Oscar winning director Guillermo del Toro (THE SHAPE OF WATER, PAN’S LABYRINTH) called Moody’s 2009 novel HATER “a head-spinning thrill ride, a cautionary tale about the most salient emotion of the 21st century”. After tearing the human race in half in HATER and its two critically acclaimed sequels DOG BLOOD and THEM OR US, Moody’s now paying a return visit to his dystopian world with a brand new trilogy.
ONE OF US WILL BE DEAD BY MORNING (now available from St Martin’s Press) and the forthcoming follow-ups ALL ROADS END HERE (published February 2019) and CHOKEHOLD (TBA) tell the other (equally brutal and blood-soaked) side of the original HATER story, with the six books ultimately combining to form a single epic dystopian saga.
With the long-gestating HATER movie in active development, Moody went right back to the beginning. “HATER is an insular and very personal vision of the apocalypse,” he said. “It’s literally one man’s journey through the end of days. That works really well on the page, but we’ve recently been talking about a TV adaptation and I found myself fleshing out plotlines to show how my anti-hero Danny’s story fitted in with the decline of the rest of the world at large. I was able to go back and look at the events Danny was a part of in a new light. It sounds like a blatant cash-in but it’s really not – the new books have enhanced the original trilogy in a way I could never have imagined.”
Critical reaction to the first book in the new series – the snappily-titled ONE OF US WILL BE DEAD BY MORNING – has exceeded Moody’s expectations. Kirkus called the book “A bloody fun ride… Another wetwork nightmare that should delight fans of Haters and intrigue writers who wallow in the genre”, while Booklist’s starred review said that “Moody really knows how to write creeping, claustrophobic terror, effectively sneaking up on his readers and, finally, scaring the life out of them. Top-drawer horror”. DLS Reviews said that “the novel rips you out of your safe and sung world and thrusts you into an environment where anyone can turn on you in the blink of an eye. It’s hard-hitting, head-poundingly tense, and drenched from head to toe in blood-splattered cruelty.”
ONE OF US WILL BE DEAD BY MORNING is available now in hardcover and ebook from St Martin’s Press, and as an audiobook from Macmillan Audio. Find out more about Moody at www.davidmoody.net.
ABOUT DAVID MOODY
A pioneer of independent publishing, DAVID MOODY first released HATER in 2006, and without an agent, succeeded in selling the film rights for the novel to Mark Johnson (producer, Breaking Bad) and Guillermo Del Toro (director, The Shape of Water, Pan’s Labyrinth). Moody’s seminal zombie novel AUTUMN was made into an (admittedly terrible) movie starring Dexter Fletcher and David Carradine. He has a unhealthy fascination with the end of the world and likes to write books about ordinary folks going through absolute hell. With the publication of a new series of Hater stories, Moody is poised to further his reputation as a writer of suspense-laced SF/horror, and “farther out” genre books of all description. Find out more about his work at www.davidmoody.net and www.infectedbooks.co.uk.
ONE OF US WILL BE DEAD BY MORNING
In One of Us Will Be Dead by Morning, David Moody returns to the world of his Hater trilogy with a new fast-paced, and wonderfully dark story about humanity’s fight for survival in the face of the impending apocalypse.
The fewer left alive, the higher the stakes.
Kill the others, before one of them kills you.
Fourteen people are trapped on Skek, a barren island in the middle of the North Sea somewhere between the coasts of the UK and Denmark. Over the years this place has served many purposes—a fishing settlement, a military outpost, a scientific base—but one by one its inhabitants have abandoned its inhospitable shores. Today it’s home to Hazleton Adventure Experiences, an extreme sports company specializing in corporate team building events.
Life there is fragile and tough. One slip is all it takes. A momentary lapse leads to a tragic accident, but when the body count quickly starts to rise, questions are inevitably asked. Are the deaths coincidental, or something else entirely? Those people you thought you knew, can you really trust them? Is the person standing next to you a killer? Will you be their next victim?
A horrific discovery changes everything, and a trickle of rumours becomes a tsunami of fear. Is this the beginning of the end of everything, or a situation constructed by the mass hysteria of a handful of desperate and terrified people?
ISBN: 978-1250108418. Published by St Martin’s Press, New York