There are three sets of signed books up for grabs on Babel Clash – one copy of HATER and one AUTUMN for each winner. Simply comment on the item on the Babel Clash blog (click here) and tell me ‘What scares you the most?’. Winners will be announced on Tuesday 5th July, and this giveaway is open internationally. Good luck!
Well I’m back at my desk after a week away, and there should be plenty of updates over the coming days to make up for last week’s silence.
First off, here’s news of another edition of HATER. The book is out in Japan this week (published by Random House Japan), and here’s the cover.
I’ve said before how interesting it’s been to see how the different publishers of the book around the world have approached the cover art over the last couple of years. Some have stuck with variations on my original bloody scrawl, whilst others have taken a completely different direction (such as the phenomenal Taiwanese edition). You can see all the covers at www.infectedbooks.co.uk.
DOG BLOOD – the second book in the HATER trilogy – gets a US mass market paperback release today. For those of you who haven’t read it, here’s a very quick synopsis (which, of course, you shouldn’t read if you haven’t read HATER).
The Earth has been torn into two parts by an irreversible division. Whether due to nature, or the unknown depths of the mind itself, everyone is now either Human or Hater. Victim or killer. Governments have fallen, command structures have collapsed, and relationships have crumbled. Major cities have become refugee camps where human survivors cower together in fear. Amidst this indiscriminate carnage, Danny McCoyne is on a mission to find his daughter Ellis, convinced that her shared Hater condition means her allegiance is to people like him. Free of inhibitions, unrestricted by memories of peace, and driven by instinct, children are pure Haters, and may well define the future of the Hater race. But, as McCoyne makes his way into the heart of human territory, an incident on the battlefield sets in place an unexpected chain of events, forcing him to question everything he believes he knows about the new order that has arisen, and the dynamic of the Hate itself.
And in case you missed it earlier, click on the image below to read EVERYTHING AND NOTHING – a free novella following Danny’s progress in the few days prior to the beginning of DOG BLOOD.
Well this just appeared on Amazon.com, so I guess I can share it now! Here is the US cover art for THEM OR US – the final book in the HATER series due out on 8th November. I hope you like it. And because it’s eight months since I first posted in on this site, I thought I’d reprint a nice little blurb (contains spoilers – don’t read if you haven’t read DOG BLOOD) to get you in the mood for the book…
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?
The new issue of Scream Magazine dropped through my letterbox this morning. I know I seem to write here about every issue of Scream as soon as it’s released, but there’s a very good reason for that: I think it’s a superb mag. And it’s not just because this issue happens to have an excellent review of HATER on page 37 (thank you chaps!), it’s because Scream is a magazine put together by a team of people who clearly love the horror genre. As with previous issues, there are a wealth of quality features on show here – an interview with John Carpenter, a look at the evolution of Leatherface from the Texas Chainsaw Massacre movies, an essay focusing on some of Hammer Films’ more obscure titles, and a retrospective of 3D horror movies to name but a few. Particularly close to my heart, there’s also an article about the Bring Back Classic Horror campaign I blogged about here. Oh, and the mag also just shot up in my estimations because they almost apologised for printing a Twilight picture. How cool is that?
And on the subject of horror movies…
I’ve written before about the great and very active Facebook group – Moody’s Survivors – which was set up by Shawn Riddle. As well as working on their own anthology, raising funds to help a group member replace damaged computer equipment, and discussing the end of the world and the coming zombie apocalypse in unhealthy detail, the group also arranges interviews with authors, artists and filmmakers.
Coming soon, courtesy of group member Ryan Fleming, are interviews with Emily Booth (star of Evil Aliens, Doghouse, and well known UK horror model and presenter) and Kim Poirier (Monica in the 2004 Dawn of the Dead remake). If you have any questions for either of them, head over to the group and submit them or use the contact page on this site to send them to me and I’ll forward them to Ryan.
I’m pleased to announce that FURIOSII – the Romanian edition of HATER – will be released by LEDA next week. The cover is another variation on my original Infected Books artwork, and I think it works really well. Click the image below for more details.
I thought it would be useful to list the new releases I have coming up for the rest of 2011 because there are quite a few. As always, please remember that these dates may be subject to change. You can always check my regularly updated FAQ page for the most up-to-date information.
And there will be an anthology appearance or two and, I think, several more foreign language editions to add to this list. So it’s looking like a busy year, and I’m really pleased. I know lots of people have been waiting for AUTUMN: DISINTEGRATION and THEM OR US for far too long…
It’s that time of year again… I’ve just updated the INFECTED BOOKS website with details of this year’s signed book sale. Please head on over for a chance to pick up some signed editions. There are copies of the new UK hardcover edition of AUTUMN, and some great discounts on US and UK editions of HATER.
Another new edition of HATER is released on 20th October – Nenavistni – the Czech translation of the book from Vikend. Not sure who the chap on the cover is… definitely not me this time!
It’s been very quiet around here recently, but there’s lots going on in the background. Regular news posts will recommence very soon so check back over the coming days for: another Post-apocalyptic movie review (this time it’s The Day After), an interview with the author of one of the best new zombie novels I’ve read in a long time, an exclusive AUTUMN giveaway and the launch of my annual signed book sale!
Thanks to everyone who voted and helped make HATER the Freedom Book Club book of the month for October. I really appreciate your support. Take a look at the results graph…
If you have a spare few minutes, there’s a follow-up survey here. Whether you voted for HATER or not, I’d urge you to check out the Freedom Book Club and their previous book of the month selections. They’re a unique outfit, with a stated purpose of being: devoted to getting books promoting individual liberty on the New York Times Best Seller List. This is done through the bourgeoise multitudes buying the selection of the month all during a specified range of dates (during the same week). It is the goal of Freedom Book Club to transform the world to into a free society through the education of self and sharing with others.