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While I was originally writing HATER in 2006, I got talking to Phil ‘Swill’ Odgers of the band The Men They Couldn’t Hang. One thing led to another and the end result was that the entire band made a brutal and unforgettable appearance in chapter 4 of the book!
To celebrate the re-publication of HATER and the fact that The Men They Couldn’t Hang will shortly be releasing a new album (visit www.tmtch.net for news of an EP and a tour announcement), we’ve combined forces to run an exclusive competition. Click here (before 30 April) and answer a very simple question for a chance to win one of three copies of the UK hardback edition of HATER, signed by both me and Swill!
If you’re in London, try and pick up a copy of the new free magazine, LIBERATION FREQUENCY. With an initial run of 10,000 copies to be distributed through universities, music stores, clothing & fashion outlets, over and underground stations and selected bars and restaurants, the double-ended magazine takes a refreshingly original approach to covering the arts scene. ‘Liberation’ covers Indie music, rock, comedy, books and graphic novels. Flip the magazine over and ‘Frequency’ focuses on soul, jazz and R&B.
I’m honoured that the publishers chose to feature HATER in their first issue, but that’s not the only reason I’m posting about the magazine here. Liberation Frequency demands your attention and it’s well worth hunting down a copy if you find yourself in London town!
Update: An extended version of my interview with LF is available here.
I’ve just heard that AMOK, the Polish edition of HATER, will be published by Amber in April 2009.
HATER has been given a great review in this month’s RUE MORGUE magazine. “Moody knows how to temper tension to maximum effect and punctuates it with enough nerve-wracking brutality that you’ll be looking over your shoulder for a week after reading it.”
And, you’ll be glad to hear, there are no photos of me in this one!
Thanks to everyone who picked up a copy of HATER this week. Here’s a very quick round-up of a few bits of news.
I took part in the Page 69 test – click here for the results!
I’ve added a new page to this site for press clippings. You can access it from the sidebar or click here.
New reviews have been added to this page. Also, you can access these via the RSS feed in the sidebar.
I was recently asked to put together some words about Hater and the events which have taken it from self-published novel to its impending ‘mainstream’ publication and movie adaptation. Click here to read the feature at the ‘Waterstone’s Book Quarterly’ website.
The release of HATER is fast approaching. A major publicity offensive is about to start and I’ll be posting more details about that very soon. In the meantime, the book has continued to generate some great press. Over in the US, Booklist gave HATER a starred review:
One day Danny McCoyne’s life tends toward the humdrum: job, family, the usual. The next day, suddenly, without warning or explanation, people are turning into killers, murdering their loved ones, attacking perfect strangers. Soon Danny is trying desperately to keep his family safe, while all around him society seems to be self-destructing, as ordinary men and women turn into animals, filled with hate and violence. This is a truly frightening book because, like Danny, we’re constantly scrambling to process what’s going on. Moody, who self-published the novel in 2006, writes as though his novel were a zombie movie, and readers familiar with the genre will have no difficulty seeing, in their mind’s eye, the rapid dissolution of society played out in front of them. (Is it purely a coincidence that the protagonist has the same first name as Danny Boyle, director of the movie 28 Days Later, whose zombielike creatures were infected with something that filled them with uncontrollable rage?) It’s a risky undertaking, giving literary form to a type of story that is traditionally told in pictures, but Moody completely pulls it off. The movie rights to the book have been sold, and it’ll be interesting to see if the film is as good as the novel. It’s hard to imagine how it could be. (David Pitt – Booklist: December 15, 2008)
Here in the UK, The Bookseller listed HATER as one of their ‘insider tips for the top paperbacks of 2009’!:
To call it a page turner is understating the pace and skill the author brings to this haunting and thought-provoking masterpiece of dark and bloodthirsty fiction. The descriptions of the emotional strain and fear of the characters is gripping, and the tension is palpable, leading to an unnerving and shocking climax. If you are a fan of I Am Legend, George Romero’s Dead series, or any post-apocalyptic fiction, then this is a new and original approach to the genre that you will love from the very start. But be warned, this book is not for the faint-hearted.
And finally, Mathew Riley at www.bookgeeks.co.uk has just posted an incredibly positive and well-considered review here.