The end of the school holidays are finally in sight and I’ll be back to posting here with more regularity again very soon!
As I’m currently trying to finish up and polish the final book in the HATER series, I thought a little tease would be in order. Please don’t read any further if you haven’t yet read HATER and/or DOG BLOOD!
I can reveal that the title of the third book will be THEM OR US, and it will hit the shelves in late Summer / Autumn 2011 (exact date to be confirmed). Just to whet your appetite, here’s a short blurb I recently prepared…
The war which has torn the human race apart is finally nearing its end. The population has been devastated and the world reduced to a poisoned, rubble-strewn ruin. With most towns and cities now uninhabitable, and with the country in the grip of a savage nuclear winter, both Hater and Unchanged alike struggle to survive through each day.
Hundreds of Hater fighters have settled on the east coast in the abandoned remains of a relatively undamaged town under the command of Hinchcliffe – a ruthless bastard who’ll stop at nothing to eradicate the last few Unchanged and consolidate his position at the top of this new world order. This fledgling society is harsh and unforgiving – your place in the ranks decided by how long and how hard you’re prepared to fight.
Danny McCoyne is the exception to the rule. His ability to hold the Hate and to use it to hunt out the remaining Unchanged has given him a unique position in Hinchcliffe’s army of fighters. But as the enemy’s numbers reduce, so the pressure on McCoyne increases until he finds himself at the very centre of a pivotal confrontation, the outcome of which will have repercussions on the future of everyone who is left alive.
A year ago, Danny McCoyne was an overlooked nobody living a miserable, empty life. Today it’s down to him alone to make a crucial series of decisions and decide who prevails. Will it be them, or us?
Apologies for the serious lack of updates recently – I’ve got plenty to tell you about, but finding time to post has been impossible. Ahh… that great British tradition of 6 week long summer holidays from school. As a kid it was immense – an undoubted highlight of the year. As a dad of many, trying to balance a stack of deadlines and work from home, it’s a complete bitch! I’ve been for a flight in a hot air balloon, spent a week at the seaside, made a few trips to the cinema and we’re only at week 3! Meanwhile, Hater #3 is sitting on my desk, frustratingly close to being finished, and there’s a pile of Autumn edits waiting…
Back to business. I’m really pleased to announce that I’ll be a guest at the Grimm Up North festival in Manchester this Halloween, talking about book to film adaptations and signing copies of AUTUMN which will be released on 28th October. Click here for more information. I’ll hopefully see some of you there.
Right. Back to work while the kids are temporarily occupied…!
Regular readers of this site will know I’m a fan of Scott Sigler and his books Infected, Contagious and Ancestor. Scott recently read DOG BLOOD, and I was really pleased to find this very cool endorsement of the book on his site.
The AUTUMN movie gets another DVD release in the US this week. There’s a nice little article on Fangoria.com about the experiences of Diane Salema, a presenter on MTV Canada who appeared in the film (under a ton of make-up) as Mrs Evans, i.e. David Carradine’s mom.
Those of you who caught the AUTUMN books first time around will probably remember my ‘Spread the Infection’ tagline. I used it for years, and I’m sure it was responsible to some degree for the book’s journey from free pdf to half a million downloads, a movie, an audio adaptation, and now mainstream publication.
They’ve been unavailable for far too long, but the re-release of the AUTUMN series is close at hand. The first book is out in late October (US and UK – click the covers for information, Spain and Germany – you already have it!), and books two, three and four will be following in quick succession throughout 2011.
I’ll be able to give you more details about the release very soon. In the meantime, I wanted to ask a couple of favours…
First off, I want your memories of AUTUMN first time around for some articles I’m putting together. I’ve had emails from people who were freaked out reading the free download while working alone on the night shift, others who printed the pdf off and read it in class… please let me know how you found out about the series. Also, if you were involved in the book in any way and we haven’t spoken for a while (I’ve particularly been trying to get hold of Dave Joseph who created the face on the original cover if anyone can help), then please get in touch.
Secondly, I’d really appreciate it if you’d help me ‘Spread the Infection’ again. Follow me on Facebook, Friend Feed or Twitter, sign up for the newsletter (see sidebar), and invite your friends to do the same…
There’s going to be a lot going on with the accelerated re-release of the novels – including plenty of free fiction and much more – and there will be many opportunities to get involved so I’d like as many people as possible to know!
The Brazilian edition of HATER – Ódio Mortal – will shortly be published by ARX. Click here for more information.
Yet another very different cover design. I think it’s really interesting how much variety there already is in the approaches taken by different publishers. You can see all the current covers here, and there are still numerous other countries (including Russia, Romania, Japan and Korea to name but several) to go!
It’s been a busy few weeks, so I wanted to catch up with a few quick things…
First, thanks to Paul Huggins, owner of www.zombiejunky.com, who has put together my first fansite! Thanks, Paul – I’m honoured! Please head over to www.davidmoodysmonsters.com and give Paul your support. He recently added a review of DOG BLOOD and a short interview to the site.
I know it’s only a couple of days since I announced I had signed copies of DOG BLOOD available, but they’re very close to selling out already. If you wanted to get your hands on one, please head over to www.infectedbooks.co.uk quick!
Finally, thanks to all of you who’ve sent in pictures of yourselves with your copy of the new book. You must be camera shy – the entries haven’t exactly been flooding in – so everyone who’s entered so far is now guaranteed a T-shirt. Please get your entries in by Saturday. See here for details.
All you need to do is send me a photograph of yourself with your copy of the book. Email it to email@example.com by Friday 25th June. Next Saturday I’ll pick 15 – FIFTEEN! – names from the electronic hat, and each one will win a signed HATER T-shirt.
(Winners will be chosen at random. My decision is final, UK only readers for this one please – sorry, and please let me know in your email message whether you’re happy for your image to appear on this site. Thanks!)
UPDATE – 24th June – I’ve had a few messages asking for an extension to the deadline for those people who’ve ordered books direct from www.infectedbooks.co.uk this week. Everyone who’s sent me a picture so far is already guaranteed a T-shirt, but I’m now extending the giveaway until Wednesday 30th June to give everyone else time to get their cameras out and their pictures in!
And stay tuned UK readers, for a DOG BLOOD giveaway at the end of the week. In the meantime, don’t forget to read EVERYTHING AND NOTHING, the free prequel to DOG BLOOD. Visit wwwhttp://davidmoody.net/books/hater/ for more details.