I was really pleased to find out just now that the Freedom Book Club have selected HATER as one of the four finalists for their Book of the Month for October. It’s a straightforward vote which decides the winner, so can I ask for your help please? If you feel so inclined, would you head over to this page and vote for HATER? Thank you!
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?
Thanks to all of you who entered the recent T-shirt giveaway. The winners have been notified, and here’s my pick of the photos in the hall of fame/shame:
Your prizes will be posted out to you shortly. Hope you all enjoyed the book.
The 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!
With DOG BLOOD finally available in the UK now (click here to order a copy – I’ll have some signed copies available through www.infectedbooks.co.uk from early next week), I thought the time was right for a very quick and easy competition for UK readers.
All you need to do is send me a photograph of yourself with your copy of the book. Email it to firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday 25th June. Next Saturday I’ll pick 15 – FIFTEEN! – names from the electronic hat, and each one will win a signed HATER T-shirt.
(Winners will be chosen at random. My decision is final, UK only readers for this one please – sorry, and please let me know in your email message whether you’re happy for your image to appear on this site. Thanks!)
UPDATE – 24th June – I’ve had a few messages asking for an extension to the deadline for those people who’ve ordered books direct from www.infectedbooks.co.uk this week. Everyone who’s sent me a picture so far is already guaranteed a T-shirt, but I’m now extending the giveaway until Wednesday 30th June to give everyone else time to get their cameras out and their pictures in!
Here’s something for those of you who are about to start reading DOG BLOOD (or those UK readers impatiently waiting for the book’s release on Thursday!)
Read it, enjoy it, tell your friends about it, Twitter about it, share the link on Facebook etc. etc. etc.
With DOG BLOOD finally hitting the shelves tomorrow (in the US and Canada at least, UK readers have one more week left to wait, release dates for other countries coming soon), I thought now would be a good time to say thank you.
What am I thanking you for?
Firstly, your patience. The last few years really have been incredible, and I could never have predicted what would happen when I first made AUTUMN available as a free download back in 2001. But there has been an unfortunate downside to this success, and that’s the fact that many of you who’ve been reading my books since the beginning have had an unacceptably long wait (four years to the month in fact!) to get your hands on something new. You know, things were chugging along nicely back in Summer 2006 – I’d just released HATER through Infected Books and it was selling at a decent rate, I was ready to start work on a new AUTUMN novel and DOG BLOOD . . . and then out of the blue I got an offer to talk about film rights which then turned into a deal, which resulted in a publishing contract for the HATER series, which then expanded to include the five AUTUMN books . . . I still have to pinch myself sometimes.
But four years is a long time in anyone’s book, and I hope when you finally get your hands on DOG BLOOD that you enjoy it and that it was worth the wait. Please let me know what you think of it.
I also want to thank you for your ongoing support.
I spend a lot of time sat in my tiny office staring at the screen, completely isolated from everyone else. It’s humbling when I do emerge from my little cage and I realise how much support I have around the world. As cheesy and clichéd as it might sound, it also happens to be true. Thank you for your emails, reviews, Facebook messages, Twitter follows etc. etc. Please keep them coming. I appreciate all your feedback!
So what’s next?
There are a few things planned around the release of DOG BLOOD, and you’ll hear more about them very soon. I’m currently working on the final HATER book for release next year, and I hope to share some details about that in the near future, as well as an update on the HATER movie. In October this year, the AUTUMN re-releases begin (and in 2011 you’ll FINALLY get to read AUTUMN: DISINTEGRATION!). I have big plans to promote the series online, and I’ll reveal more about those plans towards the end of this year.
Until then, sincere thanks again, and enjoy DOG BLOOD!
Three weeks since I last posted . . . that’s not good!
I’ve been trying to get the bulk of the third HATER book written before DOG BLOOD hits the shelves next month. I’m a third of the way in to what I hope will be the final(ish) draft, and there are another few weeks work ahead of me yet. If I can get it done and delivered then that gives me much more opportunity to get out and about to promote DOG BLOOD (which, I’m pleased to report, seems to be going down well so far).
The AUTUMN movie was released on DVD in the UK this week. Bizarrely (and I didn’t know about this until I saw it listed on Play.com), they’ve stuck me on the front cover! People will start to think I’m vain, what with this and the cover of RAGE – the French edition of HATER which came out last year. Just for the record – I’m not, and I had nothing to do with either of these. Honest.
Anyway, to celebrate the release of the DVD, I’m giving away the copy I’m holding in the picture. Just answer this stupidly easy question before 31st May to be in with a chance of winning (form removed as the competition has now closed).
In the meantime, a couple of quick bits of news:
The German edition of DOG BLOOD – TODESHUNGER – is available to pre-order from Amazon.de and other sites. The book will be released by Goldmann on 18th October.
Finally, I know I promised more information about the ‘Projekt’ in my last post, but some unexpected (and very interesting) complications have arisen and I can’t say anything yet. Hopefully there will be some news about this in the next couple of weeks.
The US mass-market paperback edition of HATER is now available. If you’d prefer to get your hands on a hardback and you don’t yet have a copy, shoot over to Amazon.com where it’s currently on offer for an incredibly low $8.78 – a 60% saving!
I’ll be launching a new HATER website very soon, and the ‘Projekt’ you might have heard me talking about will finally be revealed. In the meantime, here’s a photograph (courtesy of Gavin Brogan) to whet your appetite…
And finally… the publisher’s advance mailing has begun and the first reviews of DOG BLOOD are starting to appear. I wouldn’t recommend reading them if you haven’t read HATER, but for those of you who have…
- A Will to Act
- Alternative Worlds