I love that sentence! It’s a Google translation of the headline from a nice article about HATER / ODIO in today’s edition of the Spanish newspaper Público. Here’s a link to the online version of the story:
Hater has had an unusual publishing history, being self-published by Moody in 2006, but now picked up by Gollancz. A movie version is in pre-production by Guillermo del Toro of Pan’s Labyrinth fame. Hater is a fast-paced novel written in a staccato style that highlights the growing horror of a British society falling apart. The main character, Danny McCoyne, stuck in a dead end office job and suffocating commuting lifestyle, observes one of an increasing number of violent attacks in the street. Moody fills out this scenario through dark vignettes of violence by ‘haters’ who attack people without warning and without provocation. Moody conjures up an increasing atmosphere of suspense and paranoia with society disintegrating into warring factions with McCoyne initially straddling the two.
The cause of the increasing epidemic of violence is largely unexplained. A ‘hater’ reflects ” There is a fundamental genetic difference between us and them… which, until now, has remained dormant… its now us and them’. Unlike the novels by Lindqvist and Ryan , Moody says “what I’ve actually done is to write a zombie story from the perspective of the zombies”. Moody’s twist is the ‘haters’ “don’t lose their intelligence or feelings, rather they are convinced that everyone else are the bad guys”.
Moody extrapolates from current British fears about immigration, street violence and terrorism to highlight that fear is used in society to justify pre-emptive strikes. As one character says, “we know who poses a threat to us and who is on our side”. Hater’s relentless pace, tension and graphic images will lend itself admirably to its film adaptation.
Issue 282 of Fangoria contains a very positive review of HATER. For me this is extremely cool. Growing up in the horror-starved UK of the 1980’s (see this article if you’re not sure what I mean), Fango was a rare source of gore for my friends and I. So now, 20 years later (that makes me feel old!) it’s incredibly satisfying to see my work featured in the mag.
“Parceled out in lean, economical prose, Hater offers a slow-burn depiction of the modern world consumed by revulsion.”
While I was originally writing HATER in 2006, I got talking to Phil ‘Swill’ Odgers of the band The Men They Couldn’t Hang. One thing led to another and the end result was that the entire band made a brutal and unforgettable appearance in chapter 4 of the book!
If you’re in London, try and pick up a copy of the new free magazine, LIBERATION FREQUENCY. With an initial run of 10,000 copies to be distributed through universities, music stores, clothing & fashion outlets, over and underground stations and selected bars and restaurants, the double-ended magazine takes a refreshingly original approach to covering the arts scene. ‘Liberation’ covers Indie music, rock, comedy, books and graphic novels. Flip the magazine over and ‘Frequency’ focuses on soul, jazz and R&B.
I’m honoured that the publishers chose to feature HATER in their first issue, but that’s not the only reason I’m posting about the magazine here. Liberation Frequency demands your attention and it’s well worth hunting down a copy if you find yourself in London town!
Update: An extended version of my interview with LF is available here.