Mutant kids and Nazi zombies

My friend CRAIG DILOUIE released a new book earlier this month. Craig and I go a long way back and I consider him one of the most interesting voices in genre fiction. You can read my thoughts on his earlier releases TOOTH AND NAIL and SUFFER THE CHILDREN in the archives of this site. What I love about his work is the way he’ll take an extraordinary premise and write about it in a detached yet personal way which pulls no punches. He takes world-changing events like the military response to a fast moving zombie infection or a virulent strain of vampirism which affects only children, and looks at them in a whole new light, often making them feel uncomfortably plausible. His latest release ONE OF US (out now from Orbit) is no exception. It takes the well-used set-up of mutant kids born with special powers, but instead of going down the tired and cliched X-Men superhero route, he instead tells a much darker and altogether more disturbing story of neglect, distrust and hatred.

THEY CALL IT THE PLAGUE – A generation of children born with extreme genetic mutations

THEY CALL IT A HOME – But it’s a place of neglect and forced labour

THEY CALL HIM A FREAK – But Dog is just a boy who wants to be treated as normal

THEY CALL THEM DANGEROUS – They might be right

The story of a lost generation, and a boy who just wants to be one of us.

I thoroughly enjoyed ONE OF US. Set in Georgia in an alternate 1984, it’s a fascinating read. As you’d expect, the grotesques aren’t the real monsters here, rather it’s DiLouie’s cast of prejudiced, cruel, moralistic non-mutants. For me, what sets this story apart is the masterstroke of having the deformed and mutated kids being born as the result of a new strain of sexually transmitted disease. Because this is a generational shift, it allows DiLouie to present us with a cast of ‘special’ kids who grow up together and who therefore both lose their innocence and mature/gain their powers at the same time. This effectively amplifies the problem facing the backward facing society from which the children have been ostracised, and you get the sense from the very beginning of the book that once these kids are fully in control of their destinies, things will never be the same again. Highly recommended.

But ONE OF US isn’t the only Craig DiLouie release I want to tell you about. I’m also very excited to announce that his entry in THE FRONT series – following SCREAMING EAGLES by Tim Long and my novel RED DEVILS – will be released on 31 August. I’ve had the pleasure of reading an advance copy of the book and it definitely doesn’t disappoint. BERLIN OR BUST is a cracking tale which takes us right into the rotting black heart of the undead Nazi war machine. You can pre-order it now.

The Front: Red Devils – signed paperbacks

My World War II zombie novel, THE FRONT: RED DEVILS, is officially out next week in both paperback and ebook editions. As requested, signed copies are available to order from www.infectedbooks.co.uk today.

The signed paperbacks cost £9.00 and will be shipping late next week. If you read my last post you’ll know about my ebook philosophy. In keeping with that post, you’ll be pleased to hear that if you order the book you can immediately download your complimentary ebook version and start reading straightaway.

And if that wasn’t enough, there’s free shipping for UK readers (I’m sorry… economics prevents me from extending that offer worldwide).

So, if you fancy a spot of military heroics and adventure which just happens to have a supporting cast of thousands of undead Nazis, THE FRONT: RED DEVILS should be right up your street! I hope you have as much fun reading as I did writing it.

The Front: Red Devils – out 15 February

My new book, THE FRONT: RED DEVILS will be released on 15 February. Ebook links are now live (Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.ca, Amazon.de and others) and links to purchase both signed and standard paperbacks will be ready shortly.

The book’s a sequel to TIMOTHY W. LONG‘s book, SCREAMING EAGLES, and though it’s not necessary to have read Tim’s first book, I recommend you do (because it’s brilliant). Here’s the synopsis for RED DEVILS:

THE UNDEAD NAZI ARMY CONTINUES ITS MARCH ACROSS EUROPE IN THE THRILLING SEQUEL TO SCREAMING EAGLES!

The German stranglehold on the town of Bastogne has been released, only for the living dead to rise up and take their place. A ragtag group of men fight their way out of the chaos and make a frantic escape from the rubble and ruin. One of them, British soldier Lieutenant Robert Wilkins, uncovers crucial information about the source of the zombie scourge. Along with a crack team, Wilkins is dispatched to where the outbreak began – the ominously silent concentration camp at Polonezköy, Poland – to try and find a way to halt the undead advance.

The fate of the entire world rests on the shoulders of just a handful of men.

Pre-order now for $2.99 from Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.ca and Amazon.de.

The Front II: Red Devils

Happy New Year! I’ve been telling you for a while that you’ll hear much more from me in 2017, so it’s time to start making good that promise. Here’s my first release of the year – THE FRONT: RED DEVILS – which will hit shelves in paperback and ebook formats in February. I was thrilled to be asked to be involved in Craig DiLouie and Tim Long’s THE FRONT series, and I’m delighted with how the book has turned out. Set during the Battle of the Bulge in 1944, Tim’s first volume, SCREAMING EAGLES, introduced an undead Nazi army to the mix. In RED DEVILS a British officer uncovers crucial information about the undead threat and is dispatched as part of a task force to the source of the deadly infection. Can they find a way to stop the advance of the living dead before the whole of mainland Europe is overcome?

If you haven’t yet read SCREAMING EAGLES, then click here to put that right. More details about RED DEVILS coming very soon.