The Living Dead 2 – read my story for free!

Just a couple of weeks to go now before The Living Dead 2 hits the shelves. This (huge!) book is already getting some exceptional reviews around the net, and why wouldn’t it? 40+ new zombie stories from the likes of Max Brookes, Jonathan Maberry, David Wellington…

Editor John Joseph Adams has just launched the book’s official website which can be found by clicking here. Head on over to read about each of the individual stories and, starting today, interviews with each of the contributors.

As a bonus to whet your appetite even further, you can also read several full stories for free, direct from the website. And I’m really pleased to tell you that my story – Who We Used to Be – is one of them. Click here to read it and please spread the word on Twitter and Facebook etc.

THEM OR US

The end of the school holidays are finally in sight and I’ll be back to posting here with more regularity again very soon!

As I’m currently trying to finish up and polish the final book in the HATER series, I thought a little tease would be in order. Please don’t read any further if you haven’t yet read HATER and/or DOG BLOOD!

I can reveal that the title of the third book will be THEM OR US, and it will hit the shelves in late Summer / Autumn 2011 (exact date to be confirmed). Just to whet your appetite, here’s a short blurb I recently prepared…

The war which has torn the human race apart is finally nearing its end. The population has been devastated and the world reduced to a poisoned, rubble-strewn ruin. With most towns and cities now uninhabitable, and with the country in the grip of a savage nuclear winter, both Hater and Unchanged alike struggle to survive through each day.

Hundreds of Hater fighters have settled on the east coast in the abandoned remains of a relatively undamaged town under the command of Hinchcliffe – a ruthless bastard who’ll stop at nothing to eradicate the last few Unchanged and consolidate his position at the top of this new world order. This fledgling society is harsh and unforgiving – your place in the ranks decided by how long and how hard you’re prepared to fight.

Danny McCoyne is the exception to the rule. His ability to hold the Hate and to use it to hunt out the remaining Unchanged has given him a unique position in Hinchcliffe’s army of fighters. But as the enemy’s numbers reduce, so the pressure on McCoyne increases until he finds himself at the very centre of a pivotal confrontation, the outcome of which will have repercussions on the future of everyone who is left alive.

A year ago, Danny McCoyne was an overlooked nobody living a miserable, empty life. Today it’s down to him alone to make a crucial series of decisions and decide who prevails. Will it be them, or us?

Grimm Up North 2

Apologies for the serious lack of updates recently – I’ve got plenty to tell you about, but finding time to post has been impossible. Ahh… that great British tradition of 6 week long summer holidays from school. As a kid it was immense – an undoubted highlight of the year. As a dad of many, trying to balance a stack of deadlines and work from home, it’s a complete bitch! I’ve been for a flight in a hot air balloon, spent a week at the seaside, made a few trips to the cinema and we’re only at week 3! Meanwhile, Hater #3 is sitting on my desk, frustratingly close to being finished, and there’s a pile of Autumn edits waiting…

Grimm Up North 2Back to business. I’m really pleased to announce that I’ll be a guest at the Grimm Up North festival in Manchester this Halloween, talking about book to film adaptations and signing copies of AUTUMN which will be released on 28th October. Click here for more information. I’ll hopefully see some of you there.

Right. Back to work while the kids are temporarily occupied…!

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!

HATER- Ódio Mortal

HATER- ÓDIO MORTAL - Brazilian edition of HATERThe Brazilian edition of HATER – Ódio Mortal – will shortly be published by ARX. Click here for more information.

Yet another very different cover design. I think it’s really interesting how much variety there already is in the approaches taken by different publishers. You can see all the current covers here, and there are still numerous other countries (including Russia, Romania, Japan and Korea to name but several) to go!

A few quick updates

It’s been a busy few weeks, so I wanted to catch up with a few quick things…

First, thanks to Paul Huggins, owner of www.zombiejunky.com, who has put together my first fansite! Thanks, Paul – I’m honoured! Please head over to www.davidmoodysmonsters.com and give Paul your support. He recently added a review of DOG BLOOD and a short interview to the site.

On the subject of interviews, I recently spoke to BSC Review. They recently reviewed (and liked) DOG BLOOD, and there’s a great interview just gone online here.

I know it’s only a couple of days since I announced I had signed copies of DOG BLOOD available, but they’re very close to selling out already. If you wanted to get your hands on one, please head over to www.infectedbooks.co.uk quick!

Finally, thanks to all of you who’ve sent in pictures of yourselves with your copy of the new book. You must be camera shy – the entries haven’t exactly been flooding in – so everyone who’s entered so far is now guaranteed a T-shirt. Please get your entries in by Saturday. See here for details.