Fresh blood required

I’ve had a few quiet years but I’m hopeful that you’ll be seeing a lot more of me in the near future. There are a number of very exciting projects in the pipeline. A great way of keeping up to date with my news would be to sign up for my newsletter, and you can find all the necessary details over here. And yes, before you ask, I’m GDPR compliant. Here’s a link to the privacy policy.

For a long time I gave away a short story to new mailing list subscribers, but now I’ve upped the ante and produced HOW IT WORKS – a tongue in cheek guide to the inner workings of a typical horror author (me!). The book is available in Kindle and ePub formats, and also as a pdf. As well as a biography, frequently asked questions, and a guide to all my current novels, it also contains SCRATCH – the dystopian zombie novella I wrote for Infected Books’ YEAR OF THE ZOMBIE series.

The ebook is designed as a primer for people who are new to my work, so feel free to pass it on to anyone you think might be interested. Chances are if you’re reading this you’re already well versed in my work, but as the title of this post implies, I’m on the lookout for fresh blood…!

Year of the Zombie – out now

In 2016, Wayne Simmons and I curated YEAR OF THE ZOMBIE, which saw a host of zombie authors each contribute an original novella to a year long project. I’m pleased to announce that we’ve now collected the 12 stories together and made them available in a single volume. YEAR OF THE ZOMBIE is out NOW from Infected Books. The ebook – coming in at a massive 180,000 words – costs only $3.99. The paperback is a hefty 492 pages!

We recruited a star-studded line up of authors for the project.

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My friend spent last week sealed inside a nuclear bunker

You might have heard of my friend Sean T. Page. He’s an all-round good egg. He’s also the hugely successful author of the Zombie Survival and Alien Invasion Haynes Manuals (which he recently followed up with the Zombie Survival Transport Manual). Not only that, he also contributed the brilliant, and not a little disturbing, 1975 to last year’s Infected Books YEAR OF THE ZOMBIE project.

Trawl the archives of this site, and you’ll discover that there’s another side to Sean. A few years back he had himself sealed into a decommissioned nuclear bunker for a week (check out my report here), then followed that up with a week alone in the Sinai desert.

Sean, cunningly disguised as Shaun, with his invaluable guide (photo: Grace Elkin - www.graceelkinphotography.co.uk)

Last week Sean went back down into the bunker for another stint and, as before, he filmed a video blog each day. I’ve a couple of connections with that bunker which I wrote about here and here, and it was also the inspiration for parts of THEM OR US. Knowing what I know about the place, I can’t decide whether Sean’s incredibly brave or just plain crazy. Whatever the answer, I present his most recent video transmissions for your viewing pleasure.

The office Christmas party from hell

It’s that time of year again… Remember the time Wayne Simmons and I wrote a novella about the office Christmas party at the end of the world? It’s bloody stupid, and it’s bloody (very bloody) good fun.

The long-promised YEAR OF THE ZOMBIE paperback and ebook anthology will appear next year. Until then, the individual novellas are available on Amazon, and you can read them for free if you’re a Kindle Unlimited subscriber.

Is this our LAST CHRISTMAS?

Very pleased to be able to announce the release today of LAST CHRISTMAS – the final book in Infected Books’ YEAR OF THE ZOMBIE series, and the first time WAYNE SIMMONS and I have collaborated on a story. It’s silly. It’s bloody. It’s Christmassy. It’s a whole lot of fun and I hope you enjoy it.

The Office Christmas Party can a nightmare at the best of times but when it coincides with the end of the world, things get even messier.

For mild-mannered security guard Howard Stanton, this was meant to be an easy shift. A chance to keep his head down and watch Die Hard movies while the rest of the staff get wasted. But then the zombie apocalypse happened and peopled expected him to do something about it. Was that even in his job description?

It’s going to be a long drink- and drug-fuelled night. The world’s going to hell and it’s down to Howard to hold it all together. He’s in charge tonight, and if he screws up, it’ll be everyone’s last Christmas.

It’s been a quiet couple of years, but things will be cranking up a gear or two (or ten) in 2017. THE FRONT: RED DEVILS will be out in February, ONE OF US WILL BE DEAD BY MORNING (HATER #4) will be out in August, and there will be other surprises along the way. Oh, and important paperwork has just been signed for the screen adaptation of HATER. More news coming soon…

Pick up LAST CHRISTMAS now from Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.com and Amazon.de. I hope you have as much fun reading it as we did writing it. And if I don’t get to post here again before Christmas, wherever you are and whatever you celebrate, I hope you and your families and friends have an excellent time.

Year of the Zombie #11 – ONE OF THEM by MATT SHAW

I can’t believe we’re already announcing the last but one YEAR OF THE ZOMBIE novella. This year has flown past. Our latest author is a real sick b*stard. It’s an honour to introduce MATT SHAW with his story, ONE OF THEM.

oneofthemBob meet Andria. Andria meet Bob.

The zombie apocalypse has brought the world to its knees. All the survival plans have been tried, but nothing’s worked. Our world has been taken over by Them – sick, diseased creatures which exist with the sole aim of spreading their infection until none of us are left alive.

But even in this dystopian hell, fate deals some surprising hands.

Loner Bob was ready for the end days. His house is strong and he has supplies enough to last him a while. When he finds Andria, though, the woman who cared for his father in the rest home during the final days and weeks of his life, he sees an opportunity to repay the kindness she showed his dying dad. It’s the very least he can do.

It’s a no brainer. There’s safety in numbers. After all, it’s the end of the world, and survivors should stick together when times are tough like this… shouldn’t they?

ONE OF THEM is available now from Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.de.

Year of the Zombie: NOCK

nockIt’s the first of the month, and time for the launch of the tenth novella in the Infected Books YEAR OF THE ZOMBIE series. This month, I’m really pleased to introduce Scott McGlasson, the winner of our Pitch and Page competition, and his story, NOCK.

Ten years After civilization collapsed, a walled city is the only world Stace Tomlinson has ever known. Undead ferals and living marauders still prowl the wilderness outside, but the people of Shawnee Lodge have adapted as best they can. Ammunition, electronics, and gasoline are now distant memories from Before, and they have once again taken up the bow. When almost all the horses and cattle were slaughtered, they learned how to turn ferals into dociles, pulling their ploughs and wagons, turning the wheels of their mills.

It’s a simple life of crops and crafts, but Stace doesn’t want to end up stuck on a farm. She wants to follow in her father’s footsteps, outside the walls. Rob Tomlinson is a Ranger – one of the best, a master of fieldcraft and feral hunting – and living in the shadow of such a fearsome, well-respected figure comes with its own problems. The pressure Stace feels to match up to her father’s expectations can be unbearable. Sometimes, though, life has a habit of showing you one path, then leading you down another.

Stace has struggled to prove to her father that she’s up to the job. Today, though, she’s going to have to step up. Both of their lives depend on it.

NOCK is available now from AMAZON.COMAMAZON.CO.UK and AMAZON.DE

Year of the Zombie – Pitch and Page winner announcement

It’s with great pleasure that I’m able to announce the winner of the Infected Books Year of the Zombie Pitch and Page competition. It’s taken a while for the judging process to be completed, and I’m sorry to have kept folks waiting for the result. We had a good number of entries, but there was a clear favourite which judges Michael Preissl, Gina Panettieri and I unanimously picked.

Congratulations to SCOTT MCGLASSON. Scott’s novella NOCK will be October’s Year of the Zombie release.

Huge thanks to EVERYONE who entered the competition. I’d like to particularly mention a number of other great writers who were highly commended by the judges: Dan Howarth, Matthew Gilman, Angela Bodine and Mouse-Diver Dudfield.

A blast from the past

1975It’s the first of the month, and that can only mean one thing – the release of the next YEAR OF THE ZOMBIE novella. This month we have a real blast from the past, as the brilliant SEAN T. PAGE takes us back to 1975 and a top-secret bunker in the middle of zombie-infested London. Sean is one of my all-time favourite zombie people and an expert in his field, and it’s a real honour to have him on board. 1975 is available now from Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.de and other sites worldwide for just 99c.

The Ark is a secret Ministry bunker hidden deep beneath the streets of London and humanity’s last hope for survival.

Sealed inside, a small team oversees 5,000 cryogenically frozen humans whilst the world above disintegrates.

But, as bunker fever spreads through the concrete walls of the Ark, those still awake begin to wonder if they’d be safer on the outside.

Random murders, claustrophobic violence and plastic mannequins… far too many plastic mannequins.

Polyester flares and the Osmonds aren’t the only things to be afraid of in 1975.

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