Zombie Author David Moody

Zombie Author David Moody

David Moody is the author of  the Autumn series of zombie novels:

Autumn is available as a free audio drama podcast

Moody also  maintains a full library of free Autumn stories at the companion site called  Last of the Living. The stories here were also a part of Autumn: Echoes and Autumn: The Human Condition

David Moody contributed a zombie story called "Who We Used to Be" to The Living Dead 2, an anthology edited by John Joseph Adams.

I asked him about his other series, Hater. He said he did not see those books as zombie books, but could easily see why some people might.  He said that these books have some elements that parallel the zombie genre.
"They do have a common theme, though, and that's our fear of 'the other'. In the same way as most zombie tales involve people who used to be like us but are now different, the Hater books do too. All zombie stories can be boiled down to 'us versus them', and that's where the similarity with Hater comes in."

About David Moody

From 2005 to 2008, David Moody was busy writing novels and running an independent press called Infected Books. In 2008, St. Martin's acquired Moody's series novels Autumn and Hater.  After his contractual obligations were complete, Moddy revived Infected Books in July of 2012. He is "currently working on a number of book and film projects, for both mainstream and independent release." (Qtd from author's website)

David Moody's first horror-love was film. He always wanted to be a producer of the kinds of films he loved to watch. He now has the opportunity to see his work on screen. Autumn is now a movie, starring Dexter Fletcher and David Carradine. It is still available on DVD.  Hater is currently in production with Guillermo Del Toro.

Moody is a family man who lives with his wife, daughters, and stepdaughters in the UK. Visit David's  Infected Books  and his website DJMoody.

What Makes David Moody Unique?

David Moody had a unique route to success as a zombie author. He gave his books away. Yes, for free. This is how it happened. Prior to 2005, David Moody had published a novel through a traditional press in the UK. It sold a small number of copies. That was encouraging, but he was soon forced by life circumstances to take a break from writing for a while.

By the time he came back, the publishing landscape had changed. The Internet, self-publishing, and advancing technology made it easier and faster to share quality writing with large numbers of people. His zombie novel, Autumn, was ready for an audience. He faced a decision. Try to sell the novel to a publisher and hope for moe success, or find a new way to distribute. Moody “decided to give the book away and used it to build up a readership.” According to the author’s website:

“Autumn became an on-line phenomenon, racking up more than half a million downloads and spawning a series of sequels. In 2005 Moody formed ‘Infected Books’ – his own publishing house through which he independently published his books as paperbacks and ebooks.”

His books sold tens of thousands of copies. Infected Press became a success. By 2008, several major publishers and movie producers had optioned or produced his work. Currently, the Autumn and Hater series are both handled by St. Martin’s. Infected books is back at work, publishing a revised version of one of Moody’s earlier novels, entitled Trust. David Moody continues to reap the benefits of both traditional publishing and independent distribution.

"I’d been leading a bizarre double-life for years,’ he says. "I’ve literally had Hollywood producers on the phone while I’ve been standing in the living room trying to get the kids to bed and stop the dog barking! Now I’m able to write full time and I’ve been given an incredible opportunity to get my books out to a vastly increased audience..."
All because he began by giving his books away for free.

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David Moody