Just a couple of weeks now until THEM OR US is released (my author copies arrived today and they’re beautiful) and I’m very excited to announce a unique event to mark the launch of the UK edition of the book.
THEM OR US is the first of my books to heavily utilise existing real-world locations. Although I’ve always been inspired by places I’ve known and visited, in the past the settings for my novels have been fictitious. I’ve enjoyed being deliberately vague, and I haven’t wanted to tie my stories down to actual places and landmarks. But this book is different. After the events of HATER and DOG BLOOD, the population (what’s left of it) has been scattered to the UK’s extremes, away from major cities. Danny McCoyne ends up in Lowestoft – the UK’s most easterly point.
On Thursday November 24th I’ll be appearing in Lowestoft to launch the book. Following a signing at Waterstone’s (5pm – 6:30pm), I’ll then be at Lowestoft Library from 7pm where I’ll be using specially commissioned videos and artwork to tell the HATER story and show how and why the town features so prominently in the new book.
Tickets are free, but there are only 60 available so get in quick if you want to come along. Click this link to email the library and book your place. Remember to include your full name and address and the number of tickets you require.
It promises to be a great night, and I’m looking forward to seeing you there!
It’s less than a month now until THEM OR US is released. I’m planning a very special one-off event in the UK in late November to mark the launch, and I hope to be able to tell you more about that in the next couple of weeks.
In the meantime, courtesy of Thomas Dunne Books, I thought you might like to read the opening pages of the new book. It goes without saying that there are spoilers here, so if you haven’t yet read HATER and DOG BLOOD (and if not, why not?!!), you really shouldn’t read any further…
October already – how did that happen? I’ve got lots going on this month: a number of appearances and a whole host of blog posts and updates about THEM OR US and AUTUMN: DISINTEGRATION, both of which are out in November.
In the meantime, it’s great to see that the foreign language editions of HATER still keep coming. This month sees my first release in Italy – IL VIRUS DELL’ODIO (The Virus of Hate). You can read more about it on the publisher’s website.
I’m ashamed to say I haven’t read nearly enough of The Walking Dead (I’m currently working my way through this little beauty), but I was a big fan of the first season of the TV show. It’s great to see another zombie story which focuses on the characters and situations more than on the living dead. This trailer for season two looks absolutely incredible:
By the way, here’s an interesting fact for you: Glen Mazzara, lead writer for season two, wrote the original version of the script for the HATER movie. Hope to have some news on that project for you soon…
You’ll like this… Today I took the afternoon off writing to watch one of my daughters being presented with an excellence in English award at school. I don’t need to tell you how proud I am, not just because she’s shaping up to be an incredibly talented writer, but also because her coursework is regularly littered with zombies and other horror references. That’s my girl!
But just when I thought the day couldn’t get any cooler, look who presented her award. It’s only bloody Kate Ashfield – Liz from the classic Shaun of the Dead! I was incredibly cheeky and asked for a photo…
In all seriousness, congratulations to Becca for being awesome, and thanks to Kate for being so accommodating. It must be daunting when you’re at your old school and a six foot plus, angry-looking old bald man goes all fanboy on you. Still, I gave her a signed copy of HATER for her troubles!
And to the members of Moody’s Survivors who read this – before you start, yes, that is me smiling (again).
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.
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