Recommended reading – Sean Page’s ALIEN INVASION HANDBOOK

Stuck for Christmas ideas this year? Want to get that certain someone a present that a). they’ll like, b). will keep them occupied for hours and c). might just save their life? Look no further.

alieninvasionMy good friend SEAN PAGE has released a follow up to last year’s smash hit ZOMBIE SURVIVAL HAYNES MANUAL. This year he’s turned his attention to the ever-present threat of ALIEN INVASION. As always, Sean’s take on things is frighteningly comprehensive, and incredibly funny. Looking for an authoritative history of alien contact? It’s here. Want to know how to prep yourself for the aliens’ arrival? Sean’s your man. First-contact protocols, alien combat techniques, space defences… this book covers everything.

You can get hold of a copy now from Amazon, The Book Depository, Hive, Indiebound, Waterstones, WHSmith and many other retailers.

And I don’t know if Sean was trying to tell me something or if this really was a genuine mix-up by the good folk at Haynes, but the Alien Invasion manual wasn’t the first book they sent me…

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The Omega Man blog 2014

Regular visitors here will know my friend Sean T Page. He’s a man of many talents, not least as author of the Zombie Survival Haynes Manual (soon to be followed by the Alien Invasion Manual – I kid you not!), and head honcho over at the Ministry of Zombies. Sean’s also one of the linchpins of Moody’s Survivors.

Sean, cunningly disguised as Shaun, with his invaluable guide (photo: Grace Elkin - www.graceelkinphotography.co.uk)

Sean, cunningly disguised as Shaun, with his invaluable guide (photo: Grace Elkin – www.graceelkinphotography.co.uk)

You might also remember that, last year, Sean sealed himself into a bunker for five days and blogged about his experiences. You can remind yourself of that at this link. Well, this year he’s back with another survival challenge: the Sinai desert. He’s just returned from a week in Egypt, and you can watch his fascinating video blogs here:

The Omega Man Project

zombiehandbookI’m sure many of you have heard of Sean Page – best-selling author and head-honcho at the Ministry of Zombies. Sean’s a lovely guy who works tirelessly to educate the masses about the very real dangers of the impending zombie apocalypse. I’ve had the pleasure of meeting him on a number of occasions and I can say with real certainty that he’d make a vital member of your survival team when the shit hits the fan.

Cast your mind back a few years to this post, and my visit to the not-so secret nuclear bunker, also the site of the Last Survivors zombie experience.

So what do you get when you add Sean Page to the nuclear bunker? I’ll tell you – you get the Omega Man Project.

Starting tomorrow, Sean will seal himself into the lower levels of the bunker where he’ll remain in isolation for a week. His only contact with the rest of the world will be by way of a daily video/blog post at www.ministryofzombies.com. I urge you all to follow this brave hero as he attempts to recreate the aftereffects of an I AM LEGEND type viral apocalypse.

Click the link below for the full press release.

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Sci-Fi Weekender

Well that was good. Actually, that was more than good. That was a bloody brilliant weekend.

Wayne and friends

Wayne meets a couple of friends (fans?)

Wayne Simmons and I often spend a lot of time chatting about what makes an event a success. It’s different for everyone, I guess, but for me it’s all about engaging with people. It’s good to meet other writers, publishers and media folks, but it’s absolutely incredible when you get the chance to meet with people who’ve either read your books or want to. At this years Sci-Fi Weekender I got to hang out with 3,500 fellow geeks, and I loved it.

Highlights? Talking horror and writing with a constant stream of very cool people. Selling loads of books. Meeting other authors including Hugh Howey (Wool) – an incredibly nice guy – and Sean Jeffery (Deadfall) at long last. Catching up with Sean Page (Ministry of Zombies head honcho). Sitting on panels with a host of folks including Hugh, Wayne, Peter Brett, Simon Clarke, Sam Stone, Steve Lockley and many others (even though we couldn’t hear the audience or each other most the time). Experiencing the majesty of MANBORG with Wayne, JD Gillam, David VG Davis, Robin and Stephen Pierce, Gary Main and Roy Young… The list goes on. Here are a few photos:

The It's the End! panel with (l-r) Peter Brett, Emma Newman, Hugh Howey, Gareth Powell and me

The It’s the End! panel with (l-r) Peter Brett, Emma Newman, Hugh Howey, Gareth Powell and me (photo: Gary Main)

Writing Horror panel with (l-r) Simon Clark, Christopher Brookmyre, me, Gordon Roxborough, Theresa Derwin, Wayne and Steve Lockley (photo: Gary Main)

Writing Horror panel with (l-r) Simon Clark, Christopher Brookmyre, me, Gordon Roxborough, Theresa Derwin, Wayne and Steve Lockley (photo: Gary Main)

Wayne, Gary, Roy and me

Wayne, Gary, Roy and me

Wayne, Shaun Jeffrey and me

Wayne, Shaun Jeffrey and me

Huge thanks to everyone involved in organising the Weekender, and to all those who came along to the event. And if you’ve not come across the mighty MANBORG yet, watch this…

Horror in the East

Bloody hell, I enjoyed that! This weekend saw the inaugural Horror in the East convention in Lowestoft, a place which, as you know, is very close to my heart (not least because I pretty much destroyed it in THEM OR US!).

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!).