Some of my readers here may already be aware that I have a pen name or alter ego that I use when writing non-Joe Hunter stuff, particularly if it is in the horror or humorous crime genres. I often joke that my pseudonym is the worst kept secret on the blogosphere, but some of you might have missed it. The name is Vallon Jackson. Sounds a bit strange, I hear you say. There's a story behind it that I might tell one day, or maybe some more astute family member or friend might spot what the connection is.
Anyway, you're probably wondering why I mention this.
There's a good reason.
I was asked to submit a story to an anthology coming in June 2011 from WILD WOLF PUBLISHING
( http://wildwolfpublishing.com/default.aspx ) to which I jumped at the opportunity. The only thing is that the story APOCALYPSE NOO is not a typical 'Matt Hilton' tale, but one definitely from the off-kilter mind of Vallon Jackson.
Here was the brief: "write a zombie story but with a holiday theme", so you can probably see where I'm coming from. In Apocalypse Noo I draw on a recent trip to Scotland, and the scaremongering news stories we've all been hearing lately. The way the news has been, anyone would be forgiven for thinking the end of the world is nigh!?!
I hope my readers enjoy the story when it comes available this June. I'm going to be in good company. Some others already noted as being involved in this most anticipated Zombie anthology are Remy Porter (author of Dead Beat), Tony Burgess (author screenwriter of Canadian zombie flick, Pontypool), John Russo (co-writer of the classic, genre-creating Night of the Living Dead), amongst many other notables of the horror genre. The book WISH YOU WERE UN-DEAD looks to be a great one, and I hope some of you will keep an eye out for it. It's a move for me (although you can read some earlier Vallon Jackson via the links on this page) but one I hope you enjoy. Don't worry, Joe Hunter will still be going from strength to strength.
Matt (or Vallon depending on how you look at it).