As you may have heard, Wayne Simmons and I will be signing in various locations over the next few months, and our little jaunt has been christened the Never Trust a Man With Hair Tour. We’ve even got T-shirts (but I’ll spare you a picture of me wearing mine this morning – primarily because I’m alone in the house for once and I don’t have anyone to take a photo – you’ll have to make do with just the logo instead!).

We’ve made a few changes to our published schedule, so here’s a quick update:

CHELTENHAM – 31st October
We’ll be at Waterstones in Cheltenham on Halloween, along with a few friends. Adam Baker, Adam Nevill and Joseph D’Lacey will be joining us for a very special evening of readings and signing.

HORROR IN THE EAST – 2nd/3rd November
Back to Lowestoft (the setting, as you might remember, for THEM OR US) for a FREE weekend of horror alongside many other authors. Visit the website for full details.

MAIDSTONE – 9th November
A new date! Wayne and I will be signing at Waterstones in Maidstone on the afternoon of 9th November, followed by a reading, Q&A etc. at the Hazlitt Arts Centre in the evening.

HULL – 24th November
I’m delighted to announce that Wayne and I will be joined by the brilliant Gary McMahon at Waterstones in Hull on 24th November.

SWINDON – 8th December
Wayne and I will be at Waterstones Swindon on 8th December.

Finally, I’m disappointed to announce that this coming weekend’s horror festival in Northampton has been cancelled. Not good. The words ‘piss up’ and ‘brewery’ spring to mind (a typically English expression, if you’re wondering what I’m on about).

Hope to see you while we’re out and about. Remember, if you want us to come visit your neck of the woods, please get in touch or ask your local bookstore to contact either/both of us. And I’m sorry, though we’d love to travel overseas and I am working to make that happen, we’re just doing the UK for now.

James Herbert

Well, what an experience that was. It’s the morning after the night before for this particular horror fan – and that’s how I felt last night: a horror fan more than a horror writer.

On leaving school many years ago, I wanted to direct films. It was never going to happen back then, as all I had was a head full of story ideas and not a lot else. But the stories refused to go away and, as a result of various things happening in my life, I started to write the tales I’d previously wanted to film. One of the pivotal moments for me was when I picked up a copy of DOMAIN by James Herbert. This post will become far too long and rambling if I talk about the book in any detail now, so I’ll save it for another day. Suffice to say, DOMAIN’s the only book I’ve ever finished reading then immediately turned back to page one and started again. It redefined what a horror novel could be for me, and it undoubtedly set me on the path towards writing the kind of books I write today.

Last night I had the honour of not only meeting James Herbert, but also of interviewing him in front of a huge crowd at Waterstones, Birmingham New Street – one of only two events he’s doing in support of his new novel, ASH.

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My appointment with a legend

Have you ever had one of those emails which you read, re-read, then read again, then have to read several more times because you don’t quite believe what you’ve just been told? I received one of those recently, and here’s the result:

On Monday 3rd, September, I’ll be at Waterstones Birmingham New Street where I’ll have the incredible honour of hosting James Herbert’s signing to mark the release of his hugely anticipated new novel, ASH. Mr Herbert will be reading from the book and answering questions.

I’m terrified and excited in equal measure. I grew up reading James Herbert novels, and I’ve cited DOMAIN in particular many, many times as one of the books which most influenced my work and, if I’m honest, one of the reasons I wanted to write horror in the first place. Tickets are £3 (redeemable against a copy of ASH) are available from the store or by calling 0843 2908151. A full report will follow the event.

A couple of other brief bits of news…

It’s Friday, so it’s another TRUST day – chapter 9 is now online. All pre-ordered copies of the TRUST limited edition hardcover have now been shipped. The price will be staying low for another week, so please click this link to order a copy. Alternatively, you can now order the book from eBay.

Have a good weekend!

Simmons and Moody on tour!

Regular readers here will know that Wayne Simmons and I often sign as a double-act. Wayne’s a good friend and a superb writer, and it’s always a pleasure to be in his company. We’ve been working on some events for the remainder of this year, and it’s starting to feel like we’re going out on tour! David Naughton-Shires – one of our resident graphics experts – got over-excited and produced the great banner I’ve reproduced above, and with his help we’ll be hitting the road equipped with T-shirts, flyers, flags and whatever else we can get our hands on. All the dates are UK only at the moment (cost and time prohibits any overseas trips right now), so if you’re around, please come along…

  • 18th August (note – that’s a week on Saturday!) – Waterstones, Hereford
  • 14th September – 80’s Alternative Festival – Billing Aquadrome, Northampton
  • 31st October – Halloween at Waterstones Cheltenham (with Adam Baker, Joseph D’Lacey and other authors to be announced)
  • 2nd November – Autumn: Horror in the East – Aspire Centre, Lowestoft
  • 24th November – Waterstones, Hull
  • 8th December – Waterstones Swindon

And there will hopefully be more dates added. If you’re interested in us coming and signing closer to you, please either get in touch or, if you’re on good terms with your local bookstore, ask them to get in touch direct.

Another great signing with Mr Simmons!

Wayne and I had another very successful time at Waterstones, Cardiff yesterday. Huge thanks to Sam Cowling for having us, and for name-dropping our zombie writing double-act to pretty much the entire Waterstones chain. It looks like we’ll be making a fair few more of these joint appearances around the country in the near future. If you want us to come to a branch near you, either drop me a line or ask the staff at the relevant store to get in touch.

Dave and Wayne and Mike McShane

It was definitely one of my favourite signings to date, not just because we both pretty much cleared out the store’s stock of our books, but also because we got to meet the legend that is Mike McShane. For those in the UK who aren’t as old as me, Mike was a regular on TV panel show ‘Whose Line is it Anyway?’. Even more excitingly, he was in Cardiff to star in the penultimate episode of the forthcoming new series of a certain long-running and very popular BBC alien time-traveller show! We asked, but he wouldn’t tell us anything more…!

Out and About

A quick post to comment on one excellent event and for some last minute publicity for another. Last weekend I was at alt.fiction – a great writing event held in Leicester. On Saturday I took part in a panel discussing adaptations of books, films, comics, games etc. into different formats, and on Sunday I was there for another Mammoth Book of Body Horror panel along with the book’s editors Paul Kane and Marie O’Regan, and fellow contributors Simon Clark and Conrad Williams.

David Moody, Simon Clark, Conrad Williams, Paul Kane and Marie O'Regan - photo courtesy of Paul Kane

Myself, Simon Clark, Conrad Williams, Paul Kane and Marie O’Regan (photo courtesy of Paul Kane)

It was great to meet Graham Joyce too, and to be there for the premier of Black Dust – an excellent short movie based on one of his stories. Thanks to everyone who supported the weekend and to the organisers for having me.

I know I’m leaving this next bit late, but don’t forget that I’ll be at Waterstones in Cardiff tomorrow, signing with Wayne Simmons. Wayne’s launching his new novel DOLL PARTS – the sequel to DROP DEAD GORGEOUS. Please come along if you’re in the area. We’ll be there from 12:30pm onwards.

I hope not to leave it another two weeks before posting again. With a little luck I’ll be back in a few days to let you know what I’m working on now that the HATER and AUTUMN books are done and dusted. There’s some good stuff coming…

Signing at Waterstone’s Leicester on 6th February

Drop Dead Gorgeous by Wayne SimmonsGood news – I’m pleased to announce that I’ll be making a return visit to Waterstone’s Leicester on 6th February between 3pm and 5pm to celebrate the re-release of Autumn: The City in the US and UK. Even more good news – this event will be a joint signing with Wayne Simmons to celebrate the re-release of Drop Dead Gorgeous!

Signings round up

I’ve had a blast over the last couple of weeks getting out and about. I usually spend too much time sat in front of this computer, so it’s been great actually getting out and meeting people again! With three more AUTUMN novels and the final book in the HATER series out in 2011, I’m planning to arrange many more events like these. If you want me to come visit your neck of the woods, drop me a line and I’ll see what I can do!

There’s a slideshow below (if you really want to see a series of photos of an angry looking bald man and some books), but I wanted to share some of the best bits with you. Firstly, it was brilliant to finally meet some of the folks I’d only ever spoken to by email before: Dawn, Peter, Ryan, Will, Scott, Clym (one of the stars of the Darker Projects adaptation of Autumn no less!), Richard from Scream Magazine and many others.

Grimm up North was a success again this year in its new venue (The Dancehouse theatre, Manchester). The Adaptations panel was particularly good fun when I shared the stage with Conrad Williams (author of the superb One), and genre favourites Christopher Priest and Ramsey Campbell. But for me, my evening with Wayne Simmons at No Alibis in Belfast was the undoubted highlight of the week.

No Alibis is a fantastic little independent bookstore in the Botanic area of Belfast. They specialise in Crime and our event was their first (but hopefully not the last) foray into horror. It was an exceptionally cool evening as Wayne and I read from our books then discussed our writing and the differences and similarities between our approaches to the living dead in front of a really appreciative audience. A wonderful night.


Every stop on my brief mini-tour of the UK was fantastic, and I want to thank everyone who helped put the events together: Emily at Waterstone’s Oxford Street, Sim, Steve and the team from Grimm Up North, Steven at Waterstone’s Leicester (bookseller extraordinaire and part time zombie construction worker), Adele from Un:Bound (read Un:Bound’s coverage of the Leicester signing here), Wayne and Rebecca, Dave at No Alibis, and Mark and Adam at Waterstone’s Colchester. And thanks too to everyone who came out to say hello.

Another AUTUMN signing date

I’m pleased to announce another signing. I’ll be at Waterstone’s Colchester Culver Square on Saturday 13th November from 1pm. So my current signing schedule is now as follows:

  • Saturday 30th October (12pm – 1pm) – Waterstone’s Oxford Street Plaza, London
  • Sunday 31st October – Grimm Up North 2 festival, Manchester (Adaptations panel at 2:00pm, signing immediately after)
  • Monday 1st November (6:30pm – 8:00pm) – Waterstone’s Leicester Highcross
  • Thursday 4th November (6:00pm) – No Alibis, Belfast (with Wayne Simmons)
  • Saturday 13th November (1:00pm) – Waterstone’s Colchester Culver Square

Autumn Signings

Nothing for weeks then two posts in the space of a few minutes…!

It’s less than a month now until AUTUMN is re-released in the US and UK. I’m pleased to announce that a few UK signings are being arranged (I’m working on the US – bear with me). Here are the details. Hope to see as many of you there as possible.

  • Saturday 30th October (12pm – 1pm) – Waterstone’s Oxford Street Plaza, London
  • Sunday 31st October – Grimm Up North 2 festival, Manchester
  • Monday 1st November (6:30pm – 8pm) – Waterstone’s Leicester Highcross
  • Thursday 4th November (6:00pm) – No Alibis, Belfast (with Wayne Simmons)