Happy New Year!

Happy New Year to you all. I thought I’d kick off 2015 with a quick look back at my 2014 releases (just in case you missed any), and a peek at my plans for 2015. Despite being a pig of a year for me on many levels, I was surprisingly productive, releasing two full-length novels (STRAIGHT TO YOU and STRANGERS), a zombie novella collection (LAST OF THE LIVING, which included ISOLATION and THE COST OF LIVING along with a number of other shorts), and the long-overdue limited edition hardcover of AUTUMN: AFTERMATH.

I also managed a couple of short stories too, most notably THE LUCKY ONES (which appeared in DEAD WATER), THE DEVIL (from THE BLACK FANG BETRAYAL) and THE DEAL – a story which is exclusively available to newsletter subscribers. And, of course, there’s the free audio download of JOE & ME.

So what does 2015 hold? There’s a lot being planned behind the scenes, and I thought I’d pile the pressure on myself by announcing the major projects I’m working on this year. Notice there are no timescales quoted here (I never seem to keep to them anyway!) but this is the order I’m tackling these novels.

KAI
My first middle-grade novel. Think ET meets GODZILLA and you’re halfway there.

THE SPACES BETWEEN: ELYSIAN FIELDS
The first book in my long-teased horror/ science-fiction/ noir crime series. If you’ve not heard me talking about this one before, here’s a quick tease: Several years ago London was destroyed in a white-hot nuclear haze. Millions of people were displaced, and huge numbers ended up in rapidly constructed newcities like Elysian Fields. Designed to house around one hundred thousand, the population of Elysian Fields is several times that. It’s a dangerous, sprawling hell-hole of a place ruled by gangs, violence and fear. When a prominent business leader’s son disappears, social worker Greg Dawson becomes embroiled in the mission to snatch him back. But the more Dawson discovers about Elysian Fields, the more he comes to realise there’s a huge gulf between what we’re being told and reality. In the spaces between the two, absolutely everything changes.

17 DAYS
Yes, I know… I’ve finished this book twice already, but I’ve still not got it quite right. I had a rollercoaster year last year, and in the midst of all the ups and downs, I’ve realised where I was going wrong. Mark Thane is a downtrodden and overlooked nobody. When he discovers he only has 17 days left to live, he’s forced to question everything. The country is on the verge of revolution, and Mark unwittingly finds himself at the eye of the storm. This time last week no one knew who Mark Thane was. By the time his number’s up, the entire world will be watching his every move.

FOCUS
A sick and twisted love story. Adam’s wife died last summer. He’s not going to let her die again.

So there you go. Plenty of work ahead. Add to this more signing events and the continued expansion of the Infected empire (Infected Films and Infected Audio, anyone?) and that’s more than enough to keep me busy. I hope you’ll stick around, because 2015 is going to be a cracker!

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!

Strangers here

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…

Strangers tease

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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