I’m really excited that HATER is the first book to be featured on IN THE SHEETS, a new podcast from Brendan Cooney. Each month, Brendan and his audience will pick two books to read, review, and discuss. The author will introduce the book at the beginning of the month, then take part in an extended podcast towards the end of the month to answer any questions and meet the readers.
Brendan’s been a long-time supporter of my work, and I’m honoured he’s chosen HATER as the first book for this new venture. You can hear Brendan and I talking about the book on episode one.
This isn’t designed to be a passive experience, so please get involved. Join the IN THE SHEETS Goodreads group, subscribe to the podcast, and follow the discussion on Twitter and Facebook. I hope I get the chance to talk to some of you about the book. If you don’t make it this time, make sure you register for updates because I’ll be back in the next couple of months to do the same thing with ONE OF US WILL BE DEAD BY MORNING.
I’ve told you a lot about it, but I don’t think I’ve properly explained why I’ve been writing a second HATER trilogy. Is it a cynical cash in? A cheap way to drum up interest in my books again after a quiet couple of years? The answer to both those questions is a very definite ‘no’.
The new trilogy has its roots in some of the many movie-related discussions I’ve had about the books over the years. On numerous occasions, producer Ed Barratt and I have talked about TV adaptations (and we came tantalisingly close to getting that off the ground at the turn of this year but, as is so often the way, our plans unravelled at the last moment). Ed and I discussed the issues we’d face trying to translate HATER, DOG BLOOD and THEM OR US to the small screen. Part of the attraction of the books is the fact they focus exclusively on one man’s story, but the more I thought about it, the more I realised that this relatively narrow approach might present problems from a theatrical point of view.
One of the recurring themes of the series is ‘who is the bad guy?’. When the outbreak (or whatever it is) begins in HATER, the natural assumption is that the Haters are the villains. But, for various reasons, we later start to question that assumption, particularly when the extent of the actions taken by the Unchanged to keep themselves safe is revealed. It’s clear that both sides are capable of doing whatever they have to do to survive, and this comes to a head at the end of DOG BLOOD. I’ll be vague in case you’ve not yet read the books (come on, keep up!), but a pretty unspeakable act is carried out by someone. It’s particularly shocking, because that act has huge ramifications for both sides and every surviving individual, Hater and Unchanged alike.
So that got me thinking, are the Unchanged as innocent as I initially thought? Are the Haters as evil and ferocious as they appear? Do the lines ever blur? Are there weaker Haters and stronger Unchanged? How clear is the distinction between the two?
…and I’m one of the authors answering questions. Alan Moore, Clive Barker, Justin Cronin, Brian Keene, Scott Sigler – click here to see the list of horror authors taking part.
The HATER movie, the new HATER books, AUTUMN, STRANGERS, THE SPACES BETWEEN – this is your chance to ask me anything (within reason). Click here and ask away. I’ll be answering throughout the week.
I know news about my books and film adaptations has been pretty thin on the ground recently, hopefully that’ll change in the near future. I’ve nothing to announce just yet, but there’s plenty of work going on in the background and a number of projects should soon see the light of day.
A picture of me as a zombie in the Autumn movie. For no other reason than to say if you don’t follow me, maybe I’ll follow you…
It seems that no matter how loud/frequently/often I mention things, though, someone always seems to miss the announcement. So the point of this brief post is simple: if you’re keen to keep up to date with my work, please follow me.
Instagram (nothing to see here yet, but bear with me…)
Also, please consider signing up to my mailing list. In the past I’ve been guilty of just using the list to sell books, but that’s changing too. And don’t worry – your data’s safe and won’t be shared/sold/used for any reason other than to keep you updated about my work.
The long awaited, completely revised, rewritten and expanded version of TRUST is now available.
You can order the paperback from all the usual online retailers now, or pick up a signed copy direct from www.infectedbooks.co.uk. Over the course of the next day or so, the book will appear online at all the various Kindle stores around the world.
Don’t forget, the book is being serialised over at www.trustdavidmoody.com between now and the end of the year, with the first chapter already posted. Subsequent chapters will be added every Monday and Friday.
And finally… there’s a TRUST giveaway over at Goodreads. Click here to enter.
Hope you enjoy the book. Don’t forget to let me know what you think.
Got a few things to quickly tell you about today, and I thought adding them all to one blog post would be the best way to do it:
THE GOODREADS ZOMBIE GROUP
If you’re a Goodreads user and a zombie fan, why not join The Zombie Group? For one week from 24th October, Jonathan Maberry, Steven C Schlozman (author of The Zombie Autopsies) and I will be there talking about all things undead. By the way, I’m here on Goodreads if you want to add me as a friend.
ALL HALLOWS READ
Have you heard about this great initiative, brainchild of the great Neil Gaiman? Rather than me explain it, just click this link and listen to the man himself talking about his excellent idea for a new Halloween tradition.
EVENTS AND APPEARANCES
Just a reminder that I’m NOT now appearing at the Aliens to Zombies convention in LA this week – apologies to anyone who was heading there to say hello. However I’m pleased to announce that I’ll be signing at Cardiff Waterstone’s with Wayne Simmons on Friday 28th October from 12:30pm. Also, don’t forget to book your tickets for the Halloween Horror Night at Warwick Arts Centre where I’ll be reading and talking alongside Adam Nevill and Gary McMahon.
Just wanted to say thanks to Shawn ‘Rotting Corpse’ Riddle for setting up Moody’s Survivors – a new Facebook group for chatting about mine and other writers’ books. Please head over here and join!
It’s going to get very busy around here very soon, so this seems a good time to remind you that I can be followed on Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads and Friend Feed, so please sign up and keep updated.
I’ve added a new forum to www.djmoody.co.uk which is integrated with this blog (to make it easier to discuss the stuff I post about). Please sign up (use the ‘Log In’ link above or the ‘Register’ link on the sidebar to the right) and get posting about Autumn, Hater, the upcoming movies or whatever else you want to discuss! When I post an entry here, a corresponding topic will automatically be created in the forum. You can either go straight to the forum or use the ‘comments’ function to get talking to me and other readers.
If you’d rather just read instead of write, you can find the contents of this blog syndicated to Facebook, Myspace, Goodreads and Amazon.
There’s plenty of good stuff coming up to talk about!