Announcing THE FRONT

When things are quiet here, it’s usually because I’m working hard on stuff in the background (honest). Right now I’m dividing my frustratingly limited writing time between a few major projects: ONE OF US WILL BE DEAD BY MORNING (HATER book #4), a huge Infected Books initiative for 2016, THE SPACES BETWEEN and this one.

A short while ago, top writers and good pals TIM LONG and CRAIG DILOUIE invited me to contribute a book to a brand new three volume World War II zombie series called THE FRONT. How could I refuse? I can’t say too much about it right now, so I’ll just let the cover of volume one do the talking. Tim’s writing this one, and it should hit the shelves in December. My book will be next up in the early part of next year.


Exciting, eh? So I’m sorry if I’ve neglected the site a little recently, and I apologise if I’m taking far too long to reply to any emails or messages you’ve sent this way, but at least it means 2016 should be filled to capacity with apocalyptic horror. I can’t wait.

If you want to hear more about this and other projects, don’t forget to come and see WAYNE SIMMONS and I in conversation at Waterstones, New Street Birmingham on 30 October at 7pm. Full details are here.

Event update

Remember the huge Infected Books event I told you about recently? I need to let you know about a slight change of plan. It’s still on Friday 30 October at 7pm, it’s still going to be a cracking evening, we still want you to come in Halloween fancy dress if you’re up for it… we just need you to go to a different Waterstones store.

For those of you who know my home town of Birmingham, we have (for a short while longer) two large branches of Waterstones. We were originally scheduled to be in the High Street branch, but we’re relocating to the very beautiful New Street store instead, just a five minute walk away. This makes me happy: it’s an amazing building, and it’s where – three years ago this month – I got to interview one of my writing heroes, the legendary James Herbert (photographic evidence below). The store’s closing soon, so this is a great way to send it off in style.

As well as launching Wayne Simmons new novel VOODOO CHILD and (hopefully) interviewing the book’s co-author Andre Duza via Skype, I’ll also be reading from the next HATER novel and talking a little about the upcoming movie.

We’ve space for over a hundred folks, but places are filling fast. If you’re intending on coming along, please send an email to the store ( or tweet @WstonesNewSt to let us know you’re coming along.

DM and JH

Massive Halloween event announcement

waterstones1I’m very, very, VERY excited to announce that Infected Books will be taking over the huge High Street Birmingham branch of Waterstones this Halloween (actually Halloween eve, but it’s close enough). You are cordially invited to join Wayne Simmons, myself, and other Infected Books alumni as we launch new books (Wayne and Andre Duza‘s VOODOO CHILD), read from new, as yet unannounced books, and maybe even reveal why 2016 is shaping up to be the year of Infected Books.

This is going to be an absolutely brilliant evening, so put it in your diaries and please do come along if you can (Halloween-themed fancy dress optional but strongly encouraged). Keep an eye on the Waterstones event page here. Things kick off at 7:00pm on Friday 30 October.


Wayne and I will also be appearing at the Bristol Horror Con at the Future Inn, Bristol a couple of weeks earlier on 17 October. Filling the space vacated by Wayne’s short-lived but already much-missed SCARDiff, it’s another one I’m really looking forward to. More details can be found here. Update 11 October – unfortunately Wayne and I are now unable to attend the Bristol event. Apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.

Moody versus Simmons – event report

Dave CoventryHad an absolutely cracking time in the company of Mr Simmons this weekend just gone. Sunday was devoted to World War Z, and our video review (well, the half hour we recorded of the several hours we spent talking about it) will be online shortly. But the main purpose of the weekend was our ‘head to head’ event in Coventry.

As you know, Wayne and I have done a lot of events together over the years, and we wanted to try something different this time. We drove hundreds of miles last year travelling from event to event on our ‘Never Trust a Man with Hair’ tour, and often those long car journeys were more entertaining than the signings. We’d put the world to rights talking about writing, the publishing industry, films, music, and so on and so on. So we thought, rather than sit behind a table and sign books for people one at a time, why not have one of our ‘car conversations’ in public? The seats at the Hollywood Bowl and the tickets for these are pretty difficult to get.

So that’s what we did. In front of a decent-sized and very receptive crowd, we read excerpts from our books and talked frankly and honestly about our careers, how we met and became this bizarre double act, our past and future works, how we both write, when we write, genre labels, and our views on publishing and the industry in general. It made a refreshing change (both for us and the audience, I think) from the usual author event format.

Dave and Wayne Coventry

Thanks to Rich Coad from Waterstones Coventry, Michael Wilson of This is Horror, and everyone who came along and supported the event (particularly Paul Feeney, who drove almost 200 miles from Lowestoft to be there, and who’s photographs I’ve pinched for this post). The only downside to the evening… being turned away from a pub in Coventry because the door staff ‘didn’t like the look of one of us’. The shame of it! And to make matters worse, they wouldn’t say which one of us it was they didn’t like…

The lack of post-event drinks apart, it really was an excellent evening. We’re more than happy to put on similar events if there’s sufficient interest in the future, so if you want us and you can arrange a venue and a crowd, please get in touch.

David Moody versus Wayne Simmons – Coventry 29 June

I’m really pleased to announce what promises to be a brilliant event – WAYNE SIMMONS and I are going head-to-head at Esquires Coffee Bar in Coventry, in an evening of readings, Q&As, anecdotes and whatever else we feel like talking about, all sponsored by our great friends at This is Horror and Waterstones Coventry. Tickets are just £3 (£2 can be redeemed off book purchases on the night) and can be purchased on the door on the night. To reserve a ticket, email:

fight night

Huge thanks to Tim Sparvero for designing the excellent poster.

I hope to see many of you there! Copies of the new edition of AUTUMN: THE HUMAN CONDITION – paperback and limited edition hardcover – will be available to purchase on the night.

The real Kieran Cope

Had a great time at Waterstones in Swindon on Saturday with Wayne Simmons at our final stop on the ‘Never Trust a Man With Hair’ tour. A highlight was getting to meet the real Kieran Cope (remind yourself of his story here and here), and presenting him with a signed print of the stunning artwork produced by Craig Paton.

Dave and Kieran

It’s not the first time I’ve met someone who appears as a character in one of my books. Who could forget Swill Odgers from The Men They Couldn’t Hang, and his and the band’s appearance in chapter 4 of HATER?

And in case you’ve missed my numerous plugs recently, you can now get signed copies of the UK paperback edition of AUTUMN: AFTERMATH from my Infected Bookstore and Amazon, and if you’re interested in the limited edition hardcover due out in early 2013, register your interest here.

Another last minute, end of the day, end of the week update

Hello! As I said earlier this week, I’m rapidly approaching a deadline so updates have been sparse this week. Here are a few bullet points for Friday evening…

Chapter 39 of TRUST is now online. Visit to read it. Two weeks left until the story reaches it’s conclusion…

A quick head’s-up: A little later than most years, but I’ll be launching my annual end of the year signed book sale next week, clearing the shelves for 2013. Expect big reductions on certain titles. You’ll also be able to get your hands on signed UK AUTUMN: AFTERMATH paperbacks, though stocks will be limited.

On the subject of AUTUMN: AFTERMATH – don’t forget to sign-up if you’re interested in picking up the limited edition Infected Books hardcover early next year. It’ll match your other Gollancz AUTUMN hardcovers!

And finally, I’ll be at Waterstones in Swindon tomorrow for my last signing event of the year with Wayne Simmons. If you’re in the area, please come and say hello. We’ve had a brilliant time out and about these last few weeks. Thanks to everyone who came along and supported us and to all the stores/event managers for having us! We’ll be at Waterstones from 11am tomorrow.

Quick end of the week round-up

Sorry for the brief (and late) post today… Juggling a few self-imposed deadlines right now.

First things first, don’t forget that Wayne Simmons and I will be signing at Waterstones in Hull tomorrow from 1pm. Hope to see plenty of you there. Our final signing of the year is on 8th December at Waterstones in Swindon.

Second… apologies for the lack of news about the UK hardcover edition of AUTUMN: AFTERMATH. I should have some news for you early next week. In the meantime, the paperback is now available from Amazon, the Book Depository and Waterstones etc.

Finally for this week, another chapter of TRUST is now available to read over at Not long left to go now before the entire novel is online. Hope you’re enjoying it. Remember you can get the book as an eBook, paperback and limited edition hardcover. All the details can be found here.

Hope to see some of you in Hull tomorrow.

Free-form Jazz and Alien Invasions

I was away on Friday (more about that in a second), so didn’t update here when the latest chapter of TRUST went live. Another chapter has been added this morning, so please head over to to catch up. Something very sinister is happening in Thatcham, and it’s going to change everything…

A lot of folks have been waiting for alternative eBook versions of the novel – Nook, Kobo, iBooks etc. etc. They should all be live at the relevant stores this week. Alternatively, you can now pick up the book in all formats direct from Smashwords.

Now to explain the bizarre title of this post… On Friday Wayne Simmons and I were in Maidstone, Kent for a signing and appearance. We took part in an event called Writing Allowed – an extremely well attended evening of poetry, prose and, yes, a little free-form jazz. I don’t think either of us have ever been part of such an eclectic bill, but I’m glad we were. It was hugely enjoyable, both as a participant and an audience member. I wanted to take this opportunity to thank Danny Rhodes, Georgie Grassom, and everyone involved in the evening for making us feel so welcome. With our curse-filled zombie and alien readings, we stuck out a mile, but that was no bad thing!

More events on the way – don’t forget we’ll be at the UK Festival of Zombie Culture this Saturday, and signing at Waterstones Hull the following weekend.