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What’s next?

I’m conscious that there are a lot of empty spaces on this site right now. The HATER and AUTUMN series are all but finished (though not quite) and the serialisation of TRUST is well underway, but other than that I don’t seem to have many updates to share with you right now. That’s largely because I’m working on a number of new projects, and there’s not a lot to tell about any of them just yet. In any event, I thought I’d give you the barest of details to try and whet your appetites and keep your interest. It also might explain why I’m not around here as much as I’d like.

In no particular order then, here are the projects I’m currently planning/writing/developing/working on…

17 DAYS
A brand new novel which I hope to have written by the end of September. Those of you who’ve been following me for a while might remember MARK THANE – an aborted serialised novel from 2005/6 (I think). 17 DAYS takes the germ of Mark Thane’s story and beefs it up by adding a few healthy dollops of social breakdown and urban terrorism into the mix. It’s actually broader in appeal than anything I’ve written before, I think, and I love it.

THE SPACES BETWEEN
A five (and a half) book series set in a dystopian future not too far removed from today’s reality. Greg Dawson is an armed social worker and one of the few remaining people who still genuinely gives a damn about anyone else. Many of the social and political problems we’re facing today have continued to fester, and the UK has become a dangerous place to live (unless you’ve got power and/or money, and 99% of the population have neither). Dawson’s work brings him into contact with the extremes of the social spectrum, and a series of diverse cases results in him uncovering things no one should have to face. There’s a rumour the world’s going to end soon, but that’s the very least of Dawson’s problems. This one’s going to take a while to see the light of day – it’s an intricate story, so all the individual books have to be fully mapped out before I start writing. With a little luck, I’ll be writing the first book in the series – tentatively titled TOMMY – in early 2013. Think CHILDREN OF MEN meets QUATERMASS, and you’ll start to get an idea of the direction I’m taking with this one.

STRAIGHT TO YOU
I’ve been really pleased with the reception TRUST has had, so I’m going to continue the resurrection of Infected Books by dusting down and re-writing my debut novel from 1996. The plan at the moment is to have the book reworked by early 2013, and to serialise it next year in the same way I’m currently serialising TRUST.

STRANGERS
A quick, dark and dirty horror novel. A really nasty little number. As close to a vampire novel as I’m ever going to get (with absolutely no fangs, capes or sparkly teens). This book is currently being scoped out with a view to (hopefully) trying to bash it out at speed in 2013.

AUTUMN: THE HUMAN CONDITION
Pretty much all of the stories which made up the original release of THE HUMAN CONDITION are now available online at www.lastoftheliving.net. But there’s more… new stories were written to accompany DISINTEGRATION and AFTERMATH, and to further expand the AUTUMN universe (did you read JOE & ME?). I’d like, therefore, to produce a definitive version of The Human Condition (mass market paperback, eBook, limited edition hardcover) which collects up EVERY additional AUTUMN story. ETA – the second half of 2013.

ISOLATION
A brief final word about Isolation, which I announced at the beginning of the year and have so far completely failed to update you about. It is happening. It will be made. We have a great team working on the project but, inevitably, it’s having to take second place to all our other (paying) commitments. It will be worth the wait, I promise. We’re going to be meeting in the coming weeks to get things moving. More news soon.

So there you go. If I’m not posting much on here, that’s why. I am busy, honest!

TRUST – available from Monday

A final post for the week to let you know what’s happening with TRUST – my Infected Books reissue/experiment.

The book is primed and ready to go. Unfortunately, because of recent time constraints, the limited edition hardcover won’t be available straightaway. More information about that in a moment. First, here’s a very brief recap of what the book’s about…

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.

Early on Monday, the book’s website – www.trustdavidmoody.com – will be refreshed with the opening chapter. Subsequent chapters will appear on the site every Monday and Friday from now through ’till December when the whole novel will have been serialised.

The paperback edition is available to order now from all the usual online retailers such as Amazon, The Book Depository, etc. On Monday you’ll also be able to order signed copies direct from www.infectedbooks.co.uk.

Also on Monday, the novel will be available worldwide on Kindle for $2.99 or similar depending on your local currency. Other eBook formats will follow in due course.

Finally, about that limited edition hardcover… Pre-orders will open in early August, and this edition will be strictly limited to 500 signed and numbered copies priced at £25.00 plus postage. The hardcover will also contain exclusive content – an essay about the history of the book, it’s influences and more.

I’m really excited for this release. It’s felt unexpectedly liberating to be back behind the wheel of Infected Books again. I have a few more mainstream projects I’m working on right now, but if TRUST is a success, then STRAIGHT TO YOU will get the same treatment in late 2012/early 2013.

See you on Monday!

Clearing out

There have been several reasons for the lack of activity on this site recently. Some of them you already know about, namely JOE AND ME and TRUST (more information about TRUST coming next week, by the way). Some reasons I haven’t shared yet, though, and they include finishing the first 100,000 word draft of a brand new novel, preparatory work on a new five book horror/science-fiction series, planning the rewrite of STRAIGHT TO YOU, outlining another new novel (as close as I’ll ever get to a vampire story), and finishing up work on the script for ISOLATION (yes, it is still happening and yes, I’ll tell you more about it very soon).

There’s something else that’s been eating up my time recently – moving house. Barring any last-minute hitches, my family and I should be relocating in the next month or so. That might not be particularly interesting to anyone but us, but there are a couple of implications you might want to know about.

Firstly, I’ve got an enormous number of books in my loft, and I want to get rid of most of them. So I’m having a clearance sale. Head over to www.infectedbooks.co.uk now to pick up a few bargains. There are a handful of Infected Books paperback editions of AUTUMN as well as the last box of copies of the original 1996 release of STRAIGHT TO YOU, all going at reasonable prices. All the books are in mint condition and will be signed.

Second… does anyone still use VHS? I ask because I’ve got a couple of hundred assorted movies on tape which are of no use to me whatsoever. They’re going free to anyone who wants them, but there are a couple of conditions: 1. that whoever has them takes the lot (because I don’t have time to split them up) and, 2. you need to be in the UK and able to collect (because I’m not paying the postage on four huge boxes of tapes!). If you’re interested (serious enquiries only, please), then get in touch and we’ll talk. Bear in mind that these are mostly horror and science-fiction movies collected by yours truly between 1989 and 1997 (I think) and there are more than a few howlers in there. I’ll happily send a list of titles to those who are genuinely interested.

Have a good weekend (and don’t forget to visit www.infectedbooks.co.uk)!

The Autumn artists – Craig Paton

No updates from me in quite a while… Very sorry. I’ve been working flat out to get AUTUMN: AFTERMATH delivered, and this week I’m actually sat in a caravan in Wales with the family, so my time online has been massively reduced. We’re taking a short break around the locations which originally inspired the first AUTUMN book and STRAIGHT TO YOU. I’ll share some holiday pictures when I get back.

In the meantime, I’ve been planning to put together a series of features about the artists who’ve contributed to www.lastoftheliving.net. Craig Paton, who you’ll know from his magnificent Amy Steadman artwork as well as the covers for Iain McKinnons Domain and Remains of the Dead, has put together a fascinating piece on his blog about how Amy came into being. Head over to his site here and read it.

I’ll be back up to speed shortly and will catch up on my outstanding emails etc. as soon as I’m home. Oh, and I’ll have an AUTUMN: PURIFICATION giveaway for you next week.

Forthcoming releases

This is a list of all currently scheduled forthcoming releases (with links, publisher and publication date etc. when these details become available).

2017

STRAIGHT TO YOU (April, Voodoo Press)
German language edition.

THE FRONT: RED DEVILS (June, Infected Books)
Audiobook edition.

ONE OF US WILL BE DEAD BY MORNING (HATER #4) (December, Thomas Dunne Books)
The first book in the second HATER trilogy.

Page last updated 20 March 2017

Infected Books competition winner

You may remember that I had a clear-out before Christmas and offered a stack of books for sale through www.infectedbooks.co.uk. The sale’s pretty much over now with just a handful of foreign language editions and a few copies of Straight to You left.

Everyone who bought books from the sale automatically got entered into a draw for a few special prizes. I’m pleased to announce that the winner was Alan Hickey from Lancashire, UK. Congratulations, Alan! The following goodies will be on their way to you shortly:

That’s a copy of the HATER audiobook on CD (worth around £60!), a framed AUTUMN movie print signed by Dickon Tolson (who plays Carl) and myself, and a copy of 666: The Number Of The Beast – a YA anthology containing a story of mine, Grandma Kelly.

Congratulations again, Alan! For those of you who missed out on the sale, don’t worry. I’m planning something similar for later in the year to coincide with the release of DOG BLOOD.

FAQs

I get a lot of emails, and a lot of them ask the same things. Rather than have to wait for ages to get an answer from me (it’s like getting blood out of a stone sometimes) I’ve set up this page to answer the most common questions I get.

Got a question that hasn’t been answered? Click here to send it to me!

When will HATER be released in my country?

HATER has been sold to a number of different countries which are listed below (with publishers and release dates where these have been publically announced).

  • Australia – Hachette / Gollancz – Available now
  • Brazil (Hater – Ódio Mortal) – ARX – Available now
  • Canada – Thomas Dunne Books / St Martins Press – Available now
  • Czech Republic – Vikend – Available now
  • France (Rage) – Milady – Available now
  • Germany (Im Wahn) – Goldmann – Available now
  • Italy – Urania/Mondadori – Available now
  • Japan – Random House Japan – Available now
  • Korea
  • Poland (Amok) – Amber – Available now
  • Portugal (Odio) – Caramelo – Available now
  • Romania – Leda – Available now
  • Russia
  • Spain (Odio) – Minotauro – Available now
  • Taiwan – China Times – Available now
  • Turkey – Available now
  • UK – Gollancz – Available now
  • USA – Thomas Dunne Books / St Martins Press – Available now

Updated: 26 April 2015

What’s the latest with the movie?

The HATER movie is in active development. A 2017 shoot is planned. More information can be found here.

Updated: 15 November 2016

When will DOG BLOOD be released in my country?

  • Australia – Hachette / Gollancz – Available now
  • Canada – Thomas Dunne Books / St Martins Press – Available now
  • France – Milady
  • Germany (Todeshunger) – Goldmann – Available now
  • Poland (Wsciekla krew) – Amber – Available now
  • Spain – Minotauro
  • Turkey
  • UK –  Gollancz – Available now
  • USA – Thomas Dunne Books / St Martins Press – Available now

Updated: 17 May 2011

When will THEM OR US be released in my country?

  • Australia – Hachette / Gollancz – Available now
  • Canada – Thomas Dunne Books / St Martins Press – Available now
  • Turkey
  • UK –  Gollancz – Available now
  • USA – Thomas Dunne Books / St Martins Press – Available now

Updated: 2 February 2012

How many books make up the HATER series?

The series is comprised of two trilogies. The first includes HATER, DOG BLOOD and THEM OR US. The seconds trilogy takes place in and around the first. The first of the new books, ONE OF US WILL BE DEAD BY MORNING, is scheduled for publication in August 2017 and will be followed by THE OTHER HALF and THE LAST SUMMER. More news to follow shortly.

Updated: 25 July 2016

Are there audio books of the HATER series?

Yes. Audio adaptations of HATER, DOG BLOOD, and THEM OR US, all read by Gerard Doyle, are available from Blackstone Audio. CD, MP3 CD, cassette and Playaway editions are available. You can also download them from Audible.com and iTunes.

Updated: 2 February 2012

When will the AUTUMN books be released in my country?

  • Germany – all books now available
  • Italy – Autumn, l’attaco dei Morte Viventi (Autumn) available now
  • Spain – Septiembre Zombie (Autumn), Ciudad Zombie (The City), and Zona Zombie (Purification) are available now
  • UK – all books now available
  • US – all books now available

Updated: 25 July 2016

How many books are in the series?

Six.

  • AUTUMN
  • AUTUMN: THE CITY
  • AUTUMN: PURIFICATION
  • AUTUMN: DISINTEGRATION
  • AUTUMN: AFTERMATH
  • AUTUMN: THE HUMAN CONDITION

Updated: 21 June 2013

In which order should the books be read?

As per the previous answer.

Updated: 21 March 2011

What is THE HUMAN CONDITION?

THE HUMAN CONDITION is a collection of short stories and novellas set in and around the AUTUMN world. Many of these stories are now available free via www.lastoftheliving.net. An expanded edition of the book, fully re-edited and containing an additional 40,000 words of content is now available from Infected Books.

Updated: 21 June 2013

How do I get to see the movie?

The AUTUMN movie is available on DVD in a number of different countries (listed below). You can also get the film via VOD (iTunes, Amazon.com etc.), and in the UK it’s regularly shown on the Horror Channel (Sky channel 319, Virgin 149 and Freesat 138).

  • France  (Autumn: Fin Du Monde)
  • Germany (Autumn of the Living Dead, re-released as – I kid you not – The Dead Walk)
  • Greece
  • Holland
  • Russia (Ideal Virus)
  • Thailand
  • UK
  • US

Updated: 17 September 2013

Where’s the free download?

Following the acquisation of the AUTUMN series by Thomas Dunne Books, the free download of AUTUMN has been discontinued. Hey… don’t shout at me – it was available for more than 5 years and in excess of half a million people downloaded it!

Updated: 2 February 2009

What was AUTUMN: ECHOES?

AUTUMN: ECHOES was a collection of brief stories which explained the background of some of the supporting characters from the AUTUMN novels. They also formed a part of THE HUMAN CONDITION (see earlier answer). These stories and more are available free online at www.lastoftheliving.net.

Updated: 20 May 2012

Will there be audio adaptations of the books?

Nothing has been agreed as yet, however you can still listen to Darker Projects excellent free dramatization of the first AUTUMN book. Click here to listen! If you want audio books, why not email audible.com or blackstoneaudio.com (the makers of the HATER audiobooks) with your request?

Updated: 20 May 2012

What is THE FRONT, and what part did you write?

THE FRONT is a World War II zombie series conceived by Timothy W. Long and Craig DiLouie. I wrote the second book in the series, RED DEVILS.

Updated: 15 February 2017

Will you blurb/critique/edit my book for me?

Sorry, no. I refuse to blurb or critique anything without reading the whole piece of work, and I just don’t have the time to do that right now. Please don’t email your work to me at this moment in time. Thanks. If the position changes in future, I’ll update this answer.

Updated: 17 July 2013

What’s happening with ISOLATION?

ISOLATION has stalled. Unfortunately, as is often the way with these labour of love projects (i.e. projects where there’s no cash involved and everyone’s working for free), they have to take second place to other contractual obligations. And there are too many contractual obligations right now… You can, however, read a novella adaptation of the original screenplay which is now available as part of LAST OF THE LIVING.

Updated: 28 September 2014

Can I get THE COST OF LIVING and ISOLATION in print?

Yes. Both novellas (and all of their associated short stories) are available in a paperback collection called LAST OF THE LIVING. Click here for more information.

Updated: 28 September 2014

When will TRUST be available again?

Now. Visit www.trustdavidmoody.com to find out more about the novel, to buy the book or to read the free online serialisation.

Updated: 22 July 2012

When will STRAIGHT TO YOU be available again?

Now. Visit www.davidmoody.net/straight to find out more.

Updated: 28 September 2014

Whatever happened to MARK THANE?

Wow. If you remember Mark Thane, you’ve got a good memory! This book was an aborted web serial from pre-2006. Mark’s story has been adapted into a new novel – 17 DAYS – and more news will be available soon.

Updated: 21 June 2013

What is your privacy policy?

My privacy policy is simple – any information you provide via this website will be held in strict confidence and will not be used for any purposes other than to allow you to view the website and post comments. All information will be permanently removed upon request.

Updated: 14 July 2009

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Bio

(credit: Grace Elkin Photography)

(credit: Grace Elkin Photography)

David Moody has an unhealthy fascination with the end of the world. ‘People tend to just float along on the day-to-day and assume everything’s always going to stay the same,’ he says, ‘but that’s not the case. Sooner or later something’s going to happen to screw everything up. Whether it’s a plague epidemic, an asteroid hitting the planet, climate change or the meltdown of the global economy, something’s going to get us eventually!’

Moody grew up on a diet of horror movies and post-apocalyptic fiction. After reading Wyndham’s Day of the Triffids and H G Wells’ War of the Worlds, and watching the original Night of the Living Dead in the middle of the night during an epic thunderstorm, he was hooked. ‘It was the power of those stories which really got to me, the way that events outside the control of any authority might one day impact on absolutely everyone.’

After leaving school and ending up working in a high street bank (enough to make anyone contemplate Armageddon on a regular basis), Moody decided he wanted to make the kind of films he spent so much time watching. Unfortunately, with no relevant training or expertise, it was never going to be easy. So he looked for an alternative route and found one. ‘I’d always enjoyed writing, and I knew I could string words together and make them entertaining, so putting the stories I’d wanted to film into novel form was a logical solution.’

Within six months he’d written Straight to You which was published by a small UK publisher. Sales figures were microscopic, but Moody immediately started work on several other books.

The unexpected sudden arrival of a family and all the associated trappings (no time, no money, large mortgage etc.) kept Moody away from writing for a while. By the time his next book Autumn was finished, the Internet had begun to change the way information and media was being shared and he saw an opportunity. ‘I figured I had two choices,’ he explains. ‘I could either try and sell the novel to a publisher and hope for more success than last time, or I could resign myself to the fact I probably wasn’t going to sell thousands of books and make loads of money and do something different. I decided to give the book away and used it to build up a readership.’

Autumn became an on-line phenomenon, racking up more than half a million downloads and spawning a series of sequels. In 2005 Moody formed ‘Infected Books’ – his own publishing house through which he independently published his books as paperbacks and ebooks. ‘I used to hate the term “self-published”… it conjures up images of awful books which really shouldn’t be published. The reality is that lots of authors who could get their books ‘traditionally’ released, choose to retain control and publish their books themselves. The availability of Print on Demand technology and the increasing popularity of ebooks makes it possible for any writer to get their work onto the shelves of bookstores and online retailers on their own.’

Moody sold tens of thousands of his ‘Infected Books’ and went on to publish a novel called Hater in July 2006. Within three months of its release he’d had contact with a major US production company who were interested in acquiring the film rights. A deal was done and the movie is currently in production with Guillermo del Toro (Director of Hellboy I and IIPan’s LabyrinthThe Hobbit) and Mark Johnson (Breaking Bad, The Chronicles of Narnia films) producing. Glen Mazzarra (The Walking Dead) wrote the initial draft of the movie script.

Within months of the Hater deal, the film rights to the first Autumn novel were sold to Renegade Motion Pictures in Canada. Their film, starring Dexter Fletcher and David Carradine, is available on DVD around the world.

‘I’ve created a monster,’ Moody said in an open letter to his readers in late 2007. And he had. The success of Infected Books was beginning to cause problems: the running of the business was taking up an ever increasing amount of time. ‘It meant that I didn’t have enough time to write, and it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to know that for a writer, that’s not good!’

In November 2007, Moody sold Hater and its two planned sequels to Thomas Dunne Books, a division of St Martin’s Press in the US. Subsidiary rights were subsequently sold to the UK, France, Germany, Spain, Poland, Italy, Russia and many other countries. In the summer of 2008, Thomas Dunne Books acquired the Autumn series and Moody mothballed Infected Books.

‘I’d been leading a bizarre double-life for years,’ he says. ‘I’ve literally had Hollywood producers on the phone while I’ve been standing in the living room trying to get the kids to bed and stop the dog barking! Now I’m able to write full time and I’ve been given an incredible opportunity to get my books out to a vastly increased audience with the powerful and professional support of some of the most important publishers and filmmakers working in the fields of horror, fantasy and science-fiction today.’

In July 2012, with his immediate contractual obligations complete, Moody returned to his independent roots, publishing a new edition of an earlier novel – Trust – through Infected Books. ‘I’ve been fortunate to have been published traditionally in a number of different countries, and I’ve sold more books than I ever dared dream. But I still get asked constantly about my self-publishing days, and I’ve often found myself wondering what would happen if I did it again today. The marketplace has changed so dramatically over the years and has grown so much… I thought it was time for an experiment!’

Moody is currently working on a number of book and film projects, for both mainstream and independent release.

Contact details and publicity photos can be found by clicking here.

Signed and rare books for sale

Bit of an unusual post, this one… I’ve been clearing out my office and my attic and I’ve decided it’s time for a sale! In perfect time for Christmas (coincidence – honest!), I’ve found a few boxes of books which I’m selling off through www.infectedbooks.co.uk.

There are a few special items here which I’d like to draw your attention to…

I acquired a small batch of copies of the original Infected Books edition of AUTUMN for the recent Grimm Up North festival, and I’m selling off the surplus. Please get in quick – this is absolutely the last time the book will be available before its re-issue through Thomas Dunne Books in the US and Gollancz in the UK in September / October 2010.

Autumn Straight to You Hater

Also, whilst clearing out I discovered a couple of copies of the original Infected Books release of HATER and a box of hardcover copies of Straight to You. Those of you who’ve followed me for a while will know that whilst I still love the concept of Straight to You, I think the book has dated badly and I’m more than happy to let these copies go. I haven’t wanted to set a specific price for these rare editions (only 500 copies of the Straight to You hardback were ever produced, so this is about as rare as it gets for me!). I’m happy to accept any sensible offers based on how much having the books would mean to you.

I hope this is interesting to some of you. If you have any questions or you want any more information, don’t hesitate to get in touch. Use this page here to contact me.

The price of books…

Since I closed down Infected Books and sold my novels to other publishers, strange things have been happening with the price of the original Infected Books editions. HATER, in particular, has been on sale for stupid amounts of cash since the movie was announced. There were copies listed on Amazon a couple of weeks ago for almost $1000!

I just wanted to say a couple of things. Firstly, HATER and its two sequels and the five AUTUMN books will be published gradually over the next few years. I’m also working on plans for TRUST and STRAIGHT TO YOU. Please don’t pay the kind of prices that some people are asking on the web unless a). you’re too damn rich for your own good or b). you’re a collector and you’re desperate to get your hands on first edition copies. 

Secondly, beware some of the listings on Amazon and similar websites. Infected Books used Print on Demand technology and it seems that many of the sellers listed on these sites are third parties or affiliated companies who have access to the printer’s digital catalogue. Unfortunately, these listings are out of date and it is physically impossible for any new orders made for Infected Books titles to be fulfilled.

I just don’t want anyone getting ripped off. I’d rather people waited a little longer to read the books than lost out.