MURIEL – a free zombie short story for the weekend

By way of apology for not posting for a couple of weeks, I thought I’d share MURIEL with you – a nice little zombie short which was originally published in the SFX Magazine Zombie Special a couple of years back.

Muriel coverWhen the dead rise, a young survivor, left home-alone, follows all the rules to outlive his neighbours and establish his post-apocalyptic credentials. But life after the end of the world proves to be far more difficult than they made it look in the movies…

Click here to read the story on WATTPAD, and I hope you enjoy it. And don’t forget, you can also read TRUST at WATTPAD too – the entire novel, available free.

Things have been deathly quiet here for the last couple of weeks, but that should change in the very near future. Pre-order details about the AUTUMN: THE HUMAN CONDITION re-release will be announced in the coming days, as well as details of some new events, and interesting updates on a few long-gestating projects.

Until then, have a good weekend!

SFX Zombie Special (and who the hell is Muriel?)

I’ve been waiting to talk about this for ages, and as it’s now been announced on the SFX website, I guess I finally can!

On 26th September SFX release their latest special issue – ZOMBIES: THE ULTIMATE GUIDE. Now any self-respecting zombie fan should immediately click here to order a copy, but if you like my writing (and as you’re on my website, I’m hoping you do), there’s another good reason to pick it up. As well as a huge number of zombie-related features, articles, reviews, and interviews (with George Romero, Charlie Higson, Mira Grant and myself amongst others), the magazine also features MURIEL – a brand new piece of original zombie fiction I’ve written exclusively for SFX.

So there you go… 132 pages of zombie goodness, free ‘zombie hazard’ stickers, a huge double-sided poster, and a new David Moody short story. Sounds pretty good, I think!

 

What would you ask George Romero?

I mentioned a while back that SFX Magazine are producing a zombie special later this year. I’ll be able to tell you more about it as we get closer to the September release. In the meantime, Ian Berriman at SFX has brought it to my attention that they’re interviewing the great George Romero himself for the special, and they’re asking readers to submit questions. So if there’s anything you’ve always wanted to ask George, now’s your chance. You can either email Ian, post it on this page of the SFX forum, or add a comment to this page.

More nice press and more Babel Clashing…

If you haven’t been following the blogs Jonathan Maberry and I have been posting over at Babel Clash – the Borders Sci-fi blog – then please head on over and check them out. It’s been a lot of fun, and we’ve covered quite a lot:

  • So You Want to be a Writer? / So You Want to Write Horror?
  • Where was that Stormtrooper going?
  • Characters or Carnage?
  • Seriously… You Write About Zombies?

…and more.

On another note, there has been a lot about the impact of self-publishing in the press recently. As well as last Friday’s Guardian article, I was also really pleased to get a mention in the new edition of SFX as part of an interesting piece which asks ‘are we witnessing the death of the book?’. It’s well worth looking at, for both readers and writers alike.

Horror’s hidden treasures

I know I have a tendency to ramble on when I write, but I didn’t realise how bad I sometimes get! When I was asked to contribute to the SFX Collection special mentioned in my previous post, I geeked out and got a bit overexcited and churned out far more words than were required.

Now, in an extremely cool move, Ian Berriman from SFX has posted my ramblings in full on the SFX website, and you can read the piece here.

This in no way excuses you from buying the SFX special, by the way. Not only is it chock full of horror goodness, it also comes with some excellent free gifts. I now have a ‘Slaughtered Lamb’ beer mat which, as An American Werewolf in London has always been one of my favourite films, has pride of place on my desk!

SFX Weekender

Anybody going to the SFX Weekender next month? I’ll be there, and it should be a great event. Let me know if you’re going. There’s still time to book if you haven’t got tickets. You can order direct from SFX or through Seetickets or Play.com. The event takes place at Pontins, Camber Sands on Friday 5th and Saturday 6th February and with guests including Tom Baker, Mark Millar, Dave Gibbons,  and many more, it promises to be a geek’s dream of a weekend!

Quick update

Thanks to everyone who picked up a copy of HATER this week. Here’s a very quick round-up of a few bits of news.

I took part in the Page 69 test – click here for the results!

I’ve added a new page to this site for press clippings. You can access it from the sidebar or click here.

New reviews have been added to this page. Also, you can access these via the RSS feed in the sidebar.

Finally, you can now read chapter 4 of HATER at various sites around the web; Tor.com and Fangoria to name but two!