Saturday, August 29, 2009

VAMPIRE APOCALYPSE picked up for graphic novel adaptation

My VAMPIRE APOCALYPSE series has been picked up for graphic novel adaptation(s). The ink is barely dry on the contract and more details to follow once the full creative team has been put together. I'm really thrilled with this new direction as I always felt that VA really lends itself to this format (but probably most of us writer types feel this way about our books!)

Friday, August 28, 2009

Flamesrising review THE ESTUARY has put up a new review of THE ESTUARY - here's a taster:

"One the best things about Derek’s books is the nearly non-stop action. He manages to blend horror and action really, mixing up fast paced battle scenes with gripping fear for the characters involved. You never know who is going to make it to the end of the book (or if any of them will) and no one is safe....Gunn likes to keep us guessing and is not afraid of pulling the trigger on a favorite character if it will amp up the dread just a little more."

The full review is available at their website

Monday, August 24, 2009

Here's what Mail Order Zombie (podcast) has to say about THE ESTUARY

"The Estuary had me swept up in its story in no time at all. I liked The Estuary so much that I’m not sure where to start. I particularly enjoyed how the infected were portrayed in The Estuary. They were the gaunt, silent type and Gunn does a fantastic job portraying the creepy nature of emotionless flesh-eating infected. Similarly, Gunn expertly portrays the Irish government’s response to the outbreak which parallels the infected storyline and leads to an atmosphere of muffled panic.

The descriptions of townspeople’s reactions create tension and fantastic action scenes that kept me glued to the book.

I really enjoyed Derek Gunn’s The Estuary and strongly recommend it. Mail Order Zombie gives The Estuary 4 bookmarks and a dog-ear (4.5) out of 5 bookmarks."

Episode 82 of Mail Order Zombie

Friday, August 21, 2009

A terrific review of THE ESTUARY at Mail Order

"Week 82 of Mail Order Zombie brings you Week Three of Summer Knights, the crossover event between Mail Order Zombie and Dread Media....The Post Script is back; Miss Bren reviews the book The Estuary by Derek Gunn.2

This is a weekly podcast and THE ESTUARY gets a terrific review - 4.5 stars out of 5! You can listen to the podcast HERE (forward to about 37 minutes and you're at the review)

Friday, August 14, 2009

Signed copies and more reviews!

For those of you who like to purchase their books signed by the author, Fantastic Literature, now have signed copies of THE ESTUARY available for sale at their store. Fantastic Literature, according to their site, are the UK's largest and best online purveyor of out of print books, rare books and used books in the genres of science fiction, fantasy, horror, crime, thrillers, ghost stories, weird tales and macabre fiction, historical fiction, vintage SF, Horror & Crime, small press and graphic novels both in paperback, hardcover and magazine format. 19,000+ titles currently for sale.

A couple of new reviews just in - here are the highlights:

First up,"some great action sequences, particularly towards the end of the novel. Gunn is able to write tension-filled scenes that kept me turning the pages. Gunn has created some very frightening monsters" Fatally

Next, a reader review at "The action is fast and the atmosphere is intriguing. I definitely enjoyed the story and the multitude of characters we are given the chance to get to know and wonder whether or not they will survive until the end. The author did a excellent job of providing a scientifically based explanation of how the infection has turned those it touches into the undead which lends a touch of realism to the tale I liked. Derek Gunn also adds an element to his monsters I found interesting: they make no sounds, which makes them incredibly eerie to say the least. The panic we get to see amongst the townsfolk as they crowd together and are surrounded by the living dead really resonates. More so than most other books of this type, we get to see how people crammed together under dire circumstances tend to act without an ounce of rationality as fear and madness grips them. this is a highly entertaining tale that keeps things moving at a fast clip and gets us to the conclusion in a breathless fashion that I found to be fun and exciting. This author definitely created a fun zombie story that kept me intrigued on virtually every page."

Saturday, August 8, 2009

What's new for August at - plus new giveaway!

I'm currently working away editing the next VAMPIRE APOCALYPSE book. It's called FALLOUT and is due out from Black Death Books in October. I'll be launching it in the UK at GamesFest 4 and in Ireland at Octocon - both cons are on in October. More on that next month...Editing is tedious but necessary work but I must admit I'm looking forward to returning to the new book I'm writing.

New at for August are:

Instead of a contest, I've put up a new giveaway, as you can see from the picture above. Of course, if you've already put up a review of one of my books, I'll be happy to send you the short story - just drop me an email.

A few more terrific reviews for my latest release, THE ESTUARY, can be found HERE

An interview I did with fellow Permuted author, James Meltzer, on his new UNLEASHED Podcast, can be found HERE


Wednesday, August 5, 2009

"The Estuary is a zombie novel but it’s not just for zombie fans"

"The Estuary is a zombie novel but it’s not just for zombie fans"

I've had a couple of terrific reader reviews for my latest release posted at and and Goodreads but this is the first "official" review from It is a very indepth review but be warned - it contains a few spoilers. Here's a brief taster (no spoilers)

" The Estuary is a complex tale that had me turning pages non-stop ...Mr. Gunn twists history in a believable and original way...The scares here are realistic and human, so to me the feeling of terror is more prolonged never wavering till the last page...Mr. Gunn uses science (Ala Michael Crichton) to explain the cause of the sudden zombie outbreak...The story is tight and quick never easing up on the beautiful bleakness of the setting and the dangers surrounding them but the characters always have a strength that never lets them give up hope even as the odds of surviving grow smaller and smaller.
The scares here are realistic and human, so to me the feeling of terror is more prolonged never wavering till the last page. The Estuary is a zombie novel but it's not just for zombie fans."

Check it out at their site under "book reviews"

Monday, August 3, 2009

"Permuted Press has found anouther great author and handed him to us on a silver Plate."

another great review (5 stars) for my latest release, THE ESTUARY, is now up on and I'm blown away by the reader's reaction to the book. Here's a taster:

"A true Thriller! Mr. Gunn grabs you from the start and never lets go. I promis this story will stay with you long after you have turned the last page. Our friends from across the pond have brought new life into the Zombie world! With the terror of a 28 weeks latter and the mind grip of a Romerro clasic, D. Gunn has made his mark. Permuted Press has found anouther great author and handed him to us on a silver Plate. Get this Book!"

Saturday, August 1, 2009

International Thriller Writers - THE INTERROGATOR by JJ Cooper

I am a Contributing Editor for The International Writers Association. Check out in the latest issue of THE BIG THRILL what I wrote about THE INTERROGATOR - the debut novel from Australian author, JJ Cooper.

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