Thanks to those of you who’ve already pre-ordered LAST OF THE LIVING. I wanted to try and tempt a few more of you in…
I mentioned in my last post that everyone who pre-orders will be entered into a draw to win an original AUTUMN manuscript. This is a truly one-of-a-kind prize, and I thought I’d give you a better look at what’s up for grabs.
In my introduction to the new paperback, I talk about hunting through my notes and finding drafts of AUTUMN from as far back as 1997. This is that draft: 400 pages of yellowing A4 paper. The writing’s clunky and rough as hell, and the book needed many more drafts and severe editing before I released it into the wild in 2001, but it’s still recognisably AUTUMN.
I’m pleased to announce that pre-orders for LAST OF THE LIVING are now open. The book will be officially released on 27 October, but these signed, pre-ordered copies will ship in advance of that date.
All pre-orders received before 20 October will be entered into a competition to win a rare copy of the original Infected Books edition of AUTUMN, along with a genuine (and ever rarer) AUTUMN manuscript from my archives.
One more thing… in keeping with the Infected Books philosophy of not wanting folks to pay for the same thing twice, if you’ve already purchased the COST OF LIVING and ISOLATION ebooks, you can get a £2 discount on your pre-order. Simply use the name of Keith’s (from Isolation) manager as a coupon code at checkout (not case sensitive), and your discount will automatically be applied.
I hope you enjoy LAST OF THE LIVING. As always, don’t hesitate to shout if you have any questions or if you experience any problems placing your order.
I’m really pleased to be able to announce the imminent launch of LAST OF THE LIVING – a paperback collection bringing together the two novellas and associated short stories (i.e. the short story and flash fiction versions of THE COST OF LIVING, as well as WHO WE USED TO BE, TIGHTROPES, MURIEL and WISH I WAS HERE).
It’s all been about THEM OR US recently, but don’t forget that AUTUMN: DISINTEGRATION is FINALLY released in the US next week.
First announced back in 2006, the book has been a long, long time coming and I hope you enjoy it. To tide you over the last few days, click the ‘Read More’ link below and read the first chapter which features Webb, the lovely chap we met over at www.lastoftheliving.net a while back.
If you haven’t already gathered from my other posts this week, I’m off on holiday tomorrow. I’ve added next week’s free Last of the Living story to the website early, and I hope you enjoy it. It’s a brief introduction to Peter Guest – a character who sits in pretty much a catatonic daze throughout Autumn: The City, but who finally comes around from the shock of the apocalypse to play a important role in Autumn: Purification.
There’s loads more to come next month… new short stories (and at least one novella in amongst them) every week in the run-up to the US release of Purification, a very cool AUTUMN competition, and plenty more besides.
Before you read the story, please take a few moments to watch the beautiful and incredibly atmospheric accompanying animation, which was put together for me by the very talented Daniel Boucher (of www.thenovelblog.com). A huge public thank you to Dan. Centrepiece of this artwork is the original 1950’s public safety movie from the US which gave this story its title and inspiration. Leave it playing in the background while you’re reading… it adds to the effect!
This week over at www.lastoftheliving.net, another day in the life (death?) of my favourite reanimated corpse, Amy Steadman, beautifully illustrated as usual by the outrageously talented Craig Paton.
“Amy Steadman has been dead for almost five days. Her body has deteriorated to a remarkable extent. She is weakening physically, but now other, far more ominous changes are beginning to occur. Amy is becoming aware.”
Another week, another brief slug of free zombie fiction… This week an excerpt from the beginning of AUTUMN: THE CITY has been added to www.lastoftheliving.net, and a new story BRIGID CULTHORPE (brilliantly illustrated once again by David Naughton-Shires). Brigid’s another new character who appears in AUTUMN: PURIFICATION.
Also added to the site this week are a number of great pieces of art from Antony White. Learn more about Antony by visiting his site www.blackpapersky.co.uk. And don’t forget, you can view all the artwork so far added to www.lastoftheliving.net in the ‘art’ section. Please keep checking back, because there’s loads more to come.
The official AUTUMN website is now open for business. As well as information about the five AUTUMN novels, by the end of 2011, the site will also be home to more than 100,000 words of free zombie fiction. The first batch of stories are now live, with more to follow at regular intervals from early March onwards.
You’ll notice that the site is also home to a lot of superb artwork like this: