David Moody was born in 1970 and grew up in Birmingham, UK, on a diet of trashy horror and pulp science fiction books and movies. He worked as a bank manager and as operations manager for a number of financial institutions before giving up the day job to write about the end of the world for a living. He has written a number of horror novels, including AUTUMN, which has been downloaded more than half a million times since publication in 2001 and has spawned a series of sequels and a movie starring Dexter Fletcher and David Carradine. Film rights to HATER were snapped up by Guillermo del Toro (Hellboy, Pan's Labyrinth, Pacific Rim) and Mark Johnson (producer of Breaking Bad and the Chronicles of Narnia films). Moody lives with his wife and a houseful of daughters and stepdaughters, which may explain his pre-occupation with Armageddon.
When did you first start writing?
I remember it well - I started writing seriously (i.e. with a plan and objectives) on 1st January 1994. I grew up a huge fan of horror and science-fiction books and films, and when I left school I wanted to make movies. Unfortunately I didn't have any relevant experience back then, nor did I have any obvious means of getting any. Film courses were few and far between in those dark, pre-Internet days, and I needed to earn some money first! I ended up working for a high street bank (about as far removed from my dream vocation as I could get). But the stories I'd always dreamed of filming just wouldn't go away, and after a few attempts at writing screenplays, a decided to try writing more traditional prose. I told myself I'd write a page a day, and that I wouldn't go back and start editing until I'd finished each full draft. By the end of May 1994 I'd written my first novel.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest book is actually my oldest book! I struck lucky (or so I thought) when my debut novel, Straight to You, was published in 1996. However the book sank without trace, and rightly so. Looking back with the benefit of twenty years writing experience and several hundred thousand books sold, I grew to hate my first published work. But I loved the story and so, apparently, did a lot of other people. So I rewrote it. The basic premise, the characters' names and a few key scenes are all that remain from the original.
The sun is dying. The temperature around the world is rising by the hour with no sign of any respite. At this rate the planet will soon become uninhabitable; all life extinguished. It might be weeks away, it might be days… we may only have hours remaining. Society is crumbling. Steven Johnson’s wife is hundreds of miles away and all that matters is reaching her before the end of everything.
David Moody presents the final book in the acclaimed Autumn series, available for the first time since 2008.
The human race is finished. Mankind is all but dead and only a handful of frightened individuals remain. Part-companion, part-guidebook and part-sequel, Autumn: The Human Condition follows the individual stories of almost fifty desperate survivors through their final dark days.
The most important event in human history takes place in the middle of nowhere. Perspectives are altered. Perceptions are changed. Nothing will ever be the same again. Is this a moment of deliverance for the human race, or the beginning of its end? Tom Winter thinks he knows, but if he's right, then seven billion other people are wrong.