I’ll be appearing at Sci-Fi London this Sunday May 3rd, taking part in a panel discussion: ‘Where’s My Jetpack?’
“Science fiction has promised us interstellar travel, flying cars, hoverboards, teleportation, universal translators, colonies in space and so much more. So where is it? In a world where London’s transport infrastructure can be brought to a standstill by 6 inches of snow and end-of-the-world scenarios play out in fiction, films and TV, is the mobile phone and the Internet really the best we can do?”
I’ve got two tickets to the panel to give away, courtesy of the event organisers. They’ll go to the first two people to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line ‘Sci-Fi London’. These are tickets to the above mentioned panel only, not the whole festival, and you’ll need to get yourself to and from the venue and cover your own expenses etc. etc. etc.
Please take a moment to visit www.sci-fi-london.com and look at the full programme for the weekend. Until Friday 1st May you can get 2-for-1 on tickets for any of the literary panels if you book by phone (020 7451 9944) and say the words AUTHOR BLOG!
If anyone is going to the festival on Sunday, please let me know in advance and, if it fits in with everyone’s plans, we’ll try and meet up and say hello!
The team at Renegade want you to see the Autumn movie, and so do I. I know they’re as frustrated as anyone that the film’s not yet been released, and they’re working hard behind the scenes to get it onto cinema and TV screens.
Over at the movie’s official blog, they’re asking for your input. If you’re in the UK or Canada, please head over to their site at autumnthemovie.blogspot.com and answer their questions. Alternatively, you can email your views to: autumninfo (at) renegademotionpictures.com.
I love that sentence! It’s a Google translation of the headline from a nice article about HATER / ODIO in today’s edition of the Spanish newspaper Público. Here’s a link to the online version of the story:
I just took part in the Horror Blog Fest over at the MyFavouriteBooks site. Click here to read my interview, then check out the various other author contributions which have so far been added. The Fest runs throughout April and May so check back regularly.
There’s a nice feature in this month’s Writer’s Forum magazine about my work, specifically my experiences with self independent publishing and how I went about promoting my books. I just don’t understand why they wanted to put a glamorous burlesque star on the front cover and not me!
Last night Steven Rumbelow (director of the Autumn movie) and Dickon Tolson (who plays Carl) appeared on Steve Genier’s Nocturnal Frequency radio show. Amongst other things they talked about working on the movie, working with David Carradine and the daily dedication of Autumn’s method-acting zombie extras! Unfortunately there was no specific news about release dates, but it’s definitely worth a listen.
Hater has had an unusual publishing history, being self-published by Moody in 2006, but now picked up by Gollancz. A movie version is in pre-production by Guillermo del Toro of Pan’s Labyrinth fame. Hater is a fast-paced novel written in a staccato style that highlights the growing horror of a British society falling apart. The main character, Danny McCoyne, stuck in a dead end office job and suffocating commuting lifestyle, observes one of an increasing number of violent attacks in the street. Moody fills out this scenario through dark vignettes of violence by ‘haters’ who attack people without warning and without provocation. Moody conjures up an increasing atmosphere of suspense and paranoia with society disintegrating into warring factions with McCoyne initially straddling the two.
The cause of the increasing epidemic of violence is largely unexplained. A ‘hater’ reflects ” There is a fundamental genetic difference between us and them… which, until now, has remained dormant… its now us and them’. Unlike the novels by Lindqvist and Ryan , Moody says “what I’ve actually done is to write a zombie story from the perspective of the zombies”. Moody’s twist is the ‘haters’ “don’t lose their intelligence or feelings, rather they are convinced that everyone else are the bad guys”.
Moody extrapolates from current British fears about immigration, street violence and terrorism to highlight that fear is used in society to justify pre-emptive strikes. As one character says, “we know who poses a threat to us and who is on our side”. Hater’s relentless pace, tension and graphic images will lend itself admirably to its film adaptation.
My wife often says ‘there’s no such thing as coincidence’.
A couple of weeks back I was reading INFECTED by Scott Sigler. For those who don’t know him, Scott has a similar background to me in that he initially built up a readership by giving away his stories for free online. The main difference between us is that Scott has an extremely cool approach where he distributes his books as top-quality, episodic podcasts.
Anyway, while I was reading the book, I got an email from an associate who mentioned that Scott was reading HATER. A few days later, this great review appeared on www.scottsigler.com. A very cool review. Thanks, Scott!
I’d been meaning to write this post for some time but I held off for a few days because I didn’t want it to read like a bout of planned mutual backslapping between me and Mr Sigler! The truth of the matter is that INFECTED was a cracking read which I thoroughly recommend. On the face of it, there are similarities between INFECTED and HATER in that both books feature ‘ordinary’ people becoming inexplicably psychotic, but the rest of the stories couldn’t be more different…
Sigler writes with a cool, conversational style which wrong-foots you from the start. It’s like having a good friend promise to look after you, only for them to take you to the darkest, most horrific places you can imagine. Not only that, once you get there they force you to watch everything that’s happening, eyes wide open. No matter how horrific the events in INFECTED become (and that’s pretty bloody horrific, trust me), he doesn’t let you look away for even a second. This is the first book in a long time that I had to take a break from while I was reading to get my head around what had just happened!
But it’s not all blood and guts. Sigler has crafted a cracking story that grips you from the start and doesn’t let up. There are some truly bizarre twists and turns, but they’re handled with a real skill and enthusiasm which carries you along. Extreme gore, intense action, intelligent writing. Magnificent!
Visit www.scottsigler.com and listen to INFECTED, CONTAGIOUS or any of his other novels to see what I mean!