand will be high, so click the banner below to head over to the site and pre-order.

The Day of the Triffids

After an Easter weekend away at the mother-in-law’s in East Anglia, researching the third HATER book (no blood was spilled – that comment will make sense in about 18 months time!), I’m back with a few quick updates.

First off, I was recently asked by Mathew F. Riley to answer the question “which book would I like to be buried with?” for Horror Reanimated. My answer won’t be a surprise to anyone who has followed me for any length of time: it was John Wyndham’s classic 1951 post-apocalyptic tale of a blinded population and carnivorous, moving plants, The Day of the Triffids.

I’m often asked in interviews which authors and books have influenced me, but I don’t often get chance to explain why in any great detail. So here are my reasons why the book has been such a massive influence on me and my writing, and why Triffids is the book I’d like to be buried with.

Looking for a voice actor…

…to record a few lines of dialogue for a project we’re working on (yes, this project).

We’re after someone who can record a good quality voiceover in the style of a British newsreader – the kind of voice you’d hear on the BBC news. You’ll also need to be able to record the lines yourself and email them to the project team.

Time’s very short so, if you can help, please email dogblood@gmx.com for more information as soon as you can. As a sweetener, if you volunteer and we use your voice, I’ll send you some goodies in the post!

BSCreview Book Tournament part 2 (actually, part 3)

Thanks to everyone who recently voted for HATER in the BSCreview Book Tournament. It got through rounds 1 and 2 and is now in the final 16, up against Leviathan by Scott Westerfield. It would be great if you could visit this link and cast a vote / another vote if you’re that way inclined! Thanks in advance!

On a completely different matter, thanks to SFSignal’s Twitter feed, I now have incontrovertible evidence that advance copies of DOG BLOOD are doing the rounds. Now the nervous wait for first reactions begins…

Dog Blood US cover art

I posted this a couple of days ago on my Facebook page, but I’m not sure how many of you saw it. If you missed it, here’s the cover for the US hardcover edition of DOG BLOOD, out 8th June.

By the way, I’ve been making a few changes to this site (in my usual ham-fisted way). As well as managing to delete the last couple of months worth of forum posts (sorry about that – can anyone who understands MySql help me get them back?) I’ve also set up a new announcement mailing list. You can find a sign-up box on the right-hand sidebar, below the new releases. I promise I won’t fill your inboxes with rubbish, instead I plan to just use the list to announce release dates, breaking news etc. etc. Please sign up if you have a few seconds.

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.