Reviews and interviews

Publishers Weekly have had their say on CHOKEHOLD. Considering it’s the sixth book in a six book series (which technically takes place after books two and five and before three – make sense of that if you can), I’m more than happy with this write-up. CHOKEHOLD was never going to be a jumping-on point for the casual HATER series reader! Warning – spoilers ahead.

In Moody’s blood-soaked third Final War novel, Matthew Dunne and a handful of fellow survivors emerge from an underground bunker into a nuclear-blasted Britain still overrun with vicious, rage-fueled Haters, transformed humans whose overriding need is to kill Unchanged people like Matt. Beaten down and exhausted, Matt only wants to be left alone, but he’s drawn back into the fight when he and his group are taken to a fortified compound run by an old acquaintance, Estelle Bisseker, commanding officer of the Civil Defense Force. Estelle is eager to take the Haters down once and for all, but she’s not prepared for a massive cell of Haters that’s primed to wipe out the last of the Unchanged. When Matt spots a Hater in their midst, no one believes him, and he’s drugged, only to awaken to carnage. Matt sets out to find the rest of the group and warn them of the impending bloodbath. Moody toggles between the perspectives of the Haters and the Unchanged, eschewing nuance and peppering Matt’s harrowing journey with brutal fights that pave the way for all-out final battles. Fans of exceedingly bleak survival horror will be satisfied. 

And here are a couple of other mentions I’d like to share. SFBOOK recently posted a great review of ALL ROADS END HERE, and I was interviewed by Todd of LONG SHOT BOOKS here. Finally, I recently recorded a huge (three hour!) podcast for THIS IS HORROR on independent publishing, mainstream publishing, and everything in-between. I’ll let you know as soon as it goes live.

Scream Magazine issue 8

Issue 8 of SCREAM is out now. As well as the usual stack of great features, reviews and interviews, it also features an in-depth interview with me which was carried out by Michael Wilson of the superb Read Horror website.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, SCREAM is a magazine for people who genuinely love horror, not just those who want to sell it. Click this link to pick up a copy, and try it for yourself if you haven’t already.

Interview with ‘Moody’s Survivors’

Click here to join the new Facebook group – MOODY’S SURVIVORS – SPREAD THE INFECTION – which has become a hive of zombie- and book-related activity over the last couple of weeks.

The admins have just posted the results of a question and answer session I did with group members, so please head over and join up! (Thanks to Lee Hartnup, by the way, for the flattering photo!).

Quick update

Thanks to everyone who picked up a copy of HATER this week. Here’s a very quick round-up of a few bits of news.

I took part in the Page 69 test – click here for the results!

I’ve added a new page to this site for press clippings. You can access it from the sidebar or click here.

New reviews have been added to this page. Also, you can access these via the RSS feed in the sidebar.

Finally, you can now read chapter 4 of HATER at various sites around the web; Tor.com and Fangoria to name but two!