Stunning review of CHOKEHOLD in the latest issue of SCREAM

Regular readers will know how much I love SCREAM MAGAZINE. I try and post here or on Instagram whenever there’s a new issue out. Issue 58 has got to be my favourite issue yet, not least because it features a STORMING review of CHOKEHOLD! “David Moody is one kick-ass writer… An enjoyable, hellacious ride into a blood-splattered finale that doesn’t disappoint.” I’ll take that, thank you very much!

As always, there’s loads of great stuff in SCREAM, including fascinating articles on SON OF FRANKENSTEIN and Tod Browning’s MARK OF THE VAMPIRE, and a look back at HOUSE OF THE DEVIL as it approaches its 10 year anniversary (where the hell does the time go?).

SCREAM is available from WH Smith, McColls, Martin’s, Barnes & Noble, Books A Million, Chapters Indigo and Easons stores. CHOKEHOLD is available here.

 

Happy Holidays!

Thanks for your support over the last twelve months. I hope you’ve enjoyed my writing. As always, there’s loads in the pipeline. I’m very excited about next year’s projects, especially THE BLEED: RUPTURE, by MARK TUFO, CHRIS PHILBROOK and myself which will soon be hitting the shelves.

I wish you and your friends and families all the very best for the holiday season, and good luck to us all for 2020 (I think we’ll need it!).

Never let it be said that I’m a scrooge. To celebrate the holidays, from today until Christmas day you can download a free copy of LAST CHRISTMAS – the yuletide zombie tale that WAYNE SIMMONS and I wrote for the YEAR OF THE ZOMBIE. Click the cover below to get started.

The Office Christmas Party can be a nightmare at the best of times but when it coincides with the end of the world, things get even messier.

For mild-mannered security guard Howard Stanton, this was meant to be an easy shift. A chance to keep his head down and watch Die Hard movies while the rest of the staff get wasted. But then the zombie apocalypse happened and people expected him to do something about it. Was that even in his job description?

It’s going to be a long drink- and drug-fuelled night. The world’s going to hell and it’s down to Howard to hold it all together. He’s in charge tonight, and if he screws up, it’ll be everyone’s last Christmas.

“Who’d have thought it? Comedy horror from us two miserable sods!” —Wayne Simmons, author of Plastic Jesus and Flu

“Wayne, do you think we’ve gone too far?” —David Moody, author of Autumn and Hater

Last Christmas by David Moody and Wayne Simmons

Next Door: A Horror Anthology

My friend MATT SHAW released a new anthology last month, and I had a story in it. NEXT DOOR is a collection of original stories about the things that go on in other people’s houses. How well do you really know your neighbours? Anything could be going on on the other side of your garden fence…

As well as Matt and myself, the book includes stories by Tim Lebbon, Shaun Hutson, Ryan C. Thomas, Jeremy Bates, Guy N. Smith, Matthew Stokoe, Justin Woodward, Gary McMahon, Rich Hawkins and Jim Goforth. The book is being published to complement Matt’s second movie, also called NEXT DOOR, which is due for release in 2020.

Some things for you to listen to

A couple of audio treats for you today. First off, I was really pleased to sit down and talk with my friends from This is Horror a couple of times recently. Available now is episode 313 of the This is Horror podcast, in which Chad Lutzke and I talk about independent publishing (and many, many, many other things).

This is Horror podcast - episode 313 - David Moody and Chad Lutzke talk self-publishing

And if your ears can take more after such an aural battering, I wanted to remind you that the audiobook edition of CHOKEHOLD is now available from Macmillan Audio. It’s narrated by Gerard Doyle who, for his sins, has now voiced all six HATER audiobooks. His narration throughout has been superb, and I’m hoping to be able to ask him a few questions about his work on the two trilogies in the coming weeks. But don’t take my biased word for it, help yourself to a sample:

The full audiobook is available via Audible, Apple and Amazon.

 

Getting in the holiday spirit

More people have been saying nice things about CHOKEHOLD. 2bookloversreviews said: “Authors are able to accomplish some incredible things:  they create worlds that captivate people, they imagine characters that complete strangers connect with, they make people forget, temporarily, about the normal lives they live. David Moody has accomplished all of this with his Hater world.

And I was equally pleased with AintitCool’s feedback (even though they got my name wrong in the headline!): “The novel is a speedy downhill slalom race to the final war between the Haters and Unchanged. There’s no air to breathe, every page is crisp and determined. As characters you love draw to their unfortunate ends, you’re left in their ashes wondering if anyone will make it out alive. It’s everything a novel on war should feel like. Desolate and relentless, no one is safe here. David Moody has put together a completely satisfactory end to this trilogy.

To celebrate, and because it’s that time of year, I thought I’d join the rest of the world and launch a sale. From now until Monday 2 December, you can get 20% off any order of signed books at www.infectedbooks.co.uk. Just make sure you use the code INFECTEDXMAS at checkout.

 

Enjoying/enduring Chokehold?

Well the new book has been out a few days and, as I expected, it’s polarising opinion (as have the other books in the series, to be fair). Some folks hated CHOKEHOLD (sorry, Starburst), while others really, really liked it – many thanks to Max at Geeks of Doom for his great review.

CHOKEHOLD is just as the name suggests: a story that viciously grabs ahold of you and will not let go, no matter how much you struggle. It is cutthroat, relentless, and — trust me when I say this — shockingly inspiring.

I had the pleasure of chatting to Jason Henderson at the Castle of Horror about the novel yesterday, and you can hear our conversation here:

All joking apart, the reason for the title of this post is quite straightforward. I don’t write the prettiest of books, and I don’t shirk away from taking my stories down grim pathways if they need it. In the case of CHOKEHOLD, much of it is necessarily bleak. I hope that readers will find some positives from the conclusion of Matt Dunne’s story. I think this final chapter is surprisingly uplifting and it sets the tone nicely for THEM OR US.

What do you think? Have you had chance to read CHOKEHOLD yet? I’d love to know what you think.

If you haven’t yet got hold of a copy, here are the links you need: PRINT  |  AUDIO  |  EBOOK  |  SIGNED.

Share your LOVE of the HATE!

Remember these little beauties? If you’ve been following my work since the early days, you might remember these bloody HATER t-shirts which were popular when the novel was originally released in 2009. Now, because lots of you have been asking, they’re back. Click here or on the image below for more details.

By the way, today marks two weeks until the release of CHOKEHOLD – the absolute final HATER novel. It’ll be published on 19 November by Thomas Dunne Books and will be available from all the usual bookstores and online outlets. You can also pre-order signed copies here.

RIP Kindle Matchbook

I was sorry to hear about the death of Amazon’s Matchbook today. Matchbook allowed readers to get heavily discounted or free versions of the print books they bought from the site.

As a writer and a publisher, I believe in fairness and in not ripping off my readers. I think if you buy a print version of an Infected Books title, you should automatically get an eBook version too. Matchbook helped me to do that. But there is an alternative solution. Buy a signed copy of one of my Infected Books releases and you’ll be able to download an eBook version immediately. Conversely, if you’ve bought a digital version and you’d like a signed print version as well, you can let me know and I’ll discount the print book by the cost of the eBook you’ve already bought*.

To mark the death of Matchbook, and to make space for the delivery of CHOKEHOLD I’m expecting shortly, I’ve reduced the price of the beautiful hardcover edition of my most recent Infected Books release – THE LAST BIG THING – to under £10 for a limited time.

The Last Big Thing by David Moody

* terms and conditions apply – redemption required. Please note, this offer only applies to David Moody books published by Infected Books. A full list of titles and further information can be found here.

Little Monster

A quick post to let you know that James Plumb’s terrific movie LITTLE MONSTER is now available on Amazon in the UK. Download it, stream it, enjoy it.

Your six-year-old daughter has been bitten by a zombie and now hungers for human flesh. What do you do? Do you double tap her in the brain? Or do you become the ultimate enabler and feed her human flesh? And where do you get human flesh from? This is the dilemma that Gareth and Jen face with their beautiful daughter Ana. What will they do? And how far will it go?

As you may remember, this is James’s adaptation of his novella from the YEAR OF THE ZOMBIE series. You can read the original story here. Why not pick up the complete YEAR OF THE ZOMBIE collection? It’s a very weighty, very bloody book which I’m supremely proud of.

 

End of the world preparations

Huge thanks to everyone who has been helping spread the word about CHOKEHOLD. As promised in my last post, I’ll be sending out advance copies to a few randomly picked folks. I’m actually going to send more copies than I originally planned, so well done and thank you to Kerry, Bernie, Jess, Susan, Éric, Erika, Amanda and Suzanne – your books will be on the way shortly.

This is a very weird novel to promote, because although it’s the final book in THE FINAL WAR series, it also serves as a sequel to both DOG BLOOD and ALL ROADS END HERE, as well as a prequel to THEM OR US. For maximum effect, I recommend re-reading DOG BLOOD and ALL ROADS, then immediately re-reading THEM OR US when you’ve finished CHOKEHOLD.

Confused? I’m not surprised. Here’s a handy infographic I produced to show how all the HATER books fit together chronologically.

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