The Swimmer

If you’ve spent any time poking around www.lastoftheliving.net, you’ll know that I love to see art that people have produced in response to my work. I was recently honoured to receive the most spectacular piece of Autumn artwork I’ve yet come across. Ladies and gentlemen, allow me to introduce The Swimmer.

The Swimmer - sculpted by Patrick CrilleyHopefully you’ll remember this particular character from AUTUMN: DISINTEGRATION. She’s the corpse of a young woman trapped in a swimming pool changing room. The survivors at the Bromwell hotel use her as a kind of barometer to assess the condition of the thousands of corpses outside from a safe distance. You can read a brief introduction to her from the beginning of the book by clicking here.

I’ve talked a lot about the delays which beset the publication of Autumn: Disintegration, and you can remind yourself about that saga here. Back in 2006/7 when the book was first announced, I was speaking regularly by email to Patrick Crilley, a reader based in the US. He told me he sculpted figures for a hobby and offered to sculpt The Swimmer once the book was released. As you know, there followed a delay of several years. I wrote to Patrick last year to tell him the book was finally on the horizon, and he immediately repeated his offer. And here’s The Swimmer in all her glory as a brilliantly realised, 9 inch tall sculpted figure.

The Swimmer - sculpted by Patrick Crilley

I think you’ll agree, she’s a remarkable looking piece of work. I spoke to Patrick about her creation. Click the link below to read our conversation and to see more pictures and designs.

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Fan art

It always means a lot when something you’ve written has such an effect on someone that it inspires them to create something themselves.

I recently came across this illustration by MishaChanX on Deviantart – the cutest Hater I’ve yet seen! (Click the image for a larger version). Being a typical angry 40 year-old bloke who writes about the end of the world for a living, I always picture the Haters as desperate, vicious, blood-soaked animals. Misha’s approach is very different, but somehow equally disturbing…

Many of you will probably remember the cover of the Infected Books edition of AUTUMN which was itself originally a piece of artwork submitted by a reader (Dave Joseph, if you’re reading this, please get in touch again – I’ve been trying to track you down).

Nick ‘Pinchy’ Pinch, a body piercer who runs Voodoo Body Piercing in Devon, has had the AUTUMN face tattooed on his leg. A massive horror movie fan, Pinchy also has a huge interest in body mods. If you’re in Devon, you won’t have any trouble spotting the guy. Apart from the AUTUMN tattoo, he has horn implants, a split tongue, scarifications, sub dermal implants (including one magnetic one!), and a load more tattoos and piercings. He told me how he loved the cover of the book and it’s watercolour-like appearance.

To find out more about Pinchy and his work, visit him (Nick Pinch) or Voodoo Body Piercing on Facebook.

Nick Pinchy's Autumn tattoo