I’m sure by now you’ll have heard the very sad news of the death of Richard Matheson. He was a true giant of the genre who had a long and varied career. He certainly had a huge impact on me, but I don’t think I realised how great that impact actually was until I stopped and looked back at all the times I’d encountered his work over the last thirty years or so. I put together a brief piece about him for This is Horror, which you can find here.
I’m very pleased to announce that AUTUMN: THE HUMAN CONDITION is now available to order from Infected Books. Weighing in at a whopping 49 stories/part-stories and around 158,000 words, it’s a fitting end to the AUTUMN series and I hope you enjoy it. The official release date is 1st July, but you can secure a copy of the trade paperback or limited edition hardcover now.
Signed and numbered and strictly limited to just 500 copies, the book comes in a beautiful Craig Paton designed jacket. Books will ship by 28th June. It’s likely these will go fast, so if you want to get your hands on a copy, please order one sooner rather than later. Either visit this page or use these links:
The paperback edition will be available online at all the usual retailers from 1st July. You can order a signed copy now direct from Infected Books by visiting this page or using the following links:
A WORD ABOUT EBOOKS…
DRM-free Kindle, Nook, iBook, and Kobo versions of the book will be available on 1st July (if not before). I’m trying something new with this release so you have as much choice/flexibility as possible. Basically, if you buy a print copy of the book, you’ll be entitled to download a complementary ebook version. Likewise, if you buy the ebook then decide you’d rather have had a paperback or hardcover, you’ll be able to buy one from Infected Books at a price discounted by the amount you paid for your original ebook. Sound good? There’s a little more about this scheme at this link.
I know this update has been a long time coming, and I apologise. Please check back in the coming days for more updates including a number of HUMAN CONDITION giveaways and competitions.
I’m sure many of you have heard of Sean Page – best-selling author and head-honcho at the Ministry of Zombies. Sean’s a lovely guy who works tirelessly to educate the masses about the very real dangers of the impending zombie apocalypse. I’ve had the pleasure of meeting him on a number of occasions and I can say with real certainty that he’d make a vital member of your survival team when the shit hits the fan.
So what do you get when you add Sean Page to the nuclear bunker? I’ll tell you – you get the Omega Man Project.
Starting tomorrow, Sean will seal himself into the lower levels of the bunker where he’ll remain in isolation for a week. His only contact with the rest of the world will be by way of a daily video/blog post at www.ministryofzombies.com. I urge you all to follow this brave hero as he attempts to recreate the aftereffects of an I AM LEGEND type viral apocalypse.
Click the link below for the full press release.
This post is a belated thank you to my sister-in-law Martine.
I got a bit freaked out the other week when the postman delivered a parcel containing a knitted brain and what looked uncomfortably like a ransom note (see the photo to the right). No one was accepting responsibility. Now getting weird things in the post is par for the course in this job (remember this inflatable zombie, and this stunning sculpture of The Swimmer from Patrick Crilley?), but a knitted brain… now that’s a little sinister.
What was even more concerning was the subsequent series of packages I received the following week: knitted legs, guts, a rat, a head, a disembowelled torso, bloody bandages, tattered clothes, and arms, each accompanied by another note with a terrible, dismemberment-related one-liner (Is this doing your head in? This is costing me an arm and a leg… Can you stomach much more of this?… you get the idea).
Long story short – when I unwrapped the last parcel and put all the bits together, this little fellow appeared. A cracking knitted zombie, courtesy of Martine. So this is a huge public thank you to Martine who must have spent hour after hour knitting, then cutting out letters from newspapers to make the (slightly terrifying) accompanying notes. I was seriously disturbed!
Right, now I need to find something equally bizarre and horrific to send back. Any ideas?
Great new issue of the always excellent SCREAM magazine now available. As well as an interesting look back at the much misunderstood HALLOWEEN III, and articles on zombies and the MANIAC remake, there’s also plenty of EVIL DEAD (new and original) coverage including an interview with the mighty BRUCE CAMPBELL and with the director of the remake, FEDE ALVAREZ.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – SCREAM continues to feel like a mag for real connoisseurs of the genre. Whilst it does focus on current releases, there’s also always plenty that’ll interest the long-term, die hard horror fan too. Recommended!
By now I’m sure you’ve heard that horror legend James Herbert passed away yesterday. There are countless tributes all over the web, and you can read a few words I put together for This is Horror here.
Meeting James last year was an amazing experience, and it was only when I found out I was going to be interviewing him and I started my preparation that it became obvious just how much of an inspiration he’d been to me as a writer. I don’t profess to have read all of his books, it was more what he did and how he did it that had a real impact on my career.
There was a period in the early 1980’s when it seemed every home in the UK had been issued a regulation set of James Herbert novels. Everybody had them, even those who reckoned they didn’t read horror. I’d been working my way through them when I got hold of a copy of DOMAIN and, as I’ve said previously, that was the book which redefined what a horror novel could be for me. It made me want to write horror. I’ve taken my yellowed with age paperback (signed by James last year) down off the shelf to read again this morning, and I’ll write more about it in the near future.
But I just want to go back to some statistics for a moment. James Herbert sold more than fifty six million books (I know everyone quotes the figure fifty four million, but he told me otherwise…) which were translated into more than thirty languages. Despite his international success, though, the bulk of those sales were here in the UK. I think that’s the most astonishing thing… to have generated such spectacular sales in a relatively small market, writing for what’s often thought of as a niche audience. Amazing.
He sent me a letter earlier this year, thanking me for interviewing him last September. In the letter he said he hoped we’d get to catch up again soon on the horror circuit. I’m devastated that’s not going to happen now, because I learned a huge amount in the few hours I spent in his company and I would have loved the opportunity to talk with him some more.
Goodbye, James, and thanks for the cracking advice and the wonderful stories. My deepest sympathies go out to his wife and family.
And on the subject of SCREAM, the folks behind it have asked me to give their new ‘Haunted Library‘ a mention. Click this link or the banner in the sidebar to visit. If you’re an independent horror author, this looks like it could become a great way of increasing your exposure.
I did say it would be quiet around here… I’ll have more for you later this week (some interesting stuff too, I hope). In the meantime, because I really don’t like not updating the site, here’s a gratuitous post designed to make you part with some of your hard-earned cash!
And that leads me onto a slightly more serious question. I’ve been giving these T-shirts away for years – would you buy one if they were available? My phone has a snazzy HATER cover – would you want one of those? (Apologies for the photo, by the way – I was scared any other pose with a phone would make it look like I was taking a flirtatious picture of myself in the mirror). If there’s any interest (in the phone cover, not flirtatious pictures of me) I’ll get something put together. T-shirts, phone covers, mousemats, mugs… everything looks better with a little bloody scrawl added.
Let me know in the comments if there’s any HATER/AUTUMN merchandise you’ve always wanted and I’ll see if I can make it happen. Until then I’ll just keep giving this stuff away!
Some proper news to follow soon. Have a good week.
Update: Four hours later…
Wow, what a response. I thought this was just a throwaway post, but you’ve really gone for it! Thanks! As of now there’s one free T-shirt left to claim – the next order gets it!
You’ve sent me some great ideas for merchandise. HATER bags, beanie hats etc. etc. I’ll go away and see what I can do now. If you have any other ideas, just let me know. Either email or use Facebook or Twitter.
One thing – several folks have requested AUTUMN merchandise. That might be a little more problematic, as I don’t own the artwork (I designed the original HATER logo shown on the phone case above). But leave it with me. More news soon.
A belated Happy New Year all! I hope you had a great time over the holiday period. Back to work now…
Things are likely to be quiet around here for a while as I’m focusing on several new books and other projects I can’t/don’t want to talk about just yet, but I’ll make sure I post as often as I can with updates along with book and film recommendations, details of upcoming appearances, and the like.
In case you missed it, TRUST wrapped up at the end of last month, and the book is now available to read in its entirety at www.trustdavidmoody.com. I’d like as many people as possible to get to read the book while it’s free (it’ll be up for another month at least, maybe longer), so I thought I’d start 2013 with a giveaway. Help spread the word about TRUST and your name will go into a draw to win a copy of the limited edition of the book along with limited editions of AUTUMN: AFTERMATH and AUTUMN: THE HUMAN CONDITION when they’re released later this year.
All you need to do is tweet about the book (use hashtag #trustdavidmoody) or post on Facebook (tag me so I catch your entry) before 31st January. Simple. Enter as many times as you like but, as always, no spamming or flaming etc., and my decision is final.
Issue 15 is out now (click here for details). As well as a nice write-up of the always excellent Grimm Up North festival and the usual reviews and interviews, there are a number of great features for horror fans of a certain age – not least a retrospective of Don Coscarelli’s Phantasm movies and an interview with Ian McCulloch, star of Zombie Flesh Eaters.