New AUTUMN: AFTERMATH short story

As you probably already know, AUTUMN: AFTERMATH is released in the UK this week. One of the characters in the story is a chap by the name of Kieran Cope, and today I wanted to give you a little bit of background about him.

Cast your minds back to 11th March 2011, and the tragic events which unfolded when a devastating earthquake struck Japan, triggering a tsunami which resulted in damage of almost apocalyptic proportions. In the days and weeks which followed, numerous appeals were launched to try and provide aid to the stricken Japanese people. Genre for Japan was launched – an auction of rare and/or exclusive donations from a number of writers, artists and other genre professionals. I donated a complete set of AUTUMN books, along with the chance to appear in the final novel, and to have a new short story written about the winning bidder.

I watched the online auction with amazement – not just my lot, but all the others too. The sheer amount of cash being pledged was remarkable, with over £11,000 raised in total by the time all the bids were in. And I was thrilled to learn that my donation had gone for £290. The winning bidder was a gentleman by the name of Kieran Cope. I’ll let him explain…

“I was first recommended to read David’s novels by a friend who knew about my love for horror fiction and the human psyche. The first of his novels I read was ‘Hater’ from the Hater Trilogy. I was immediately hooked by the detailed style of writing and the way David places each reader into the size 9’s of the main Characters. After further research I found that David had somewhat of a cult following on-line and soon became of follower of his facebook page and his projects in myself. 

Whilst posting a personal facebook message about my shock after witnessing the TV footage of the Japanese earthquake and resultant tsunami I started to wonder how I might be able to help or make a difference. A few weeks later my question was answered I noticed that David had an item up for auction, “Item 58” as part of the Genre for Japan web page, all proceeds going to British Red Cross’s Japan Tsunami appeal.

I was overjoyed when my bid was successful, and after a few days of wondering if it had all been just a dream the reality started to sink in, I was going to have a character based on me in the final book of the Autumn series and an illustrated short story would also be written and published on David’s website www.lastoftheliving.net. Wow!!

Having received a pre-release copy of the final book I can honestly say that I enjoyed it immensely and feel very privileged to have been given the opportunity to be part of what I consider to be a modern cult classic series of novels.

There was one question David asked me during our email correspondence that I found so unbelievably difficult to answer. Did I want to be a survivor or a zombie? And to find out my answer you’re going to have to read the short story and of course the final book of the series Autumn: Aftermath. I promise you won’t be disappointed.”

I guess by now many of you have read AFTERMATH, so you know all about Kieran. What you don’t know is what happened to him on the day the world died, and how he got to the place where we meet him at the beginning of the book. Come back here tomorrow and find out…

A quick charity update

A very quick post to update a couple of things.

Firstly, thanks to all of you who made bids in the Genre for Japan auctions. An incredible total of £11, 139.36 was raised which I think surpassed all expectations. The AUTUMN auction went for an amazing £290!

Second, you may remember a while back (November, actually – click here for the post), I announced that I’d be making a donation to charity for every book sold in my annual end of year signed book sale. I’m pleased to have recently been able to send a cheque for £75 to SMIRA, an organisation that’s very close to my heart (and here’s a reminder why).

Thanks to everyone who contributed so generously, either by bidding on the auction or buying books. You can still get signed books, by the way. Click here to visit the Infected Books website and find out more. Copies of the new UK edition of AUTUMN: PURIFICATION will be available later this month.

 

Genre for Japan

The Genre for Japan auction finishes at midnight tonight (BST), so you’ve got less than three hours to get any final bids in. It’s been a huge success, with over £10,000 in bids already placed – a phenomenal result.

My lot – all five AUTUMN novels (signed UK hardcovers), plus an appearance in the final book – AUTUMN: AFTERMATH – plus your own illustrated short story published on www.lastoftheliving.net, currently stands at £265 – an absolutely amazing pledge.

Please take a moment to visit the auction and, if you’re able, place a bid. All proceeds will benefit the Red Cross Japan Tsunami Appeal.

Thank you.

Genre for Japan – exclusive AUTUMN auction

No-one can fail to have been moved by the events which happened (and which continue to happen) in Japan two weeks ago. Sitting here, it’s impossible to fully comprehend the scale of the devastation and the number of lives which have been either ended or affected.

Genre for JapanGENRE FOR JAPAN has been formed to raise funds for the Red Cross Japanese Tsunami Appeal. It’s doing this by auctioning donations from people who work in the science-fiction, fantasy and horror community. Bidding starts on Monday, and I’d like to urge all of you to consider either bidding on an item(s) or making a direct donation to the appeal.

I’m sure you’ll be tempted by many of the lots which have been donated, but I’d like to draw your attention to my donation. If you’re a fan of AUTUMN (and I sincerely hope you are!), then you might want to put a bid in…

I’m offering an exclusive opportunity for the winning bidder to become part of the AUTUMN series. As well as receiving signed copies of all the UK hardcover editions (you’ll get books 1 and 2 straightaway, book 3 next month, book 4 in November and the final book on release in 2012), you’ll also appear as a character in the final book – AUTUMN: AFTERMATH. Not only that – you’ll be able to chose whether you appear as a survivor or a zombie. Not only that – your character will get their own, original, illustrated short story published on www.lastoftheliving.net.

Sound good? Click here to check out the auctions, and please consider bidding on Monday. Thank you.