Suffer the Children by Craig DiLouie

10291305_531390210305279_7043635267076570044_nNow I like my character-driven horror fiction to be dark, but in his most recent book, Craig DiLouie has taken dark to a new extreme.

SUFFER THE CHILDREN (out now from Simon and Schuster/Permuted Press) is a genuinely horrific book, extraordinarily uncomfortable reading. DiLouie takes that most precious of things – the relationship between a parent and their child – and pushes it beyond breaking point. The synopsis follows. Click the link below for some thoughts on the book from Craig himself.

“One day, the children die. Three days later, they come back. And ask for blood.

With blood, they stop being dead. They become the children they once were.

But only for a short time. Too soon, they die again. And need more blood to live …

The average body holds ten pints of blood. How far would you go for your child?”

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Congratulations to Coscom Entertainment and Eric S Brown

It’s always great to hear about independent authors and publishers breaking into the mainstream. Congratulations to Coscom Entertainment who this week signed a deal with Simon & Schuster for a mass market release of two of their zombie / classics mash-up books, W. Bill Czolgosz’s take on Mark Twain’s tale: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and Zombie Jim, and Eric S Brown’s take on HG Wells: The War of the Worlds plus Blood, Guts and Zombies.

This is great news in particular for Eric who, as many of you may know, has been churning out popular zombie stories for the last few years. I’ve spoken with him on a number of occasions in the past – he’s a great guy who has a wild and unique perspective on the living dead. I’m really pleased that he’s going to find a wider audience with this deal. Well done, Eric!