A new edition of AUTUMN and a brand new free story

As I was working on the final edits for the US edition of AUTUMN: AFTERMATH recently, it occurred to me that it’s an incredible ten years in November since the free download of AUTUMN was released. It’s also a year since the book’s first ‘official’ release. The success of the series has been really humbling, and completely unexpected. Thanks to all of you who’ve enjoyed and supported the books.

Completely coincidentally, a new mass-market paperback version of AUTUMN has been released in the UK this week by Gollancz (with the rest of the books to follow in this format a year after the hardback releases – next February for THE CITY, April for PURIFICATION etc.).

To celebrate the new edition and the ten year anniversary of the book, I thought it would be a good to share a brand new, previously unpublished AUTUMN short story with you. Have you ever wondered what happened to Michael and Emma in the week or so between the end of the first book and their eventual re-appearance in THE CITY? Head over to www.lastoftheliving.net and read Breaking Point to find out. I hope you enjoy it.

Autumn: Disintegration – meet ‘The Swimmer’

I always get nervous as the release of a new book approaches, but the anxiety levels are climbing higher than usual with AUTUMN: DISINTEGRATION. I think it’s because some of you have been waiting so long to read this one. It was a massive relief, therefore, to receive these positive words from Library Journal…

“In Disintegration, the best installment, Moody ventures into Lord of the Flies territory. The juxtaposition of the two groups of survivors and the consequent tension between them produces excruciating suspense… The ending is utterly chilling and seems quite final, although Moody’s website indicates Autumn: Aftermath is in the works and will conclude the series.”

Over the next few weeks I’ll be introducing you to some of the characters from the book with new stories at www.lastoftheliving.net. This week: ever wondered about the significance of the image on the US cover (see below)? Let me explain. Here’s the prologue from the new book. Meet The Swimmer.

Autumn: Disintegration

Incredibly I’ve already had ten books released in various countries this year but, to my mind, the two most important releases are still to come. In November THEM OR US will bring the HATER trilogy to its dramatic conclusion and then, a couple of weeks later (December in the UK), AUTUMN: DISINTEGRATION will finally hit the shelves. As many of you will know, DISINTEGRATION has been a long time coming…

I’ll be posting a lot about both of the new books in the coming weeks. Today, however, I want to focus on DISINTEGRATION and give you a little bit of background.

In Summer 2005 I released THE HUMAN CONDITION (the book which is gradually being expanded and made available on www.lastoftheliving.net). I genuinely thought I was done with the AUTUMN series at that point, but new scenarios kept on being presented to me. As you know, the AUTUMN books aren’t popular with all zombie fans – there are a large number of people who don’t want to know about the survivors and their problems because all they’re interested in is reading about as many zombies as possible getting dispatched in as many gruesome ways as the author can imagine. And that made me think: what if those same people found themselves stuck in the AUTUMN version of the zombie apocalypse? How would they survive, and would they have more or less success than the survivors from the earlier books? That question is the crux of DISINTEGRATION, and here’s an extended version of the blurb:

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Missing in Action

As some of you will know, I had a few major deadlines to hit by the end of August, and they conspired to keep me away from this site. Apologies for the temporary lack of updates.

I’m back now, and I’ve got a lot of good stuff to tell you about over the coming days. Later this week I’ll be adding new stories to www.lastoftheliving.net including UNDERGROUND – a glimpse into what happened in the military bunker after the catastrophic battle at the beginning of PURIFICATION.

I’ll also be adding a few posts about AUTUMN: DISINTEGRATION: introducing the new characters, giving you an outline of the plot and how it ties in with the other novels in the series, and explaining why it’s taken so long (almost five years!) to get to publication.

It’s going to be a busy year with several more releases planned including THEM OR US and DISINTEGRATION, I have plenty more to share – news of some great events and appearances being planned for the end of this year, competitions, some top secret projects, and loads more besides. To whet your appetite for something happening later this month, check out page 7 of the September edition of The Zombie Times (and if you don’t already receive The Zombie Times, visit this link to rectify that immediately!).

Purification – one day to release

There’s just one day to go before AUTUMN: PURIFICATION is released in the US (it’s already available in the UK and Germany). The third AUTUMN book was always a special one for me. First released in September 2004, it concludes the original trilogy. It’s also particularly exciting, because this book wraps up the re-releases. Next up is AUTUMN: DISINTEGRATION, and I can’t wait for it to finally be available after having been delayed for so long (5 years and counting… more about that very soon).

So, to whet your appetite for PURIFICATION, why not head over to www.lastoftheliving.net and catch up on the back stories of the characters you’ll meet for the first time in the book. Jim Harper, Brigid Culthorpe, Karen Chase, Harry Stayt, Peter Guest, Gary Keele, Jackie Soames, Juliet Appleby, Jacob Flynn… they all play major roles.

And finally, read Kilgore – added to the site this morning. Kilgore’s not immune, nor is he one of the infected. He’s a cowardly, weak, terrified weasel of a man who just happens to have survived long enough to play an important part in PURIFICATION.

Please read, enjoy, and come back here tomorrow for a chance to win one of five signed copies of the new book.

Last of the Living - the official AUTUMN website

The Autumn artists – Craig Paton

No updates from me in quite a while… Very sorry. I’ve been working flat out to get AUTUMN: AFTERMATH delivered, and this week I’m actually sat in a caravan in Wales with the family, so my time online has been massively reduced. We’re taking a short break around the locations which originally inspired the first AUTUMN book and STRAIGHT TO YOU. I’ll share some holiday pictures when I get back.

In the meantime, I’ve been planning to put together a series of features about the artists who’ve contributed to www.lastoftheliving.net. Craig Paton, who you’ll know from his magnificent Amy Steadman artwork as well as the covers for Iain McKinnons Domain and Remains of the Dead, has put together a fascinating piece on his blog about how Amy came into being. Head over to his site here and read it.

I’ll be back up to speed shortly and will catch up on my outstanding emails etc. as soon as I’m home. Oh, and I’ll have an AUTUMN: PURIFICATION giveaway for you next week.

Steadman’s last stand

Amy Steadman, illustration by Craig Paton www.craigpaton.comThe final instalment of the late Amy Steadman’s story is now available at www.lastoftheliving.net, accompanied as usual by another beautiful illustration from Craig Paton (check out Craig’s new blog, by the way).

Amy makes an uncredited appearance in AUTUMN: PURIFICATION – finally hitting shelves in the US on 16 August. Watch out for an introduction to KILGORE – another new character – coming shortly.

Another Purification update

Juliet Appleby, illustrated by Antony White (www.blackpapersky.co.uk)Apologies for the lack of updates this week – I have a few important deadlines which I need to concentrate on hitting. Normal service will be resumed very shortly.

In the meantime, I’d like to introduce you to Juliet Appleby, another new character who appears in AUTUMN: PURIFICATION. Juliet’s story is available to read now over at www.lastoftheliving.net, and is accompanied by another atmospheric illustration from Antony White (www.blackpapersky.co.uk).

Autumn: Purification

Autumn - Purification US CoverNot long now until AUTUMN: PURIFICATION is out in the US. The book’s released on 16 August and in the run-up to publication I’ll be posting more stories on www.lastoftheliving.net to introduce some of the new characters from the book. I’ve just added two more to the site: Gary ‘Tuggie’ Keele and Jackie Soames. Both of these folks play a major part in the third AUTUMN novel.

Watch out for a PURIFICATION related competition in the next couple of weeks.