AUTUMN: HORROR IN THE EAST

I’m planning a lot of events for the latter half of 2012, but this is one I’m particularly looking forward to.

Earlier this week I posted about a new edition of THEM OR US (see here). You might remember that the book is set in Lowestoft, the most easterly town in the UK, and a place that I have family connections with. Cast your mind back even further, and you might recall that when the book was launched last November, we held an event in the town (and subsequently destroyed the place courtesy of some great post-apocalyptic artwork – click here for a slideshow).

As a result of the success of the event last year, co-conspirators Jo Wilde and Emma Bunn have organised a new horror convention to take place in Lowestoft this November – AUTUMN: HORROR IN THE EAST.

Details are just beginning to emerge, but here are the important facts: 1. The event will be FREE to attend, and 2. Loads of excellent authors have already signed up including Adam Baker, Jasper Bark, Conrad Williams, Wayne Simmons, Simon Bestwick, Iain McKinnon and myself.

Come and join us for a weekend full of horror and Haters down by the sea! Keep an eye on the official website and Facebook page for more information as and when it’s announced.

THEM OR US – US paperback out today

Thanks to the ineptitude of a certain British Telecommunications company I won’t name, I’m currently offline and probably will continue to be so for the next few weeks. I’ve got a lot of posts to share, so I’m currently doing the rounds of relatives’ homes and local Starbucks trying to schedule them all in without outstaying my welcome anywhere…

First off, today sees the release of the mass market paperback edition of THEM OR US in the US from Thomas Dunne Books/St Martin’s Griffin. The longer I have to reflect on the HATER trilogy, the prouder I feel of the story as a whole. I’ll be putting together a retrospective on the series at some point in the next couple of months. (It was nice to see Glen Mazzara – Walking Dead showrunner – saying kind things about the first book again recently…)

The paperback is available from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, The Book Depository, and all the usual places, and for those of you who’ve not yet read it, here’s the blurb:

“The war that has torn the human race apart is finally nearing its end. With most towns and cities now uninhabitable, and with the country in the grip of a savage nuclear winter, both Hater and Unchanged alike struggle to survive.

Hundreds of Hater fighters have settled on the East Coast in the abandoned remains of a relatively undamaged town under the command of Hinchcliffe—who’ll stop at nothing to eradicate the last few Unchanged and consolidate his position at the top of this new world order. This fledgling society is harsh and unforgiving—your place in the ranks is decided by how long and how hard you’re prepared to fight.

Danny McCoyne is the exception to the rule. His ability to hold the Hate and to use it to hunt out the remaining Unchanged has given him a unique position in Hinchcliffe’s army of fighters. As the enemy’s numbers reduce, so the pressure on McCoyne increases, until he finds himself at the very center of a pivotal confrontation, the outcome of which will have repercussions on the future of everyone who is left alive.”

THEM OR US – audiobook out today

I’m thrilled to announce that the audiobook version of THEM OR US is out today. Released by Blackstone Audio, and available in a variety of formats, it’s again narrated by Gerard Doyle who did such a great job with his readings of HATER and DOG BLOOD.

The book’s available from AMAZON and all the usual outlets, and can be downloaded from AUDIBLE and ITUNES.

Special thanks to Shawn who campaigned for this release. I don’t know if they bowed to your pressure or whether the book was in the pipeline anyway, but thanks all the same!

Location, location, location

You’ve heard me talking about Lowestoft a lot recently. Ryan Fleming, one of Moody’s Survivors, visited the town after reading THEM OR US and, armed with the book, a local, and a tourist’s guide of the area (written by me), he took photographs of some key locations. The very talented David Naughton-Shires (who you’ve met before if you’ve been a regular visitor here, and who you’ll be meeting again very shortly) then worked a little of his post-apocalyptic magic on the pics. I used them to illustrate my presentation last week, and I thought it would be good to share some of them here. Welcome to Lowestoft!

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Visiting the end of the world

Okay, maybe that headline’s a little unfair on Lowestoft: it’s not really the end of the world, but it is the east coast town where much of THEM OR US takes place, and it’s where I was last Thursday evening to mark the UK release of the final book in the HATER trilogy.

I’m going to post again later this week and explain more about why and how Lowestoft was the perfect setting for the book, but for now I just wanted to report back on the launch event and thank a few folks for their help in making it a success.

We kicked off with a well-supported Waterstone’s signing, before moving on to Lowestoft Library (a location referenced in THEM OR US) for more signing, followed by an illustrated talk and a question and answer session. Thanks are due to David Naughton-Shires for producing some great post-apocalyptic artwork (an example of which is below, you’ll see more in my next post), and to Iain McKinnon and the cast and crew of Projekt for the video clips I used. You’ll probably not have heard of Projekt before… in early 2010 we produced a series of HATER viral videos which were designed to tell the story of the first book, and set the scene for DOG BLOOD. Unfortunately rights issues prevented us from releasing the footage (and the position’s still the same), but it was great to finally be able to show a few brief snippets.

An evening with David Moody - artwork by David Naughton-Shires

At this point I need to mention the audience – many of whom had travelled considerable distances to be there (but let’s be honest, you have to travel a considerable distance from anywhere to get to Lowestoft – that’s why it made such a perfect location for THEM OR US!). There were plenty of Survivors there, and huge thanks to them for their ongoing, yet vaguely stalker-ish support. More about that in another post which is coming shortly…

Thanks also to Jane Rothon and the staff of the library for being so accommodating, to Ivan Bunn for the technical support, to Jo and the staff at Waterstone’s for actively supporting the event with real enthusiasm, to the staff at the Chinese restaurant most of us ended up in for the most bizarre dining experience I can remember in a long time, and finally to Emma Bunn for being the glue which held it all together. Emma – if you hadn’t spotted my wife and I out drinking in a Lowestoft pub last summer, the event would never have happened!

Moody’s Zombie Survival Guide in SciFiNow

The latest issue of SCIFINOW MAGAZINE (issue 61, cover pictured opposite) is a cracker. As well as all the usual genre features, reviews and interviews, there’s also a storming review of THEM OR US (a tour de force of a story that skirts around the worst excesses and cliche of the genre to offer up something as distinctive as a fresh bite-mark), and my personal guide to surviving the zombie apocalypse. It’s a great double-page feature that looks at the pros and cons of some of the places you might find yourself when the dead rise (and, as we all know, they inevitably will!).

I had a huge amount of fun writing the piece, although it made me realise that I’ve spent far too much time thinking about the living dead over the years! Why not pick up a copy and see if you agree with my tactics?

THEM OR US – giveaway winners

Thanks to everyone who entered the THEM OR US giveaway. The winners have now been drawn and I’m pleased to announce they are as follows:

Scott Lyall wins the complete signed HATER trilogy, a HATER T-shirt and mousemat, and a piece of the original cover art.

Signed copies of THEM OR US go to Rod Nojek, David Naughton-Shires, and Rebecca Besser.

Congratulations, and thanks again to all who entered.

THEM OR US – out in the UK today

The UK edition of THEM OR US – the final book in the HATER trilogy – is out now from Gollancz. Thanks to everyone who has already picked it up. I’m thrilled with the reception you’ve given it so far.

Just a few quick reminders:

Next Thursday evening I’ll be in Lowestoft (the town where the book is set), signing at Waterstone’s then moving on to talk about the HATER series and my work in general at Lowestoft library (which also gets a mention in THEM OR US). A few tickets are still available, click here for information.

And in case you missed my last post, I have some copies of the UK edition of the book available for sale through www.infectedbooks.co.uk. All copies will be signed, but please get in fast if you want one – my stocks are rapidly depleting!

Finally, I’ve just extended the deadline for the THEM OR US competition. You’ve now got until midday tomorrow to enter. Click here for the details.

Signed books for sale

As is usual at this time of the year, you can order signed copies of my books from www.infectedbooks.co.uk. Stocks are limited, so get in quick if you want them in time for Christmas.

Both the UK hardcover and paperback editions of THEM OR US have just been added to the store.

By the way, if you’re reading this on Facebook, you can also buy signed books direct from the Facebook page itself. Click the ‘Shop Now’ option in the left hand menu for more information.

THEM OR US giveaway

Time for a quick competition I think! Up for grabs is the following:

One first prize consisting of:

  • the entire HATER trilogy – either UK hardcovers, US hardcovers or US advance copies (or a mix of all three if you’re so inclined)
  • a HATER T-shirt and mousemat
  • a small piece of the original HATER blood-splatter (the cover was a composite of several individual ‘splatters’ – click here for the story of the original cover for those who don’t remember)
And three runners-up prizes of signed copies of THEM OR US (you choose the format – US or UK hardcover or UK paperback).
 
To stand a chance of winning, just do one or more of the following before midday (UK time) on Thursday 17th November (you’ll get an entry for each you do). UPDATE – DEADLINE EXTENDED TO MIDDAY FRIDAY 18th.
 
And if you’re feeling really brave, you could take a leaf out of the Moody’s Survivors book. Remember this photo of me from SFX magazine? Recreate the pose like the fine people at the bottom of this post, and you’ll get an extra ten entries into the draw if you use it as your Facebook/Twitter profile picture between now and the 17th.
 

If you’re already a Twitter follower or Facebook fan, just tweet/post about the book and remember to include the appropriate tag.

Good luck! Remember – as always – the competition is open worldwide, and my decision is final. Only one tweet and one Facebook post per person please. The winners will be chosen at random and announced by Saturday 19th November.

(With special thanks to Shawn Riddle, Paul Huggins, Dave Lightfoot, Charlie Morgan, Theresa Derwin, Nathan Barnes, Jimi Belshaw, Ryan J. Fleming and David Naughton-Shires).