One of the major differences between traditional and independent publishing is timescales. Indie publishers tend to have very short lead times between a book being finished and being released. Traditional publishers, on the other hand, do not. So bear that in mind as I tell you that ONE OF US WILL BE DEAD BY MORNING, the fourth HATER novel, will be released by Thomas Dunne Books on 17 August 2017 (ie one year yesterday). I’ll share more details as soon as I’m able. There’s lots of HATER stuff going on behind the scenes. Lots of HATER stuff.
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Richard Matheson’s I AM LEGEND is a remarkable book. Do a straw poll of a hundred horror authors and ask them to name the single piece of fiction which most influenced them, and I’ll wager that a good number will cite I AM LEGEND. It’s not just authors – the same is probably true of film-makers too. You can’t read the book without having scenes from George Romero’s original NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD play out in your head.
There’s no question, therefore, that this is an hugely influential novel, and the fact it’s been filmed on no less than three occasions is further proof of that. Interestingly, though, it’s also a remarkably slight book, coming in at less than 200 pages. So how does Matheson cram so much into so little? I decided to try and find out. There will unavoidably be spoilers ahead.
As I type I’ve literally just finished re-reading the book for the umpteenth time. I thought it would be interesting to give you my thoughts on the novel and then, over the next few weeks, to look at each of the film adaptations in turn (and if you’re not aware of the movies, they are as follows: LAST MAN ON EARTH, THE OMEGA MAN and I AM LEGEND).
I’m sure you know the basic plot by now but, just in case, here’s the back cover blurb: Robert Neville may well be the only survivor of an incurable plague that has mutated every other man, woman, and child into bloodthirsty, nocturnal creatures who are determined to destroy him.
By day, he scavenges for food and supplies, desperate to find any other survivors who might be out there. But all the while the infected lurk in the shadows, watching his every move, waiting for him to make a mistake…
I’m late with the first of this week’s updates to the free serialisation of STRAIGHT TO YOU. My excuse is that I was at a meeting about the HATER movie (but, as you’ve no doubt come to expect, I can’t tell you anything about that just yet…).
In today’s instalment, Steven and Roy have a terrifying experience on the M6 north of Birmingham. Not unusual in itself – I’ve had more than a few experiences there myself – but they were nothing like this. The end of the world is getting nearer. Will they reach the end of their journey in time? Read the book on WATTPAD to find out.
The HATER series
“A head, spinning thrill ride…” (Guillermo del Toro). Includes the novels HATER, DOG BLOOD and THEM OR US. A second HATER trilogy is currently being published and a movie adaptation is in active development. ONE OF US WILL BE DEAD BY MORNING the first book in the FINAL WAR trilogy, is now available. For more information visit www.thehatertrilogy.com or click here for all HATER-related news.
A dark and dirty horror novel: a spate of brutal murders occur in and around the small town of Thussock. The bodies of the dead – savagely mutilated, unspeakably defiled – are piling up with terrifying speed. There are no apparent motives and no obvious connections between the victims, but the killings only began when Scott Griffiths and his family arrived in town…
LAST OF THE LIVING
(includes THE COST OF LIVING and ISOLATION)
A collection of novellas and short stories focusing on those who’ve survived the unthinkable. Some thrive while others disintegrate; some fight while others capitulate. But no matter how each individual survivor reacts, one thing is certain: nothing will ever be the same again. Includes the novellas THE COST OF LIVING (“A truly superb post-apocalyptic story” –DLS Reviews) and ISOLATION (“a must have for zombie lovers, people who love gore and violence and people who love stories with exceptional characterisation… not to be missed” –BookBloke) and more…
The AUTUMN series
A vicious, virulent disease kills more than 99% of the world’s population in a single day. Before the handful of survivors that remain can even begin to come to terms with what has happened, the disease strikes again, and all hell breaks loose. Six books, a movie, an audio adaptation and more than 100,000 words of free zombie fiction. Visit www.lastoftheliving.net or click here for all AUTUMN-related news. “Takes the genre in a fascinating new direction. If John Wyndham was alive and wrote zombie novels, they’d read like this.” –Jonathan Maberry, best-selling author of Patient Zero and Rot & Ruin.
STRAIGHT TO YOU
The sun is dying. The temperature around the world is rising by the hour with no sign of any respite. At this rate the planet will soon become uninhabitable; all life extinguished. It might be weeks away, it might be days… we may only have hours remaining. The burning world is descending into chaos. Steven Johnson’s wife is hundreds of miles away and all that matters is reaching her before the end. He has to act now, no time to stop and think. Every second is precious. Tomorrow is too late. Written in 1994, published in 1996, then re-written and re-published in 2014.
The most important event in human history takes place in the middle of nowhere. Perspectives are altered. Perceptions are changed. Nothing will ever be the same again. Is this a moment of deliverance for the human race, or the beginning of its end? Tom Winter thinks he knows, but if he’s right, then seven billion other people are wrong. Find out more at www.trustdavidmoody.com.
Short stories and other works
First off, on 30 October, I’m thrilled to announce that I’ll be heading to the Freemasons Grand Lodge in Dublin where I’ll be guesting at HORROR EXPO IRELAND 2016. This sounds like a cracker: Running from 2pm to 2am Horror Expo Ireland promises an unforgettable and unique experience, which boasts a plethora of horror related events and activities ranging from panels, Q&A sessions, screenings, and paranormal investigations. While it is fair to say that this event is not your average convention, the organisers have provided a public platform which is entirely fan focused, as the audience is afforded an opportunity to critically engage with the genre of horror from a range perspectives alongside some of the industry’s most acknowledged experts.
Tickets are €40 and more information is available here. Follow the event on Facebook and Twitter.
The following weekend on 5 November I’ll be making a return to Lowestoft – spiritual home of the HATER series – for HORROR IN THE EAST 4. This year the event is based in the town library (which features in THEM OR US – thanks to David Naughton-Shires for the graphic below). If you need reminding why Lowestoft occupies such an important place in HATER folklore, then click here. More details will be announced shortly. It would be great if you could join us and spend the day deep in Hinchcliffe territory…
And on 12 November I’ll be heading to the Phoenix Centre in Leicester for the 10th UK FESTIVAL OF ZOMBIE CULTURE hosted by Zombie Ed (the brains behind Terror4Fun and the ZOMBIE TIMES). If you’ve not been to one of Ed’s undead events before, you’re in for a treat. Join the Facebook group here. Ticket details will be announced shortly.
I had an absolute blast taking part in the live 100th THIS IS HORROR podcast. It was a real laugh, very interactive, and we covered all manner of topics including the HATER movie, the new HATER trilogy, mental health issues and writing, Year of the Zombie, and many other things. We also talked about the current serialisation of STRAIGHT TO YOU on Wattpad, and this is the perfect time to tell you that the second of this week’s chapters has now been added for your (free) reading pleasure.
I thought it was about time I made an appearance here! It’s been a while, I know. As many of you know, I went back to non-writing work a while ago to save my sanity (seriously, it was doing me no good at all sitting at home on my own all day every day, writing about the end of the world), and that, combined with sorting out my dad’s affairs and working on a surprisingly large number of different writing projects, has led to me neglecting this site. I’m hoping to remedy that in the very near future.
I wanted to take this opportunity to update you on a couple of projects. Firstly, I’m really pleased to announce that Thomas Dunne Books will be publishing the second HATER trilogy, and I’m thrilled to be working with the team there again. I’ve been working hard on the first novel – ONE OF US WILL BE DEAD BY MORNING – and I look forward to bringing you more news in the coming months. OOUWBDBM is a very different kind of HATER novel which sets up a new cast for the other two books (THE OTHER HALF and THE LAST SUMMER) which will weave in and around the events of the original trilogy and bring a new perspective to the overall story. Can’t wait to tell you more.
Tim Long and Craig DiLouie are no doubt cursing me for my lack of speed, but I’m also busy writing THE FRONT: RED DEVILS – a continuation of the World War II with zombies story Tim so excellently kicked off with SCREAMING EAGLES.
All this means THE SPACES BETWEEN books have been on the back burner (again), but never fear – they will be written and you will get to read them. And all those folks who won the competition to appear as characters in the novels will still see their names in print. Unfortunately I can’t give you a timescale (and if I did set myself a deadline, I’d inevitably miss it!).
And that’s not all… YEAR OF THE ZOMBIE continues apace. June’s book will be launched next week, and it’s another cracker. Genuinely unsettling. When Wayne and I were planning this series, we wanted to publish a really diverse range of stories and, six months in, that objective has already been achieved. From Iraq to Wales, from psychological horror to blood and guts, from high octane thriller to slapstick comedy, from hunting zombies to dodging sheep, our authors have really delivered. Check out the releases here. And yes, you might see something from me joining the line-up in the not too distant future…
A bunch of short stories, a host of other novels (KAI, 17 DAYS, WAS SHE NEVER THERE?), the HATER movie… there’s a huge amount of stuff to come from me soon. Thanks for your patience. I’m off for a few days’ break with the family now. Plenty more news when I return.
Several years ago I got talking to Keith Lynch, one half of directing duo The Brothers Lynch, about HATER. Back in 2014, Keith introduced me to Ed Barratt. As you may know, Ed’s producing the HATER movie, and he also produced TRIAL a cracking sci-fi short written and directed by the aforementioned Brothers Lynch. It’s brilliant. Watch it here:
I had the pleasure of being interviewed by William Cook recently for his series on the Secrets of Best-Selling Self-Published Authors, and you can read the piece here. Please spend some time looking around the site. William has assembled a really great resource for anyone who’s interested into taking the independent publishing route. Visit www.selfpublishingsuccessfully.com.
And I owe an apology to Suzanne Robb and Emma Ennis of Fresh and Untitled, because I neglected to share the last part of our epic conversation about characters and plot development. I’m correcting that right now…
Normal service is slowly being restored here after the unexpected complications of early 2016. I signed a few very important pieces of paper a while back, and that means I’ll finally be able to tell you more about the release of ONE OF US WILL BE DEAD BY MORNING (HATER book #4) VERY soon.
I was recently interviewed by Michelle Baker for her www.successcircuit.com site, and you can read it here. I hope you enjoy it. Michelle asked some very interesting questions, which made for a great conversation.
And here, for your Sunday afternoon viewing pleasure (though there’s not much pleasure in looking at my mug) is the third part of my conversation about characters and plot development with Suzanne Robb and Emma Ennis of the Fresh and Untitled podcast.
Keep an eye on this site this week – some great stuff coming up, including details of how you could be a part of Infected Books’ YEAR OF THE ZOMBIE. There’s an interview with Adam Baker – author of KILLCHAIN, the first YoZ novella – live on the site right now.