Had a brilliant time at Horror in the East last Saturday. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – it’s a lovely little convention which boasted a host of top guests. It was great to catch up with old friends again and to take in a long-overdue viewing of the BBC’s controversial (back in 1992) GHOSTWATCH. Thanks to Henry Baker, all the day’s panels were recorded for posterity and are available on YouTube for your viewing pleasure. To save you a click, you’ll find the Armageddon-related discussion featuring myself, Adam Baker, Sean T Page, Adam Millard and Simon Coleby at the bottom of this post. Huge thanks to Emma and Jo, the event organisers – you did a cracking job, ladies. Here’s to next year!
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If you visit many other authors’ blogs, chances are you’ll have come across The Next Big Thing blog chain. Here’s how it works – an author answers ten questions about their next piece of work, then they tag five other authors to answer the same questions one week later. Adam Nevill tagged me last week (here’s Adam’s post), and here are my answers.
What is the working title of your next book?
Where did the idea come from for the book?
It’s a concept I’ve been toying with on and off since the mid-nineties. It occurred to me that if we knew the precise date of our own death, it would affect absolutely everything we do in the time which remains. But would that necessarily be a bad thing?
What genre does your book fall under?
It’s probably a little more mainstream than anything I’ve written before, but there are definite dystopian overtones.
What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in a movie rendition?
Complete unknowns. That’s essential.
What is the one sentence synopsis of your book?
Mark Thane is going to die in seventeen days time. Probably. (Sorry, that’s two sentences).
Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
Represented (by Scott Miller at Trident Media, New York).
How long did it take you to write the first draft of the manuscript?
Excluding the fifteen years I’d been messing with the idea on and off, about six weeks.
What other books/films would you compare this story to within your genre?
There are very definite shades of NETWORK, the 1976 Sidney Lumet movie. I guess there’s also a V FOR VENDETTA influence in there too.
Who or what inspired you to write this book?
The initial inspiration came so long ago now it’s hard to remember. I’m fascinated by our attitudes to death. I’ve always thought it fantastically liberating how animals live without fear because they don’t know they’re going to die. They assume they’ll just keep on going. We, on the other hand, seem to have either an unhealthy preoccupation with (or an equally unhealthy ignorance of) our own mortality. What happens if the rules change? How would you react if you knew exactly how long you had left?
What else about the book might pique the reader’s interest?
I think it’s a really original book which takes the story in very unexpected directions. In seventeen days the main character goes on a remarkable journey. Oh, and there’s loads of sex. Move over ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’, Moody’s gone all soft-porn.
More news about 17 DAYS coming soon. Here are the chaps I’ve tagged for next week:
Well I was just in the middle of writing a post to remind you about the Halloween event in Cheltenham tomorrow, and word comes through that it’s been cancelled. Bugger. Apologies to those of you who were coming along. Huge apologies also for the short notice. I’ll post again tomorrow morning if we manage to secure an alternative venue.
In more positive news, don’t forget I’ll be at Horror in the East in Lowestoft this Saturday, alongside a host of other authors including Adam Baker, Joseph D’Lacey, Iain McKinnon, Adam Millard, Sean T Page and Conrad Williams.
And on Friday 9th November, Wayne Simmons and I will be in Maidstone, Kent. We’ll be signing at Waterstones, Fremlin from 3:30pm until 5:30pm, then appearing at Writing Allowed at the Hazlitt Arts Centre. Click here for more information.
Really pleased to announce that I’ll be at Terror4Fun’s UK Festival of Zombie Culture at Phoenix Square, Leicester, on 17th November. It promises to be a brilliant event, with six zombie movies being screened (including the newly restored version of Zombie Flesh Eaters, and Before Dawn), several accompanied by Q&A sessions with the directors. There will also be a number of authors in attendance including myself, Wayne Simmons, Sean T Page, Adam Millard and the brilliant Charlie Higson. Can’t wait!
Before then, of course, I have a couple of other events. Wayne, Adam Nevil, Joseph D’Lacey and I will be celebrating Halloween at Waterstones Cheltenham. Unfortunately Adam Baker is no longer able to appear.
But Adam will be joining us in Lowestoft in November for Horror in the East – a brand new and completely free event. Click on the poster below or visit www.horrorintheeast.com for more information.
David Moody around the web
www.lastoftheliving.net – official Autumn website
www.thehatertrilogy.com – official Hater website
www.trustdavidmoody.com – official Trust website
Moody’s Survivors (officially sanctioned Facebook group)
Friends and other authors
Sean T Page (Ministry of Zombies)
Thomas Dunne Books (US)
Orion Books (UK)
Mkrug verlag (Autumn Series – Germany & Austria)
Goldmann (Hater – Germany)
Timun mas y Minotauro (Spain)