Thanks to This is Horror for a great review of ONE OF US WILL BE DEAD BY MORNING. Rich Cosgrove was kind enough to write that “while sharing DNA with John Carpenter’s seminal The Thing in that it’s effectively a single location exercise in paranoia and mistrust, (One of Us…) is very much its own tale.
One Of Us Will Be Dead By Morning proves once again that David Moody is a significant talent in the UK horror scene, delivering a sharp, insightful study on what it means to feel isolated, not only geographically but socially, and reminding us how uncomfortably quick we are to mistrust and turn on our fellow human beings. If you even remotely like tales of societal breakdown or post-apocalyptic fiction, this book is essential reading.”
Without doubt my most polarising book to date, ONE OF US WILL BE DEAD BY MORNING is out now from St Martin’s Press. Available from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, The Book Depository, Indiebound and all other good bookstores. Ebook available from Amazon, Kobo, iBooks and other stockists. Audiobook by Macmillan Audio available from Audible, Amazon and iTunes. Signed hardcovers available from Infected Books.
The next book in the HATER series – ALL ROADS END HERE – is out 25 September from St Martin’s Press. Synopsis below (care – contains mild spoilers for ONE OF US WILL BE DEAD BY MORNING).
It’s taken Matthew Dunne almost three months to get home. Never more than a few metres from the Haters at any time, every single step has been fraught with danger. But he’s made it.
In his absence, his home city has become a sprawling, walled-off refugee camp. But the camp – and the entire world beyond its borders – is balanced on a knife-edge. During his time in the wilderness, Matt developed a skill which is in high demand: the ability to anticipate and predict Hater behaviour. It’s these skills that will thrust him into a web of subterfuge and danger. As the pressure mounts inside the camp, he finds himself under scrutiny from all sides.
He’s always done his best to avoid trouble, but sometimes it can’t be helped. The shit’s about to hit the fan, and this time Matt’s right at the epicentre.
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ONE OF US WILL BE DEAD BY MORNING is out now from St Martin’s Press. Available from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, The Book Depository, Indiebound and all other good bookstores. Ebook available from Amazon, Kobo, iBooks and other stockists. Audiobook by Macmillan Audio available from Audible, Amazon and iTunes. Signed hardcovers available from Infected Books.
“…a bloody fun ride… Another wetwork nightmare that should delight fans of Haters and intrigue writers who wallow in the genre.” – Kirkus
“Moody really knows how to write creeping, claustrophobic terror, effectively sneaking up on his readers and, finally, scaring the life out of them. Top-drawer horror.” – Booklist (starred review)
“A near-perfect example of humanity fucking up as our last card is played.” – DLS Reviews
ONE OF US WILL BE DEAD BY MORNING is released tomorrow, and I’ve just got time to pass on a couple of snippets of information I haven’t had chance to share before.
First, the second HATER trilogy now has a name. My editor and I racked our brains long and hard about what to call the new series, and we went through a number of options before settling on our final choice. Cast your minds back to THEM OR US, and you’ll be able to find the genesis for the title… there’s no going back for the human race after the events of the HATER books. The fighting will continue until there’s no one left, so there’s no question that this is THE FINAL WAR.
Second bit of news – the ONE OF US WILL BE DEAD BY MORNING audiobook is also out this week from Macmillan Audio. The excellent chap who narrated the previous HATER audiobooks, Gerard Doyle, is back behind the microphone. Here’s an excerpt to whet your appetite.
I’d like to close this little pre-release round-up with a few words on the new book from Chris Hall of DLS Reviews. Chris has been following my work for a long time and he writes some of the most well-considered reviews on the web. So you can imagine how pleased I was when he finished off his review of ONE OF US WILL BE DEAD BY MORNING with these comments:
This is Moody doing what he does best. This is his natural environment. His turf. This is how he writes his very best work. And it’s utterly, uncompromisingly, gut-wrenching stuff. The novel rips you out of your safe and snug world and thrusts you into an environment where anyone can turn on you in the blink of an eye. It’s hard-hitting, head-poundingly tense, and drenched from head to toe in blood-splattered cruelty.
A near-perfect example of humanity fucking up as our last card is played.
The book hits the shelves tomorrow. Don’t forget, signed copies are available exclusively from www.infectedbooks.co.uk.
Honest post time… I don’t think I’ve ever been quite so nervous for the release of a new book before. ONE OF US WILL BE DEAD BY MORNING hits the shelves in less than a week and I really don’t know what the reaction’s going to be like. Don’t get me wrong, I’m thrilled with how the book’s turned out, but there’s a lot riding on this. It’s my first major release for a while, and after a few tricky years where writing and I didn’t get on too well, I’m back and I’m nervous to learn if/where I now fit in the modern horror landscape.
ONE OF US WILL BE DEAD BY MORNING is a very different book to HATER, and I worry that people will pick up the new novel expecting more of the same. If you do, you might be disappointed. The original three books exclusively told Danny McCoyne’s story while the new trilogy has a different focus entirely, much wider. I’m also mindful that this is the beginning of a trilogy, and whilst I already know how it’s all going to fit together and who’s going to survive, and where we’ll be jumping in and out of the events of the earlier books, you lot don’t. Perhaps it’s just the self-imposed pressure of following up my most successful novel that’s making me feel so uneasy?
I should shut up and stop writing this post. It’s probably just writer’s paranoia kicking in again. I’m sure any of you who write will have experienced something similar. When you’re planning a book, before you make even a single mark on the very first page, you’re certain it’s going to be the best thing ever. You then go through every kind of emotional up and down imaginable as you’re actually writing the damn thing, and you often end the job with a very real, but also temporary, sense of victory and validation. As you prepare to release your precious creation into the wild, doubt sets in again. You start convincing yourself (well I do, anyway) that no one’s going to buy it and read it, and the merest negative comment in a review hurts like a dagger to the heart whereas glowing praise is hard to accept and believe.
So I just want to say thank you to Peter Wolverton and all at St Martin’s Press for taking a chance on another HATER series, and thanks also to those of you who are planning on picking up the book (or have already). Despite everything I’ve said here, I genuinely can’t wait to be able to talk about ONE OF US WILL BE DEAD BY MORNING with you once you’ve read it. Until then, I’ll be sitting in front of my computer screen obsessing over sales ranks and combing the internet for feedback and reviews. I will actually do some work as well, because I’m almost finished with book two, and it’s been an absolute blast diving back into the deadly, grimy, trouble- and violence-filled world of the DOG BLOOD era. Did I tell you that the second book has been renamed? The new title perfectly sums up both the setting and the emotion of the book: ALL ROADS END HERE.
Good news – all the orders which have so far been placed for signed first edition hardcover copies of ONE OF US WILL BE DEAD BY MORNING have now been dispatched.
Bad news – following a couple of orders received this afternoon, we’re now out of stock of the new book. Here’s a photo of the current state of the shelves I showed you in my last post. Note the (almost) total absence of ONE OF US…
Good news – you can still order signed copies of the book direct from www.infectedbooks.co.uk. A new order will be placed with the publisher in the coming days, and all back orders will be dispatched as soon as they arrive. You can also order (unsigned) copies of the book from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, The Book Depository, Indiebound and all other good bookstores ahead of the official release in just over a week’s time.
And finally, in further good news – we’ve updated www.infectedbooks.co.uk and Amazon Pay is now accepted as an alternative to Paypal.
Just think about some of the classic horror monsters you remember: Frankenstein’s creation, Seth Brundle in Cronenberg’s The Fly, The Amazing Colossal Man, pretty much every zombie ever, little Eli the 11 year old vampire in Let the Right One In… what do they all have in common? I’ll tell you – they didn’t want to be monsters. They were accidental bad guys/girls: not killers, just misunderstood! Isn’t it about time we started looking at things from the monster’s perspective?
Today sees the release of THE MONSTER’S CORNER from St. Martin’s Press. It’s a great book, and I’m proud to be a part of it. A UK edition (pictured) is also available today from Piatkus Books.
THE MONSTER’S CORNER – a collection of 20 brand new stories (which features “BIG MAN” – my homage to The Amazing Colossal Man) – is released next month. St Martin’s Press are giving away 40 COPIES of the book (US residents only, I’m afraid), and you can enter the sweepstakes by clicking here.
You can find out much more about the collection and sample a couple of the tales by clicking this link and visiting St Martin’s Press on Facebook. In the meantime, here’s a brief intro and a reminder of the spectacular cover art.
In most stories we get the perspective of the hero, the ordinary, the everyman, but we are all the hero of our own tale, and so it must be true for legions of monsters, from Lucifer to Mordred, from child-thieving fairies to Frankenstein’s monster and the Wicked Witch of the West. From our point of view, they may very well be horrible, terrifying monstrosities, but of course they won’t see themselves in the same light, and their point of view is what concerns us in these tales. Demons and goblins, dark gods and aliens, creatures of myth and legend, lurkers in darkness and beasts in human clothing…these are the subjects of The Monster’s Corner. With contributions by Lauren Groff, Chelsea Cain, Simon R. Green, Sharyn McCrumb, Kelley Armstrong, David Liss, Kevin J. Anderson, Jonathan Maberry, and many others.
The US mass-market paperback edition of HATER is now available. If you’d prefer to get your hands on a hardback and you don’t yet have a copy, shoot over to Amazon.com where it’s currently on offer for an incredibly low $8.78 – a 60% saving!
I’ll be launching a new HATER website very soon, and the ‘Projekt’ you might have heard me talking about will finally be revealed. In the meantime, here’s a photograph (courtesy of Gavin Brogan) to whet your appetite…
And finally… the publisher’s advance mailing has begun and the first reviews of DOG BLOOD are starting to appear. I wouldn’t recommend reading them if you haven’t read HATER, but for those of you who have…
- A Will to Act
- Alternative Worlds