Remain Calm! (it’s probably going to be okay)

Hello everyone. Well, it’s been a long time since I’ve posted. It’s actually only a few weeks, but it feels like a lifetime. In my 20+ years of writing apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic fiction, I never believed we’d ever collectively experience anything like Covid-19. Before you stop reading, don’t worry – this isn’t me using this nightmare situation to try and sell a few books.

Couldn’t resist sharing that video, though. My old pal Iain McKinnon and some of his colleagues made a series of short HATER promo videos back when DOG BLOOD was about to be released, only for us to be unable to use them because it looked like the movie was about to happen.

Anyway, back to the point.

It’s surreal and frightening to be sitting here in lockdown like this. If I’m honest, it does feel like something out of one of my books, and plenty of folks have been quick to point that out. I wrote THE COST OF LIVING when my family and I moved into our current house and set it on our development; now we’re genuinely isolated in our home from a viral pandemic. The AUTUMN series, of course, is all about a world ravaged by a virulent disease, and with the toilet roll panic buying hysteria in the supermarkets, I’ve seen things on the TV news which definitely remind me of HATER (chapter 20 in particular). But for all these similarities, I DON’T THINK THIS IS THE APOCALYPSE.

Terrifying though, isn’t it?

The books I write have always focused on the worst case scenario. You can bet the folks you meet in the first chapter will have been through absolute hell by the time they get to the last page (if they get that far). The infections they’re dealing with are just a MacGuffin designed to cause maximum chaos for my characters to sort out. We are not those characters, and though the disease we’re fighting today is an absolute fucker, I’m hopeful it will be beaten. Things feel so oppressive and grim right now that it’s easy to believe we’re all trapped without hope in a grim Moody dystopia, but we’re not. We can and we will get through this!

Stay safe, stay positive, stay sensible and stay healthy. My sincere best wishes to you and your families. I’m going to make a conscious effort to post here regularly in the coming weeks. I have some freebies and other things of interest I want to share with you (although my stories might be the absolute last thing you want to read right now!).

Read an ebook week 2020

Ebooks were absolutely fundamental to me finding an audience back in the day, so I always like to give the annual READ AN EBOOK WEEK a mention. If you read German, can I cheekily recommend my recent release LEBENSHALTUNGSKOSTEN. Or, if you’re a Kindle Unlimited subscriber, why not check out THE LAST BIG THING, which has recently been added to the program.

Or here’s an even better idea… visit a site like SMASHWORDS or AMAZON, shell out a few quid and take a punt on a brand new author.

The Cost of Living – Lebenshaltungskosten

The German language edition of THE COST OF LIVINGLEBENSHALTUNGSKOSTEN – is now available from Amazon. If you’ve not read THE COST OF LIVING before, allow me to recommend it to you. It’s a nasty little tale about a particularly horrible infection doing the rounds. I wrote it back in 2014 when I was at a low ebb, and the ending in particular reflects my grim state of mind at the time.

LEBENSHALTUNGSKOSTEN is available to download now. THE COST OF LIVING is also available as an audiobook and in print as part of LAST OF THE LIVING. Special thanks to Jasmin Kraft for translating the story, and to David Shires for adapting his original artwork.

New This is Horror podcast interview

I’ve always been very grateful for the support of the THIS IS HORROR team, and I always enjoy chatting with Michael Wilson and Bob Pastorella. I’ve been fortunate to appear on their podcast on a number of occasions, and my most recent conversation with Michael and Bob is now available for your listening pleasure. We cover all kinds of stuff in this one, including CHOKEHOLD and THE BLEED (about which I’ll have exciting news very soon). Click here or on the graphic below to listen.

THIS IS HORROR release loads of great content on a regular basis. Please subscribe to the podcast and consider supporting them on Patreon.

Also, keep an eye out for head-honcho Michael Wilson’s soon to be released novella, THE GIRL IN THE VIDEO. It’s brilliant.

The new AUTUMN novels

Watching the news today it feels kind of inappropriate to be talking about my forthcoming return to AUTUMN – stories about a virus which wipes out 99% of the population might be a little too close to home for some folks. Anyway, because this site has been devoid of news for far too long, I thought it would be interesting to tell you a bit more about the new books I’m working on.

Why write more AUTUMN books?
Because I had a great idea for a new zombie series, and the idea seemed to fit perfectly within the world of AUTUMN. Plus, if I’m honest, I’d like to put the series back on people’s radar again. There’s an ever-increasing number of WALKING DEAD spin-offs and other zombie shows on TV right now. AUTUMN was one of the first serious zombie sagas, and I’d love for someone to see the potential of a big-budget TV adaptation. 20 years since the first book was released online, I believe the series remains unique in the zombie sub-genre.

Are the new books connected to the old ones?
Nope. They exist in the same universe, that’s all. No crossovers. No recurring characters.

Where will they be set?
Initially in London. Why? Because it’s an incredibly densely populated city. More people will mean more survivors, more action, more threats, and many, many, many, many more zombies.

Autumn: The City art by Antony White (www.blackpapersky.co.uk). Copyright © All rights reserved.

Does the world need another zombie series?
Probably not, but I do. I’ve a genuine desire to write these new books, not least because the world has changed so much since the early 2000s when the bulk of the original series was written. Back then I could get away with survivors acting dumb and not knowing what zombies are… not anymore! Thanks again to THE WALKING DEAD and others, we’re all far too savvy to be so ignorant. Also, so much else has changed. The high-speed, interconnected, polarised, technology reliant world of 2020 will present many new challenges for my unlucky survivors to have to deal with!

How many books, and when?
It’s a new trilogy. I hope the first book, AUTUMN: DAWN, will hit the shelves before the end of the year (I’m aiming for late October – the 10th anniversary of the release of AUTUMN by St Martin’s Press and Gollancz). My plan is for books two and three to follow soon after. I’d like them all to be available by the end of 2021.

Any unusual inspirations?
GAME OF THRONES.

Where can I find out more?
Keep an eye on this site and the (soon to be relaunched) AUTUMN website, www.lastoftheliving.net where you’ll find loads of artwork and free AUTUMN fiction. And please follow me on social media: Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


Art by Antony White (www.blackpapersky.co.uk).

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.

 

THE BLEED: RUPTURE

A while back I told you I was writing a novel with CHRIS PHILBROOK and MARK TUFO. It won’t be long before the book – the first in a series – hits the shelves. Today I’m pleased to share the title and the awesome cover art with you. Great work by DEAN SAMED. Can’t wait for you to get your hands on RUPTURE, book one of THE BLEED.