Word-of-mouth rave reviews have turned this self-published novel into a cult bestseller. A cross between I AM LEGEND and 28 DAYS LATER, HATER is a relentless, deeply unnerving depiction of a world where you can trust no one, not even your nearest and dearest - *especially* not your nearest and dearest ... PAN'S LABYRINTH director Guillermo del Toro has signed on to direct the movie; cult website Joblo says 'As we know, the next feast of awesome he will be serving up will be the much-anticipated (by me at least) sequel to HELLBOY; THE GOLDEN ARMY. Pretty much everything this guy does lately is way bad ass, so there's no reason to think [HATERS] won't be' David Moody's internet novel AUTUMN has been downloaded several hundred thousand times, have spawned three sequels and is currently been filmed in Canada. The sequel, DOG BLOOD, is coming soon.
David Moody was born near Birmingham, UK in 1970. He is a long-time fan of horror and pulp science fiction. His first novel was published in 1996.
Originally self-published, Moody's nail-biter of a debut plausibly creates a nightmare world. Danny McCoyne, an employee of the Parking Fine Processing office in an unnamed, possibly British city, barely manages to support his wife and children. Things get a lot worse after incidents of random violence escalate to a condition that threatens the social fabric of the country. Those afflicted with the violent impulse are dubbed Haters. The rapid onset of the disorder, exacerbated by the frighteningly inadequate government response, leaves Danny and his family virtual prisoners in their own home. While the major twist and the final payoff aren't particularly surprising, the sections building up to them perfectly evoke the quiet desperation of an ordinary life. Moody might have been better off explaining less, but this intelligent, well-written chiller heralds a significant new talent. Guillermo Del Toro has bought film rights. (Feb.) Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.
"A head-spinning thrill ride, a cautionary tale about the most salient emotion of the 21st century... HATER will haunt you long after you read the last page..." -- Guillermo Del Toro DIRECTOR OF "HELLBOY" AND "PAN'S LABYRINTH "To call it a page turner is understating the pace and skill the author brings to this haunting and thought-provoking masterpiece of dark and bloodthirsty fiction. The descriptions of the emotional strain and fear of the characters is gripping, and the tension is palpable, leading to an unnerving and shocking climax. this is a new and original approach to the genre that you will love from the very start." THE BOOKSELLER "Hater is a simple story, powerfully told, and if David Moody's this good part-time, how good is he going to be, given his well-deserved freedom to focus upon his apocalyptic formulae on a full-time basis?" BOOK GEEKS "For all of its widespread impact, Hater still reads like a very personal journal of events. Chalk that up to Moody's snappy first-person narrative which zips along faster than a stranger can bash your skull in with a tack hammer. Although the book does a good job of making you care about the characters and positioning itself as a mainstream thriller, it's when the book sheds its mainstream pretense that it really shines." SF SIGNAL "David Moody spins paranoia into a deliciously dark new direction. [He] is one scary guy." -- Jonathan Maberry "Moody creates a paranoid and horrific world that's so good, the film rights have already been snapped up." ZOO "This is a story that lingers in the mind... because of the unnerving twist Moody gives to a frayed concept. The Haters don't lose their intelligence and feelings when they turn, and they don't think they're the bad guys - they're convinced we are. By the end, you wonder if they've got a point." -- Calvin Baxter SFX "In what is fast becoming an oversaturated genre, Hater stands head and shoulders above most other offerings. A brilliantly paced, constructed and written piece of work. Moody takes a unique perspective on zombies, while offering the most surprising and unique twist to a narrative we have come across in a very long time. Moody has provided us with a brilliant piece of storytelling. Read this book now." -- Ross Sutcliffe SCI FI NOW "A brutal, relentless SF horror... gives a new spin to zombie flick conventions." -- Jonathan Wright BBC FOCUS "Moody makes no apology for his pulp influences, and nor should he. Take it as read then that this 28 Days Later-style tale of ordinary people becoming crazed with murderous rage and one family's desperate attempts to survive is longer on plot than anything else. Characters are little more than ciphers and the prose is sometimes inelegant, but there's something darkly charming about Mooyd's hurtling, sadistic enthusiasm for his story." THE LIST "Some thought-provoking questions are raised, taking Hater beyond the 28 Days Later/Survivors hybrid that it initially appears to be. Hater takes the reader on an uncomfortable journey but a powerful one." -- Paul Simpson DREAMWATCH "Moody's writing style is sparse with hardly a wasted syllable and as the plot progresses the clipped sentences and disjointed thinking really help the pacing, ramping things up until, as you get nearer the end, you're barreling along, right in the thick of it, unable to put it down until you reach the conclusion. Underneath all the hype, [David Moody] undoubtedly has the talent to back it up. 'Hater' is a cracking read." -- Robert Grant SCI-FI LONDON "In his evocation of fear and unease and the speed with which he grips you, he brings to mind old Brit horror writer James Herbert. And that is some recommendation." -- Paul Connolly LONDON LITE "The fact that the story is in parts ultra realistic and the characters so believable, makes the gory sci-fi angle even more terrifying. A dark, filmic thriller." THE BIG ISSUE