One year since Autumn: Dawn

Well, that went fast! It’s a year today since AUTUMN: DAWN hit the shelves. To say I’m thrilled with how the new AUTUMN books have been received is an understatement. I was worried how fans of the original series would take to the new trilogy but, by and large, you seem to have approved! THE LONDON TRILOGY is different in terms of scope and scale, but they retain the same gloom-filled atmosphere as the earlier novels. If you haven’t yet had chance to read them, please click the links to find out more. I can particularly recommend the audio versionsAUBREY PARSONS‘ excellent narration adds a whole new dimension to the story.

Now that both AUTUMN: DAWN and AUTUMN: INFERNO have been out for a while, I thought it was about time I provided an update on AUTUMN: EXODUS, the final book in the trilogy. To me, EXODUS feels like a hybrid of both series, combining the pace and attitude of DAWN and INFERNO with the quiet desolation of the original books. The writing process is progressing well and I’m hoping the book will be released in late November this year. As always, please keep an eye on this site for updates.

Until then, here’s a hint of the direction the story takes…

In the ashes of London, the survivors of the Great Fire wait to make their move. But even now, days after the inferno that consumed this once great city, the dead continue their relentless advance, hunting out the last of the living.

The survivors are going to have to risk everything to escape here, and then risk everything again as they attempt to reach Ledsey Cross, a fabled safe haven at the other end of the country. Every step they take will be fraught with danger. There will be no short cuts and no easy options. To have any chance of staying alive, the group will need to trek hundreds of miles through the harshest of winters, across a land ruled by the living dead.

Autumn: Exodus - coming from David Moody in November 2022

Still here

I need to start with an apology. I’ve had a few messages from folks wondering if everything was alright because I’d disappeared. It’s true. I’ve barely left a mark online recently. This iteration of my website has been running since 2008 – more than 1000 posts in total – and April 2022 was the first complete month I didn’t post anything in all that time.

There are a few reasons why. You might or might not be interested, but I’m going to tell you anyway. Some are more personal while others are writing related. I’ll apologise in advance for the length of this post, however I promise a picture of cats and big writing news if you make it all the way to the end.

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Read an eBook Week

I try and post about this initiative every year. Last year I wrote about how important eBooks were to me in the early days of my career (they still are today). When we’re talking about eBooks, the conversation often focuses on how convenient they are, usually culminating in a debate between those who’ll read in any format, and those who insist on print. There’s no right or wrong answer, and I still do everything I can to give my readers the choice of how you want to read (or listen) to my books.

But there’s another facet of eBooks that often goes unspoken, and that’s how accessible they are to authors. There must be thousands, maybe hundreds of thousands of novels that have been released electronically over the last couple of decades which would otherwise have remained unread. It makes you wonder how many magnificent pieces of work have been lost over the years because they didn’t appeal to the right publisher, editor, or agent at the right time.

So that’s as good a reason as any to keep supporting READ AN EBOOK WEEK. For a couple of quid you could take a chance and download something from a new author. If you enjoy it, let them know. I can’t tell you how much that means to an author starting out. If folks hadn’t taken a chance on the free download of AUTUMN back in the day, and if those folks hadn’t got in touch with their feedback, then things could have turned out very different for me.

If you’re in need of inspiration, indie firm SMASHWORDS is a staunch supporter of READ AN EBOOK WEEK. They’ve got a huge sale on this week. All my Infected Books titles are heavily discounted (including AUTUMN: DAWN and AUTUMN: INFERNO), but why not spend some time browsing and take a chance on some new authors?

Autumn: Inferno – audiobook now available

On this darkest of days in Europe it doesn’t really feel appropriate to be posting about my nonsense books, but a number of people have worked very hard to make this happen and I’m keen for folk to hear this new release. The audiobook version of AUTUMN: INFERNO – narrated by the awesome AUBREY PARSONS – is now available from Audible, Amazon, and Apple.

The book is also available in print and as an eBook – links below. You can get hold of signed copies (and there are a few of the limited edition hardcover still available) from www.infectedbooks.co.uk.

Print: AMAZON | BOOK DEPOSITORY | BOOKSHOP | INDIEBOUND | B&N

eBook: AMAZON | APPLE | KOBO | GOOGLE PLAY | NOOK

As some of you will know, I like to give away copies when new audiobooks are released. I have a limited number of download codes (UK and USA only, I’m afraid) for AUTUMN: INFERNO and a number of other books. Use the form below to make your request (*terms and conditions apply).

    Autumn: InfernoAutumn: DawnIsolationTrustStraight to YouThe Cost of LivingStrangers

    UKUnited States

    Terms and Conditions:

    You can request promo codes for some of the above titles using this form. All I ask in return is that you review the book(s) you listen to and/or tell your friends. Thanks in advance!

    • You can use this form to request any of the books shown above
    • You can make multiple submissions for multiple books
    • Numbers of codes available for each books vary and are strictly limited, so some or all of your requests may not be successful
    • If a particular book of mine is not listed, no codes are currently available
    • This offer is only available for Audible.com and Audible.co.uk
    • I’ll endeavour to send codes within 24 hours of them being requested
    • My decision is final in terms of sending codes
    • Audible’s terms and conditions for promo code use apply.

    One week until Autumn: Inferno is released

    A quick reminder that the release of AUTUMN: INFERNO is now just one week away.

    LONDON’S BURNING!

    Population seven million
    99.9% of them dead
    The survival of the rest still balanced on a knife-edge

    Pre-order links are now up and running, with the German and audio versions in production as I type:

    Print: AMAZON | BOOK DEPOSITORY | BOOKSHOP | INDIEBOUND | B&N

    eBook: AMAZON | APPLE | KOBO | GOOGLE PLAY | NOOK

    For those who’ve ordered signed editions, they’ll start shipping in the next couple of days. There’s still time to order limited edition hardcovers (with bonus material) or signed paperbacks. Place an order today, and you can download and start reading a complementary eBook version of INFERNO immediately. Click here for more information.

    The Battle of Wapping

    It’s less than three weeks now until AUTUMN: INFERNO is released. I thought you might like to read an excerpt. The book opens with an army of survivors setting out to reclaim the streets of London from the dead – the battle of Wapping. Click the link below to read it.

    You can read the entire novel today if you pre-order a signed copy from Infected Books. Otherwise, there’s not long to wait now. You can pre-order the eBook, and print pre-order links will be appearing shortly. Aubrey Parsons is busy at work recording the audio version, and the German translation is in Jasmin Kraft’s capable hands.

    Can’t wait for you to read this one. And while you’re doing that, I’ll be hard at work on AUTUMN: EXODUS. The last book in the series will be nothing like you’ve read before.

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    Autumn: Inferno (book two of the London trilogy)

    Just a couple of very quick AUTUMN: INFERNO updates.

    First, the eBook version of the book is now available to pre-order from all the usual outlets – Amazon, Apple (due imminently), Kobo, Google, and B&N. The general paperback pre-order links should start popping up in the next couple of weeks.

    Second, if you’ve already pre-ordered AUTUMN: INFERNO direct from Infected Books, either the limited edition hardcover or signed paperback, you should have received an email from me yesterday with details of how to download your complementary eBook copy RIGHT NOW! Please get in touch if you didn’t receive the instructions, and I’ll get the details to you asap.

    There’s still time to pre-order signed copies from Infected Books, and now that the eBook is available, you’ll be able to download a copy straight away.

    It’s very nearly Christmas… Happy Holidays!

    It’s my last afternoon in the office before I pause for Christmas and the New Year, so I thought I’d take this opportunity to wish everyone the very best for the upcoming holidays. We’ve all had a difficult couple of years, and whilst I don’t think for a second that we’ll be completely out of the woods in 2022, I’m cautiously optimistic that – if we can hold ourselves together and resist the urge to dive down media-fuelled, conspiracy theory laden rabbit holes – things will start to improve.

    Before I disappear I’d like to share an offer, a reminder, and a recommendation.

    The offer – in anticipation of the release of AUTUMN: INFERNO in January, the eBook version of AUTUMN: DAWN is available for 99c/99p from all your usual eBook outlets. If you haven’t started reading THE LONDON TRILOGY, this is a great way to start.

    The reminder – limited edition signed hardcovers and signed paperbacks of AUTUMN: INFERNO are available for pre-order from Infected Books. They’ll be shipping from mid-January, and anyone who pre-orders will receive a complementary ebook version of the new novel in advance of its official release on 25 Jan. If everything goes to plan at this end, you could be reading the book before the end of 2021 (ie next week).

    The recommendation – have you seen ANNA AND THE APOCALYPSE? It’s the best Scottish Christmas zombie musical I’ve ever seen. Cheesy as hell, but a lot of gory fun and it’s well worth a watch. The trailer is below and if you’re in the UK, you can stream the movie now on Amazon Prime.

    There’s lots of good stuff coming up from me, so I hope to see you soon in 2022. In the meantime, Happy Holidays!