Australia and New Zealand

HATER is now available in Australia and New Zealand. The Canberra Times had this to say:

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.

Fangoria review

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.”

Fangoria 282