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“The HATER movie, new HATER novels, other projects... you can ask me ANYTHING (within reason!).” David Moody

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David Moody Didn't mean to confuse you, Josh!

First things first - Everything and Nothing, the Dog Blood sequel, is a short story. It's available as a free download from various places but isn't yet in print. Yet. Watch this space.

Second - the names of the books have changed. The Other Half is now called All Roads End here, and The Last Summer has become Chokehold.

Six books in total.

Hope that makes sense, and hope you enjoy them as much as you've enjoyed the first trilogy.
David Moody Hi Denise. Where did you win the book from? Can you send me a link and I'll get it chased up straightaway for you. Feel free to email me at davidmoody@djmoody.co.uk. Thanks! (And congratulations!) (And I hope you enjoy it!)
David Moody The TV news. It's scary - in the 11 years since I wrote the first HATER novel, the series has become more and more relevant.
David Moody I don't feel qualified to give advice on writing, but if I do have any thoughts, I make them available on my website as part of an ongoing feature called 'What Works For Me'.

Check it out here: http://davidmoody.net/category/what-w...
David Moody From a film, I'm afraid, not a book: Seth Brundle and Veronica Quaife from David Cronenberg's incredible remake of THE FLY. Brundle wanted his whole family (and a fly) to live in one body. How romantic is that? In all seriousness, it's a stunning movie and a great portrayal of an unintentional monster who doesn't realise what he's become until it's too late. Highly recommended.
David Moody Unfortunately I can't give you any information. But I CAN tell you that I signed a load of very exciting paperwork to do with the movie this week, and I hope to be able to say more in the very near future.
David Moody Hi Lucas!

I can answer this one easily. ONE OF US WILL BE DEAD BY MORNING - the next HATER novel - is out on 15 August 2017.

Pre-orders are open now: http://amzn.to/2fFwJbF
David Moody Thank you for the great question, Alex.

The new trilogy actually came to be as a result of the film development work we've been undertaking. I started to look at what happened in the gaps between the original books. The first of the new novels (One of Us Will be Dead by Morning) is very different to the rest of the series: a more traditional horror novel which takes place during the early days of the Hater outbreak/ uprising/ awakening. It introduces a new main character.

The rest of the new series - The Other Half and The Last Summer - seem to me to wrap around Dog Blood and Them or Us. The Other Half overlaps with Dog Blood but looks at events from another perspective, while The Last Summer follows on directly from the previous book and fills a gap between Dog Blood and Them or Us.

Did that explanation make sense? I've probably made it sound more complicated than it actually is!

In terms of the movie, the producer and I are keen to retain the setting and tone of the original novels. We're in discussions at the moment so it's difficult to say much more. Keeping the UK setting was one of the main reasons I took the rights back from Hollywood!
David Moody I'm sorry, I don't have a release date yet. The book has only just been delivered to the publisher (Thomas Dunne Books of New York) and there's a lot of work to be done before publication. Please check www.davidmoody.net or my page here on Goodreads and I'll update as soon as I have more information.
David Moody The second HATER trilogy runs alongside the first. And right now that's just about all I can say!
David Moody There's no date for the release of the next Hater book yet (but I can tell you that it's called ONE OF US WILL BE DEAD BY MORNING). The paperwork is signed with the publisher, and I'll announce the release date as soon as I'm able.
David Moody It's going to be a little while longer, I'm afraid. The script is written, and we're hoping to go into production later in 2016. In the meantime, though, there will be new Hater books to enjoy. More news soon. Thanks for your question!
David Moody Great question. So pleased to hear how much you've enjoyed the Autumn books. For me, part of the thrill of telling these stories is being able to create the world they take place in. That said, it'd be a lot of fun to play with other authors' "zombie rules" from time to time.

It's not a book, but I don't think you can go wrong with George Romero's Living Dead world (though George has taken a few missteps with his more recent zombie movies).

I'm a big fan of The Walking Dead, not least because it's a serious, character-driven look at what would happen when the dead rise. If I was offered the opportunity to write a UK-based Walking Dead novel, I'd say yes in a heartbeat. People are people at the end of the day, but societies can be very different. I think it would be fascinating to try and imagine how people on my side of the Atlantic would survive in the nightmare world Kirkman et al have created.
David Moody I'm a distance runner (of sorts!). A few years back when we moved into our current home, I went out on a run across some hills I knew (or thought I knew) well.

I was about five miles into the run, thinking about heading home, when I realised I'd gone off track. I'd ended up in a forest. It took me several miles and what felt like an eternity to find my way out. And all the time I was thinking "how many horror movies have I watched that start this way..."

It was truly frightening, but the feeling of relief when I managed to get back to civilisation again (okay... it was only a kilometre or so away) was unforgettable and immense.
David Moody I can't claim any credit for this one... I didn't make it up (though I can't remember where I heard it).

The last man on earth sealed himself into his shelter. There was a knock at the door.
David Moody Thanks Ann! Great to hear you've enjoyed the Hater books.

Can't say too much right now, but please keep an eye on www.davidmoody.net over the next couple of weeks. I have a couple of pieces of major Hater news to announce. Judging from your question, what I'm going to say might make you very happy!
David Moody Hi Mike. Thanks for your question. Really great to hear how much you've enjoyed the Autumn series, and I appreciate you taking the time to let me know.

I have thought about comic adaptations, but the right opportunity just hasn't presented itself yet. That said, I have some avenues I'm looking to pursue for Hater adaptations, and hopefully these will come to something in the near future.

As far as Autumn on TV is concerned - that would be my ultimate dream. Like many people, I was disappointed with the Autumn movie which was released back in 2009. I think that now, more than then, the time is right for a new filmed version of the books. I think they can compete comfortably with The Walking Dead and an adaptation of the entire series would be wonderful to see.

I've had a few enquiries, but nothing concrete as yet. I have a few more projects in the pipeline but, when they're done, I have serious plans to make this happen.
David Moody Great question. Thank you! Likewise with 'I am Legend' - a truly groundbreaking novel, and 'The Last Man on Earth' remains the best of the adaptations (with Will Smith's forgettable version being the worst by a long margin, in my opinion).

In answer to your question - yes, I approach writing novels from a very filmic direction. In fact, I like to get an idea developed to such a stage that I can almost watch the movie version in my head (if that doesn't sound too pretentious) before I actually start writing.

It's a double-edged sword though, as I think it means I'll always be unfairly critical of any movie adaptations of my books (case in point, Autumn starring Dexter Fletcher and David Carradine). In my head I have perfect locations, an unlimited budget, thousands of extras, ground-breaking special effects... In the real world, however, I don't!
David Moody Thanks for the question. It's great to hear how much you enjoyed the Autumn series. I'm taking a conscious break from zombies at the moment, but I never rule out the possibility of returning. I think the Autumn story is complete, though. I have plans to get the series on screen (I'm pushing for a TV series - the UK answer to The Walking Dead!), and if that happens I'm sure the world could be expanded a little further...!
David Moody Great question! I'll be honest, I learnt about the development of the zombies along with everyone else to an extent. It's something which developed organically during the writing of first few Autumn novels, and it was only when I was working on The Human Condition (particularly the 'Amy Steadman' stories) that I started to think about the longer term for the living dead and their motivation for hounding the living. It was a logical conclusion which brought Autumn: Aftermath and the whole Autumn series to satisfying end (for me, anyway!)

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