Archive for the 'THE KILLING FLOOR' Category

August 24, 2015

THE INFECTION WARMy zombie novels THE INFECTION and its sequel THE KILLING FLOOR, two of Permuted Press’s most successful titles, are back in Permuted Platinum and slated for release as INFECTION WAR: BOOKS I & II through bookstores everywhere January 19, 2016.

Permuted Platinum is a program delivering select Permuted titles to distribution through retail stores like Barnes & Noble. The titles were originally slated for release this year but were dropped. After some conversations with the company’s ownership, they’re back in.

I’m really excited about this release. The books went through a thorough edit and polish for the new edition, and with distribution through Permuted’s partner Simon & Schuster, they’ll be available to many new readers.

As for a third book, I’ve got a stack of projects in front of it, but I’m hoping to revisit the brutal world of THE INFECTION in the future. Stay tuned.

Thanks, Permuted Press!

April 16, 2015

Some bummer news today. Permuted Press, which published THE INFECTION and THE KILLING FLOOR, intended to re-release both books as a single printed book (a “bindup”) for bookstore distribution in June 2015. Unfortunately, due to a change in their distribution deal, these Permuted bestsellers will not be included in the deal.

You may recall Permuted angered many of its authors last year when it signed too many authors and decided it could not afford the expense of doing a print version of the books. Many authors left the company as a result, and there was a very bitter and public storm over it. I sympathized with the authors, who got a raw deal, but defended the company as having made a mistake of overcommitment.

Now that I’m affected, I’ll stay true to principle and say the company had no choice in the matter of cutting my titles. They lost their distribution deal, and their new partner chose only a select few titles. That’s life.

However, Permuted has once again put itself in a position of overpromising and underdelivering. Small presses today have to find a way to add value. On one side, big publishing still dominates the market. On the other side, self published authors are offering good product at a lower price. To succeed, small presses have to deliver the quality and outreach of bigger publishers so as to compete with the many big publishing and self publishing books that are available.

With no print editions for new titles, little marketing (virtually none for my books), waning reputation and now a severely limited Platinum offering for bookstores, the company may have a difficult time justifying to an author why he or she should sign with them. Safe to say, I won’t be. In the end, Permuted’s new ownership didn’t do anything bad as far as I’m concerned. The problem is they did nothing.

The lesson for new authors looking at working with a small press is that while a publishing credit is personally satisfying, you have to ask what you’re actually getting for signing away rights to your work and most of the income. If you produce the work, and your promotion efforts end up generating most of the income, and the book will be digital-only, what is the publisher doing other than providing a proofread and cover? What are they providing you can’t do (and won’t end up doing either way) yourself?

It’s for these reasons I’ve started self publishing. I can control everything about the book from its cover to its editing to its price. That’s not to say I wouldn’t work with a small press again, but I will be expecting something more than just a cover and a brand to justify signing a deal.

For those of you who are fans of the series, my intent is to start working on a third book by the end of the year, which I’ll be self publishing.

March 21, 2014

The zombie novels THE INFECTION and its sequel THE KILLING FLOOR became popular by sales through online retailers. Now Permuted Press will be bringing these novels to major bookstore distribution in the near future under the PERMUTED PLATINUM imprint.

Confirmed titles releasing over the next 12 months for the PERMUTED PLATINUM line include THE INFECTION and THE KILLING FLOOR, two of the publisher’s top bestsellers, plus:

* 14 by Peter Clines
* The Ninth Circle by Brendan Deneen
* Blood Brains and Bullets and Legacy of the Living duology by Sean Liebling
* Pretty When She Dies by Rhiannon Frater
* Pretty When She Kills by Rhiannon Frater
* Tentyrian Legacy by Elise Walters
* Pretty When She Destroys by Rhiannon Frater
* Infection and Containment, Alaskan Undead books 1 and 2 duology by Sean Schubert
* The Reaper: No Mercy and The Reaper: Avenging Wraith duology by Sean Liebling
* Zombie Attack: Rise of the Horde and Zombie Attack: Army of the Dead by Devan Sagliani
* Little Dead Man by Jake Bible
* The Becoming and The Becoming: Ground Zero duology by Jessica Meigs
* What Zombies Fear: A Father’s Quest and What Zombies Fear: The Maxists duology by Kirk Allmond
* The Flu and Healing: The Flu 2 duology by Jacqueline Druga

November 29, 2013

Panini Books (Eclipse) has published THE KILLING FLOOR in French. C’est bon!

October 8, 2013

German cover for Tooth and NailGreat news for German speakers who love zombies … my works have licensed for publication in German by two separate houses.

TOOTH AND NAIL (German cover shown here) will be published by Luzifer in December 2013. THE INFECTION and THE KILLING FLOOR will be published by Heyne in 2014, with the first scheduled for April 2014.

Es ist gut!

August 15, 2013

I produced Wordles for THE INFECTION and THE KILLING FLOOR from Permuted Press based on the reviews they received from websites, magazines and other authors. At some point, I’d love to do the same for all the Amazon reviews.

Check it out:





June 24, 2013

THE INFECTIONWriters don’t write for money. They write to create and to make people happy. This letter (printed here with permission) blew my mind and it’s this kind of mail that keeps writers working hard. Thanks, Bryan! And thanks for your service.

Dear Mr. DiLouie:

I just wanted to say I enjoyed your work on THE INFECTION, THE KILLING FLOOR and TOOTH AND NAIL. I first read THE INFECTION when I was deployed in Afghanistan during 2011-12. I was stationed on a small combat outpost which had only two platoons of soldiers, and our COP came under regular attack from the Taliban at dusk and all through the night. During one month, the COP was attacked 17 days in a row. I often found it hard to shake off the adrenaline of an attack and rack back out in my bed but your book THE INFECTION helped greatly in getting my mind off of COP living. Once I finished the book, I shared it with the rest of my platoon and ordered your book TOOTH AND NAIL which I also enjoyed deeply because like the main character in the book I also am a platoon leader. I just wanted to say thanks for writing such interesting tales that capture true military lingo and tactics. When it comes to writing about the U.S. military in the book it appears you have really done your homework. Well, on behalf of my platoon, thank you for your books and keep on writing.


June 12, 2013

The Killing Floor by Craig DiLouieGareth Wood, author of the great zombie novel RISE, recently reviewed THE KILLING FLOOR from Permuted Press, writing, “The astonishing sequel to THE INFECTION picks up right where the first book left off, and delivers a non-stop brutal ride through post-apocalyptic America … Craig DiLouie’s skill and great talent as an author lies in his vivid imagery. One can imagine oneself being there while the guns are firing, hearing the shells land and feeling the concussion of the blast. One can also imagine the terror that the survivors of the Screaming face day after day as the Infection spreads… This is NOT a traditional zombie tale, by any means. Much more is going on here, slowly revealed through the text. There are layers of meaning and many thought provoking passages in the book, and the grisly is interwoven with the thought-provoking so well that one can virtually hear the ripping of flesh while pondering the eons-long plan of the Brood. To call this a zombie book is a disservice. It is more a book of horrific ecological invasion, a character driven epic of vast potential. This was the best book I have read this year, and I suggest that if you like Horror you would do well to read THE KILLING FLOOR.”

Thanks, Gareth!

Read the full review here.

May 31, 2013

THE INFECTION and THE KILLING FLOOR by Craig DiLouieYou can now get THE INFECTION and its sequel THE KILLING FLOOR together for just $9.99 for the Kindle eReader here and the Nook eReader here!

March 1, 2013

The Infection series by craig reviewed THE INFECTION and THE KILLING FLOOR for a recent podcast, calling them “powerfully written books filled with heartache and loss punctuated with moments of visceral horror and violence. Gripping is an exceedingly accurate description of these stories … I will happily read the next book in the series to see if it grows into a fire. Even if it doesn’t I’m in for the long haul with this series and I highly recommend that you give it a try too.”

Thanks, Rory!

Click here to read the complete review.

And don’t forget you can get both novel as eBooks (Nook or Kindle) for about $10 if you buy them as a set.