THE RITUAL

I first met ADAM NEVILL in 2011, shortly after our mutual US publisher asked me to write a cover quote for THE RITUAL. If you look at my post about the book, you’ll see that he and I were born a year apart in the same city, but it took the involvement of St Martin’s Press in New York for our paths to cross. I’ve had the pleasure of attending a few horror conventions with Adam recently (next up – The Birmingham Horror Con Halloween Special next weekend) and it’s been great to catch up again and compare experiences. Adam recently moved into independent publishing, and I wholeheartedly recommend his two recent short story collections.

The film adaptation of THE RITUAL opened in the UK last weekend, and knowing the book well and having had opportunity to discuss the production of the film with Adam (and the frustrations of film-making for authors – which we talked about on a panel in Liverpool recently – photo below courtesy of Dan Burgess Photography) I was keen to watch it. It didn’t disappoint.

Here’s the blurb and the trailer. Click the link below for my thoughts.

Four old university friends reunite for a hiking trip in the Scandinavian wilderness of the Arctic Circle. No longer young men, they have little left in common and tensions rise as they struggle to connect. Frustrated and tired they take a shortcut that turns their hike into a nightmare that could cost them their lives.

Lost, hungry and surrounded by forest untouched for millennia, they stumble across an isolated old house. Inside, they find the macabre remains of old rites and pagan sacrifices; ancient artefacts and unidentifiable bones. A place of dark ritual and home to a bestial presence that is still present in the ancient forest, and now they’re the prey.

As the four friends struggle toward salvation they discover that death doesn’t come easy among these ancient trees…

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Birmingham Horror Con – this Saturday

Hope to see you at the BIRMINGHAM HORROR CONVENTION at Edgbaston Stadium this Saturday. I’ll be there along with a host of horror luminaries, including stars of the NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET, FRIDAY THE 13th and HALLOWEEN movies, and some excellent author chums like ADAM NEVILL, MATT SHAW, PETER MCKEIRNON, ADAM MILLARD and many others. It promises to be an absolute cracker of an event. Tickets are still available – click here for more information.

 

The Next Big Thing

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?
17 DAYS

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:

ADAM BAKER
CRAIG DILOUIE
IAIN MCKINNON
ADAM MILLARD
SEAN T PAGE

Waiting to be kicked down the stairs

Early TRUST reviewer Chris Bowsman said of the book “The payoff is immense, and once it gets going it’s like dozens of pages of falling down the stairs. Very highly recommended.” We’ve now reached the top of the staircase. From now until the end of the year/world, TRUST will be an intense read. Chapter 27 is available now, and if you haven’t been following the story from the beginning, read it all at www.trustdavidmoody.com.

More to come on Monday. Also coming up next week, more from my AUTUMN retrospective ahead of the imminent release of AFTERMATH in the UK, and I’ll be out and about as the “Never Trust a Man With Hair” tour continues. It’s Cheltenham Waterstones on Wednesday with Wayne Simmons, Adam Nevill and Joseph D’Lacey, then Horror in the East next Saturday (which, as I hope you already know, features a host of authors and is completely FREE!).

And finally, for a chance of winning copies of the AUTUMN books, check out the giveaways accompanying my recent guest posts at www.crazy-bookworm.com and www.bookchickcity.com.

UK Festival of Zombie Culture

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.

The NEVER TRUST A MAN WITH HAIR TOUR – update!

As you may have heard, Wayne Simmons and I will be signing in various locations over the next few months, and our little jaunt has been christened the Never Trust a Man With Hair Tour. We’ve even got T-shirts (but I’ll spare you a picture of me wearing mine this morning – primarily because I’m alone in the house for once and I don’t have anyone to take a photo – you’ll have to make do with just the logo instead!).

We’ve made a few changes to our published schedule, so here’s a quick update:

CHELTENHAM – 31st October
We’ll be at Waterstones in Cheltenham on Halloween, along with a few friends. Adam Baker, Adam Nevill and Joseph D’Lacey will be joining us for a very special evening of readings and signing.

HORROR IN THE EAST – 2nd/3rd November
Back to Lowestoft (the setting, as you might remember, for THEM OR US) for a FREE weekend of horror alongside many other authors. Visit the website www.horrorintheeast.com for full details.

MAIDSTONE – 9th November
A new date! Wayne and I will be signing at Waterstones in Maidstone on the afternoon of 9th November, followed by a reading, Q&A etc. at the Hazlitt Arts Centre in the evening.

HULL – 24th November
I’m delighted to announce that Wayne and I will be joined by the brilliant Gary McMahon at Waterstones in Hull on 24th November.

SWINDON – 8th December
Wayne and I will be at Waterstones Swindon on 8th December.

Finally, I’m disappointed to announce that this coming weekend’s horror festival in Northampton has been cancelled. Not good. The words ‘piss up’ and ‘brewery’ spring to mind (a typically English expression, if you’re wondering what I’m on about).

Hope to see you while we’re out and about. Remember, if you want us to come visit your neck of the woods, please get in touch or ask your local bookstore to contact either/both of us. And I’m sorry, though we’d love to travel overseas and I am working to make that happen, we’re just doing the UK for now.

Halloween Horror Night

Well what a great event that was. I couldn’t think of a better way to spend Halloween…

David Moody at Warwick Arts Centre (photo: Andy McGeechan, used with permission)Last night at the Warwick Arts Centre, I was part of the Halloween Horror Night event alongside Adam Nevill and Gary McMahon.

The evening was hosted by Michael Wilson of Read Horror. Each of us gave a reading, then answered a few questions. Adam read from The Ritual (and you can click here to remind yourself how much I enjoyed that book), I read Muriel (from the recent SFX Zombie special), and Gary read Down, an excellent short from his latest collection, It Knows Where You Live.

It was great to finally meet Adam and Gary, other folks including Joseph D’Lacey, Simon Marshall-Jones, and also more members of Moody’s Survivors who’d made the trip to Warwick (now roll on Lowestoft!)

It was truly heartening to see so many people supporting the event with such enthusiasm. Thanks to Adam, Gary and Michael, and thanks also to everyone who came and spent their Halloween evening with us. Writing can be an incredibly insular occupation at times (and that’s not necessarily a bad thing), and it’s great to have opportunities like this to present your work in public and get such a positive and immediate reaction. Here’s to more Read Horror events.

Photo: Andy McGeechan, used with permission

Photographs by Andy McGeechan, used with permission.