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Charlie Higson launches zombie short for teens for Halloween

27-Oct-2010 • Young Bond

London, UK. -- October 26, 2010 -- Puffin Books announces the release of The Scared Kid, a chilling short film for Halloween created by best-selling children's author, actor and comedian, Charlie Higson.

The film is aimed at 12+ and is available to view on YouTube and the-enemy.co.uk/scaredkid for older teens and zombie fans of all ages. It offers a cliff-hanging taster from The Dead, the second book in Charlie's action adventure zombie series, The Enemy.

Puffin MD, Francesca Dow comments: 'Teenagers are natural and hungry multi-media consumers and this film is absolutely designed with them in mind'

Charlie Higson comments: 'The creation of this short was a joy for me as it brought together my twin passions, film-making and writing'

The video footage was produced by Charlie Higson and the makers of Colin, a zombie film that was shown at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival and hit the headlines for its £45 budget.

The Enemy is an action adventure zombie series for teenagers and horror fans. Set in and around London, a mystery disease has broken out attacking everyone over the age of 14. Some survive but those that do face a more terrifying fate - they turn into hideous zombies with an insatiable appetite for human flesh. Children form gangs and attempt to survive in an unrecognisable world where there are dangers around every corner.

The film features a one-and-a-half minute clip of a boy who posts a webcam video to YouTube when the disease first breaks out, and which becomes the most viewed video in YouTube history.

The Scared Kid is available to view on YouTube and the-enemy.co.uk/scaredkid from Tuesday 26 October
Charlie Higson is a successful author, actor, comedian and writer for television and radio. He wrote the phenomenally successful Young Bond series which has now sold over a million copies in the UK and has been translated into over 24 different languages. The Enemy, the first in his action adventure zombie series for teenagers, was published in September 2009. Charlie Higson's TV successes, with Paul Whitehouse, have included Saturday Live, the Harry Enfield Television Programme, The Smell of Reeves and Mortimer, Shooting Stars, Randall and Hopkirk Deceased, the film Suite 16, Swiss Toni and of course, the Fast Show. Most recently Charlie and Paul co-produced Bellamy's People, for BBC2, inspired by their award-winning spoof Radio 4 series, Down the Line. Charlie has three teenage sons and lives in North London.

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