ISOLATION is a brand new novella by bestselling genre author, David Moody. Complete with four short stories, it’s been billed as Moody’s final word on zombie horror.
If there’s one man who knows his zombies, it’s fellow horror hack, David Moody. His novel, AUTUMN, was one of the first of a new wave of zombie horror fiction hailing from the early zeroes that seems more popular now than ever. Along with Brian Keene, who released his seminal zombie novel THE RISING around the same time, Moody is credited as being one of the godfathers of the sub-genre. And with latest book, THE COST OF LIVING – released just today – Moody’s gone back to his roots.
So here’s a thing: I was in the newsagents yesterday, picking up my papers, and made for the till just as the woman beside me did the same.
‘After you,’ I said, but she was already holding back gesturing that I should go first.
An awkward standoff followed until the woman laughed, passed her papers to the bemused assistant and said: ‘We’re so polite. Must be a British thing.’
‘Well, Irish thing in my case,’ I said quickly. Then smiled.
I wasn’t being political. I do see myself as Irish but only because I was born and lived much of my life on a landmass that someone once named Ireland. Politically speaking, I couldn’t give a rat’s ass what it means to be British or Irish (or Northern Irish), but culturally, I do think there’s a distinction to be made.
I was thinking more about this while watching THE BRIDGE, a TV crime drama co-produced in Denmark and Sweden…
Okay, so I’m not going to bore you with a long and meandering introspective piece on what went well and not so well for me over 2013. But I do think it’s important for us all to pause for thought, on occasion, and look back and this is my pause.
2013 was a year of more book releases (PLASTIC JESUS, INKUBATION) and more WIPS (I’ll get back to that in a moment), as you might expect. In addition, my bestselling zomie novel, FLU, saw serialisation via Sirius XM’s Book Radio.
There have also been some brand new developments.
First of all, I started podcasting. Always a fan of podcasts, as a listener, I never thought I had it in me to maintain one of my own. A co-host spot on the Zombiehamster Podcast crashed and burned for one reason or another, none of which I want to get into, but I came out of all that with a bit of technical know-how and an appetite for doing more. Now, I’m part of two brand new podcasts: a co-hosting spot with extreme metal show, DOOM N’ GLOOM, as well as my own show on writing and genre-related stuff, HACK. There’ll be lots more of both in 2014.
I also got back into journo stuff; writing music reviews for the awesome LAIR OF FILTH, as well as some features for SKIN DEEP TATTOO MAGAZINE. Both of these will carry on in 2014.
2013 also saw me helm my first convention, as co-host of the SCARdiff Horror Expo with Mike Allwood/ Fantasy Events. It was a roaring success and new co-producer, Rebecca, and I are very much looking forward to announcing the date and new venue for the 2014 event.
Back to those WIPs and my plans for 2014 are as follows:
Final draft on vampire novel.
Write/ release final entry to the FLU series.
Final draft on sci-fi/ dystopian novel.
Commence writing on new sci-fi/ horror.
Final draft on slasher horror novel colab with fellow hack, Andre Duza.
I’ve a refurb planned for the website. And there’s other stuff going on in the background which I’m very excited about but can’t talk about just yet (I know, I know… that old cliché!).
Okay, I’m out of here. But before I go, just want to say a HUGE thanks to everyone who’s supported any of my ventures over 2013. It’s appreciated more than you know. Particular thanks to Dave, Daniel, Rich and everyone else over at the facebook page for being awesome, to Agent Gina for having my back, and to every editor/ publisher who’s believed in my work enough to put it out there. I never take any of that for granted. Thank you.
Have a good one and talk soon!
In other news, I’m delighted to be featured in the current issue of Shock Horror Magazine with a full page, exclusive interview.
Now, what made this feature particularly special was the inclusion of this awesome portrait by artist and long time reader, Steve Vold. Very humbling!
Pretty awesome, eh?
Look out for Steve’s forthcoming comicbook project, ZOMBIE B.C. More details on the blog as we get ‘em.