Completed in 2006, this was the third podcast novel released by the author. The podcast version was originally released with the title Infection, but the moniker was changed to accommodate the hardcover print release by Crown Publishing (distrbuted on April 1, 2008). Rogue Pictures and Random House Films announced on May 31, 2007, that they purchased the film rights to the novel. Subsequently, the novel was renamed Infested, and then later, Infected, to avoid confusion with an upcoming and unrelated movie titled Infection.
The 2008 hardcover version of Infected sold over 5,000 copies in the first two weeks after it's April 1st release. Eventually, these stellar sales resulted in attaining 33rd place on the New York Time Best-Seller's list.
Perry Dawsey is 6-foot-5, 265 pounds of angry ex-linebacker. He knows all too well that if he doesn't control his quick temper, people get hurt. Through constant focus, he has locked his violent past away in the deep dungeons of his mind. The infection changes everything. Strange, microscopic parasites tap into Perry's bloodstream like tiny little vampires. The Triangles, as Perry calls them, try to control their host by manipulating hormone levels and flooding his body with neurotransmitters - imbalances of which cause paranoia, schizophrenia and excessive aggression. As Perry begins a desperate battle to cut the Triangles out of his body before it's too late, his self-control dissolves into raging, murderous madness.
|Murray Longworth||Deputy Director of the CIA||Ep. 1|
|Margaret Montoya||CDC Epidemiologist||Ep. 1|
|Dew Phillips||CIA Operative||Ep. 1|
|Clarence Otto||CIA Operative||Ep. 1|
|Perry Dawsey||Victim of the infection||Ep. 1|
|Charlotte Wilson||Victim of the infection||Ep. 1|
|Bill Miller||Ep. 1|
|The Triangles||Unknown creature||Ep. 1|
Infected has been translated into several languages. For a full listing, visit the Translations Page.
|Cover Art||Edition||Country||Release Date||Site|
|1st Ed. Hardcover||United States||April 1, 2008||Amazon.com U.S.|
|1st Ed. Paperback||United States||October 14, 2008||Amazon.com U.S.|
|1st Ed. Hardcover||United Kingdom||July 10, 2008||Amazon.co.uk|
|1st Ed. Hardcover||Germany||September 2008||Amazon.de|
|1st Ed.||Greece||June 2009||Protoporia.gr|
|1st Ed.||France||July 2009||Amazon.fr|
|Cover Art||Edition||Country||Release Date||Site|
|Original Podcast Audio Release||Worldwide (Internet)||2006||Refer to re-release|
|2008 Podcast Audio Re-release||Worldwide (Internet)||February 29, 2008||Podiobooks.com|
There were two trailers created to spread the word about the book release:
Infected Book Tour
The book tour to promote the release of the novel Infected was affectionately termed the Sigler Stank Tour by author Scott Sigler. The following schedule chronicles the tour dates and locations.
|2 Apr 2008||7:00pm||Los Angeles, California||Book Soup|
|4 Apr 2008||7:00pm||Seattle, Washington||Barnes & Noble Downtown|
|5 Apr 2008||3:00pm||San Francisco, California||Borderlands Books|
|9 Apr 2008||7:00pm||New York City, New York||Borders at Columbus Circle|
|11 Apr 2008||6:00pm||Houston, TX||Murder by the Book|
Rogue Pictures and Random House Films have optioned to develop the novel Infected into a feature length film. In Oct 2008, Eric Bernt was chosen the screenwriter for the movie. Eric Bernt, a seasoned vet of the movie-making wars having written the screenplays for Virtuosity as well as movie adaptations for The Hitcher (2007) and The Echo (2008). Unfortunately, the option was allowed to expire in 2010.
|2008 - Recipient of the Founder's Choice Award from Podiobooks.com|
|2010 - Finalist for the Parsec Award in Best Speculative Fiction Story (Long Form)|
A host of well respected authors were kind enough to provide quotes in reference to the print version of Infected. Here is what they had to say:
"Part Stephen King, part Chuck Palahniuk, Infected blends science fiction and horror into a pulpy masterpiece of action, terror, and suspense. Three recommendations: don't read it at night, or just after you've eaten a full meal, or if you're weak of heart. You've been warned!"
--James Rollins, New York Times bestselling author of The Judas Strain and Black Order
"Sigler is masterful at grabbing the reader by the throat and refusing to let go. Just when I thought I knew what abyss he was leading me across, he knocked the bridge out from under... I think I screamed the whole way down... Infected is a marvel of gonzo, in-your-face, up-to-the-minute terror."
--Lincoln Child, New York Times bestselling author of Deep Storm and Death Match
"Sigler is the Richard Matheson of the 21st Century...smart and creepy, Infected is a flawless thinking-person's thriller. Bravo to a bold new talent!"
--Jonathan Maberry, Bram Stoker Award-winning author of Patient Zero, Bad Moon Rising and Ghost Road Blues
"Horror mavens rejoice! Infected is a revelation -- a novel that lives up to its hype. From page one, the story of a mysterious smart-virus that turns its hosts into deadly drooling drones creeps up on a reader like the ratchet of a roller coaster climbing toward its inevitable crest. Sigler brings the folksy character detail of Stephen King, the conceptual panache of Clive Barker, and the oozing, shuddery pathologies of a David Cronenberg movie. Zombies, spies, conspiracies, and gallons of goo make this the fastest read in the west! Highest recommendation!"
-- Jay Bonansinga, national bestselling author of Shattered, Twisted, Frozen, and The Sinking of the Eastland
"Sigler has a unique talent for keeping readers on the edge of their seats; I absolutely had to know what was going to happen next. Infected is full of mayhem, action, and gore--and you won't be able to put it down."
-- Dave Wellington, author of 13 Bullets and the Monster Island trilogy
"Scott Sigler's Infected is a bucking pulp pony that throws you this way and that, and just when you think you've got your balance, that ole pony bucks the other way. All in all, one hell of an exhilarating ride, and highly recommended."
--Joe R. Lansdale, World Horror Convention Grand Master and six-time Bram Stoker Award-winning author of Bubba Ho-Tep and Lost Echoes
The 2008 re-released podcast version of Infected used the song Waking in White Lights by the band Uncrowned. For a comprehensive list of music used in the podcast versions of Scott's works, refer to the Theme Music page.
|Episode Number||Download Link||Podcast Date|
|Episode 1||Download||March 3, 2008|
|Episode 2-4||Download||March 10, 2008|
|Episode 5-9||Download||March 17, 2008|
|Episode 10||Download||March 25, 2008|
|Episode 11-14||Download||April 7, 2008|
|Episode 15-17||Download||April 14, 2008|
|Episode 18-19||Download||March 21, 2008|
|Episode 20-22||Download||May 4, 2008|
|Episode 23-27||Download||May 13, 2008|
|Episode 28-30||Download||May 19, 2008|
|Episode 31-34||Download||June 5, 2008|
|Episode 35-38||Download||June 9, 2008|
|Episode 39-40||Download||June 22, 2008|
|Episode 41-44||Download||July 17, 2008|
|Episode 45||Download||August 20, 2008|
|Episode 46-50||Download||August 7, 2008|
|Episode 51-55||Download||August 22, 2008|
|Episode 56-58||Download||August 27, 2008|
|Episode 59-63||Download||September 1, 2008|
|Episode 65-67||Download||September 12, 2008|
|Episode 68-72||Download||September 19, 2008|
|Episode 73-87||Download||September 27, 2008|
|Episode 88||Download||October 24, 2008|
- Infected book promotion link
- "Press release" announcing Vladmir Putin's support for Infected
- Announcement of Infected screenwriter
- Announcement of the Sigler Stank Book Tour
- Official Crown Publishing link
- Huffington Post article covering "give away the book for free" strategy
- PR Commentator Tom Dodge review for the Dallas Morning News
- San Francisco Chronicle review
- AMC.com review by Harold Goldberg