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10.28.2008by: Jared Pacheco

They have no choice. They have to kill. They feel no guilt or remorse for what they've done, just relief. There are more out there, thousands more. They have to keep running. We've been keeping tabs on the Guillermo del Toro and Mark Johnson produced HATER since it was announced months ago. The last update we gave you came earlier this month with director Juan Antonio Bayona sharing some thoughts about the project.

Well that's all fine and dandy. The movie has THE ORPHANAGE team of del Toro and Bayona behind it and is already looking like it's going to be something viciously delicious... but today I'm not here to talk to you about the movie. Instead I'll be telling you all a little bit about the actual novel the flick is based on!

The book HATER comes from writer David Moody and happens to be his debut novel. Now when you get Hollywood and del Toro to go nuts over your first book, that's not even released yet to boot... I have the feeling you've got something special. Here's the synopsis for all of you:

Day after tedious day, Danny toils away at the government agency that enforces parking tickets. After eight hours of being yelled at by his supervisor and angry motorists, he goes home to his exhausted wife and three annoying children. On the weekends he visits his father-in-law, a cold and argumentative man on the other side of town. Danny is constantly working to make ends meet, and possibly catch a few moments in front of the TV, but mostly he is struggling to keep his sanity.

Slowly, strange things start happening around him. First he witnesses a man attacking an old woman on the street. Then in the middle of a concert, the lead singer of his favorite band stops playing and beats his drummer with a guitar. Not to mention the "bar fight" and "car accident" that turn ugly—and deadly—while Danny is out with his family.

These "haters" are cropping up everywhere, suddenly and viciously killing friends, family, and complete strangers. No one knows why this is happening, but it occurs often and without a hint of warning. And it seems that it could happen to anyone – your spouse, your child, even you could be the next hater. One moment you're kissing your wife goodnight, and the next you're a killer.

Soon there is no one to trust in a city gone mad with fear and violence, and Danny's previously mundane life is caught in the middle.

Now I know what your saying, how this doesn't sound entirely original, and I agree but.. I'm getting the feeling HATER is going to stand alone from the rest of those 'chaos and killing' stories. It's just got that feel to it, no? I'm getting a very twisted and brutal vibe from this one... and I'm loving it! The book is described as bridging the gap between genre and general fiction, tapping in to the most basic human emotions that will hit home with any reader. Awesome. Here's a bunch of quotes praising the novel:

"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 (Producer - HATER)

"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 - HATER)

"Powerful and well-written." - S.M. Stirling

"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 - MONSTER ISLAND, 99 COFFINS, VAMPIRE ZERO)

"David Moody spins paranoia into a deliciously dark new direction. [He] is one scary guy." - Jonathan Mayberry (Author - GHOST ROAD BLUES)

"Brutal, eerie…hugely entertaining…one of the year's most readable nerve-shredders." - Tom Piccirilli (Author - THE MIDNIGHT ROAD)

So there you have it. We've got a potentially awesome movie to look forward to as well as a potentially awesome book! The publication date is set for February 17, 2009. I'll actually be checking this one out asap and getting you all word on whether or not it's as awesome as it sounds, so keep on the lookout for that and any other HATER news as we hear it!

Source: AITH



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