Monday, January 28, 2013


Listen up because this is the last time I'm going to say this.*

I wrote a prequel to WARM BODIES and it's called THE NEW HUNGER and it's available now.

I foretold the coming of this book in my previous post and explained at length what it is (a novella) and what it's about. (horrible things happening to sweet children and sweet children happening to horrible things.) Now it has come, and I want you to read it.

This is not quite the final cover design...the kids look weird...but it's close enough.


Before you go, I need to explain some things to you.

Due to time constraints involved with trying to make this book line up with the release of the WARM BODIES movie, THE NEW HUNGER is just an eBook for the moment. BUT! Paper books are very important to me, as are all the readers who hate reading on computer screens, so a print edition will follow in the near future. I love paper. I love real books. But it happens that eBooks are much, much faster to put out, and this is why you're getting this sudden, last minute announcement for this book rather than a big media parade leading up to the release.

YOU DO NOT NEED A TABLET DEVICE TO READ IT! You can read the eBook on your Mac or PC. There will be instructions on how to do this somewhere on the Zola page.


This is the biggest point of confusion, so allow me to explain.

Zola Books is a new eBook retailer, but it's a lot more than that. It's a hub for the entire literary universe. When it's fully up and running (which will be a while; it's still very much in beta) it will be a place where lovers of books can congregate, interact with each other, discover and purchase new books, and have a direct line to the authors they already love. It will be a community that brings readers together and connects readers with authors in a way that's never been done before. There are other sites that do some of things Zola will do, but there is no site that does all of it in one place, and there are things Zola will do that no one else does anywhere. It's like an insane and beautiful hybrid of Facebook, Goodreads, Blogger, Amazon, and Netflix, centered around nothing but BOOKS. No movies, no video games, no paper towels or office furniture, no pictures of cats or sandwiches or lists of your friends' favorite bowel movements--just books! Fucking BOOKS, man!

These things.

Zola is a new concept built in defiance of the massive conglomerates (Amazon, mainly) that currently dominate the book marketplace. Zola is a young upstart trying to change the landscape. It's author-centric, putting most of the control (and profits) in the author's hands and going to unprecedented lengths to connect writers and readers in meaningful ways. It's about giving books a cultural spotlight that currently only exists for music and movies. It's about drawing readers out of their bedrooms and connecting them to each other and to the literary culture stream, and making the experience of loving books a little less lonely.

Having said all those great things about Zola, I need you to keep in mind that it's far, far from finished. They're still putting all these systems together, so a lot of the stuff I've described isn't functional yet, and some of the stuff that is functional is extremely buggy. Please give them some grace when trying to buy THE NEW HUNGER, because we are launching this book before Zola is really open for business, kicking down their locked doors and assaulting the cleaning crew. So if you have problems getting the book into your tablet or onto your desktop, please contact Zola and they'll work it out.

Zola is primarily a US store, but they are currently working on ways to take orders from abroad. If it doesn't work for your country, contact Zola and they will work something out.
Unfortunately, Zola can't sell to the UK, Australia, or New Zealand, because Vintage Books is already publishing in those countries, so you will have to wait for Vintage to release it--most likely on Amazon, iBooks, etc.


Again, this cover isn't quite finished...the kids look stupid.

*I'm totally going to say this a lot more times.

Thursday, January 24, 2013


I have an announcement to make.

This may seem a little sudden. I have dropped vague hints into some of my postings and occasionally revealed the truth to random people on the internet in moments of drunken indiscretion. Passersby on the street have certainly heard me mumbling about it while scratching furiously at my neck with one hand and petting invisible cats with the other. But I've been waiting to officially announce it until I could give you some real information, since the mutterings of madmen count for little in this fast-paced, fact-driven new media web 2.0 world.

So here it is: I've written a prequel to WARM BODIES.

It's called THE NEW HUNGER.

It's coming out on January 28th. Yes, this January 28th. Monday.

Now I'll provide a little more detail to satisfy the media's insatiable demand for context, nuance, and accuracy.

THE NEW HUNGER is a novella, which is like a novel only cuter. It's 140 pages. It takes place 7 years before WARM BODIES. It involves a formative early encounter between R, Julie, Nora, and M.

12-year-old Julie drives with her parents across the wastelands of mid-apocalyptic America--a nightmarish family road trip in search of a new home.

16-year-old Nora finds herself her brother's reluctant, terrified guardian after her parents abandon them in the ruins of Seattle.

A man in a red tie awakens in a forest with a mind as blank as a baby's. With no idea who or what he is, he must unravel the grim mystery of his existence--right after he learns how to think, how to walk, and how to satisfy the mad creature shouting in his belly.

Unaware that their paths are set to collide, these three warped families move inexorably closer, toward an encounter that will change the course of their lives--and their deaths--forever.

I can hear some of you asking, "Why a prequel? Why should I care what happened 7 fictional years ago? Quit stalling and get on with the sequel!"

Book 2 is about the future, but it gets there via the past. People are forgetful, dead people even more so, and confronting these buried realities will be crucial to understanding the world they're now living in--and how they might attempt to change it. THE NEW HUNGER is a necessary bridge between WARM BODIES and Book 2. It sheds a wider light on the landscape of this world. It introduces people, groups, and cosmic mysteries that will become very important. It shows how R, Julie, Nora, and M ended up where they are now, and points to where they might go next. And in my humble opinion, it's just a fucking good story.

So that is my announcement. I will have more news on release day, such as what this book looks like and where you can acquire it. Have a great weekend, and I'll see you Monday!

With much throbbing love,