My turn. It’s YEAR OF THE ZOMBIE month 8. Summer holiday time. Sun, sea, sand, buckets and spades… and the living dead. It’s been far too long since I released anything, so I’m putting that right today. You can pick up SCRATCH right now from AMAZON.COM, AMAZON.CO.UK, AMAZON.DE and others, and I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it.
They don’t want to kill you, they don’t want to eat your brains, they just want to infect you – one scratch and you’re history.
Jody’s up against it this morning. She’s stuck in a tent on her own with three kids in the middle of nowhere, and it’s the beginning of the end of the world. Her car’s on fumes, they’re miles from anywhere, and things are looking bleak.
It looks like there’s only one place left for Jody to go. Trouble is, it’s the last place on earth she wants to be. Impending armageddon and massive hordes of sick, undead creatures have nothing on the personal horrors she’ll have to face here.
Either way, she’s screwed. One scratch and it’s all over.
A quick reminder that there’s only one week left to enter the Infected Books Pitch and Page competition. The phenomenal prize is to be published by Infected Books as part of our Year of the Zombie initiative with all the perks that entails (eg a proper contract, monthly royalty payments, and inclusion in the print anthology coming in 2017). Full details can be found here, and entries need to be in by 5 August via our dedicated Facebook thread.
I had an absolute blast taking part in the live 100th THIS IS HORROR podcast. It was a real laugh, very interactive, and we covered all manner of topics including the HATER movie, the new HATER trilogy, mental health issues and writing, Year of the Zombie, and many other things. We also talked about the current serialisation of STRAIGHT TO YOU on Wattpad, and this is the perfect time to tell you that the second of this week’s chapters has now been added for your (free) reading pleasure.
It’s month seven of Infected Books’ YEAR OF THE ZOMBIE, and this month we have RIDE THE SERPENTINE an awesome tale of hard rock and dead folks from the magnificent ANDRE DUZA (co-author with Wayne Simmons of last year’s IB release VOODOO CHILD).
In the 80s, nobody was bigger than Serpentine. They filled stadiums and performed to sell-out crowds. They lived at the top of the charts, winning award after award. But a life of excess soon took its toll and the band called it a day in 1991.
24 years later, the members of Serpentine put old feelings aside and made plans for a comeback. A documentary was scheduled to chronicle the group’s return. New album. World Tour.
THE DEAD WALK! Chaos in the streets! The breakdown of society!
But even the end of the world can’t stop this band. Cramped together in their fortified tour van, Serpentine travels the backroads of America, documenting their journey on film as a living testament to humanity’s will to survive and the true spirit of Rock ‘n’ Roll.
‘Spinal Tap meets Dawn of the Dead. Duza’s Ride The Serpentine ticks just about every box I’ve got!’ (Wayne Simmons, Author of Flu and Plastic Jesus)
Man, I hate the Beatles (sorry, folks), but that seemed like an appropriate title for this post because, on 26 September, it will be exactly twenty years since the first version of my first novel, STRAIGHT TO YOU, was released. My dislike of the original and my love of the rewritten version has been well documented, but I thought I shouldn’t let the twentieth anniversary of the book pass unmarked.
I’ll be serialising the 2014 version of the book (ie the good one) on Wattpad between now and 26 September. New chapters will be posted every Tuesday and Thursday, and the first chapter is available right now.
Why Wattpad? Quite simply, because I love it. It’s a great platform that’s growing with real speed in terms of audience and impact (you might remember the 5th Wave story I wrote for them last year). You can still read TRUST on the site – more than 200,000 people have already done so!
Enjoy STRAIGHT TO YOU. It’s a book I’m (finally after twenty years) insanely proud of.
There’s an intentional hole in the Infected Books Year of the Zombie schedule for October. As well as showcasing some of the best zombie authors out there, we wanted YoZ to include more than a little fresh meat. We’ve already had debut novellas from Gary Slaymaker and James Plumb, and we’re looking for a brand new writer to take the coveted Halloween slot.
Why not enter our PITCH AND PAGE competition? It’s open until 6 August 2016 and you can find full details on the Infected Books site or the Infected Books Facebook page. I’ll be judging the entries alongside literary agent Gina Panettieri and Michael Preissl of Voodoo Press and the winner will take their place alongside Rich Hawkins, Adam Baker, Iain Rob Wright, Mark Tufo and more. It’s a fabulous opportunity and I’m looking forward to seeing what you come up with. Good luck!
This month’s YEAR OF THE ZOMBIE offering is LITTLE MONSTER, the first novella from indie film director JAMES PLUMB. I’m really pleased to have James on board. As you know if you visit here regularly, I’ve been impressed by his movies NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD: RESURRECTION and KERB CRAWLERS, and I was fascinated to see how his brand of gritty, grimy horror translated to the written word. The answer to my question? Very well. Very well indeed. LITTLE MONSTER is a genuinely unsettling piece of horror fiction which brings yet another perspective to the YEAR OF THE ZOMBIE.
Your six-year-old daughter has been bitten by a zombie and now hungers for human flesh.
What do you do?
Do you double tap her in the brain?
Or do you become the ultimate enabler and feed her human flesh?
And where do you get human flesh from?
This is the dilemma that Gareth and Jen face with their beautiful daughter Ana.
What will they do?
And how far will it go?
And James being James, he’s put together a snappy little trailer for the book which you can see below.
I thought it was about time I made an appearance here! It’s been a while, I know. As many of you know, I went back to non-writing work a while ago to save my sanity (seriously, it was doing me no good at all sitting at home on my own all day every day, writing about the end of the world), and that, combined with sorting out my dad’s affairs and working on a surprisingly large number of different writing projects, has led to me neglecting this site. I’m hoping to remedy that in the very near future.
I wanted to take this opportunity to update you on a couple of projects. Firstly, I’m really pleased to announce that Thomas Dunne Books will be publishing the second HATER trilogy, and I’m thrilled to be working with the team there again. I’ve been working hard on the first novel – ONE OF US WILL BE DEAD BY MORNING – and I look forward to bringing you more news in the coming months. OOUWBDBM is a very different kind of HATER novel which sets up a new cast for the other two books (THE OTHER HALF and THE LAST SUMMER) which will weave in and around the events of the original trilogy and bring a new perspective to the overall story. Can’t wait to tell you more.
Tim Long and Craig DiLouie are no doubt cursing me for my lack of speed, but I’m also busy writing THE FRONT: RED DEVILS – a continuation of the World War II with zombies story Tim so excellently kicked off with SCREAMING EAGLES.
All this means THE SPACES BETWEEN books have been on the back burner (again), but never fear – they will be written and you will get to read them. And all those folks who won the competition to appear as characters in the novels will still see their names in print. Unfortunately I can’t give you a timescale (and if I did set myself a deadline, I’d inevitably miss it!).
And that’s not all… YEAR OF THE ZOMBIE continues apace. June’s book will be launched next week, and it’s another cracker. Genuinely unsettling. When Wayne and I were planning this series, we wanted to publish a really diverse range of stories and, six months in, that objective has already been achieved. From Iraq to Wales, from psychological horror to blood and guts, from high octane thriller to slapstick comedy, from hunting zombies to dodging sheep, our authors have really delivered. Check out the releases here. And yes, you might see something from me joining the line-up in the not too distant future…
A bunch of short stories, a host of other novels (KAI, 17 DAYS, WAS SHE NEVER THERE?), the HATER movie… there’s a huge amount of stuff to come from me soon. Thanks for your patience. I’m off for a few days’ break with the family now. Plenty more news when I return.
Just another few weeks and I’ll be back updating this website more regularly with news (promise). In the meantime, allow me to introduce you to GERAINT WYN: ZOMBIE KILLER. Book #5 in Infected Books’ YEAR OF THE ZOMBIE is a cracking and very funny little tale which puts a uniquely Welsh perspective on the zombie apocalypse.
When Wayne and I sat down to plan YEAR OF THE ZOMBIE, we knew we wanted a mix of authors and a mix of very different stories. The last thing we wanted was twelve identical versions of the same tired zombie tropes. I think the contrast between each of the volumes we’ve so far released shows that there is a huge amount of variety available with the living dead.
It’s fair to say that GERAINT WYN: ZOMBIE KILLER is certainly different. It’s written by GARY SLAYMAKER, a very well-known Welsh TV and radio personality, and it’s great to have him onboard. The book is available from Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.de. Enjoy!