Author David J. Moody Talks the Autumn Series, Hater, and More!
DC: Who would you say are your biggest horror influences? Who do you continue to read now, and are there any new horror authors that you would recommend?
DM: My biggest literary influences are John Wyndham and HG Wells. Wyndham’s Day of the Triffids had a profound effect on me when I first read it. It’s just an incredible story in which the world is turned upside down overnight. Wyndham’s books were famously called "cozy catastrophes", and that really appeals to me. I like to write about ordinary people who find themselves in extraordinary situations, and that’s something Wyndham was an expert at. Wells’ War of the Worlds was another book which had a huge impact on me when I was younger. I can only imagine the impact it had on unsuspecting readers in the late 1890’s!
I don’t get time to read anywhere near the number of books that I’d like to these days. I’ve been friends with a horror writer from Northern Ireland – Wayne Simmons – for some time, and I’ve just read and enjoyed his most recent zombie novel, FLU. I’ve been on a bit of a zombie fiction kick recently. I also really enjoyed Tooth & Nail by Craig Dilouie. Dilouie’s approach to the genre is unique but also strangely familiar at the same time. The story’s not so new, but the way he tells it certainly is.
DC: What are some of your favourite horror films of all time? Have you seen anything recently that impressed you?
DM: I don’t have time to list them all! I’m a massive horror film fan, and I’ve got a decent-sized collection which I never get time to watch! Romero’s original Dead trilogy was, of course, hugely influential on me, and as I’ve already mentioned, John Carpenter and David Cronenberg are two directors I greatly admire. If I had to single out a film by each of them I’d go for The Thing and The Fly. Other classic horror favourites are Alien and An American Werewolf in London. Seriously, I cried when I heard they were planning to remake American Werewolf. There’s just no point. You can’t improve on that film.
As far as more recent movies go, I absolutely loved Let the Right One In. I think my favourite film of the last couple of years, though, was Moon: not horror, but bloody brilliant all the same.
DC: What is your opinion on the state of horror, both film and books, today? With the Twilight phenomenon, the "True Blood" series and the romantization of vampires in general. Zombies seem to holding up well (no pun intended) and werewolves seem to be struggling to make a comeback. Where would you like to see the horror genre headed?
DM: I have a real problem with many aspects of media at the moment in that, more than ever, it’s all about cash. People will only produce what sells, even if people are buying shit. Remakes are a prime example – generally they’re unnecessary and they add nothing to the original, but they sell tickets and merchandise so they’ll keep being made. I mean, how tragic is it that unfunny spoofs of uninteresting genres (Vampires Suck – sorry, I’m not a vampire fan) can take so much money at the box office? I think there’s a real danger that the quest for maximum profit is resulting in reduced risk taking by executives and publishers, etc. Books are going through a revolution in terms of self-publishing and eBooks. etc. I’d like to see the film industry go the same way because if it doesn’t, I don’t know how any original movies will be made. Before we know it, we’ll be sitting in the cinema watching franchises on their fifteenth sequel or remakes of remakes!
DC: Is there anything you would like to add that I haven’t asked you?
DM: It’s just worth mentioning that, in case people didn’t realise, Autumn was actually made into a movie a couple of years back. It was a really low budget Canadian production, and it was pretty badly mauled in the press, but it stars Dexter Fletcher and has David Carradine in one of his final roles so it’s worth looking out for.
DC: What is one thing no one knows about David Moody that you think they should?
DM: I’m not saying!
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