The novel is a departure from the kind of books I usually write. I’d been toying with the idea of a spin on a vampire novel for a while, and though there are no vampires in STRANGERS, there are some similar themes. You might remember me getting to meet a literary hero of mine, James Herbert, a couple of years ago. Following Jim’s untimely passing last year, I binge read several of his novels, and it struck me that it would be good fun to try and write the kind of gory, frightening, self-contained horror novel he was so brilliant at. STRANGERS is the result. It’s about our fear of the unknown, and how people are quick to point the finger in order to deflect the heat from ourselves. It’s also a book about confronting personal demons, and that’s something I’m going to talk more about in a forthcoming blog post.
A spate of brutal murders occur in and around the small town of Thussock. The bodies of the dead – savagely mutilated, unspeakably defiled – are piling up with terrifying speed. There are no apparent motives and no obvious connections between the victims, but the killings only began when Scott Griffiths and his family arrived in Thussock…
I know I’ve been banging on about it for weeks, but LAST OF THE LIVING is officially released today. Containing two novellas and a host of zombie short stories, it’s my last word (for a while, anyway) on the living dead.
Pick up a signed copy direct from Infected Books, ebay, or Amazon.co.uk (free shipping for all UK orders from Infected Books and ebay).
Aaron Rayner and I pictured at (I think) the AUTUMN movie premier at the first Grimmfest, October 2009
I’m very pleased to announce that the winner of the LAST OF THE LIVING competition is the one and only Aaron Rayner. Aaron’s name was selected randomly from all the folks who’d ordered the new book over the last few weeks. Thanks to everyone who did.
I’m really pleased that Aaron won. Some of you will recognise the name (he’s one of Moody’s Survivors). He’s also one of the most vocal supporters of my work and has attended events in places as far apart as Manchester, Lowestoft, Leicester and London over the years. He’s a good man with a lovely family. Congratulations, Aaron, and thanks!