STRANGERS – sneak peek

1457766_544617192295675_1960183773_nNot a lot of news for you this week, so I thought I’d give you a taste of something new. Here’s the opening chapter of my as yet unpublished novel STRANGERS. There are no definite release dates available yet, but tentative plans are starting to be made and I’m looking forward to sharing those plans when I can. In the meantime, I hope you enjoy it!

“A spate of brutal murders occur in and around a small town. The bodies of the dead – savagely mutilated, defiled – are piling up with terrifying rapidity. There’s no apparent motive, and no obvious connection between the killings, but they all started when Scott Griffiths and his family arrived in Thussock…”

 

 

 

STRANGERS

FORTY-EIGHT MILES NORTH OF THUSSOCK

 

‘You all right?’

He just looked at her, struggled to focus, took his time to reply. ‘Sorry. Tired.’

‘It’s getting awful late. What are you doing out here at this hour?’

‘Not sure. Lost, I think.’

‘I’ll say. Where you heading?’

‘Can’t remember,’ he said, embarrassed, and he laughed like a child.

They blocked each other’s way along the narrow pavement. The silence was awkward. Joan’s dog Angus tugged at his lead, keen to get home and out of the rain. She tugged back. He’d have to wait.

‘I’m cold,’ the man said, wrapping his arms around himself.

‘I’m hardly surprised. Just look at you. You’re not really dressed for it, are you?’ Joan continued to stare at him. What was he . . . mid-thirties, perhaps? He looked about half her age. His nipples showed through his wet T-shirt and she couldn’t help but stare. He was shivering, but that was only to be expected. She was cold herself, and she’d a vest, a blouse and a cardigan under her anorak. In the dull glow from the streetlamp between them, she thought he looked beautiful. ‘You’re not from round here, are you?’

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Location Inspiration

Straight to You coverI guess I could file this post under the ‘What Works For Me’ heading, but it should also be of interest to those of you who are here more for reading than writing, in particular those who’ve already read STRAIGHT TO YOU.

WARNING – MILD STRAIGHT TO YOU SPOILERS AHEAD!

I wanted to talk about locations today: how rather than finding the right scenery to fit your story, sometimes the story can be shaped by a location or, in this case, a journey. If you’ve not read STRAIGHT TO YOU yet, why not grab a low price ebook or signed paperback then come back and see how some of the scenes in the new version of the story came about.

I’ve already spoken at length about how I wanted the rewritten version of STRAIGHT TO YOU to feel more honest and emotional in comparison to the hopelessly naïve original, and I decided early on in the planning process that in order for that to happen I’d need to give the book a foothold in reality.

Here’s me pictured in the idyllic Welsh village of Criccieth last Sunday, and in the background you can see the castle which features prominently in the book. Click the link below to find out more, but please be warned – there are potentially some spoilers ahead.

Moody and castle

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What’s next?

Since STRAIGHT TO YOU was released, a lot of people have been asking what’s next. That’s a difficult one to answer, but I thought I should at least try.

I’ve a couple of completed novels in the bag which I’ve told you about previously (STRANGERS and 17 DAYS). As yet no decisions have been made as to when/how they’ll be released. All options remain open, and I’ll let you know as soon as I do. There are a few other things in the pipeline…

I’ve been saying for a while that I’ve had my fill of zombies, infections, apocalyptic pandemics and the like. That’s not strictly true. There’s one story left that I want to tell, and I’m working on it at the moment. I hope to have it finished by April/May this year and released soon after, probably as an ebook-only novella. I also have a number of short stories due in the next few months, and I’ll let you know as and when each of those releases are scheduled.

But the project I think I’m most excited about right now is THE SPACES BETWEEN. It’s a four book horror/science-fiction series set in the near future. If I was to describe the tone of the books, I’d have to say they’re like a head-on collision between QUATERMASS and Stieg Larsson’s MILLENNIUM TRILOGY (well that’s the vibe I’m going for, anyway). I’ve been planning these novels for several years now, but have only recently begun the actual writing process. Here’s a bit of hastily thrown together blurb for TOMMY, the first book in the series:

Nine years ago London was wiped off the map as a result of a catastrophic terrorist attack. Millions of displaced people have since been rehoused in a number of hastily constructed newcities, the largest of which is Elysian Fields, just outside Birmingham.

Parts of Elysian Fields are no-go areas: dangerous, virtually lawless and hopelessly overcrowded. The government and police troops do what they can to maintain order, but it’s increasingly difficult. The residents are on their own.

Almost.

There are some who still try to help. Greg Dawson is one such person. An old-school social worker, he’s now forced to carry a gun and wear full body armour to work each day. But the job and the people haven’t changed, just the situation, and Dawson’s as dedicated to protecting the vulnerable as he always has been.

When Tommy Huxtable, the five year old son of a powerful party member, is taken, Dawson’s called on to find and recover the child. But the deeper he digs, the more he discovers that nothing is as it seems in Elysian Fields.

You can keep up with my progress with TOMMY and other projects on the ‘Forthcoming Releases‘ page on this site.

Phew. Relieved.

The AUTUMN: AFTERMATH hardcover I’ve recently been talking about took a huge amount of time and effort to organise. All that work just so one hundred or so folks could complete their UK AUTUMN hardcover collections. You could say the effort involved was disproportional to the gains (losses, actually… I’m still in the red with this project), but I’d disagree. Whether ten people had wanted the book or ten thousand, I thought it was important to make it happen and I’m glad that I did.

I’ve loved all the positive feedback I’ve received since the books have started to arrive… people commenting on Facebook and Tweeting photographs of their name in the back. I have to say, though, Ren Gaming’s YouTube clip was the coolest thanks of all.

The remaining copies of AFTERMATH are disappearing quickly and if you want one, you’ll really need to get in fast. You can pick one up from www.infectedbooks.co.uk or ebay.

They’ve arrived… (and they’re on their way)

Welcome to my office, which became noticeably smaller yesterday following the delivery (at long last) of the limited hardcover edition of AUTUMN: AFTERMATH, published by Infected Books in collaboration with Gollancz.

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Nine hours (yes, really) of signing and packing and the whole lot was delivered to a very understanding chap at the post office late last night. All orders have now been dispatched, and I wanted to take this opportunity to once again thank everyone who pre-ordered the book for their support and their patience.

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As you can see, the full set of UK hardcovers looks great. It’s satisfying to see all the books together (albeit almost a year and a half later than planned). There are a handful of copies of this extremely limited edition available. If you want one, you can pick one up from www.infectedbooks.co.uk or ebay.

Happy Birthday HATER!

Hater (Thomas Dunne Books, 2009)It’s hard to believe, but it’s five years today since HATER was re-released by Thomas Dunne Books in the US and Gollancz here in the UK. It’s no exaggeration to say that little book changed my life. Before its release I’d been doing fairly well for myself publishing the first three AUTUMN books through Infected Books and I’d been planning to expand. I launched HATER with the intention of kick-starting a new series, but I had no idea what would happen next.

Within a couple of months, with less than a thousand copies having been sold, I was approached about the film rights. That deal went on to see Guillermo del Toro, J A Bayona (director of The Impossible and the forthcoming World War Z 2) and Mark Johnson (producer of Breaking Bad, amongst other things) involved with my book, and led to the HATER series being picked up for publication in many countries around the world.

So please join me in saying Happy Birthday HATER! If you haven’t read the book, visit www.thehatertrilogy.com to find out more. And here, for old time’s sake, is a viral video released by Thomas Dunne to support the original release.

And no – I don’t have any news about the movie (I’ll update here if I do). But yes – one way or another I’m determined there WILL be a HATER film eventually!

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STRAIGHT TO YOU – out now

Straight to You coverExciting times! STRAIGHT TO YOU is officially launched today. As you’ll no doubt already know if you’ve been following my posts over the last few months, this is a completely rewritten version of my debut novel from 1996, and at last I feel like I’ve done the story justice. You can read the first chapter at Wattpad by following this link.

Signed copies of the book are available now from Infected Books, ebay and Amazon.co.uk. Want to see how the old and new versions compare? Check out this offer. Paperbacks are also available from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Waterstones, The Book Depository (free shipping worldwide), Hive and Indiebound.

Looking for an ebook version? The relevant links are below, but please remember my objection to people paying for the same thing twice – if you buy the paperback edition of the book, you can download a complementary ebook. Also, buy the ebook first and you can claim a discount on print editions purchased from www.infectedbooks.co.uk.

For some reason the Kobo links haven’t yet appeared… I’ll update when they’re available.

I hope you enjoy STRAIGHT TO YOU. All reviews, feedback and thoughts are gratefully received. I’m particularly keen to hear from folks who read the original version back in the day – how does the new book stack up?

Enjoy a little gloom-laden apocalyptic romance this Valentine’s Day!

TRUST – back in stock

Trust (Infected Books, 2012)A few folk have asked the question recently, so it’s good to be able to confirm that signed copies of TRUST – my anti-science-fiction novel – are now back in stock. This is the book that relaunched Infected Books back in 2012 – the book that Starburst Magazine rated as 10/10 and saidTrust is a slow-burner and all the richer for it. The layers of characters and details of the story play out perfectly when matched with an ending you’re not likely to forget. It’s also an outstanding novel, delivers in more ways than one, and is worthy of a place on the discerning fan’s bookshelf.”

You can get signed copies direct from Infected Books, or from Amazon.co.uk or ebay. Find out more about TRUST by visiting www.trustdavidmoody.com.

Late with one book, early with another

To those folks waiting patiently for the long-delayed AUTUMN: AFTERMATH limited edition… more apologies. We’re almost there. I should take delivery of the books any day now and they’ll be signed and posted straight out. If you want to order a copy (and there are very few left), then please click here.

In more positive news, I’m early for once! Signed copies of STRAIGHT TO YOU are now shipping in advance of next Friday’s official release. Click here to grab a copy. By the way, if you want to compare and contrast both versions, a bundle containing the 2014 paperback and 1996 hardcover is available (and if you’ve already purchased the new paperback but would now like a hardcover at the bundle price, get in touch and we’ll sort something out).

Straight to You onsaleYou can pre-order the book from all the usual online stores:

Ebook versions will be available from the 14th (you can pre-order the Nook and iBook versions already). You can read the first chapter of the novel over at Wattpad. Also, there’s a Goodreads Giveaway running. Use the widget at the bottom of this post to enter.

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Straight to You by David Moody

Straight to You

by David Moody

Giveaway ends February 21, 2014.

See the giveaway details
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AUTUMN: AFTERMATH update

Autumn: Aftermath (Gollancz, 2012)In case you’ve pre-ordered but you missed the email I sent earlier in the week, the much-delayed limited edition hardcover of AUTUMN: AFTERMATH has been delayed again. Only slightly. The book is with the printers at the moment and should, fingers crossed, be heading out to readers a week today.

If this is all news to you, click here for an explanation as to how this special edition of the book has come about.

I expect to have about twenty additional copies of the book available for sale via www.infectedbooks.co.uk once they’ve been delivered. If you want to pre-order one of them (and remember, only one hundred and fifty copies are being printed in total), then click here.

And in other news… a HUGE consignment of paperback copies of the new edition of STRAIGHT TO YOU is currently heading my way. Grab a pre-order from www.infectedbooks.co.uk and get your copy well before the 14 February release date (hopefully by this time next week if you’re in the UK).

Have a great weekend. Check back here tomorrow for a really interesting film recommendation.