The Strain (Book one of The Strain trilogy)…

The visionary creator of the Academy Award-winning Pan’s Labyrinth and a Hammett Award-winning author bring their imaginations to this bold, epic novel about a horrifying battle between man and vampire that threatens all humanity. It is the first installment in a thrilling trilogy and an extraordinary international publishing event.

The Strain

They have always been here. Vampires. In secret and in darkness. Waiting. Now their time has come.

In one week, Manhattan will be gone. In one month, the country.

In two months – the world.

A Boeing 777 arrives at JFK and is on its way across the tarmac, when it suddenly stops dead. All window shades are pulled down. All lights are out. All communication channels have gone quiet. Crews on the ground are lost for answers, but an alert goes out to the CDC. Dr. Eph Goodweather, head of their Canary project, a rapid-response team that investigates biological threats, gets the call and boards the plane. What he finds makes his blood run cold.

In a pawnshop in Spanish Harlem, a former professor and survivor of the Holocaust named Abraham Setrakian knows something is happening. And he knows the time has come, that a war is brewing . . .

So begins a battle of mammoth proportions as the vampiric virus that has infected New York begins to spill out into the streets. Eph, who is joined by Setrakian and a motley crew of fighters, must now find a way to stop the contagion and save his city – a city that includes his wife and son – before it is too late.

Well-written, with brilliant characterisation and a visionary take on a vampire plague that infests and infects New York City. An amazing plotline with very good pacing, The Strain begins a trilogy that looks to be very promising indeed.


Rewrite and Acceptance

It’s been a very busy month, what with Stalkerfest 2010 to organise, taking over two roles within the Australian Horror Writer’s Association (Vice President and manager of Sinister Reads), along with loads of personal shit to deal with, so I have no excuses for my long absence other than totally run off my feet.

On the plus side, I recently received word that Hammered: Memoirs of an Addict has been accepted by Legumeman books here in Australia, to be published next year sometime.
Now to rewrite the damn thing with a load of new material.
I’ll update as I can.

It’s also getting closer to the release of Festive Fear 2: Global Edition with my story Santa Akbar! contained within…for anyone who hasn’t ordered this, it’s sold out and likely only to be found on the secondary market next year.