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.

The Autumn movie – UK DVD release date


Here’s some news that I know a lot of you have been waiting for.

The AUTUMN movie will be released on DVD in the UK on 10th May 2010, and you can pre-order it now from all the usual places…

And before anyone asks: no, I don’t know when the US DVD will be out, but I do know it won’t be long before an announcement will be made (any day now, I hope).

Check back nearer the release date for some more AUTUMN related posts.

Infected Books competition winner

You may remember that I had a clear-out before Christmas and offered a stack of books for sale through www.infectedbooks.co.uk. The sale’s pretty much over now with just a handful of foreign language editions and a few copies of Straight to You left.

Everyone who bought books from the sale automatically got entered into a draw for a few special prizes. I’m pleased to announce that the winner was Alan Hickey from Lancashire, UK. Congratulations, Alan! The following goodies will be on their way to you shortly:

That’s a copy of the HATER audiobook on CD (worth around £60!), a framed AUTUMN movie print signed by Dickon Tolson (who plays Carl) and myself, and a copy of 666: The Number Of The Beast – a YA anthology containing a story of mine, Grandma Kelly.

Congratulations again, Alan! For those of you who missed out on the sale, don’t worry. I’m planning something similar for later in the year to coincide with the release of DOG BLOOD.

Back from the SFX Weekender…

…and what a great event it was too. Congratulations to the SFX team for making it happen. Here’s a photograph (with thanks to James Brown) of the Gollancz panel in full flow:

From right to left there you have: David Bradley (editor of SFX), Joe Abercrombie, Justina Robson, Richard Morgan, Chris Wooding, me and Tom Lloyd. And just out of shot on either side of us (you can see a foot from each one) were two huge dogs from Ghostbusters. Nice!

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…

Horror’s hidden treasures

I know I have a tendency to ramble on when I write, but I didn’t realise how bad I sometimes get! When I was asked to contribute to the SFX Collection special mentioned in my previous post, I geeked out and got a bit overexcited and churned out far more words than were required.

Now, in an extremely cool move, Ian Berriman from SFX has posted my ramblings in full on the SFX website, and you can read the piece here.

This in no way excuses you from buying the SFX special, by the way. Not only is it chock full of horror goodness, it also comes with some excellent free gifts. I now have a ‘Slaughtered Lamb’ beer mat which, as An American Werewolf in London has always been one of my favourite films, has pride of place on my desk!