More free fiction at www.lastoftheliving.net

If you haven’t already gathered from my other posts this week, I’m off on holiday tomorrow. I’ve added next week’s free Last of the Living story to the website early, and I hope you enjoy it. It’s a brief introduction to Peter Guest – a character who sits in pretty much a catatonic daze throughout Autumn: The City, but who finally comes around from the shock of the apocalypse to play a important role in Autumn: Purification.

Last of the Living - the official AUTUMN website

There’s loads more to come next month… new short stories (and at least one novella in amongst them) every week in the run-up to the US release of Purification, a very cool AUTUMN competition, and plenty more besides.

DUCK AND COVER – a free AUTUMN novella

If (like me) you’re keen to find a distraction from things happening here in the UK today, you could do far worse than heading over to www.lastoftheliving.net to read DUCK AND COVER, a free 10,000 word AUTUMN novella. I hope you enjoy it. Tell your friends.

Duck and Cover - graphics and animation by Daniel Boucher

Before you read the story, please take a few moments to watch the beautiful and incredibly atmospheric accompanying animation, which was put together for me by the very talented Daniel Boucher (of www.thenovelblog.com). A huge public thank you to Dan. Centrepiece of this artwork is the original 1950’s public safety movie from the US which gave this story its title and inspiration. Leave it playing in the background while you’re reading… it adds to the effect!

Amy Steadman has been dead for almost five days…

Amy Steadman, illustrated by Craig PatonThis week over at www.lastoftheliving.net, another day in the life (death?) of my favourite reanimated corpse, Amy Steadman, beautifully illustrated as usual by the outrageously talented Craig Paton.

“Amy Steadman has been dead for almost five days. Her body has deteriorated to a remarkable extent. She is weakening physically, but now other, far more ominous changes are beginning to occur. Amy is becoming aware.”

More stories and artwork added to www.lastoftheliving.net

Another week, another brief slug of free zombie fiction… This week an excerpt from the beginning of AUTUMN: THE CITY has been added to www.lastoftheliving.net, and a new story BRIGID CULTHORPE (brilliantly illustrated once again by David Naughton-Shires). Brigid’s another new character who appears in AUTUMN: PURIFICATION.

Also added to the site this week are a number of great pieces of art from Antony White. Learn more about Antony by visiting his site www.blackpapersky.co.uk. And don’t forget, you can view all the artwork so far added to www.lastoftheliving.net in the ‘art’ section. Please keep checking back, because there’s loads more to come.

Jim Harper – new story added to Last of the Living

Jim Harper - illustrated by David Naughton-ShiresA new story has been added to www.lastoftheliving.net, the first of three shorts for this month. Jim Harper appears in the forthcoming Autumn: Purification (out in the UK on April 21st, US August 16th), and his story has been illustrated by David Naughton-Shires (see www.knightwatchpress.info for more of David’s work).

Last of the Living

Last of the Living - the official AUTUMN websiteThe official AUTUMN website is now open for business. As well as information about the five AUTUMN novels, by the end of 2011, the site will also be home to more than 100,000 words of free zombie fiction. The first batch of stories are now live, with more to follow at regular intervals from early March onwards.

You’ll notice that the site is also home to a lot of superb artwork like this:

Amy Steadman (day 3) by Craig Paton

If you’re an artist and you’d like to get involved, click here to read the submission guidelines. (The illustration above, by the way, is Amy Steadman – Day 3 – by the very talented Craig Paton.)

Enjoy the new site – and the free stories – there’s a LOT more exciting stuff on the way very soon!

Happy New Year

Happy New Year to everyone here, on Facebook, Twitter, and everywhere else this blog gets syndicated. I hope you all enjoyed the holidays and here’s to a fantastic 2011 for all of us.

2011 started well for Kate Prince of Lapenty, France – she’s the winner of my recent AUTUMN ‘name the domain’ competition. Her winning suggestion was ‘last of the living’ which I really liked because, like the books, it puts the emphasis on the living rather than the dead. Congratulations again Kate, and thanks to everyone else who entered. The new website, with a name inspired by Kate’s suggestion, is my first priority for the new year and will be launched soon.

Just a quick reminder that you can still order signed books from www.infectedbooks.co.uk. Copies of the UK hardcover edition of AUTUMN: THE CITY (complete with its ‘angry leaf’ cover – thanks SFX!) will be added at the end of the month. As I mentioned previously, right now I’m donating a sum to charity for each book sold (click here to find out more).