Deadly Eleven

I do love a good multi-author box set, and this is definitely a good one! Everyone’s a winner with these sets – the authors involved benefit from sharing the marketing and publicity and exposure to each other’s readers, and the readers benefit from being able to get hold of a load of top-notch books at a ridiculously low price. I’ll say no more on this one, I’ll just leave you to peruse the cover and the kick-ass contents.

Zombie Fallout – Mark Tufo
Strain of Resistance – Michelle Bryan
Strangers – David Moody
World-Mart – Leigh M. Lane
A New World: Chaos – John O’Brien
Trudge: Surviving The Apocalypse – Shawn Chesser
Black Virus- Bobby Adair
Whiskey Tango Foxtrot – W.J. Lundy
The Death of Kaylis – Jaime Johnesee
The Biomass Revolution – Nicholas Sansbury Smith
Return of The Phoenix – Heath Stallcup

The box set is available from all the usual outlets at a ridiculously low price:

Amazon
iTunes
Barnes & Noble
Kobo

Read an ebook week – free and discounted ebooks available

It’s the 9th annual READ AN EBOOK WEEK. It’s an event I’ve posted about numerous times before and I’m pleased to continue to support the initiative. I’ve been an advocate of ebooks right from the beginning – those pre-Kindle days where I’d email Word, pdf, Mobipocket or lit (remember Microsoft Reader?) copies of AUTUMN to anyone who showed interest. It worked a treat, with more than half a million free copies of AUTUMN being downloaded between 2001 and 2008 when the series was acquired by Thomas Dunne Books.

Ebooks haven’t proved to be the print killer that everyone initially feared. To me, they’re something that compliments but doesn’t replace the physical version. I travel a lot at the moment, and my trusty Kindle has been a godsend on many recent plane and train trips.

So please join me in celebrating the humble ebook by sharing this post and other READ AN EBOOK WEEK articles. To mark the occasion, I’ve got a number of titles on special offer:

Booktrack horror sale and a new issue of SCREAM

Just wanted to make you aware that BOOKTRACK is running a 24 hour horror sale at the moment. You’ve heard me talk about booktracks before, and this is a great opportunity to get your hands on ISOLATION, THE COST OF LIVING and STRANGERS with a full soundtrack of music and sound effects, for the incredibly low price of $0.99 each! All the information you need can be found at this link.

And while I’m posting, I also wanted to let you know that the new issue of SCREAM MAGAZINE is now available. As usual, it’s chockfull of features and interviews about both brand new and classic horror. THE FOREST, Hammer’s FRANKENSTEIN AND THE MONSTER FROM HELL, and much, much more.

To get your hands on a copy of SCREAM, visit www.screamhorrormag.com. You can also pick up the magazine from any branch of HMVForbidden Planet, or any of the newsagents listed here. SCREAM is also available digitally as iSCREAM. You can also follow SCREAM on Facebook and Twitter @ScreamHorrorMag.

Happy birthday to the STRANGERS

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A spate of brutal murders occur in and around the small town of Thussock. The bodies of the dead – savagely mutilated, unspeakably defiled – are piling up with terrifying speed. There are no apparent motives and no obvious connections between the victims, but the killings only began when Scott Griffiths and his family arrived in Thussock…

Time flies. It’s a year today since STRANGERS was released, so I thought I’d give the book a little first anniversary love. It’s a novel I’m very proud of. I set out to write a quick and bloody horror story – the kind of pulpy tale I’ve always loved to read – and that’s exactly what I did. The book’s had some great reviews, but I think what I’ve been most pleased about is the reaction to the characters. I can’t recall ever writing about quite anyone like Scott Griffiths before. He’s an arrogant, misogynist prick, and your reactions to him have been great. You’ve found him as vile as I hoped you would!

STRANGERS is easily Moody’s best work to date, a dark, disturbing and visceral book that gives him a legitimate claim to the title of Britain’s Best Living Horror Author that was left vacant by James Herbert’s untimely death.” — This is Horror

“I can’t stress enough how utterly captivating STRANGERS is.  It’s addictive reading from start to finish.  And it proves once and for all that there’s a hell of a lot more to Moody than the end of the world.” —DLS Reviews

STRANGERS is available now from all the usual outlets. You can get hold of a signed copy of the paperback (along with a free ebook version and free UK delivery) for the bargain price of £7.50 as part of the Infected Books BLACK CHRISTMAS promotion.

Moody zombie goodness for your listening/ reading pleasure

Very pleased to announce that BOOKTRACK have released soundtracks to ISOLATION, THE COST OF LIVING and STRANGERS. If you’ve never listened to/read a booktrack before, you’re in for a treat. You get the entire ebook which is synchronised to a soundtrack of music and effects designed to enhance the reading experience. And believe me, it really does.

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To celebrate the launch of these three titles, I’ve written a guest blog over at the Booktrack site in which I talk about how music affects my writing. And I’ve even shared the writing playlist I use which has grown organically over many years. I hope you enjoy the booktracks. Please let me know what you think.

 

It’s Horror Week on Goodreads…

…and I’m one of the authors answering questions. Alan Moore, Clive Barker, Justin Cronin, Brian Keene, Scott Sigler – click here to see the list of horror authors taking part.

Hanging out with the people of Lowestoft. At Horror in the East with @neen_uk

The HATER movie, the new HATER books, AUTUMN, STRANGERS, THE SPACES BETWEEN – this is your chance to ask me anything (within reason). Click here and ask away. I’ll be answering throughout the week.

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Did you get to meet the STRANGERS?

My most recent novel, STRANGERS, came out at the end of 2014, and with everything that’s been going on since then, I’ve been guilty of not shouting about it enough. The book got some great press and I’m very proud of it. This is Horror were kind enough to say “Strangers is easily Moody’s best work to date, a dark, disturbing and visceral book that gives him a legitimate claim to the title of Britain’s Best Living Horror Author that was left vacant by James Herbert’s untimely death.DLS reviews said “I can’t stress enough how utterly captivating Strangers is. It’s addictive reading from start to finish. And it proves once and for all that there’s a hell of a lot more to Moody than the end of the world. 10/10.

Can I tempt you if you haven’t yet read the book? Do you need more convincing? If so, check out the widget below. A large chunk of the novel has been added to WATTPAD, along with a number of other bits and bobs, including the whole of TRUST available for free.

Free ebooks via Bitlit

UPDATE APRIL 2017: Bitlit (which went on to be renamed Shelfie) sadly closed its virtual doors in January 2017. The service has since been acquired by Kobo. Visit www.shelfie.com for more information.

By now I guess you know my philosophy – I only want people to buy the same book once. If you buy a paperback, I want you to be able to download the ebook version for free. Similarly, if you buy an ebook then wish you’d bought a print edition, I think you should only have to pay the paperback cost less the price you originally paid for the ebook.

Economics and practicalities sometimes make achieving these aims difficult, but I’m always on the look out for ways to simplify the process. Ladies and gentlemen, allow me to introduce Bitlit.

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Bitlit is an app, available for iOS and Android. It’s beautifully simple: you take a shelfie with your camera (ie a picture of your bookshelf), and the app scans the titles you’ve got, identifies them, and directs you to free or low price versions of the books you already have in print (where available). I’m pleased to say that we’re making Infected Books titles available free via the service, and you can now download STRAIGHT TO YOU, AUTUMN: THE HUMAN CONDITION, TRUST and STRANGERS for free from Bitlit (as long as you own a print version, of course).

Don’t want to use Bitlit? Already own the ebook? Visit the Infected Books site for more information.

Time to Talk

I’ve been intending to write this piece for a while, but I didn’t know how to start or when to post it. Today’s the day. Today, if you didn’t know, is Time to Talk day and like thousands of other people, I’m taking five minutes to talk about my experiences with the aim of breaking the silence (and stigma) around mental health. Please don’t switch off. Please read through to the end.

You see, last May, my world fell apart. My personal life, my relationships, my health, my career – everything crumbled and collapsed. None of it made sense anymore, and I couldn’t see a way to start repairing the damage. Hell, I didn’t even know if I wanted to fix things.

That might sound overdramatic, but that’s exactly how it felt. One day everything was fine, the next… Well it still makes me go cold thinking about those days. I’ve spent hours, days, weeks and months since then trying to put everything back together and make sense of what happened, and if there hadn’t been such a stigma about mental health, I think that perhaps my meltdown could have been avoided or at least lessened.

Banging your head

I’d always been the big man. I’d done pretty well in everything I tried to do. I don’t mean to sound arrogant, it’s just the way I am. I work hard. Sometimes too hard. Five years ago I felt invincible with a great family, good health, a lovely home and a career that felt like it was skyrocketing. A couple of years back, though, something changed. We moved house, and I fulfilled my writing obligations. Then, all of a sudden, nothing. Bigger bills, no book deals. I felt increasingly disconnected from everything and everyone, and became increasingly reclusive. My mood changed. I was banging my head against a brick wall. The words didn’t stop coming, but the flood of books I was producing reduced to a slow trickle. I stopped being excited by writing, and it began to feel like a chore. Stories remained uncompleted. Ideas were shelved. I spent more time thinking about what I should have been doing, than actually doing any of it.

I’ll cut a long story short: I was pretty seriously depressed, and I had no idea at all. Or maybe I did know, I just didn’t want to accept it…

Last summer everything came to a head. And contrary to how it felt at the time, being diagnosed with depression wasn’t the end of my world; instead it was a chance to press reset, to get myself back on track, and to learn to love myself and my world again.

Forgive me if that sounds a little saccharine and cliched, because it happens to be true. Thanks to an incredible family, a great GP, and a bunch of other wonderful folk, things are moving in the right direction. I’ve gone back to non-writing work to make sure I mix with other people, and I’m loving the buzz of spending time with folks again. I was worried it might have meant the end of my writing, but I don’t think that’s the case. I’ve written the first draft of a new novel since 1 January. There’s progress on a number of long-gestating projects. Infected Books is growing exponentially. I’m more excited by writing than ever.

As I said at the beginning, it’s Time to Talk day today (find out more about it here and here), and the aim of the day is to reduce some of the stigma around mental health. Lots of people suffer, and a large number continue to suffer in silence. I think I’d known for a long time what was wrong, I just didn’t want to admit it. Bloody hell, I wish I’d been more honest with myself. It would have saved me (and the people I love the most) a heck of a lot of pain and heartache.

I’m a writer, and this site is supposed to be about my books and films, so I’ll finish this piece by bringing it back to the business of writing. Regular visitors here will remember my series of writing articles ‘What Works for Me.’ You might have noticed they dried up around the same time I imploded last spring. It’s been incredibly interesting to look back at the books I’ve written over the last two years or so in light of what I’ve discovered about myself, because if I wasn’t outwardly honest with myself about my health, I definitely had some inkling of what was going on as I’d been writing about my problems all along. I only have to look at the male characters I’d created… there’s Steven Johnson from STRAIGHT TO YOU – a man who is on the verge of losing absolutely everything because he can’t bring himself to face his own demons. There’s Stuart from THE COST OF LIVING – a belligerent, stubborn bugger who’s set on his course and who won’t listen to anyone else, even when they’re clearly right and he’s so very obviously wrong. And then, finally, there’s Scott Griffiths from STRANGERS. I’ve had a huge reaction to Scott, not least because he’s an absolute shit: a total, wretched scumbag who outwardly appears to be dedicated to his family, but who has a seriously warped view of right and wrong and no appreciation of how his behaviour affects those around him. I was terrified and stunned when I read the book back just prior to publication and realised I’d been writing about aspects of myself.

Things are good today. Thanks for sticking with me. There’s some really exciting stuff on the horizon.

If anything I’ve written about affects you or someone you know, please find Time to Talk today.

Signed books back in stock

Signed copies of STRANGERS are back in stock over at www.infectedbooks.co.uk. They’re disappearing fast (again) so please order quickly if you want one.

I know it’s probably the wrong side of Christmas to be telling you this, but there are a few other interesting things available at Infected Books right now. There’s a copy of the rare and very limited hardcover edition of TRUST, and copies of my last zombie-release LAST OF THE LIVING. If you use the exclusive This is Horror discount code, you can also get the limited hardcover of AUTUMN: THE HUMAN CONDITION for the ridiculously low price of £10 (with free delivery if you’re in the UK).

You can find the This is Horror discount code on the JOE & ME free download page. This seems like an ideal opportunity to mention that I’ll be taking part in a live This is Horror podcast in February. If you have any questions, email them to the address on the download page.