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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin (April 13 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 031260808X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312608088
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.9 x 20.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 249 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #145,226 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 OF "HELLBOY" AND "PAN'S LABYRINTH "To call it a page turner is understating the pace and skill the author brings to this haunting and thought-provoking masterpiece of dark and bloodthirsty fiction. The descriptions of the emotional strain and fear of the characters is gripping, and the tension is palpable, leading to an unnerving and shocking climax. this is a new and original approach to the genre that you will love from the very start." THE BOOKSELLER "Hater is a simple story, powerfully told, and if David Moody's this good part-time, how good is he going to be, given his well-deserved freedom to focus upon his apocalyptic formulae on a full-time basis?" BOOK GEEKS "For all of its widespread impact, Hater still reads like a very personal journal of events. Chalk that up to Moody's snappy first-person narrative which zips along faster than a stranger can bash your skull in with a tack hammer. Although the book does a good job of making you care about the characters and positioning itself as a mainstream thriller, it's when the book sheds its mainstream pretense that it really shines." SF SIGNAL "David Moody spins paranoia into a deliciously dark new direction. [He] is one scary guy." -- Jonathan Maberry "Moody creates a paranoid and horrific world that's so good, the film rights have already been snapped up." ZOO "This is a story that lingers in the mind... because of the unnerving twist Moody gives to a frayed concept. The Haters don't lose their intelligence and feelings when they turn, and they don't think they're the bad guys - they're convinced we are. By the end, you wonder if they've got a point." -- Calvin Baxter SFX "In what is fast becoming an oversaturated genre, Hater stands head and shoulders above most other offerings. A brilliantly paced, constructed and written piece of work. Moody takes a unique perspective on zombies, while offering the most surprising and unique twist to a narrative we have come across in a very long time. Moody has provided us with a brilliant piece of storytelling. Read this book now." -- Ross Sutcliffe SCI FI NOW "A brutal, relentless SF horror... gives a new spin to zombie flick conventions." -- Jonathan Wright BBC FOCUS "Moody makes no apology for his pulp influences, and nor should he. Take it as read then that this 28 Days Later-style tale of ordinary people becoming crazed with murderous rage and one family's desperate attempts to survive is longer on plot than anything else. Characters are little more than ciphers and the prose is sometimes inelegant, but there's something darkly charming about Mooyd's hurtling, sadistic enthusiasm for his story." THE LIST "Some thought-provoking questions are raised, taking Hater beyond the 28 Days Later/Survivors hybrid that it initially appears to be. Hater takes the reader on an uncomfortable journey but a powerful one." -- Paul Simpson DREAMWATCH "Moody's writing style is sparse with hardly a wasted syllable and as the plot progresses the clipped sentences and disjointed thinking really help the pacing, ramping things up until, as you get nearer the end, you're barreling along, right in the thick of it, unable to put it down until you reach the conclusion. Underneath all the hype, [David Moody] undoubtedly has the talent to back it up. 'Hater' is a cracking read." -- Robert Grant SCI-FI LONDON "In his evocation of fear and unease and the speed with which he grips you, he brings to mind old Brit horror writer James Herbert. And that is some recommendation." -- Paul Connolly LONDON LITE "The fact that the story is in parts ultra realistic and the characters so believable, makes the gory sci-fi angle even more terrifying. A dark, filmic thriller." THE BIG ISSUE --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

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," and so when he wrote Autumn, he decided to publish it online. The book became a sensation and has been downloaded by half a million readers. He started his own publishing company, Infected Books. He lives in Britain with his wife and a houseful of daughters, which may explain his preoccupation with Armageddon.


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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. Packer on June 3 2010
Format: Hardcover
Wonderfully written. This is how horror should be.

An average family carries out its day-to-day activities while seemingly random acts of violence occur around them. What seems random at first turns into an epidemic and the father must protect his family.

There's much more to it but giving details would spoil the fun.

From the very beginning I truly feel for the characters and their trials. They act like regular people in regular situations which makes the novel much more believable.

Overall, Moody does a great job. The novel is very well written and is absolutely riveting. I was enthralled the entire time. There is an element of mystery present from the very beginning and the novel ends with the perfect setup for his second novel "Dog Blood". Moody offers a fresh take on the horror genre. The novel is definitely a nice change from Clive Barker type horror and is definitely worth the quick read it makes.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Wayne on May 8 2009
Format: Hardcover
Hater is one of the very best new horror novels.The novel starts with an average family doing very average things but violent,disturbing incidents seem to erupt randomly as they proceed through a day in their life.The novel is very skilfully written and as life takes on a very disturbing gradual change until you wake up as one type of person but you do not know if you will be the same at the end of the day.
A movie is already being planned for this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jeremy A. Senko on Sept. 27 2012
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I walked past Hater 3 times. The first time I was at my local book store and they had a "buy 3 get the 4th free" promotion going on, and in the end, Hater lost out. Mistake. The second time, I was back, but left the store with nothing. Not really a mistake because I was almost broke. The third time I was in the US and I had it in my hand, all the way to the counter, but put it back when I realized I didn't have the money in US. So that night when I got home, I ordered it on Amazon, along with Dog Blood (because I was oblivious to the fact that this was a trilogy) and waited for them to arrive. I was glad I did.

I ordered 16 books that day, like a hose that had been crimped I literally just exploded buying all the books I had waited for over my third year of university money woes. And out of them all, I chose to read Hater first, feeling like it deserved that from me, considering the amount of times I glanced over it.

David Moody has a way of portraying a story that makes you feel like you are there with the character. The book shares some similarities with other post-apocalyptic stories, but where it differs is in the meat, and how it is diced up and delivered for you.

I won't ruin the plot, because I think everyone who loves a great thriller should give this book a read, but needless to say, from this, to Dog Blood, all the way through to Them or Us (which I failed to order in the first go so had to wait for) all ended up exceeding my expectations.

David Moody is a fantastic writer, who knows what his audience wants and how to deliver it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Friesen on Dec 8 2011
Format: Hardcover
So, a couple of weeks ago I heard about Hater, by David Moody because he put an excerpt from the third book in the Hater series online.

I finally got around to picking up a copy last week and all I can say is WOW!

It is fast-paced, intense, unrelenting and brutal ' all in good ways.

The premise is simple ' a large minority of people have a genetic disposition to violence and paranoia. Something (the book never tells us what), sets off the genetic marker they have present and very rapidly, civilization begins to fall apart as society tears itself in two ' the Haters, seemingly normal people who suddenly snap and become incredibly violent, begin killing every Unchanged person in their vicinity, usually with their bare hands, but occasionally with an umbrella, a brick, or some other everyday thing.

The book starts off with a bang (a Hater attacks an elderly person in the middle of a crowded square) and then introduces the protagonist, Danny McCoyne, a call centre operator with Parking Services who lives a pretty average paycheck to paycheck existence with his three children and his wife, Liz. The book continues more and more incidents of Haters attacking normal people, interspersed with McCoyne's life in the foreground, drearily trudging on at work and at home. On several occasions, he is nearby when Haters strike and is forced to run for his life. In the background, as Hater attacks on regular people intensify, society begins to slowly collapse, with stores getting looted, martial law enacted, and so on.

If I had one criticism of the book, it is that it never explains why the Hater gene suddenly becomes active. Other than that though, the book was downright fantastic!

The book is amazing and I read it non-stop in a matter of two days, using every waking moment possible to finish it, so that I could tear into the sequel.
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By lexyvs on Oct. 23 2011
Format: Paperback
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.
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