I’ve had the pleasure of taking part in a couple of excellent events over the last few weeks (and my final appearance of the year is coming up this Saturday…). First was TALES AND TASTES 2 at the Delish Deli and Kitchen in Rugby on Halloween. It was a brilliant night, where I found myself sandwiched between SARAH PINBOROUGH and JOSEPH D’LACEY. A genuinely warm and appreciative crowd, generous and accommodating hosts, great food and drink… what more could we ask for? Click the link below for a few pictures.
Last Saturday saw the third annual HORROR IN THE EAST convention in Lowestoft, the UK’s most easterly town, and the setting for the final book in the HATER series, THEM OR US. It’s always a great event, but it’s a real shame it never seems to draw the crowds it should. Honestly, folks don’t know what they’re missing. I can show you, actually – visit the Videos page on this site to watch me, Adam Millard, Iain McKinnon and others on the panels from both this year’s event and the 2013 con.
Thanks as always to the organisers (Gary and Claire at Delish, Emma and Jo in Lowestoft), and to all those folks who came out to support the events. Hopefully I’ll see some of you this weekend at Zombie Ed’s annual celebration of all things zombie – the DAY OF THE UNDEAD in Leicester.
I’m thrilled to announce that I’ll be appearing alongside Joseph D’Lacey and Sarah Pinborough this Halloween at the second TASTES AND TALES event at Delish Deli and Kitchen, Rugby. Tickets (which are selling fast) are £22.50 and include canapes, fine wines and local craft beers. See the poster below for more details.
Tickets can be booked directly from Delish or via credit card by calling 01788 578060. Hope to see some of you there. It’s going to be a cracking event, and I’m hard pushed to think of a better way of spending Halloween!
In early 2009, around about the time HATER was released, I spent a lot of time mooching around various dark corners of the Internet wondering what people were saying about my book. On many genre sites I visited I remember seeing the distinctive covers for Joseph D’Lacey’s books, MEAT and GARBAGE MAN. Who is this D’Lacey character, I wondered, and how come he’s got a quote from Stephen King on his books (D’Lacey Rocks!)? I thought we were destined to become adversaries, competing against each other to try and conquer the UK horror market.
But it’s not all been plain sailing. Publishing is a fickle and sometimes cruel business, and through no fault of his own, MEAT and GARBAGE MAN failed to have the impact they should have. He told me “Going out of print is something I think a writer can quietly live with, difficult though it is to accept that a book’s life is over. However, having your books withdrawn from sale because your publisher goes bust is a situation most writers probably never even anticipate. It certainly came as a shock to me! I’d always believed that of my two Beautiful Books titles, MEAT was the one with the potential to grow a long tail. When the administrators stepped in at the end of 2011, though, I had to face the fact that any tail it was growing had been severed.”
Fast forward to today, and with a new agent, a new publisher and an expanding back catalogue behind him, both MEAT and GARBAGE MAN have been reborn. Not just reborn – revitalized. “The reissue was a perfect opportunity to improve the novels, so we edited them again and had them re-proofed. Garbage Man was originally published with all sorts of typos and problems with scene breaks. All that has been fixed. I’ve rewritten the acknowledgments section in each book, to make sure everyone who’s helped since their first publication gets a mention, and there’s a section of extra content in both novels. MEAT gets a new preface and Garbage Man a new afterword. The covers have been redesigned too, of course, and the eBooks are enhanced with extra content. I couldn’t be happier with the result.”
Another cracking THIS IS HORROR event! I had a great time in Edinburgh on Saturday, talking horror and reading a brand new AUTUMN short story to a very appreciative crowd.
Writing, by its nature, can be a very solitary vocation, and it’s easy to lose the connection between author and reader. Doing these events always reminds me what a great job I have. There’s nothing quite like reading a fresh, untested piece of work to a crowd of folks and getting the kind of reaction you hoped for. And that reaction doesn’t come via email, Facebook or Twitter: it’s immediate and genuine. As I mentioned in a recent post, I’ve had a last flurry of AUTUMN activity and have been writing a few final short stories. After making that post and announcing the contents of the new edition of AUTUMN: THE HUMAN CONDITION a week or so back, I went on to write a couple more shorts and one of them, ANGEL, is a piece I’m very, very proud of.
Although numbers weren’t quite what we expected on Saturday, and even though Gary McMahon was unable to be there, Jasper Bark, Joseph D’Lacey and I had a brilliant time. Joseph was there to launch his excellent new fantasy tome, BLACK FEATHERS, which is out this week, and which you can find more about here and here. And Jasper was there just… well, just being Jasper, really. I think the photograph below (pinched from Jim Mcleod – hope that’s okay, Jim!) explains everything. After being asked nicely to read something that wasn’t too crude and full of obscenities (as we were in the middle of a busy bookshop on a Saturday afternoon), Jasper read from his book WAY OF THE BAREFOOT ZOMBIE. If you have it, turn to page 258 and start reading. It’ll explain mine and Joseph’s expressions…
Huge thanks to all at This is Horror and Blackwells for making the event happen and making it such a success. Particular thanks to Ellie Wixon, and to all those who came to listen to us, including David McDonald, Iain McKinnon, and The Ginger Nuts of Horror himself, Jim Mcleod.
Here are the full details of the Edinburgh event I mentioned recently. Organised by This is Horror, it takes place at Blackwell’s bookstore on 30th March from 3pm – 5pm. It’s a free but ticketed event. To reserve tickets, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line ‘This Is Horror Event’ or call 0131 622 8218.
I’ll be there alongside Joseph D’Lacey and Gary McMahon, and the event will be hosted by Jasper Bark. It promises to be an excellent afternoon and I hope to see you there.
Check out this wonderful promotional poster created by the very talented Daniele Serra.
I go to a lot of events, and I decide not to go to many more. I’m a fussy sod – much as I genuinely love talking to other authors and publishers etc., I have to say I prefer meeting readers. Many conventions seem to be one thing or the other, but Horror in the East was a straight down the middle collision of both. Relaxed, informal and well supported by both the local and the horror community, it was an absolute pleasure to be there. Congratulations to Emma Bunn and Jo Wilde for putting together such a superb event. I’ll be back for more Horror in the East on 1st – 2nd November 2013, and I hope to see many of you there.
Pictured: the excellent Horror in the East line-up. From left to right: (front) Richard Cosgrove, Andrew Hook, Joseph Freeman, Michael Wilson, Conrad Williams, (back) Sean Page, me, Adam Baker, Adam Millard, Joseph D’Lacey, Simon Coleby, Ivan Bunn, Iain McKinnon, Henry Baker, Paul Huggins. (Photo pinched from Adam Millard on Facebook – hope you don’t mind, Adam!).
Early TRUST reviewer Chris Bowsman said of the book “The payoff is immense, and once it gets going it’s like dozens of pages of falling down the stairs. Very highly recommended.” We’ve now reached the top of the staircase. From now until the end of the year/world, TRUST will be an intense read. Chapter 27 is available now, and if you haven’t been following the story from the beginning, read it all at www.trustdavidmoody.com.
More to come on Monday. Also coming up next week, more from my AUTUMN retrospective ahead of the imminent release of AFTERMATH in the UK, and I’ll be out and about as the “Never Trust a Man With Hair” tour continues. It’s Cheltenham Waterstones on Wednesday with Wayne Simmons, Adam Nevill and Joseph D’Lacey, then Horror in the East next Saturday (which, as I hope you already know, features a host of authors and is completely FREE!).
And finally, for a chance of winning copies of the AUTUMN books, check out the giveaways accompanying my recent guest posts at www.crazy-bookworm.com and www.bookchickcity.com.
Really pleased to announce that I’ll be at Terror4Fun’s UK Festival of Zombie Culture at Phoenix Square, Leicester, on 17th November. It promises to be a brilliant event, with six zombie movies being screened (including the newly restored version of Zombie Flesh Eaters, and Before Dawn), several accompanied by Q&A sessions with the directors. There will also be a number of authors in attendance including myself, Wayne Simmons, Sean T Page, Adam Millard and the brilliant Charlie Higson. Can’t wait!
Before then, of course, I have a couple of other events. Wayne, Adam Nevil, Joseph D’Lacey and I will be celebrating Halloween at Waterstones Cheltenham. Unfortunately Adam Baker is no longer able to appear.
But Adam will be joining us in Lowestoft in November for Horror in the East – a brand new and completely free event. Click on the poster below or visit www.horrorintheeast.com for more information.
As you may have heard, Wayne Simmons and I will be signing in various locations over the next few months, and our little jaunt has been christened the Never Trust a Man With Hair Tour. We’ve even got T-shirts (but I’ll spare you a picture of me wearing mine this morning – primarily because I’m alone in the house for once and I don’t have anyone to take a photo – you’ll have to make do with just the logo instead!).
We’ve made a few changes to our published schedule, so here’s a quick update:
CHELTENHAM – 31st October
We’ll be at Waterstones in Cheltenham on Halloween, along with a few friends. Adam Baker, Adam Nevill and Joseph D’Lacey will be joining us for a very special evening of readings and signing.
HORROR IN THE EAST – 2nd/3rd November
Back to Lowestoft (the setting, as you might remember, for THEM OR US) for a FREE weekend of horror alongside many other authors. Visit the website www.horrorintheeast.com for full details.
MAIDSTONE – 9th November
A new date! Wayne and I will be signing at Waterstones in Maidstone on the afternoon of 9th November, followed by a reading, Q&A etc. at the Hazlitt Arts Centre in the evening.
HULL – 24th November
I’m delighted to announce that Wayne and I will be joined by the brilliant Gary McMahon at Waterstones in Hull on 24th November.
SWINDON – 8th December
Wayne and I will be at Waterstones Swindon on 8th December.
Finally, I’m disappointed to announce that this coming weekend’s horror festival in Northampton has been cancelled. Not good. The words ‘piss up’ and ‘brewery’ spring to mind (a typically English expression, if you’re wondering what I’m on about).
Hope to see you while we’re out and about. Remember, if you want us to come visit your neck of the woods, please get in touch or ask your local bookstore to contact either/both of us. And I’m sorry, though we’d love to travel overseas and I am working to make that happen, we’re just doing the UK for now.
I’ve been a guest at a couple of cracking events over the last few weeks. Here’s a brief recap.
On Friday 22nd June, I appeared alongside Joseph D’Lacey, Simon Bestwick and host Jasper Bark in the Writers’ Room at the University of Warwick to officially launch the This is Horror chapbook series. As you know, I was honoured to be asked to write the first chapbook, and Joe & Me has been exceptionally well received. We’ve had very positive reviews from Rue Morgue, Dread Central, Snakebite Horror, the British Fantasy Society, Shadowlocked, and more. The evening was a lot of fun, with readings from the three of us, followed by a Q&A session. The picture below was lifted without permission from fellow author Adam Millard (thanks Adam!), and shows (from left to right), myself (in my Fix the Chapel shirt, please note!), Jasper, Simon and Joseph.
To get hold of a copy of Joe & Me (and you’ll need to be quick as they’re very limited and disappearing fast…) visit www.thisishorror.co.uk.
On Sunday 8th July I was at the Shock and Gore horror festival at the Electric Cinema in Birmingham – a hometown event for once! After a reading and Q&A alongside Sam Stone and John L Probert – again hosted by the inimitable Jasper Bark – I had the privilege of introducing a screening of Tod Browning’s 1932 classic, FREAKS.
Have you seen FREAKS? If not, can I recommend that you do. For a film that’s eighty years old and barely sixty-five minutes long, it still packs a hell of a punch.
Thanks to everyone involved in these events – Michael Wilson and the This is Horror team; David Baldwin and all at the Electric; Simon, Joseph, Sam, John and, of course, Jasper; and everyone who came along to watch/listen/contribute.
Details of another new horror event coming later today…