I know things have been quiet around here for a while… all that will be changing shortly (promise). In the meantime, a quick reminder that you’ve now got just two weeks left to enter my competition to appear as a character in THE SPACES BETWEEN. Follow me on social media, sign up for the monthly newsletter, write a review, buy a signed book… there are loads of ways to enter, and entries (of which there have already been almost 2000) close at midnight on 31st July. Visit this page for all the details.
One final post to advise that the Infected Bookstore will close its virtual doors tomorrow at around midnight UK time. Head over there now for one last look around…
And just to confirm, signed books will still be available from Amazon and eBay (and eventually from this site too). This is a ‘repositioning’ (to use a horrible corporate term). Infected Books is a publisher first and foremost, not a book shop!
Please click here to see what’s still available.
In the past I’ve held several competitions where folks could win the chance to appear in forthcoming novels. Most notably, Keiran Cope won a charity auction to be in the final AUTUMN novel and have his own AUTUMN short story (which you can read here). And way, way back in 2008, The Swimmer was based on a lovely lady called Joanna Milne who won a contest to become a featured zombie in AUTUMN: DISINTEGRATION. Just below you can see Keiran in character (as immortalized by the mighty Craig Paton) and, next to him, The Swimmer (as sculpted by the equally mighty Patrick Crilley).
I think another contest is long overdue.
As you know I’m in the middle of writing the first part of a new four book horror/science-fiction series, THE SPACES BETWEEN. I’m offering FIVE people the chance to appear as characters in the books.
One randomly selected winner will:
- Have a key character who appears in all four novels in the series named after them.
- They’ll also receive a framed illustration of themselves depicted in a key scene from the first book.
- And they’ll also get signed first editions of each book in the series as and when they’re released.
Four randomly selected runners-up will:
- Have a supporting character named after them in one of the books (one book per winner).
- They’ll also received signed first editions of each book in the series as and when they’re released.
I’ve been bowled over with the response to the new version of STRAIGHT TO YOU. Sales have been strong, and folks have been really positive with their words. To celebrate, until March 21 you can pick up signed copies of STRAIGHT TO YOU, TRUST and AUTUMN: THE HUMAN CONDITION at a 10% discount from www.infectedbooks.co.uk. And don’t forget, complementary ebook versions are included with all those titles.
Alternatively, you could try and win a copy of the new book. There’s a giveaway running over at SCREAM MAGAZINE!
Yes I know… I’ve gone quiet on you again. That’s largely because I’m trying to get three novels finished before the end of October (see my recent update here).
I realised that I hadn’t mentioned the campaign recently started by a few of Moody’s Survivors to give Hollywood a hint and see if we can’t get the HATER movie moving forward (there are positive signs, but a little push wouldn’t hurt…). There’s a Facebook page here which I’d love for you to like and share if you feel so inclined. So the position is this: the movie rights were recently re-optioned by Mark Johnson and Guillermo del Toro et al, and J A Bayona (who was previously attached to direct) has mentioned the project a couple of times in recent interviews in connection with his excellent movie, THE IMPOSSIBLE. With THE WALKING DEAD continuing to do great business and with the WORLD WAR Z movie taking everybody by surprise and being a huge hit this summer, a lot of you seem to think – and, of course, I completely agree – that the time is right for the HATER film.
Hopefully I’ll have some more concrete news for you in the very near future. In the meantime, I thought it would be good to run a competition to keep the project in the public eye. All you have to do is design a HATER-themed T-shirt to promote either the books, the film, or the campaign to get the movie made.
Either post your design on Facebook or email it to firstname.lastname@example.org by the end of October. By that time I’ll have employed a top-notch judging panel (I’m looking at you, Survivors!) who I’ll ask to pick a winner. As well as receiving a few signed books and other odds and ends, the winner will also have their design printed up and made available for sale via the Infected Bookstore.
Let’s join together and spread The Hate!
The UK mass-market paperback edition of AUTUMN: DISINTEGRATION is released today by Gollancz. For those who missed it first time around, here’s the spiel:
“Forty days have passed since the end of the world began. Billions of people were killed in less than a day and now the entire world is rotting. Everything is disintegrating… Survivors are few and far between in this deadly environment, and those who are still alive are forced to deal with a nightmare situation: the scale of the devastation is unprecedented. The shadowy landscape is swarming with the dead, their decaying bodies deteriorating day by day. Limited by their appalling physical condition, the only emotions they are able to display are anger, rage and hate and yet, remarkably, they are becoming more controlled. They are becoming self-aware, and they will defend themselves at all costs.
A group of eleven men and woman have managed to survive against the odds, protected by the geography of the land and sheltering in a derelict block of flats. They have been surrounded for weeks, but they have always been in control. Until now. For the bodies are advancing. The situation is changing.”
I’ll talk more about the book in my ongoing AUTUMN retrospective very soon. In the meantime, I have a guest post today over at the brilliant Book Chick City where I talk about zombie preparedness, and how wondering how I’d cope with the living dead inspired me to write DISINTEGRATION. You’ll also find a great giveaway there – answer a (very) simple question for a chance to win one of three signed sets of the the first four AUTUMN novels courtesy of Gollancz.
I’ve got a few more guest posts lined up over the coming weeks, so please keep an eye out for them. Here’s one I twittered and facebooked about but didn’t mention here – an interview with My Bookish Ways from last weekend.
Thanks to everyone who entered the recent AUTUMN: AFTERMATH giveaway. I had hundreds of entries, which was great to see. I’m pleased to be able to announce (most of) the winners. Congratulations to:
Your books will be in the post shortly. I’m still waiting for three final winners to confirm their details with me. If you followed me on Facebook last month, check your messages as the books were all won by new Facebook followers.
Thanks again to everyone who entered, and huge thanks also to the kind folks at Thomas Dunne Books / St Martins’ Griffin for putting up the prizes.
AUTUMN: AFTERMATH – the final book in the AUTUMN series – is released in the US today. There will be a few more shorts to come and more releases of the novels in various different territories, but as far as the overall AUTUMN story goes, this is it. The end.
To celebrate the release, I’ve got ten copies of AFTERMATH to give away courtesy of the good folks at Thomas Dunne Books/St Martin’s Griffin.
To stand a chance of winning, just do one or more of the following before 31st March (you’ll get an entry for each you do).
- follow me on Twitter (@davidjmoody) and Tweet about the release of AFTERMATH (remember to include the hashtag #aftermath)
- become a fan on Facebook (www.facebook.com/davidmoodyauthor) and post about AFTERMATH on your wall (remember to tag me so I know you’ve entered)
- follow my reviews and/or friend me on Goodreads
- join the mailing list (click here for form)
- write a review of any of my books and send me the link
If you’re already a Twitter follower or Facebook fan, just tweet/post about the book and remember to include the appropriate tag.
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 1st April. Good luck!
UPDATE 1st APRIL – COMPETITION CLOSED. WINNERS WILL BE ANNOUNCED SHORTLY.
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.
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!