Complementary ebooks

I’ve been saying for a long time how I believe ebooks should be free with the print edition of books. After all, if you’re anything like me, when you buy a CD the first thing you do is rip it to iTunes or similar. Since the relaunch of Infected Books in 2012, you’ve been able to download complementary ebook versions via Smashwords after completing a short form online. After a successful trial run with STRANGERS, I’m pleased to be taking this experiment one step further. From today, when you purchase a signed copy of one of the books shown below direct from www.infectedbooks.co.uk, you’ll automatically receive a download link and you’ll be able to immediately download the Kindle and ePub versions of the book.

I hope you like this. Please let me have your thoughts or feedback if you have chance. By the way, we won’t be getting any more stock in before the end of the year, so there are just 6 paperback copies of STRANGERS, 10 copies of LAST OF THE LIVING, and 6 copies of TRUST left!

Get to know the new arrivals – STRANGERS – released today

Today’s the day! STRANGERS is now available everywhere. All pre-orders have been shipped and/ or downloaded, and thanks to everyone who has already picked up the book. You’ll find some handy links at the end of this post if you haven’t yet had chance.

A word of warning… if you’re hoping to get hold of a signed copy for Christmas (which includes a complementary ebook version), you’ll need to act fast as they’re rapidly disappearing from the Infected Books shelves. Click here for more information.

Fancy winning a signed copy? You can do so courtesy of THIS IS HORROR, who are running a STRANGERS competition. Click here to visit the site and enter.

Hope you enjoy meeting the STRANGERS (and some of them really are pretty strange!).

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PRINT:
AMAZON.COM / AMAZON.CO.UK / BARNES & NOBLE / WATERSTONES / BOOK DEPOSITORY

EBOOK:
AMAZON.COM / UK / CA / DE / ES / IT / AU
IBOOKS US / UK / CA / DE / ES / IT / AU
NOOK
KOBO US / UK / CANADA
SMASHWORDS

They’re here, they’re beautiful, and they’re shipping this week

I’ve just taken delivery of a huge consignment of copies of STRANGERS. Pre-orders will be dispatched over the course of the next few days (bear with me… that’s a lot of signing and sending – pre-order volumes have taken me by surprise and I’m very grateful to all those who placed orders).

Want a signed copy? Click the picture or follow this link, and you can be sure of having a doom-laden slice of Scottish-tinged horror well in advance of Christmas!

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STRANGERS – ebook now available to pre-order

s2014coverThe ebook version of STRANGERS is now available to pre-order. Order it now, and download it on December 1. Here’s a handy list of links:

AMAZON.COM / UK / CA / DE / ES / IT / AU

IBOOKS US / UK / CA / DE / ES / IT / AU

NOOK

KOBO US / UK / CANADA

SMASHWORDS

Of course, you could start reading STRANGERS today if you really wanted to… Order a copy of the signed paperback direct from Infected Books (shipping next week – click here), and you’ll receive a complementary copy with immediate download instructions. Hope you enjoy it!

STRANGERS – a dark and dirty horror novel

I wanted to tell you a bit more about STRANGERS (which is now open for pre-orders – place your order through Infected Books and you’ll get to read the ebook TODAY!). In the blurb it’s described as a ‘dark and dirty horror novel’, and I think that’s pretty apt.

The novel is a departure from the kind of books I usually write. I’d been toying with the idea of a spin on a vampire novel for a while, and though there are no vampires in STRANGERS, there are some similar themes. You might remember me getting to meet a literary hero of mine, James Herbert, a couple of years ago. Following Jim’s untimely passing last year, I binge read several of his novels, and it struck me that it would be good fun to try and write the kind of gory, frightening, self-contained horror novel he was so brilliant at. STRANGERS is the result. It’s about our fear of the unknown, and how people are quick to point the finger in order to deflect the heat from ourselves. It’s also a book about confronting personal demons, and that’s something I’m going to talk more about in a forthcoming blog post.

Until then, don’t forget you can pre-order the book from Infected Books and read STRANGERS today!

A spate of brutal murders occur in and around the small town of Thussock. The bodies of the dead – savagely mutilated, unspeakably defiled – are piling up with terrifying speed. There are no apparent motives and no obvious connections between the victims, but the killings only began when Scott Griffiths and his family arrived in Thussock…

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STRANGERS

I’ll keep this short and to the point. My new novel – STRANGERS – will be released on 1 December. Pre-orders are open now. Order a signed copy from Infected Books, and you’ll receive a link to download a complementary ebook copy TODAY. (Both Kindle and ePub – Nook, iBook, Kobo – versions are included). Click here to order.

Cover art is by the always excellent CRAIG PATON.

UPDATE: It seems the system we had in place to provide automatic ebook downloads hasn’t worked. If you’ve not received your ebook, it’ll be emailed to you within the next 24 hours. Apologies.

STRANGERS – sneak peek

1457766_544617192295675_1960183773_nNot a lot of news for you this week, so I thought I’d give you a taste of something new. Here’s the opening chapter of my as yet unpublished novel STRANGERS. There are no definite release dates available yet, but tentative plans are starting to be made and I’m looking forward to sharing those plans when I can. In the meantime, I hope you enjoy it!

“A spate of brutal murders occur in and around a small town. The bodies of the dead – savagely mutilated, defiled – are piling up with terrifying rapidity. There’s no apparent motive, and no obvious connection between the killings, but they all started when Scott Griffiths and his family arrived in Thussock…”

 

 

 

STRANGERS

FORTY-EIGHT MILES NORTH OF THUSSOCK

 

‘You all right?’

He just looked at her, struggled to focus, took his time to reply. ‘Sorry. Tired.’

‘It’s getting awful late. What are you doing out here at this hour?’

‘Not sure. Lost, I think.’

‘I’ll say. Where you heading?’

‘Can’t remember,’ he said, embarrassed, and he laughed like a child.

They blocked each other’s way along the narrow pavement. The silence was awkward. Joan’s dog Angus tugged at his lead, keen to get home and out of the rain. She tugged back. He’d have to wait.

‘I’m cold,’ the man said, wrapping his arms around himself.

‘I’m hardly surprised. Just look at you. You’re not really dressed for it, are you?’ Joan continued to stare at him. What was he . . . mid-thirties, perhaps? He looked about half her age. His nipples showed through his wet T-shirt and she couldn’t help but stare. He was shivering, but that was only to be expected. She was cold herself, and she’d a vest, a blouse and a cardigan under her anorak. In the dull glow from the streetlamp between them, she thought he looked beautiful. ‘You’re not from round here, are you?’

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What’s next?

Since STRAIGHT TO YOU was released, a lot of people have been asking what’s next. That’s a difficult one to answer, but I thought I should at least try.

I’ve a couple of completed novels in the bag which I’ve told you about previously (STRANGERS and 17 DAYS). As yet no decisions have been made as to when/how they’ll be released. All options remain open, and I’ll let you know as soon as I do. There are a few other things in the pipeline…

I’ve been saying for a while that I’ve had my fill of zombies, infections, apocalyptic pandemics and the like. That’s not strictly true. There’s one story left that I want to tell, and I’m working on it at the moment. I hope to have it finished by April/May this year and released soon after, probably as an ebook-only novella. I also have a number of short stories due in the next few months, and I’ll let you know as and when each of those releases are scheduled.

But the project I think I’m most excited about right now is THE SPACES BETWEEN. It’s a four book horror/science-fiction series set in the near future. If I was to describe the tone of the books, I’d have to say they’re like a head-on collision between QUATERMASS and Stieg Larsson’s MILLENNIUM TRILOGY (well that’s the vibe I’m going for, anyway). I’ve been planning these novels for several years now, but have only recently begun the actual writing process. Here’s a bit of hastily thrown together blurb for TOMMY, the first book in the series:

Nine years ago London was wiped off the map as a result of a catastrophic terrorist attack. Millions of displaced people have since been rehoused in a number of hastily constructed newcities, the largest of which is Elysian Fields, just outside Birmingham.

Parts of Elysian Fields are no-go areas: dangerous, virtually lawless and hopelessly overcrowded. The government and police troops do what they can to maintain order, but it’s increasingly difficult. The residents are on their own.

Almost.

There are some who still try to help. Greg Dawson is one such person. An old-school social worker, he’s now forced to carry a gun and wear full body armour to work each day. But the job and the people haven’t changed, just the situation, and Dawson’s as dedicated to protecting the vulnerable as he always has been.

When Tommy Huxtable, the five year old son of a powerful party member, is taken, Dawson’s called on to find and recover the child. But the deeper he digs, the more he discovers that nothing is as it seems in Elysian Fields.

You can keep up with my progress with TOMMY and other projects on the ‘Forthcoming Releases‘ page on this site.