Saturday, 30 April 2011

No Ordinary Joe the Movie

I've been teasing with some production shots from a mini-movie book trailer produced by those wonderful people at Third Act Montage and am proud to now share it with you. Click the link for your first look and let me know what you think in the comments.


Wednesday, 27 April 2011

Blood and Ashes down under.

Here's a review of Blood and Ashes  from the 'Sydney Morning Herald' I was made aware of this morning that I'm particularly proud of and would like to share with my readers. I'm assuming most of you DO NOT dislike violence in your action thrillers.

Monday, 25 April 2011

Your first look at Dead Men's Harvest

The Harvestman is back! And determined to wreak revenge on Joe Hunter. 
When Rink is ambushed by a team of highly skilled killers, Joe is pretty sure his friend is being used as bait. And the intended prey is Hunter himself. Joe has to go 'off radar' to rescue his friend. 
Their deadly game of cat and mouse reaches its climax on the rusty hulk of The Queen Sofia, a slave ship moored off the North Carolina coast where Joe's ex-sister-in-law is being held hostage. 
Against overwhelming odds, and amid a ferocious storm, Joe comes face to face with his old enemy Tubal Cain.

Published 18th August 2011 by Hodder and Stoughton and available for pre-order now at:

Saturday, 23 April 2011

It's Alive!

For those of you interested, and who have one of those kindle-reader type thingamajigs, you might like to know that you can now purchase the Kindle edition of the zombie anthology Holiday of the Dead via and

Alternatively you can order a copy direct from the publisher

Sunday, 10 April 2011

'Big Bopper' or 'Matt the Knife'?

Over at the fabulous Absolutely*Kate's amazing site AT THE BIJOU her Rat Pack Review is in full swing and I couldn't resist. Have you ever guessed what author intrusion I'm guilty of: if not take a peek over and find out. You might be definitely won't let me near a karaoke mic again.

Saturday, 9 April 2011

H is for Hilton Honoured

Over at author and blogger Sue Harding's I REFUSE TO GO QUIETLY she has been conducting an alphabet of writing and I am honoured to have been chosen to represent the letter H. Thank you, Sue, I'm well-chuffed.

You can read what Sue says here:

The sun is shining...bring out yer dead.

The sun is shining outside as I write this, so it's probably a good time to bring your notice to the holiday-themed zombie anthology I'm part of under my darkside's pen name of Vallon Jackson. The Book is called HOLIDAY OF THE DEAD and comes from Wild Wolf Publishers. It will be on sale in shops and online from mid-May, but if you'd like to pre-order a copy direct from the publisher you can do so here:

The zombie apocalypse can really put a downer on your holiday…

38 holiday-themed zombie stories from new and established authors including Night of the Living Dead co-writer, John Russo, Tony Burgess, Shaun Jeffrey, Rod Glenn, Iain McKinnon, Matt Hilton, David Dunwoody, Wayne Simmons,Bowie V Ibarra, Joe McKinney, Remy Porter, A P Fuchs, Thomas Emson and Eric S Brown.

Over 500 pages crammed full of flesh-eating horror and dark humour from the cream of UK, US and Canadian talent.  Theme parks, serial killers, seaside resorts, Christmas, Thanksgiving and fishing trips.  You’ll scream, you’ll laugh and you might even shed a tear…

Holiday zombie horror has never been so entertaining.

Dark Inside By Shaun Jeffrey
Squawk By Remy Porter
Jennifer By Iain McKinnon
Cherry By Tony Wright
A Side of Cranberry Sauce By Clyde Wolfe
Dig By Lee Kelly
Apocalypse Noo By Vallon Jackson
Thanksgiving Feast By A.M. Boyle
Oatmeal Cookies By Eric Dimbleby
In The End By R. M. Cochran
Naked Fear By Tonia Brown
Undead Side of the Moon By Lyle Perez-Tinics
A Change is as Good as a Rest By Tom Johnstone
Storm Coming Down By Iain S Paton
Rockets’ Red Glare By Bowie V Ibarra
Zombie World Death Perception By Calvin A. L. Miller II
School’s Out By Derek Gunn
Guises By S. Michael Nash
Ladykiller By Ricki Thomas
Daddy Dearest By Dave Jeffery
Sleep Comes Does Never By A. P. Fuchs
Roman Holiday By David Dunwoody
Larry and Hank’s Big Dead Fishing Adventure By Eric S Brown
Home Is The Sailor, Home From The Sea By William Meikle
Burj By Nigel Hall
A Dark Moon Honeymoon By Rob Smith
The Last Trip Together By John McCuaig
The Day The Music Died By Joe McKinney
Wabigoon By James Cheetham
The Four Of July By Shawn M Riddle
Where Moth and Rust Destroy By Thomas Emson
The Zombie Whisperer By Bob Lock
The Day I Discovered The Truth About The Man In The Red Suit By R. Phillip Roberts
December In Florida By Asher Wismer
One Dead Whore By Wayne Simmons
Seahouses Slaughterhouse By Rod Glenn

Bonus Material
  • A special short story by Night of the Living Dead co-writer, John Russo ‘The Walk-In’
  • An exclusive excerpt from the screenplay for the forthcoming film sequel to Pontypool written by Tony Burgess

Friday, 8 April 2011

USA covers

Coming December 2011
Coming November 2011
These are mock ups for the paperback editions of Slash and Burn (JH3) and Cut and Run (JH4) due for mass market paperback release in the USA this coming November and December. The type will be in flashy embossed foil, but this gives you some idea of what to look out for on the bookshop shelves. I like these covers: very evocative looking, and I hope you do to.

Wednesday, 6 April 2011

Apocalypse Noo - the back story.

Regular visitors to my blog will already know that apart from the Joe Hunter books, I occasionally enjoy dipping into the medium of the short story. Usually when doing so, I tend to also dip into genres not necessarily associated with a thriller author. You can read samples of my out put via the sidebar where there are links to some of the shorts I've posted on the web. They range from gritty crime, to humorous crime, to horror, to ghost or weird tales. Some are even thrillers.

One of the worst kept secrets associated with me is that I occasionally write under the pseudonym of Vallon Jackson. My reason for doing that is to keep my other writing distinct from my Joe Hunter books so that there is no reader confusion. my guise of Vallon Jackson I was approached by an old friend of mine - under his pseudonym of Remy Porter - to submit a short story to an anthology. The catch was the story was to be written to a specific brief, that of a zombie story set against the backdrop of a holiday destination or theme. I'm not known for writing about the Risen Dead, but had recently read another anthology (The New Dead aka Zombie) on just such a subject and found it to be good fun. Coupled with that I'd just watched a few movies - Carriers, The Crazies, The Andromeda Strain - dealing with apocalyptical plagues, as well as the TV series The Walking Dead, and thought: "Why the hell not?"

My story might be different than others in the upcoming anthology, with a different feel - I'm not that well read in the genre (although Dead Beat by Remy Porter did make its way in to my hands last year and proved to be a great read) - but I hope you will enjoy it. It's called APOCALYPSE NOO.

The anthology is huge, with around 600 pages and 38 short stories from new and established authors and is set to light a huge flame under horror readers this May. It will be available from all the usual outlets or direct from the publisher's website at

Some people have been wondering about my pen name, and why it came about. Here's a clue: my parents are Val and Jack, and I'm their son. Easy when you think about it.

Joe given voice

This is a podcast from South Side Broadcasting where Slash and Burn was given the treatment as Book of the Month (March 2011). Some highly energetic readings from the book for your enjoyment, as well as expert reviews at the end. (there's a couple minutes of advertisements you can zip over in the middle). Enjoy!