Happy Holidays (and Christmas Zombies!)

Hello! Long time no post! You might have noticed the lack of updates here over the last couple of weeks. After the madness of November (lots of book releases and events etc.), I ended up taking a very definite step back to survey the landscape. 2011 has been a phenomenal year and now, almost at the end of it, I find myself in a position I haven’t been in for a while. All my contracted books have been delivered and I’m taking my time deciding what to do next. It’s a good feeling – quite liberating, actually. The last five years (and in particular the last three) have been pretty full-on. It’s been HATER and AUTUMN all the way, and I’m ready for a change of direction. I’ll tell you more about my plans in early 2012.

But just looking back over 2011 for a moment, I’m amazed how many releases I managed to chalk up: In the US, AUTUMN: THE CITY, AUTUMN: PURIFICATION, AUTUMN: DISINTEGRATION and THEM OR US were all released, along with the mass-market edition of DOG BLOOD. It was the same in the UK, along with a mass-market edition of AUTUMN as well. Elsewhere, SEPTIEMBRE ZOMBIE and CIUDAD ZOMBIE were released in Spain, and translations of HATER appeared in Romania, Japan and Italy. Oh, and there was THE MONSTER’S CORNER anthology, and my story for the recent SFX ZOMBIE SPECIAL. See what I mean? It’s been a busy year! And that’s before I start talking about the events and signings and interviews and meetings and website launches etc. etc. 2011 has been a blast, and thanks to everyone who has been a part of it.

This won’t be my last post of the year, but I just wanted to take this opportunity to wish you and yours a Happy Christmas. Whatever you celebrate, wherever you are, have fun! I’ll leave you with a festive treat. Remember back in October when Wayne Simmons, Jasper Bark and I ended up holed-up in Leicester, surrounded by zombies, discussing our love for the genre and our favoured survival techniques? Well here’s the video evidence.

It’s very tongue in cheek and everyone had a huge amount of fun on the day. Thanks to Vince, Adele, and all involved with Un:Bound Video Editions.

The Autumn artists – David Naughton-Shires

Earlier this week I showed you the sights of post-apocalyptic Lowestoft thanks to the artwork of David Naughton-Shires. Many of you will know that David also provided a number of pieces of art for www.lastoftheliving.net. I thought it was about time I featured him here and talked a little more about his work.

When the call for Autumn artwork first went out in Summer 2010, David was one of the first to respond. Within days he’d sent me illustrations for Brigid Culthorpe and Jacob Flynn, and even more art soon followed: Karen Chase, Jim Harper and my personal favourite, Office Politics (see below). David’s distinctive style is quite unlike the approaches taken by the other contributors to the site, and I think the mix of approaches works well.

Office Politics - illustration by David Naughton-Shires www.knightwatchpress.info

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Visiting the end of the world

Okay, maybe that headline’s a little unfair on Lowestoft: it’s not really the end of the world, but it is the east coast town where much of THEM OR US takes place, and it’s where I was last Thursday evening to mark the UK release of the final book in the HATER trilogy.

I’m going to post again later this week and explain more about why and how Lowestoft was the perfect setting for the book, but for now I just wanted to report back on the launch event and thank a few folks for their help in making it a success.

We kicked off with a well-supported Waterstone’s signing, before moving on to Lowestoft Library (a location referenced in THEM OR US) for more signing, followed by an illustrated talk and a question and answer session. Thanks are due to David Naughton-Shires for producing some great post-apocalyptic artwork (an example of which is below, you’ll see more in my next post), and to Iain McKinnon and the cast and crew of Projekt for the video clips I used. You’ll probably not have heard of Projekt before… in early 2010 we produced a series of HATER viral videos which were designed to tell the story of the first book, and set the scene for DOG BLOOD. Unfortunately rights issues prevented us from releasing the footage (and the position’s still the same), but it was great to finally be able to show a few brief snippets.

An evening with David Moody - artwork by David Naughton-Shires

At this point I need to mention the audience – many of whom had travelled considerable distances to be there (but let’s be honest, you have to travel a considerable distance from anywhere to get to Lowestoft – that’s why it made such a perfect location for THEM OR US!). There were plenty of Survivors there, and huge thanks to them for their ongoing, yet vaguely stalker-ish support. More about that in another post which is coming shortly…

Thanks also to Jane Rothon and the staff of the library for being so accommodating, to Ivan Bunn for the technical support, to Jo and the staff at Waterstone’s for actively supporting the event with real enthusiasm, to the staff at the Chinese restaurant most of us ended up in for the most bizarre dining experience I can remember in a long time, and finally to Emma Bunn for being the glue which held it all together. Emma – if you hadn’t spotted my wife and I out drinking in a Lowestoft pub last summer, the event would never have happened!

THEM OR US – giveaway winners

Thanks to everyone who entered the THEM OR US giveaway. The winners have now been drawn and I’m pleased to announce they are as follows:

Scott Lyall wins the complete signed HATER trilogy, a HATER T-shirt and mousemat, and a piece of the original cover art.

Signed copies of THEM OR US go to Rod Nojek, David Naughton-Shires, and Rebecca Besser.

Congratulations, and thanks again to all who entered.

THEM OR US – out in the UK today

The UK edition of THEM OR US – the final book in the HATER trilogy – is out now from Gollancz. Thanks to everyone who has already picked it up. I’m thrilled with the reception you’ve given it so far.

Just a few quick reminders:

Next Thursday evening I’ll be in Lowestoft (the town where the book is set), signing at Waterstone’s then moving on to talk about the HATER series and my work in general at Lowestoft library (which also gets a mention in THEM OR US). A few tickets are still available, click here for information.

And in case you missed my last post, I have some copies of the UK edition of the book available for sale through www.infectedbooks.co.uk. All copies will be signed, but please get in fast if you want one – my stocks are rapidly depleting!

Finally, I’ve just extended the deadline for the THEM OR US competition. You’ve now got until midday tomorrow to enter. Click here for the details.

THEM OR US giveaway

Time for a quick competition I think! Up for grabs is the following:

One first prize consisting of:

  • the entire HATER trilogy – either UK hardcovers, US hardcovers or US advance copies (or a mix of all three if you’re so inclined)
  • a HATER T-shirt and mousemat
  • a small piece of the original HATER blood-splatter (the cover was a composite of several individual ‘splatters’ – click here for the story of the original cover for those who don’t remember)
And three runners-up prizes of signed copies of THEM OR US (you choose the format – US or UK hardcover or UK paperback).
 
To stand a chance of winning, just do one or more of the following before midday (UK time) on Thursday 17th November (you’ll get an entry for each you do). UPDATE – DEADLINE EXTENDED TO MIDDAY FRIDAY 18th.
 
And if you’re feeling really brave, you could take a leaf out of the Moody’s Survivors book. Remember this photo of me from SFX magazine? Recreate the pose like the fine people at the bottom of this post, and you’ll get an extra ten entries into the draw if you use it as your Facebook/Twitter profile picture between now and the 17th.
 

If you’re already a Twitter follower or Facebook fan, just tweet/post about the book and remember to include the appropriate tag.

Good luck! Remember – as always – the competition is open worldwide, and my decision is final. Only one tweet and one Facebook post per person please. The winners will be chosen at random and announced by Saturday 19th November.

(With special thanks to Shawn Riddle, Paul Huggins, Dave Lightfoot, Charlie Morgan, Theresa Derwin, Nathan Barnes, Jimi Belshaw, Ryan J. Fleming and David Naughton-Shires).

THEM OR US – out now!

The human race has been torn apart, and now the war is reaching its end. There is only one question: will it be THEM OR US? The concluding book in the HATER trilogy is released in the US today through Thomas Dunne Books.

BloodyDisgusting.com said: “Like the two previous entries, THEM OR US flaunts a blistering pace and riveting dialogue… If HATER is Anarchy and DOG BLOOD is War, THEM OR US is a straight-up Holocaust, a hugely satisfying finale that really hits the post-apocalyptic sweet spot.

Fangoria said: “As much an allegory for today’s frightening climate of terrorism, controversial wars and us-versus-them mentality as it is a horror/”zombie” yarn, the HATER trilogy has worked best when it is most human, and Danny’s struggle to remain that is the heart of this series. By the time all hell breaks loose in THEM OR US‘s finale, it’s easy to see parallels to our world’s current crises and conflicts.

Them or Us by David Moody - out now

The book is out in the UK on 17 November from Gollancz. In the meantime, check back here tomorrow for an exclusive giveaway. And UK readers, don’t forget to book your tickets for the unique launch event in Lowestoft on November 24th.

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Them or Us – unique UK launch event

Just a couple of weeks now until THEM OR US is released (my author copies arrived today and they’re beautiful) and I’m very excited to announce a unique event to mark the launch of the UK edition of the book.

THEM OR US is the first of my books to heavily utilise existing real-world locations. Although I’ve always been inspired by places I’ve known and visited, in the past the settings for my novels have been fictitious. I’ve enjoyed being deliberately vague, and I haven’t wanted to tie my stories down to actual places and landmarks. But this book is different. After the events of HATER and DOG BLOOD, the population (what’s left of it) has been scattered to the UK’s extremes, away from major cities. Danny McCoyne ends up in Lowestoft – the UK’s most easterly point.

On Thursday November 24th I’ll be appearing in Lowestoft to launch the book. Following a signing at Waterstone’s (5pm – 6:30pm), I’ll then be at Lowestoft Library from 7pm where I’ll be using specially commissioned videos and artwork to tell the HATER story and show how and why the town features so prominently in the new book.

Tickets are free, but there are only 60 available so get in quick if you want to come along. Click this link to email the library and book your place. Remember to include your full name and address and the number of tickets you require.

It promises to be a great night, and I’m looking forward to seeing you there!

Them or Us – read the opening chapters

It’s less than a month now until THEM OR US is released. I’m planning a very special one-off event in the UK in late November to mark the launch, and I hope to be able to tell you more about that in the next couple of weeks.

In the meantime, courtesy of Thomas Dunne Books, I thought you might like to read the opening pages of the new book. It goes without saying that there are spoilers here, so if you haven’t yet read HATER and DOG BLOOD (and if not, why not?!!), you really shouldn’t read any further…

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The Hate reaches Italy

October already – how did that happen? I’ve got lots going on this month: a number of appearances and a whole host of blog posts and updates about THEM OR US and AUTUMN: DISINTEGRATION, both of which are out in November.

In the meantime, it’s great to see that the foreign language editions of HATER still keep coming. This month sees my first release in Italy – IL VIRUS DELL’ODIO (The Virus of Hate). You can read more about it on the publisher’s website.