Trust: Alien Invasion

My earlier news story might have been overlooked in the chaos of new year – the book was released on 31 December – so I just wanted to announce (again) that the German language edition of TRUST is available now from Voodoo Press. TRUST was the first of my rewrites of my early, non-zombie Infected Books novels (followed by STRAIGHT TO YOU and AUTUMN: THE HUMAN CONDITION), and I’m delighted with the way it turned out. It’s great that the novel is now available to even more readers around the world. You can snag an eBook or paperback copy now from Amazon.de.

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Want to be Infected Books’ 12th Year of the Zombie author?

YOZpandpMost of you will know by now that 2016 has been officially designated YEAR OF THE ZOMBIE by Infected Books – 12 months, 12 original zombie novellas. We kicked things off in style earlier this month with Adam Baker’s well-received KILLCHAIN, and we’re looking forward to launching novella #2 at the beginning of February.

As I’ve mentioned previously, 11 of the 12 slots have already been filled by a host of well-known zombie authors. We’re planning on finding author number 12 by running an exclusive PITCH AND PAGE competition (we want you to sell your story to us by submitting a 25 word pitch and a 250 word first page). I’ll be judging entries alongside respected literary agent Gina Panettieri and head of Voodoo Press, Michael Preissl. The competition will run for 6 months from 6 February and the winner will get the prestigious Halloween slot. We’ve just announced full entry details over at the Infected Books site and if you have any questions, feel free to ask via the dedicated thread on the IB Facebook page.

This is a great opportunity to be a part of a project I’m really excited about. After sharing my zombie stories with you for the last fifteen years, I’m looking forward to you finally getting your revenge and bombarding me with undead nightmares of your own. Good luck!

A couple of interviews and another 20 minutes of me talking…

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.

The 5th Wave – in cinemas today

THE 5TH WAVE hits cinema screens around the world today. If you remember, last summer I was asked by Wattpad and Sony to write a UK-based story set in the world of the book/ film, and you can read it by clicking on the widget below.

And here’s the trailer for the movie which stars Chloë Grace Moretz and Liev Schreiber

 

What Works for Me – Characters and Plot Development part #2

As promised, here’s the second part of my conversation with Suzanne Robb and Emma Ennis of the Fresh and Untitled podcast.

Such great people to talk to. As I’ve already said, we talked and talked. There are two more parts to follow, and I hope you’re enjoying listening as much as we did chatting.

2016 is Year of the Zombie

kcHappy New Year, all! As promised, today sees the launch of Infected Books’ YEAR OF THE ZOMBIE, and have we got a great story to kick off the project. I’m thrilled to announce that our first author is the brilliant ADAM BAKER with KILLCHAIN, a novella set in the world of his best-selling books OUTPOST, JUGGERNAUT, TERMINUS and IMPACT.

Elize arrives in Mogadishu with instructions to assassinate a Russian embassy official. She has tactical command of a US kill-team, CIA operatives, rookies and veterans of a dozen war zones. It should be a straightforward hit but her luck is about to run out. She will soon find herself trapped in a city gone to hell, struggling to complete her mission in the face of betrayal, a spreading pandemic and a population hungry for flesh…

KILLCHAIN is available now from Amazon. A print collection of all the novellas will be available at the end of the year, and you can find out more about YEAR OF THE ZOMBIE over at www.infectedbooks.co.uk. Don’t forget, we’ve got space for one more author… our ‘Pitch and Page’ competition will be launching shortly.

Here’s to an awesome, rot-filled 2016!

German edition of TRUST released today

Trust DEThe German language edition of TRUST is released today by Voodoo Press. TRUST is a book I’m very proud of. It’s different from most of my other stuff, and it was the first of my pre-HATER Infected Books novels to be rewritten and re-released. There’s been movie interest in the novel from time to time and I think of all my books not under option, it’s the story I’d most like to see on screen. It deliberately goes against all the typical alien contact cliches, and I think original cover artist CRAIG PATON said it best when he called TRUST an anti-science-fiction novel.

To learn more about the book (and to read the first half of the story online), visit www.trustdavidmoody.com or click the image below.

The German edition of the novel is available now from Amazon.de and other retailers, and signed copies of the UK version (including one copy of the ultra-rare limited edition hardcover with additional bonus content) can be picked up from www.infectedbooks.co.uk.

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Scream Issue 34

Hope you’ve all had a good Christmas and are looking forward to New Year. I am. I’ve a lot of stuff in the pipeline for 2016, and it’s been too quiet around here for too long.

One of the great things about the holidays, I find, is that I get chance to catch up on a few of the films I’ve missed or that I’ve been meaning to watch again. My pile of as yet unwatched Blu-ray discs (which, I’m ashamed to admit, still includes a few of the gifts I received last Christmas) has substantially increased in size. I’m particularly looking forward to re-watching the final QUATERMASS series from 1979, and to working my way through the entire NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET series in HD.

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I’m particularly looking forward to watching the NIGHTMARE films again. Coincidentally, this morning the latest issue of SCREAM MAGAZINE dropped through my letterbox, which includes a fascinating interview with Mark Patton, the star of the second ELM STREET movie. As usual, there’s plenty of other stuff in the mag, including a look back at the Hammer cult classic VAMPIRE CIRCUS, and features on Turkish horror, CHILDREN OF THE CORN, and much more. As always, SCREAM comes with the Moody seal of approval.

To get your hands on a copy of SCREAM, visit www.screamhorrormag.com. You can also pick up the magazine from any branch of HMVForbidden Planet, or any of the newsagents listed hereSCREAM is also available digitally as iSCREAM. You can also follow SCREAM on Facebook and Twitter @ScreamHorrorMag.

What Works for Me – Characters and Plot Development

I’ve been meaning to write about characters and plotting as a ‘What Works for Me’ piece for some time. When the brilliant Suzanne Robb and equally brilliant Emma Ennis interviewed me on the subject for their Fresh and Untitled podcast, I decided it would be easier to link to their video instead of writing a post from scratch. Thing is, we talked… and talked. A three hour interview has now been cut down into handy twenty minute segments, the first of which is here:

Three more to follow shortly!

Year of the Zombie

It’s fifteen years next year since AUTUMN was first released. Back then there were very few zombie novels about, and the living dead were nowhere near as prevalent in the mainstream as they are today. How things have changed. But AUTUMN’s not the only anniversary coming up… 2016 also marks the fifteenth birthday of INFECTED BOOKS.

I reckon we should celebrate, so I’m putting these two events together and designating 2016 as YEAR OF THE ZOMBIE.

Next year Infected Books will be releasing twelve zombie novellas – one per month – from eleven of the best zombie writers out there. But wait… check the maths… It doesn’t add up – twelve releases but only eleven authors? That’s where YOU come in. From the press release:

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“As part of YEAR OF THE ZOMBIE, we’ll be running a very special Pitch & Page comp via the Infected Books Facebook page. The comp will be judged by our very own Dragon’s-Den-esque panel of bestselling horror author and IB head honcho, David Moody, US literary agent, Gina Panettieri and Micheal Preissl of German and English language publisher, Voodoo Press. The winner will join our 11 established authors to have their novella released as part of Infected Books’ YEAR OF THE ZOMBIE. How cool is that?

And if that ain’t enough, we’ll have a few more surprises along the way, as well as a heap of zombie-themed prizes and giveaways courtesy of our sponsors.

So hang onto your hair, kids – 2016 is YEAR OF THE ZOMBIE… and it’s going to be brutal.”

I can’t wait for you to see who we’ve got lined up for this. More details in the coming weeks.