The 5th Wave – London Under Attack

5th WaveHave you heard of THE 5TH WAVE? It’s a wildly successful apocalyptic YA book series by Rick Yancey. The novel first caught my eye thanks to a pretty spectacular trailer which accompanied its release back in 2013, and a big-budget movie adaptation (starring Chloë Grace Moretz and Liev Schreiberhits the screens early next year. When WATTPAD and SONY PICTURES asked me to write a UK-based short story about the first wave, I leapt at the chance.

You know, I think I’m generally pretty hard on my characters (and let’s face it, most of them deserve it), but I have nothing on Yancey. The 5th Wave deals with an alien invasion where the invaders inflict the titular apocalyptic waves on the planet in quick succession. The first wave – lights out – is an electromagnetic pulse which knocks out all electricity around the globe. That’s swiftly followed by literal waves as a series of tsunamis are triggered. As if that’s not enough, a devastating pandemic is then unleashed. The fourth wave is more subtle but no less deadly as the aliens appear among us, disguising themselves by taking human form. And the fifth wave…? Who knows. All will soon be revealed. The final book in the series is due out next year.TooYoung

The first two parts of my story (called TOO YOUNG TO BE OLD) are available to read right now at Wattpad. Please head over and check them out or use the widget I’ve embedded below. The final two parts will follow later this year. It would make me very happy if you’d read, vote, comment and share the story.

And to get you in the mood and whet your appetite, here’s the trailer for the movie:

And here’s the story:

Delirio Revista 13

2000000419848I owe an apology to any Spanish readers and, more importantly, to the publishers of DELIRIO revista. Issue 13, which came out in May, featured CASI PARA SIEMPRE – a translated version of my story ALMOST FOREVER. I should have posted about this at the time, but May and June were particularly awkward months and it completely slipped my mind.

Paco: Lo siento mucho. Espero que la revista ha sido un éxito para usted.

ALMOST FOREVER – the story of a rogue scientist who attains immortality (almost) and has to live with the dire consequences – first appeared in the MAMMOTH BOOK OF BODY HORROR, which you can read about here. It’s a most excellent collection… one which I was very proud to be a part of.

You can purchase the magazine online here and here.

Dead Water

51HLsrsAvrLSometimes things just click into place. Here’s an example: a while back I had an idea for a short story which was inspired, in part, by the steel works at Port Talbot, Wales. You can see a photograph below. I’d always loved the idea of a place like this, perched on the very edge of the land, being one of the last enclaves of the human race after some unspecified apocalyptic event.

And then I was contacted by a friend of mine, Dan Boucher, who is one of the minds behind www.thenovelblog.com (and who has helped me out on a number of occasions in the past… remind yourself of his incredible work here). Dan’s partner in crime on the blog, Peter Mark May, runs Hersham Horror Books and releases regular PentAnths – themed anthologies featuring stories from five invited authors. So I landed myself an invite to contribute to DEAD WATER, and my Port Talbot-inspired story seemed to fit the bill perfectly.

We all need water to live, but what if that life giving body was not so friendly after all?

The book is available now (Amazon.com / Amazon.co.uk / Book DepositoryKindle US / Kindle UK – more links to follow) and features my story THE LUCKY ONES alongside tales from Dan, Maynard Sims, Alan Spencer and Simon Bestwick.

Click the link below the steelworks picture for a brief snippet.

Steel Works

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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!