A great interview has just gone live at Dogmatika. Click here to read it. Also, check the new issue of Deathray magazine for an excellent HATER review:
“It’s a bleak world view but one that transcends wallowing in self pity thanks to Moody’s intuitive characterisation. Make no mistake, this is humanity seen through a frighteningly dark lens, and while we may be unsettled by what we read, it’s the job of books such as this to make us confront the allure and repulsion of our taboos. Love it? Hate it? It really does not matter. Not to read it and not to have some form of opinion… Well, now that would be just hateful.”
An interview I did with www.scyla.com in Spain is now online (in English and Spanish!) here. (An update to this update… another Spanish interview with www.fantasymundo.com is now online here in English and Spanish.)
And finally, Herbst: Läuterung (the German language version of Autumn: Purification) is attracting some great reviews like this one from www.roterdorn.de.
Have a great weekend (an extra long one if you’re in the UK!). Maybe I’ll bump into some of you at Sci-Fi-London on Sunday.
(By the way, the ‘The Men They Couldn’t Hang’ competition is now closed. Winners will be announced next week.)
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.”