Charlie Higson (photography credit Charlie Hopkinson)
The Sacrifice, the fourth instalment in Charlie Higson’s teen zombie series ‘The Enemy’, was published this month, meaning many an angst-ridden night for readers around the country. The Sacrifice is set in a post-apocalyptic London where a mystery illness attacks everyone over the age of fourteen. Some survive, but those that do face a more terrifying fate – they turn into hideous zombies with an insatiable appetite for human flesh.Four Colman Getty has been lucky enough to work with Charlie and his publisher, Puffin, since the first in the series in 2009. Since then the books have developed a cult status amongst horror fiction fans. You may have seen or heard Charlie talking about the book this week on the Radio 2 Arts Show with Claudia Winkleman, with Lauren Laverne on her BBC 6 Music Show or on ITV’s Alan Titchmarsh Show.This year a blockbuster book trailer was central to The Sacrifice's publicity campaign. Written and directed by Charlie himself, the trailer was filmed over two days, with 40 zombie competition winners and over 60 cast and crew on set. We invited teenage twitter phenomenons Bertie and Harrison to film a behind-the-scenes video blog, with their subsequent YouTube films receiving over 70,000 hits. Following a world premiere at Puffin HQ, the trailer itself was released online, and as testament to the popularity of the books, has received nearly 10,000 hits in just 3 weeks. You too can watch the trailer here.