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New book PLASTIC JESUS sees its official release this weekend. It’s available from all good online retailers and should be appearing in store very soon at your local Waterstone’s or indie bookseller.
Here’s a summary of some of the cool stuff out there on the book right now…
Starburst Magazine are running an interview feature in their December 2013 edition, issue 395, and had this to say in their review:
‘Plastic Jesus is an unrelenting look at the near future. Simmons skilfully comments on the current state of society and without stretching credibility, manages to give us a peek at where we may be headed. Believe us, the view isn’t a particularly inviting one but what it does is provide a stunningly realistic and relatable backdrop for a story that’s as gritty and violent as it is intriguing.’
Skin Deep Tattoo Magazine are running an intereview in their new Sci-Fi Bookazine (available now at WH Smith and all good newsagents or online) and a competition in their latest magazine.
This is Horror have another giveaway, which you can get in on right here.
And then there’s this, from my piece, BLADE RUNNER: MISERY-FEST OR MASTERPIECE, part of a series on dystopia by Litro Magazine.
‘And here’s the rub: for true dystopia, you need a failed attempt at utopia. It’s the contrast that makes the whole thing work. With Blade Runner, it was the basic cyberpunk hook: man invents machine; machine turns against man. With Plastic Jesus, it’s about religion: man invents religion, religion turns on man. Man tries to rebrand and reinvent religion using machine and… needless to say, things don’t go according to plan.’
… and these lovely words from Tammy over at Books, Bones & Buffy:
‘Plastic Jesus reminded me of the moodiness of Blade Runner and the drug-fueled plot and stylistic writing of Jeff Noon’s Vurt, but with a unique quality all its own. Dangerous and atmospheric, Plastic Jesus is a futuristic thrill ride with unexpected heart.’
Very excited about this book, as its my first foray into the world of sci-fi. Hope you guys get a chance to grab a copy and check it out!
Double whammy for you, what with a reminder that this Sunday (27th October) sees brand new horror expo, SCARdiff, hitting as well as my brand new podcast, HACK.
SCARdiff 2013 is an all-horror expo co-produced by Mike Allwood (Fantasy Events) and my bad self, in association with Shock Horror Magazine and Zombiehamster.com. Guests include Bobby Rhodes (DEMONS, DEMONS 2), Dominic Brunt (BEFORE DAWN, SHELLSHOCKED, INBRED, TV’s EMMERDALE), Anthony DP Mann (THE HORROR ETC PODCAST, TERROR OF DRACULA), John Higgins (WATCHMEN, RAZORJACK), Mike Peel (THE DESCENT), David Moody (AUTUMN, HATER) and many more!
All kicking off at the Mercure Holland House Hotel, Cardiff, from 11 am til late on Sunday 27th. £8 door.
More details at the official website.
HACK Podcast is a new podcast focused on my writing and all things horror/ genre related. Ep One includes a reading from FLU, a report from GRIMMFEST featuring fellow horror hack, David Moody and readings of YOUR flash fiction.
More details at the new PODCASTS section of the website.
Hope to see you at SCARdiff! Either way, have a great weekend!
More awesomeness coming up on the Wayne Simmons Fan Page…
Following on from the Pitch & Page comp with my agent, Gina Panettieri, we’re delighted to have fellow apoc-horror guy David Moody over to the page to lead a ‘how-to’ workshop.
David, of course, is no stranger here: he’s the bestselling author of the AUTUMN and HATER series.
He’ll be hosting no fewer than 3 video-led workshops on the subject of writing characters.
Don’t miss out. Get on over to the page right now by following this link!
Back in 2007 or so, I used to loiter around a forum called ALLTHINGSZOMBIE. It was (and still is) a wonderful spot for hanging with fellow zombie horror fans. I met some wonderful people over there, including Jude Felton (now head honcho over at THE LAIR OF FILTH) and Steve Vold, who you may recall recently inked this awesome portrait of yours truly.
Anyway, at the time I was writing my first novel (DROP DEAD GORGEOUS) and Steve was working on a comic: ZOMBIE B.C.
Fast forward to 2013 and Steve has just launched a kickstarter page for ZOMBIE B.C., alongside co-creator Steven Williams. With a strapline like ‘Cavemen vs Zombies’ there’s a lot to like here. Not to mention Steve’s awesome artwork.
Check it out over at the official page. And if you like what you see, why not throw the guys some change?