Feeling Genuinely Uneasy

Honest post time… I don’t think I’ve ever been quite so nervous for the release of a new book before. ONE OF US WILL BE DEAD BY MORNING hits the shelves in less than a week and I really don’t know what the reaction’s going to be like. Don’t get me wrong, I’m thrilled with how the book’s turned out, but there’s a lot riding on this. It’s my first major release for a while, and after a few tricky years where writing and I didn’t get on too well, I’m back and I’m nervous to learn if/where I now fit in the modern horror landscape.

ONE OF US WILL BE DEAD BY MORNING is a very different book to HATER, and I worry that people will pick up the new novel expecting more of the same. If you do, you might be disappointed. The original three books exclusively told Danny McCoyne’s story while the new trilogy has a different focus entirely, much wider. I’m also mindful that this is the beginning of a trilogy, and whilst I already know how it’s all going to fit together and who’s going to survive, and where we’ll be jumping in and out of the events of the earlier books, you lot don’t. Perhaps it’s just the self-imposed pressure of following up my most successful novel that’s making me feel so uneasy?

I should shut up and stop writing this post. It’s probably just writer’s paranoia kicking in again. I’m sure any of you who write will have experienced something similar. When you’re planning a book, before you make even a single mark on the very first page, you’re certain it’s going to be the best thing ever. You then go through every kind of emotional up and down imaginable as you’re actually writing the damn thing, and you often end the job with a very real, but also temporary, sense of victory and validation. As you prepare to release your precious creation into the wild, doubt sets in again. You start convincing yourself (well I do, anyway) that no one’s going to buy it and read it, and the merest negative comment in a review hurts like a dagger to the heart whereas glowing praise is hard to accept and believe.

So I just want to say thank you to Peter Wolverton and all at St Martin’s Press for taking a chance on another HATER series, and thanks also to those of you who are planning on picking up the book (or have already). Despite everything I’ve said here, I genuinely can’t wait to be able to talk about ONE OF US WILL BE DEAD BY MORNING with you once you’ve read it. Until then, I’ll be sitting in front of my computer screen obsessing over sales ranks and combing the internet for feedback and reviews. I will actually do some work as well, because I’m almost finished with book two, and it’s been an absolute blast diving back into the deadly, grimy, trouble- and violence-filled world of the DOG BLOOD era. Did I tell you that the second book has been renamed? The new title perfectly sums up both the setting and the emotion of the book: ALL ROADS END HERE.

Last of the Living – out today

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).

You can also get the book from: AMAZON.COM / AMAZON.CO.UK / B&N / Waterstones / Book Depository

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STRAIGHT TO YOU – out now

Straight to You coverExciting times! STRAIGHT TO YOU is officially launched today. As you’ll no doubt already know if you’ve been following my posts over the last few months, this is a completely rewritten version of my debut novel from 1996, and at last I feel like I’ve done the story justice. You can read the first chapter at Wattpad by following this link.

Signed copies of the book are available now from Infected Books, ebay and Amazon.co.uk. Want to see how the old and new versions compare? Check out this offer. Paperbacks are also available from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Waterstones, The Book Depository (free shipping worldwide), Hive and Indiebound.

Looking for an ebook version? The relevant links are below, but please remember my objection to people paying for the same thing twice – if you buy the paperback edition of the book, you can download a complementary ebook. Also, buy the ebook first and you can claim a discount on print editions purchased from www.infectedbooks.co.uk.

For some reason the Kobo links haven’t yet appeared… I’ll update when they’re available.

I hope you enjoy STRAIGHT TO YOU. All reviews, feedback and thoughts are gratefully received. I’m particularly keen to hear from folks who read the original version back in the day – how does the new book stack up?

Enjoy a little gloom-laden apocalyptic romance this Valentine’s Day!