Horror in the East – this Saturday

As I was saying the other day, time flies. It feels like only five minutes, but it’s five years this month since THEM OR US, the final Danny McCoyne HATER book, was released (note the careful wording there… the final Danny McCoyne book – the HATER story takes a new direction in next year’s ONE OF US WILL BE DEAD BY MORNING).

You might remember, THEM OR US is set in Lowestoft, the most easterly town in the UK. I launched the book there back in 2011 with a special event at the library (which features in the novel). We had a great time and, as a result, the annual HORROR IN THE EAST convention was born. After a sabbatical last year, I’m thrilled that the event is back. It’s free, and it’s this Saturday. Hope to see you there.

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Visiting the end of the world

Okay, maybe that headline’s a little unfair on Lowestoft: it’s not really the end of the world, but it is the east coast town where much of THEM OR US takes place, and it’s where I was last Thursday evening to mark the UK release of the final book in the HATER trilogy.

I’m going to post again later this week and explain more about why and how Lowestoft was the perfect setting for the book, but for now I just wanted to report back on the launch event and thank a few folks for their help in making it a success.

We kicked off with a well-supported Waterstone’s signing, before moving on to Lowestoft Library (a location referenced in THEM OR US) for more signing, followed by an illustrated talk and a question and answer session. Thanks are due to David Naughton-Shires for producing some great post-apocalyptic artwork (an example of which is below, you’ll see more in my next post), and to Iain McKinnon and the cast and crew of Projekt for the video clips I used. You’ll probably not have heard of Projekt before… in early 2010 we produced a series of HATER viral videos which were designed to tell the story of the first book, and set the scene for DOG BLOOD. Unfortunately rights issues prevented us from releasing the footage (and the position’s still the same), but it was great to finally be able to show a few brief snippets.

An evening with David Moody - artwork by David Naughton-Shires

At this point I need to mention the audience – many of whom had travelled considerable distances to be there (but let’s be honest, you have to travel a considerable distance from anywhere to get to Lowestoft – that’s why it made such a perfect location for THEM OR US!). There were plenty of Survivors there, and huge thanks to them for their ongoing, yet vaguely stalker-ish support. More about that in another post which is coming shortly…

Thanks also to Jane Rothon and the staff of the library for being so accommodating, to Ivan Bunn for the technical support, to Jo and the staff at Waterstone’s for actively supporting the event with real enthusiasm, to the staff at the Chinese restaurant most of us ended up in for the most bizarre dining experience I can remember in a long time, and finally to Emma Bunn for being the glue which held it all together. Emma – if you hadn’t spotted my wife and I out drinking in a Lowestoft pub last summer, the event would never have happened!

THEM OR US – out in the UK today

The UK edition of THEM OR US – the final book in the HATER trilogy – is out now from Gollancz. Thanks to everyone who has already picked it up. I’m thrilled with the reception you’ve given it so far.

Just a few quick reminders:

Next Thursday evening I’ll be in Lowestoft (the town where the book is set), signing at Waterstone’s then moving on to talk about the HATER series and my work in general at Lowestoft library (which also gets a mention in THEM OR US). A few tickets are still available, click here for information.

And in case you missed my last post, I have some copies of the UK edition of the book available for sale through www.infectedbooks.co.uk. All copies will be signed, but please get in fast if you want one – my stocks are rapidly depleting!

Finally, I’ve just extended the deadline for the THEM OR US competition. You’ve now got until midday tomorrow to enter. Click here for the details.

Them or Us – unique UK launch event

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!