Paperback | April 13, 2010

byDavid Moody

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Soon to be a major motion picture-produced by Guillermo del Toro and directed by J.A. Bayona

REMAIN CALM DO NOT PANIC TAKE SHELTER WAIT FOR FURTHER INSTRUCTIONS THE SITUATION IS UNDER CONTROL Society is rocked by a sudden increase in the number of violent assaults on individuals. Christened 'Haters' by the media, the attackers strike without warning, killing all who cross their path. The assaults are brutal, remorseless and extreme: within seconds, normally rational, self-controlled people become frenzied, vicious killers. There are no apparent links as a hundred random attacks become a thousand, then hundreds of thousands. Everyone, irrespective of gender, age, race or any other difference, has the potential to become a victim - or a Hater. People are afraid to go to work, afraid to leave their homes and, increasingly, afraid that at any moment their friends, even their closest family, could turn on them with ultra violent intent. Waking up each morning, no matter how well defended, everyone must now consider the fact that by the end of the day, they might be dead. Or perhaps worse, become a killer themselves. As the status quo shifts, ATTACK FIRST, ASK QUESTIONS LATER becomes the order of the day... only, the answers might be much different than what you expect....

In the tradition of H. G. Wells and Richard Matheson, Hater is one man's story of his place in a world gone mad- a world infected with fear, violence, and HATE.

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Soon to be a major motion picture-produced by Guillermo del Toro and directed by J.A. BayonaREMAIN CALM DO NOT PANIC TAKE SHELTER WAIT FOR FURTHER INSTRUCTIONS THE SITUATION IS UNDER CONTROL Society is rocked by a sudden increase in the number of violent assaults on individuals. Christened 'Haters' by the media, the attackers strike wi...

David Moody is the author of Dog Blood, Autumn and Autumn: The City. He grew up in Birmingham, England, on a diet of horror movies and post-apocalyptic fiction. He started his career working at a bank, but then decided to write the kind of fiction he loved. His first novel, Straight to You, had what Moody calls "microscopic sales," an...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 8.2 × 5.46 × 0.76 inPublished:April 13, 2010Publisher:St. Martin's PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:031260808X

ISBN - 13:9780312608088


Rated 3 out of 5 by from Short Too short for its price. I was really hopping for more material. This book could be read in one sitting.both becuase it is good and its just as mentioend too short
Date published: 2015-05-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it. I didn't know what to expect and had a hard time getting into it but enjoyed it and want to read more. My new fave author.
Date published: 2014-12-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hater It was difference, but a good book, looking forward to the next one
Date published: 2014-08-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Interesting idea Man kind stripped down to his baser instincts, let the shackles of society be broken
Date published: 2014-03-05
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Hard to put down Easy read, interesting take on the zombie style idea.
Date published: 2013-07-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A favorite trilogy of mine Though the beginning was quite slow for me, once the story starts, it gets really amazing. I've yet to be scared by a novel, so I am not a fair judge of the level of horror this book has, but it sets up an amazing apocalyptic setting, giving a great idea of what it would be like by painting a great picture in your head. David Moody did an excellent job on researching everything he wrote about. I just finished the second book (Dog Blood) yesterday, and I'm already 3/4s done the third (Them or Us). If you can get passed the slow beginning, it is well worth it.
Date published: 2013-03-26
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Hater I had high hopes for this book, but was pretty disappointed. I can see what the author was trying to do, and it has some interesting themes. However, I don't feel as though it was executed very well. I didn't find the book scarey at all and I scare pretty easily.
Date published: 2011-11-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow, Amazing! Oh my gosh! I picked up David Moody’s Hater the other day, and started reading it yesterday and finished today. I totally couldn’t put it down! It was a really fast, really fun horror read. The story behind the book is really neat too, a total ‘underdog does well’ kind of story. David Moody self published Hater online five years ago, and because it’s a legitimately great story it became really successful, going on to be published as a ‘real’ book. David Moody then went on to sell the film rights to Guillermo del Torro (who I totally love and I can’t wait to see what he does with the story). Hater tells the story of the beginnings of a world-altering event, whether it’s an evolutionary change or something even more ominous, which divides society into ‘Haters’ and regular folks. The book takes place over the course of a week and a bit and tells the story of Danny, an average guy with a wife and three small children. Danny hates his job, but sticks with it to help support his wife, Liz, and their family (side note: for some reason or another, as I was reading, I always pictured Danny as Simon Pegg…if you’ve read the book, let me know if you agree or not). At first, the ‘Hater’ outbreaks (people just changing in an instant and killing people) are scattered across the city, a few here, a few there, but they get ever closer to Danny and his family. Moody weaves a fantastic story in Hater. It’s not your typical pre-apocalyptic story, and I think that part of that is due to the nature of the characters. Danny is a really average guy, there’s nothing stand out about him at all, in fact, there are times that you don’t even like him. The way that he talks to his children is frustrating, but it’s effective in getting across his levels of frustration. Danny is frustrated with his life in general. He hates his job, had kids too young hardly gets to spend any time with his wife, he’s basically a miserable man. What is endearing though, is that over the course of the story you see Danny rise up. He does everything in his power to keep his family safe, and you’re going to have to read it to find out if he does or not… Hater is a bloody, messy story and if you like fast paced, scary reads (especially those that have apocalyptic leanings), then you have to read this book. I really, really enjoyed it and I hope you will too!
Date published: 2011-10-23
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Who knew a killfest could be so boring? I can't say that nothing happens in this book. But nothing seems to happen to advance the story. Every chapter section in the first 3/4 of the book are identical. There's a killing. The main character is scared. There's another killing. The main character is still scared. Then there's a change in the story near the end that sets up the next book. I had no idea this was to be part of a trilogy when I started reading it. I have a feeling that the three parts of this series could easily be condensed into one book. At least it was a quick, simple read so not TOO much of my time was wasted.
Date published: 2011-08-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Horrific Never have I been more terrified to turn a page yet more eager to do so when reading a book. I love his simplistic writing style, I find it makes the novel more personal; as if the story is being told by an average man...like the main character. I think if it were littered with an insane amount of thesaurus use, it would diminish its natural human terror.
Date published: 2011-05-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A terrifying novel that will terrify you until you're terrified!!! First off, I'd like to explain my title. David Moody needs a thesaurus. Having the main character say he's terrified as many times as he does, takes away creditability as an author. That and an overall simplistic writing style. There was very little descriptions of environments and development of characters. I also didn't connect with any character. Even with so many negatives, I ended up enjoying it. I'm intrigued to see where the story will go. I think this is a great story, it's just not very well written. A severed thumbs up!
Date published: 2010-08-14

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"A head-spinning thrill ride, a cautionary tale about the most salient emotion of the 21st century... HATER will haunt you long after you read the last page..." -GUILLERMO DEL TORO, director, Pan's Labyrinth, Hellboy 1 & 2"A lucid approach to the state of fear in which we live in and a spine-chilling fable about its utmost consequences... Be careful with HATER, chapter by chapter it will make its way into your soul till it finds the seed of evil that lurks within." -J.A. BAYONA, director, The Orphanage, Hater"Powerful and well-written." -S.M. STIRLING, author of Dies the Fire, The Scourge of God"HATER touches something universal and truly scary--the little voice in all of our heads that tells us the difference between 'us' and 'them'. Subtly drawn, engrossing characters take us inside a landscape of paranoia and fear." -DAVID WELLINGTON, author of Monster Island, 99 Coffins, Vampire Zero"David Moody spins paranoia into a deliciously dark new direction. [He] is one scary guy." -Jonathan Maberry, author of Ghost Road Blues, Patient Zero"David Moody's HATER is a brutal, eerie, and hugely entertaining novel that grips you with its grim and nihilistic attitude from page one. The attention to detail used to paint an average man's often frustrating life is as disturbing as the bloody violence that follows, giving us one of the year's most readable nerve-shredders." -TOM PICCIRILLI, Bram Stoker Award-winning author of The Midnight Road, A Choir of Ill Children