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New Look for the New Year!

As promised, here’s your first look at the new covers for SNOWBLIND and SNOWBLIND: THE KILLING GROUNDS. I think they’re phenomenal! Thanks to Kim Killion at The Killion Group for the artwork and the Digital Media & Publishing department at Trident Media Group for bringing these books back from the dead. My most sincere apologies to all who’ve been waiting so patiently, but it won’t be much longer now. In fact, they’ll be available tomorrow! Just click the titles or the images and you’ll be magically whisked away!

For those of you who bought these upon release in 2012 and 2015, respectively, there’s no need to repurchase; these versions contain no significant changes or updates.

The DarkFuse Books

As many of you have noticed, several of my books have mysteriously disappeared from retail sites. When DarkFuse, the publisher of these works, went out of business, the rights reverted back to me. Rather than hurry to self-publish them or enter into a rushed agreement with a different publisher, I decided to take my time and investigate all of my options. Ultimately, I decided to re-release the titles using a service Trident Media Group (the world’s greatest literary agency) provides for its clients. The structure of this deal allows me to maintain a considerable amount of control over the product and pricing, while gaining access to an exclusive agreement with Amazon beyond that of a traditional self-publishing arrangement. It also allows me to utilize some amazing talent for the cover art (and saves me about a million hours of beating my head against the screen trying to design them myself), as you’ll all soon see.

Watch this space during the coming weeks for announcements detailing the release dates and artwork for SNOWBLIND, SNOWBLIND: THE KILLING GROUNDS, SUNBLIND, UNIDENTIFIED, and ANCIENT ENEMY. I want to extend my deepest thanks to those of you who’ve been waiting patiently for the resurrection of these titles. Your enthusiasm means the world to me!

Research

Readers often ask about my research process. When I first get an idea, I spend a lot of time mulling it over. Once I determine there’s the potential for a book, I begin gathering materials. In addition to searching the internet and bookmarking a hundred sites, I also order a big stack of books. This is what I bought to begin research for SUBHUMAN, in case you were curious:

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Life Imitates Art

It was recently discovered that there are underground caves in Antarctica capable of supporting higher orders of life. Coincidentally, this is the backbone of the plot for SUBHUMAN. I wrote a short article for Kensington’s Hobby Reads blog about the similarities. Here’s a snippet:

“After millennia beneath the ice, the frozen continent of Antarctica is finally starting to give up its secrets, and what amazing secrets they are. A 13,000-year-old meteorite containing fossilized bacteria believed to be of extraterrestrial origin. The remains of a cat-sized, egg-laying, distant relative of modern mammals. Bodies of water the size of the Great Lakes encapsulated beneath two vertical miles of ice and brimming with the kinds of extremophilic organisms responsible for the genesis of the planet’s earliest atmosphere. And now, an entire system of caves heated by geothermal energy and capable of supporting not just higher orders of life, but species believed to exist nowhere else on the planet.”

If you’re interested, you can read the whole thing HERE.

Sci-Fi & Scary on SUBHUMAN

12 days until SUBHUMAN’s on the racks and another great review to whet your appetite:

Michael McBride knows how to write a good thriller. His horror isn’t too shabby either! Subhuman was a delight to read. McBride’s style brings to mind both James Rollins and Michael Crichton.” – Sci-Fi & Scary

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Publishers Weekly on SUBHUMAN

With SUBHUMAN preparing to hit the shelves in 13 days, it’s time to start rolling out the reviews. The first is a doozy!

“Building on the success of 2015’s Subterrestrial, thriller powerhouse McBride begins his Unit 51 series with meticulous quasiscientific conceptual groundwork, drawing readers into a satisfyingly slow-building, intellectualized mystery.” – Publishers Weekly

 

 

SUBHUMAN is Coming!

October 31, 2017. Halloween. The first book in the Unit 51 series from Pinnacle Books. Here’s the full trailer, and it’s absolutely amazing!

 

Coming Halloween 2017

The BIG News, Part 3 of 3

Meet my doppelgänger (the guy, not the dog):

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His name is Michael Laurence and he writes mainstream thrillers. He recently signed a HUGE deal with St. Martin’s Press for a series revolving around an insidious entity known as The Thirteen. The first book, THE EXTINCTION AGENDA, is currently going through the editing process, after which a publication date will be set. It’s slated to be a major release in hardcover with a ton of publisher support, so the editor is taking his time to make sure everything is perfect each and every step along the way. To say the author is overwhelmed would be an understatement.

One could make a case for THE COYOTE being the first Laurence book. CONDEMNED is also fairly similar in style, if you’re wondering what to expect. He’ll write a book a year for St. Martin’s, while I’ll continue publishing the darker stuff you’ve come to expect from me under the McBride banner. Between us, we ought to be beyond busy for the foreseeable future, but that’s a wonderful thing. Not everyone gets a chance to live his dream. He and I both owe a debt of gratitude to all of you, without whom this wouldn’t be possible. Watch for a ton of new work from both of us in the not-so-distant future (see The BIG News, Parts 1 and 2).

And now a little about THE EXTINCTION AGENDA:

While searching for the man who killed his wife, FBI Special Agent James Mason uncovers a shadow organization on the brink of enacting its genocidal agenda and a sinister mass murderer who’s been photographed at the epicenter of every historical pandemic since the outbreak of the Spanish Flu in 1918—without appearing to age.

Mason’s quest for answers takes him from the criminal underbelly of Denver to its untouchable elite, from a dark union at the turn of the last century to a network of Nazi collaborators and a plot for global financial domination. Aided by his longtime friends—a corporate espionage gun-for-hire and a sin merchant of questionable morality—Mason uncovers a conspiracy against mankind more than a century in the making. A conspiracy to unleash a deadly virus and make a killing in the process.

 

The BIG News, Part 2 of 3

It’s been one of my long-standing goals to be published by Cemetery Dance. I’ve skirted around the periphery with a story in Cemetery Dance Magazine (Issue #37) and contributions to anthologies (OCTOBER DREAMS II and SHOCKLINES), but at long last I can finally announce that my novella EXTANT will be released (in the not-so-distant future) as part of the beautifully illustrated Signature Series. Steven Gilberts, who designed the cover for my collection QUIET, KEEPS TO HIMSELF, has already turned in the cover and interior art and I couldn’t be happier! This promises to be one amazing book! A little about it:

In 524 BCE, Cambyses II, King of Persia, dispatched one of the most ferocious armies the world has ever known to destroy the Oracle of Amun. 50,000 soldiers marched into the Egyptian desert from Luxor and vanished into a sandstorm. No trace of them was ever found.

Until now.

A team of archeologists discovers an ancient oasis buried beneath the barren sands. Subsequent excavation reveals hastily evacuated ruins filled with the signs of a great struggle. Their exploration leads to the tomb where the lost army made its final stand against an unknown enemy, one that has somehow survived and can move unseen beneath the dunes, a species that is anything but extinct.

But, wait, there’s more!

My novelette THE DEVIL’S DUE will appear in HALLOWEEN CARNIVAL #3, along with stories by Kelley Armstrong, Kate Maruyama, Taylor Grant, and Greg Chapman. Random House/Hydra is releasing five separate eBooks, which will later be collected in one doorstop of a hardcover by Cemetery Dance. It’ll be my first time sharing a cover with Peter Straub, Robert McCammon, and Richard Chizmar, and a killer reunion with Norman Prentiss, Kealan Patrick Burke, and Lee Thomas.

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More news coming soon…