FAQ Update

Despite the existence of my FAQ I am constantly being asked these three questions, so I think it's time to do some clarification and reiteration of these Greatest Hits questions.

Q: When does the WARM BODIES prequel come out?

A: You mean The New Hunger? It came out months ago, fool! But there's a catch: it's only in ebook form, and only available from Zolabooks.com  That's right, it's NOT ON AMAZON. Or iTunes, or anywhere else. Just Zolabooks.com for reasons having to do with anarchy and raging against the machine and supporting intriguing new platforms with great potential for innovation, and so on. This exclusive arrangement will change at some point, because I myself am a paper purist and eventually there will be a physical edition which will probably spread into digital editions on other platforms, but for now: Zolabooks.com

YES, you can still read it on your Kindle, iPad, even your desktop if you don't own a tablet. You just have to download the epub from Zolabooks.com

Q: When will THE NEW HUNGER come out in paperback?

It's of utmost importance to me that physical copies exist, because I know many of you don't read ebooks, and I actually don't either. I want the book on my shelf, sandwiched between Warm Bodies and Untitled Isaac Marion Zombie Novel. ("Book 3" for short.) But the fate of The New Hunger is intertwined with the fate of Book 3, so I won't know exactly when a paperback of TNH will be published until I know exactly how and when Book 3 will be published. I can promise TNH will be published before Book 3, because it will be essential to understanding Book 3, but that's about all I can promise. So if you're in any hurry, I'd suggest learning to love ebooks and heading on over to Zola

HOWEVER: If you're lucky enough to live somewhere in the British Isles, you can get your hands on a paperback from Vintage UK on October 29th, 2013. I know, it makes no sense, I can't...I can't even try to explain it, so just accept this reality, fill your saloon with petrol, check the air in the tyres, drive to the supermarket and buy the book, throw it in the boot, go home to your flat, get a bag of crisps, and read it in the loo while taking a shite.

Q: When will the WARM BODIES sequel come out?

A: It's really hard to project a completion date for a book like this. If I were writing one of those books with the phrase "A [Character's Name] Novel" on the cover, some kind of episodic franchise thriller with a clearly predetermined path, or even a traditional sequel designed to simply repeat the patterns of the original while expanding them slightly, maybe I could meet a specific deadline. But this is a weird book, expanding on the foundation of Warm Bodies in a lot of brain-straining ways and presenting me with a lot of intellectual, philosophical, and ethical challenges that I've never encountered before. It's a sequel to Warm Bodies in the way that Lord of the Rings was a sequel to The Hobbit, and with that kind of expanding scope, there are a lot of potential pitfalls, so it's hard to fathom a timeline.

But, with that said, my possibly naive hope is to finish it mid to late 2014.

That is all. Enjoy the remainder of your life.



Life Isn't Worth It

All America's crimes in the name of security stem from the belief that our lives are very, very important and must be protected at all costs. This is a narcissistic delusion. Our lives are important, but sometimes bad things are going to happen and some of us are going to die, and this is not a shocking affront to the natural order, it's an inevitability that mature human beings learn to accept.

When you go camping, you accept the possibility that you could fall off a cliff or be eaten by a bear. You don't kill all the bears and blast down all the cliffs in order to guarantee your safety. You take reasonable precautions and then you go out and hope for the best, because although you enjoy your life, you know it's not that important. It's not worth flattening the world.

But America is obsessed with safety. We insist that no one must ever die, and we trample over our principals in an absurd attempt to ensure it. If we could relax our grip on this planet and accept that being here is a privilege that can be revoked at any time, if we could let go of the notion that preserving life, no matter how sorry the state of it becomes, is the great mission of society that trumps all other concerns, then maybe the madness of doing bad things to prevent bad things could finally end.